the two conditions are not mutually exclusive

Saw the trailer for “Everything, Everything,” and if people could stop equating disabilities to having no life, that’d be great. The character is depicted to have a condition that causes her to stay inside because it’d harm her medically to be exposed to the outside environment because she’s immuno-compromised. Spoiler alert: she has no illness or disability! She can go outside and live her life! Heaven forbid a character have a disability and live a happy life.

What I’m saying is this: we do not need a cure to have a happy ending. I am disabled, and happy, and those two things are not mutually exclusive. 

anonymous asked:

Reading your Robert ask, do you think Jaime can be redeemed or nay?

Talking about Jaime and redemption is like stepping on a landmine in fandom. Let’s do it.

Look, in theory, everyone can be redeemed as long as they are capable of changing. Jaime is capable of change; the person we met in AGoT is not the same one we left off in ADWD. So in the abstract sense, yes he could be redeemed but only if he takes measures to earn that redemption. But is Jaime taking those measures? The answer is a resounding no.

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anonymous asked:

Why quarantine instead of just going to the vet?

Hey anon, 

The two are not mutually exclusive… 

You get a new animal it will be stressed from transport and being in a new environment. So you don’t want to imediately be carting it off to a vet for examinations or tests which could make any conditions worse or put them off eating. 

Some conditions will take time to show symptoms so if you just take them to the vet straight away and skip qt theres a chance they could miss something thats yet to appear…

You don’t want a new animal near your established animals if they need to be treated for something either. 

Quarentine and good biosecurity is very important, and taking an animal to the vet for a check up or treatment (if needed) may be part of the quarentine process but not really substitute for it. 

Training can lead to synaesthetic experiences

A new study has shown for the first time that people can be trained to “see” letters of the alphabet as colours in a way that simulates how those with synaesthesia experience their world.

The University of Sussex research, published in Scientific Reports, also found that the training might potentially boost IQ.

Synaesthesia is a fascinating though little-understood neurological condition in which some people (estimated at around 1 in 23) experience an overlap in their senses. They “see” letters as specific colours, or can “taste” words, or associate sounds with different colours.

A critical debate concerns whether the condition is embedded in our genes, or whether it emerges because of particular environmental influences, such as coloured-letter toys in infancy.

While the two possibilities are not mutually exclusive, psychologists at the University’s Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science devised a nine-week training programme to see if adults without synaesthesia can develop the key hallmarks of the condition.

They found, in a sample study of 14, that not only were the participants able to develop strong letter-colour associations to pass all the standard tests for synaesthesia, most also experienced sensations such as letters seeming “coloured” or having individual personas (for instance, “x is boring”, “w is calm”).

One of the most surprising outcomes of the study was that those who underwent the training also saw their IQ jump by an average of 12 points, compared to a control group that didn’t undergo training.

Dr Daniel Bor, who co-led the study with Dr Nicolas Rothen, says: “The main implication of our study is that radically new ways of experiencing the world can be brought about simply through extensive perceptual training.

“The cognitive boost, although provisional, may eventually lead to clinical cognitive training tools to support mental function in vulnerable groups, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity (ADHD) children, or adults starting to suffer from dementia.”

Dr Rothen adds: “It should be emphasised that we are not claiming to have trained non-synaesthetes to become genuine synaesthetes. When we retested our participants three months after training, they had largely lost the experience of ‘seeing’ colours when thinking about the letters. But it does show that synaesthesia is likely to have a major developmental component, starting for many people in childhood.”