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Thursday, May 06, 2004

Thursday May 6, 2004. A mistake writers and political activists commonly make: failing to realize that to someone who sees the world a certain way, there's nothing extraordinary about it.

Writers: If your viewpoint character remembers everything he's ever seen, in full detail, and has done so all his life, this is commonplace to him. If she sees music every time she hears it, it's not strange and wonderful to her.

And to someone who grew up on a farm, rural life isn't as exotic as it is to a suburban-born writer.

The same writing problem shows up with non-viewpoint characters, of course; but it usually isn't as obvious to those readers likely to be irritated.

Political activists: Someone who generally agrees with the editors and writers of The Nation is not momentarily blind to the Truths of conservatism. Someone who generally agrees with the editors and writers of National Review is not waiting to be informed for the first time that liberalism is the Truth.

And someone who agrees with you on one issue may be doing so for reasons very different from yours. Reasons which may put him on the other side of the next issue.
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Men are from Mars and women from Venus - except when they are in love. During this intense period, men and women become more like each other, new research suggests. Men in love had lower levels of the male sex hormone testosterone than other men. In contrast, love-struck women had higher levels than their counterparts. It might be that by reducing the differences between the sexes, this increases the chances of people forming relationships...MORE http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994957

Mitochondria, the energy packs of cells, began as parasitic bacteria - and sex may have started the same way, argues one researcher http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99994960
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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 6-May-2004
Science
Scientists uncover how brain retrieves and stores older memories
Scientists have identified the region of the brain responsible for storing and retrieving distant memories: the anterior cingulate cortex.
NIH/National Institute on Aging

Public Release: 6-May-2004
American Psychiatric Association
Survey of adults reveals life-long consequences of ADHD
Adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have grown up with the condition, but have they outgrown its effects? Findings from a new national survey, "Capturing America's Attention," indicate that adults with ADHD experience life-long impairments in several facets of their lives, including educational and professional achievements, self-image and interpersonal relationships. This survey is the first to examine the long-term impact of ADHD among 1,001 adults. Results were presented today at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting.

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