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Believing Is Seeing

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Harvard University psychologist Ellen Langer and colleagues have reported research that demonstrates a notable improvement in what test subjects were able to see without the use of spectacles, contact lenses, or any physical changes to the subjects eyes.

The method of improving vision was no more than using suggestion to make the subject believe they were able to see more than they previously could.  Participants in the study who were predisposed to believing their vision could be enhanced showed particularly strong improvement in what they were able to see.

Another study conducted at MIT demonstrated similar results.

For more on the psychology of vision, see’s article.


Written by Aaron Nee

May 5, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Only Off By 400 Million Years

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The Allan Hills Meteorite, previously dated at 4.51 billion years, has been found to have apparently only been formed 4.091 billions years ago.  That is a difference of about 400 million years.  The adjusted dating is sure to be bandied about by those eager to point out the inaccuracies of geological dating methods.  Although, the difference between 4.5 billion and 4 billion is quite bit smaller than 4.5 billion and ten thousand. 

For more on the meteorite and the methods of its dating, check out the post at Wired.


Written by Aaron Nee

April 20, 2010 at 11:46 am