anonymous asked:

you reblogged a post that said "understanding sarcasm is a sign of a healthy brain" and that makes me deeply uncomfortable. do you realise that most mental illnesses and disorders make people to not understand sarcasm, or, understand it not very often. i have aspeger's and saying that my brain is not "healthy" is pretty disturbing to me and ableist.

I can see where you’re coming from, but it’s not ableist.

I am going to first explan how sarcasm works -

First the language center in the brain’s left hemisphere interprets the literal meaning of words. Next, the frontal lobes and right hemisphere process the speaker’s intention and check for contradictions between the literal meaning and the social and emotional context. Finally, the right ventromedial prefrontal cortex - our “sarcasm meter” - makes a decision based on our social and emotional knowledge of the situation.

Dr. Shamay-Tsoory (a psychologist at the Rambam Medical Centre in Haifa and the University of Haifa) revealed that areas of the brain that decipher sarcasm and irony also process language, recognize emotions and help us understand social issues.

The study showed that people with damage in the prefrontal lobe struggled to pick out sarcasm. Why do those with aspergers typically have a hard time picking out sarcasm?

Well, according to lead researcher Eric Courchesne, PhD, professor of neurosciences at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and director of the Autism Center of Excellence. They discovered a 67 percent excess of cortical cells – a type of brain cell only made before birth – in children with autism. The findings suggest that the disorder may arise from prenatal processes in the frontal lobe gone awry - an unhealthy, but livable, and perfectly fine issue.

It has also been pointed out that being unable to recognize sarcasm may be an early sign of dementia - a clear sign of an unhealthy brain.

Just because something is unhealthy does not mean it’s a direct attack on you. My heart is unhealthy, I have a heart condition that limits what I can and can not do, just because I can’t do something does not mean that the science is ableist.

Science is not ableist, when the science can be proven in an unbiased way.

(Un)Natural Consequences - DP

I’m feeling much, much better! Thanks for all your well-wishes. 

Drabble request I’ve been picking at for awhile.


Within days of the accident, Danny knew something was wrong with him… more wrong than just the obvious ghost-thing. It took him weeks to understand what – and much longer to get to the why. Eventually he realized that super-gluing the instinctive knowledge of the dead into his living brain left some rather undesirable consequences.

The ghosts’ complete oral and written language competed in Danny’s head for dominance with English. Words danced around on the page as he tried to read, and his handwriting drifted awkwardly between English and ghost. Anything less than full concentration on his English assignments made them an exercise in frustration, but that sort of focus gave him severe migraines. And with the ghost world’s unique physical and mathematical properties imprinted into Danny’s mind, human-based math class quickly became a nearly impossible headache.

Danny’s grades had always hovered in the As and Bs. After the accident, they drifted to Cs, then to Ds. His math grade tumbled to an F and refused to move. No matter how much his teachers sighed, his parents’ harped, or how long he sat around and picked at his homework, Danny’s grades stayed low.

Too many distracting ghost attacks. Not enough time. And, after several months of trying his hardest – seriously! – Danny started to realize that all this work was somewhat hopeless. He’d literally fried his brain; it didn’t work right anymore. Only his continued ‘borrowing’ of Sam’s assignments (or Tucker’s when absolutely necessary) kept his grades in the passing column.

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Day One of Fiddlestan Week

(So, I’ve decided to participate this week! Don’t know how many days I’ll be able to submit, but dang it, I’m gonna try!)

My FF.net

Prompt: Music
Title: Getting to Know You
Rating: K+ (pretty tame)
Summary: When the twins start to seem down, Stan decides to cheer them up by busting out his old records. They’re soon joined by Fiddleford McGucket, who learns quickly that there’s more to Stan Pines than meets the eye.

Author’s Note: As some of you might remember from that post I sent out, this is my first time writing for this pairing, so bear with me here (also I suck at summaries).

Now then: ON WITH THE SHOW!!

They said it could never happen. They said it was impossible. But then, it had happened: Stanley Pines had become sick of television.

“Mabel, Sweetie, do we really have to watch this? What’s left of my brain is starting to leak out of my ears.”

“SHH!! Quiet, Grunkle Stan!” Mabel urged as she worked to cross every appendage that she had. “They’re almost back! We’re finally gonna see the big moment!”

Just then the TV buzzed off of its commercial and blared, “And now, back to the Season Finale of “Women Fighting Each Other for a Chance to Marry a Total Stranger!

Mabel let out a cheer just loud enough to cover up her uncle’s groan. Honestly, a bunch of ladies fighting for some guy they barely knew? Who made this crap?

Sandra,” the man on the screen crooned, “I know we’ve only known each other for a short time, but that’s why I feel I have to tell you- YOU GET A THORN!” The man then proceeded to throw an oversized thorn at the female contestant, who began to sob as she ran offscreen.

“Not Sandra!” Mabel cried. “She was my favorite!”

Stan’s only response was to let out another groan, this one directed at the world at large. It was accompanied by a shorter, squeakier groan, and Stan looked to see Dipper coming to join them.

“Hey there kid,” he greeted his nephew as the boy flopped onto his stomach next to his sister. “How’s the interrogation going?”

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The Right Brothers: The Recipe for American Ingenuity

These right brothers are not just people, each of them represents an ideal.  While each has qualities of the other, you might say that each one encompasses a specific ideal, a specific cardinal virtue, and they are intelligence, perseverance, and courage.  It’s the unique American combination.  It’s the right stuff.

Now, you scuff these virtues up a little bit, get your hands a little dirty, and what you are left with are brains, hard work, and guts.  These three ideals, these three right virtues - brains, hard work, and guts - they’ll get you anywhere.  They’ll get you above the ground at Kill Devil Hills and they’ll take you sipping cocktails on a 747 bound for Paris.  They’ll get you around the world on a single tank of gas.  They’ll get you into outer space.  They’ll even put you on the moon.


Chaos wasn’t the only thing rising in this episode.

AKA Stiles Du Jour: When Derek’s oh-so-subtle flirting ends with dinner and dessert being one delectable blur.

Tibetan monk produces brain gamma waves never before reported in neuroscience
By Rachel Nuwer

By Rachel Nuwer

Matthieu Ricard, a 66-year old Tibetan monk and geneticist, produces brain gamma waves—linked to consciousness, attention, learning and memory—never before reported in neuroscience, leading researchers to conclude that Ricard is the world’s happiest man. The secret to his success in achieving bliss? Meditation, he claims.

Meditating is like lifting weights or exercising for the mind, Ricard told the Daily News. Anyone can be happy by simply training their brain, he says.

To quantify just how happy Ricard is, neuroscientists at the University of Wisconsin attached 256 sensors to the monk’s skull. When he meditated on compassion, the researchers were shocked to see that Ricard’s brian produces a level of gamma waves off the charts. He also demonstrated excessive activity in his brain’s left prefrontal cortex compared to its right counterpart, meaning he has an abnormally large capacity for happiness and a reduced propensity towards negativity, the researchers say.

During the same study, the neuroscientists also peeked into the minds of other monks. They found that long-term practitioners—those who have engaged in more than 50,000 rounds of meditation—showed significant changes in their brain function, although that those with only three weeks of 20-minute meditation per day also demonstrated some change.

To spread the word on achieving happiness and enlightenment, Ricard authored Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill. Proceeds from the book go towards over 100 humanitarian projects.

“Try sincerely to check, to investigate,” he explained to the Daily News. “That’s what Buddhism has been trying to unravel — the mechanism of happiness and suffering. It is a science of the mind.”