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Gray Matter: How Depressives Surf the Web
The New York Times / NYTimes.com ^ | Published: June 15, 2012 | By SRIRAM CHELLAPPAN and RAGHAVENDRA KOTIKALAPUDI

Posted on 06/17/2012 9:42:41 AM PDT by thecodont

IN what way do you spend your time online? Do you check your e-mail compulsively? Watch lots of videos? Switch frequently among multiple Internet applications — from games to file downloads to chat rooms? Enlarge This Image

Brian Cronin We believe that your pattern of Internet use says something about you. Specifically, our research suggests it can offer clues to your mental well-being.

In a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, we and our colleagues found that students who showed signs of depression tended to use the Internet differently from those who showed no symptoms of depression.

In February of last year, we recruited 216 undergraduate volunteers at Missouri University of Science and Technology. First, we had the participants fill out a version of a questionnaire called the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale, which is widely used for measuring depression levels in the general population. The survey revealed that 30 percent of the participants met the criteria for depressive symptoms. (This was in line with national estimates that 10 to 40 percent of college students at some point experience such symptoms.)

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KEYWORDS: 2suspicious; behavior; depression; internet; psychobabble
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Interesting study.
1 posted on 06/17/2012 9:42:50 AM PDT by thecodont
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To: thecodont

I don’t think we need this.

“What are the practical applications of this research? We hope to use our findings to develop a software application that could be installed on home computers and mobile devices. It would monitor your Internet usage and alert you when your usage patterns might signal symptoms of depression. This would not replace the function of mental health professionals, but it could be a cost-effective way to prompt people to seek medical help early. It might also be a tool for parents to monitor the mood-related Internet usage patterns of their children.

Such software could also be used at universities, perhaps installed on campus networks to notify counselors of students whose Internet usage patterns are indicative of depressive behavior. (This proposal, of course, raises privacy concerns that would have to be addressed.) “


2 posted on 06/17/2012 9:48:31 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: thecodont
they'll be at your door before you know they're on their way.

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't a good reason to be.

3 posted on 06/17/2012 9:51:14 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand (they have no god but caesar)
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To: thecodont

Together with Obamacare, go to the “wrong” list of sites or in the wrong order and your compulsory prescription will soon be ready.


4 posted on 06/17/2012 9:51:30 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: thecodont

Depressives never spend the weekend compulsively reading the Sunday Times.


5 posted on 06/17/2012 9:52:44 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Sequoyah101

>>We hope to use our findings to develop a software application that could be installed on home computers and mobile devices. It would monitor your Internet usage and alert you when your usage patterns might signal symptoms of depression.<<

Sort of like your medicine cabinet in THX 1138...


6 posted on 06/17/2012 9:54:42 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: DManA
Depressives never spend the weekend compulsively reading the Sunday Times.

But it might be in their browser history shortly before the symptoms started showing up.

7 posted on 06/17/2012 9:58:34 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: thecodont

It’s heavy on the correlations of activity, but very light on the causation side of things. It says depressives switch between email and video games a lot. Lots of non-depressive people do that too. Lots of people who have short attention spans are perfectly happy.

IOW, a practically useless study. Did we pay for it?


8 posted on 06/17/2012 10:00:01 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: freedumb2003

Yeah, you like that idea?

I can see the linkage they suggest but....


9 posted on 06/17/2012 10:00:12 AM PDT by Sequoyah101 (You've been screwed by your government.)
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To: thecodont

I’m on the Internet ‘cause I tend to get bored.


10 posted on 06/17/2012 10:02:37 AM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (It's hurricane season! Yay!)
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To: thecodont
We hope to use our findings to develop a software application that could be installed on home computers and mobile devices. It would monitor your Internet usage and alert you when your usage patterns might signal symptoms of depression.

What could possibly go wrong?

(It's encouraging to see how many FReepers picked up on this point)

11 posted on 06/17/2012 10:03:08 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: thecodont

I agree with the theory that self pity is at the root of depression, and that would mean people who frequent liberal websites are clinically depressed, whatever that means. They should be put in straight jackets before they hurt themselves or someone else, or before they can use their votes to hurt us.


12 posted on 06/17/2012 10:03:57 AM PDT by pallis
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To: thecodont

I’m on the internet because the household TV is monopolized by baseball games of which I tire quickly - esp. when the team you’re watching and rooting for is in last place.


13 posted on 06/17/2012 10:05:18 AM PDT by randita
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To: thecodont
And who decides what the "standards" are for "depression"?
Some unhinged whackjob over at DU?

Go to an unapproved site, such as FR, and "warning flags" alert the authorities, who send the jack boots to confiscate your guns "for your protection". Disagreement and protest will only confirm your "depression" and require detainment or if "severe enough", immediate termination.

14 posted on 06/17/2012 10:06:27 AM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: thecodont

I already know I’m depressed. I suspect most ‘depressives’ do.


15 posted on 06/17/2012 10:08:17 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1244 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: thecodont
Hanging around online can make you depressive.
16 posted on 06/17/2012 10:08:58 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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To: pallis
clinically depressed, whatever that means

It means you are sad for a reason not apparent to the diagnostician who lacks a particle of empathy, and who has been taught that you are just an elaborate biological machine anyhow.

17 posted on 06/17/2012 10:13:42 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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To: Sequoyah101

>>Yeah, you like that idea?

I can see the linkage they suggest but....<<

It is a warning — and a prediction.


18 posted on 06/17/2012 10:27:36 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Lady Lucky

>>It means you are sad for a reason not apparent to the diagnostician who lacks a particle of empathy, and who has been taught that you are just an elaborate biological machine anyhow. <<

Although I think it is over-diagnosed, are you suggesting that depression is NOT a medical condition? That, if you try hard enough, a person can just undo it?


19 posted on 06/17/2012 10:30:11 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: Lady Lucky

What do we have here?...online psychiatrist....using Sigmund Frued on the people who uses the computer...what the hell is it made for any way? More defecating democrat BS.


20 posted on 06/17/2012 10:32:25 AM PDT by Bullfrogg (American by birth, Irish by heritage, and hellraiser by choice)
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To: freedumb2003

I did not mean to “suggest” anything at all. If you find my comment obscure, I hope someone else won’t! :)


21 posted on 06/17/2012 10:32:38 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
I can just see the automated emails now:

Dear Mr. Smith (ID# S187652432BAE),
There has been a recent change in your internet habits indicating that you may be suffering from depression. Your Mental Health Predictive Risk Indicator (MHPRI) has increased from a value of .55 to .83, which is indicative of depressive, aggressive or self-destructive tendencies. Please contact your local National Health Care Coordination Office (NHCCO) to arrange a visit with a mental health care professional. Please refer to Case# M982278222C.

Two months later, you decide it is time to get your conceal carry permit renewed. The application is denied with the message:

Dear Mr. Smith (ID# S187652432BAE),
Your request for a conceal carry permit has been denied. You have been flagged with a MHPRI that exceeds the guidelines for a conceal carry permit. There is an outstanding appointment requirement that must be fulfilled before your application can be processed. Refer to Case# M982278222C. Since you have not acted on this suggestion from the National Health Care Office (NHCO) after you fulfill that suggestion for counseling, you will then need set up an appointment to review your application in person with a National Firearms Registry tribunal board.

Then one day you get called into your boss's office, and he says:

"Winston, the National Work Fitness Office (NWFO) has send us a notification that, due to increasing incidents of road rage, all companies using nationally registered drivers must temporarily suspend without pay (pending an NHCO evaluation) drivers who have outstanding NHCO appointment suggestions with a category 2 flag. What? Er, I don't know what a category two flag means. Let me look it up. Hmm. That is a suggestion you seek mental health counseling. Really? Why didn't you notify us as regulations instruct you to when you got the initial request you contact the NHCCO so set up an appointment? This is serious. Look, other employees have put in anonymous cases on you for speaking against our diversity program and our plans for "Gay Love Week". This shows me you cannot be trusted...for all I know, you could be a hate-speech filled ticking time bomb, just waiting to bring an assault rifle into work to kill us. We are going to have to let you go..."

22 posted on 06/17/2012 10:32:56 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: Lady Lucky

I got what you meant, :-).


23 posted on 06/17/2012 10:36:43 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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To: Lady Lucky; blam
"...Hanging around online can make you depressive...."

Hahahaha...especially if you read blam's posts!

(Heh, only kidding, blam...:)

24 posted on 06/17/2012 10:37:17 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: Lady Lucky

>>I did not mean to “suggest” anything at all<<
So you STATE depression is not a medical condition/ That, if you try hard enough, a person can just undo it.

And your MD is in what, exactly?


25 posted on 06/17/2012 10:38:21 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: thecodont

I’ve NEVER had a problem admitting when I have a problem. It all just depends on whether I want to do anything about it or not...

Of course, the internet gets boring because I reached the end of it several months ago...it’s all just a repeat to me now.


26 posted on 06/17/2012 10:40:19 AM PDT by moovova
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To: freedumb2003

You’re a bit hostile, aren’t you? Kindly do not rephrase and misrepresent my comment. I shall not respond to you further.


27 posted on 06/17/2012 10:41:31 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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To: rlmorel
Dear Mr. Smith (ID# S187652432BAE)

Well done, Sir.

28 posted on 06/17/2012 10:44:15 AM PDT by moovova
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To: thecodont
In a study to be published in a forthcoming issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, we and our colleagues found that students who showed signs of depression tended to use the Internet differently from those who showed no symptoms of depression.

The depressed visited more sites on how to commit suicide. Thanks, feds, for the money handout. Now, onto our next study which shows a difference between sites males and females spend most of their time visiting, again, all paid by you, the taxpayer...

29 posted on 06/17/2012 10:49:37 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Sequoyah101
a software application that could be installed on home computers and mobile devices.

Ha! No thanks.

30 posted on 06/17/2012 10:50:11 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: thecodont
I'm depressed everytime my baseball team loses.

Not my ream per se but this is what happens. After they loose I have pre made partials of thrown away barbies, GI Joes and other dolls then they're dressed in pin stripes, Boston red/gray , Dodger blue. I set them op on a log( sometimes it's a baseball card of a pic on a stick of some idiot I do NOT like far down the way so as not to harm anyone and fire away with my nice Remington 700, or maybe full auto on the Mattel, the AR-15 or the MP-5 and for up close and personal the special loads for my sig sauer P-226 then a finishing touch with the Walther P-22. If i still cannot hit anything well, the Ithica( I had a 36, you know the duck bulled contraption that blows whole front of houses away!).

If I'm still angry and not laughing at the sheer fun of blowing hell out of dolls, the fun and idiocy of it I take out the samurai sword, make weird noises like John Belushi and hack away.

Of course if there's a pheasant,dove, the neighbors pigeons, a deer or a real live duckie, a squirrel or a rabbit, well they take precedence. I am depressed no longer. Go back to watching baseball and have fun cleaning, and reloading all over again...then I go to church Bible studies...muahahahahahahaa. Eat that you &*&^&* shrinks!*retired shrinker aka nurse scratchit

31 posted on 06/17/2012 10:51:16 AM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: rlmorel
"Hahahaha...especially if you read blam's posts! "

You apparently weren't paying attention for the almost ten years that I posted only anthropology/archaeology articles.

Myself, Sabretooth and Ernest_at_The_Beach started the GGG (Gods, Graves and Glyphs) group/feature at Free Republic. SunkenCiv is doing a wonderful job of managing it now.

I don't ping anyone to my posts so you found your own way there.
What does that mean?

32 posted on 06/17/2012 10:51:41 AM PDT by blam
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To: thecodont

Social scientists and “counselors” of almost every stripe are suuuuuuch whiney, opportunistic, controlling attention whores:

They get out their flashy ho clothes after a mass-shooting, so eager to show how indispensable they are.

Some are sincere, but many are would-be cops who hated guns, would-be auditors who had no knack for math.

HERE they go again...


33 posted on 06/17/2012 10:55:19 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: blam

Don’t take it personally, please, blam...I seriously was joking.

I do find my way to your threads you start on my own, they are often threads about the coming collapse of society and such.

I do apologize. Didn’t mean to offend you. Just trying to find some humor anywhere in these admittedly dark times.


34 posted on 06/17/2012 11:05:48 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: moovova

Heh, thanks...kind of has the ring of authenticity to it, doesn’t it?


35 posted on 06/17/2012 11:07:42 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: Lady Lucky

>> Kindly do not rephrase and misrepresent my comment. <<

Your original comment clearly implied my conclusion. It was not complete on its face.

If you did not mean what I said I invite you to clarify. Or leave everyone to conclude as they wish, up to and including my interpretation.

It isn’t hostility — it is clarity.


36 posted on 06/17/2012 11:19:36 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: randita
I’m on the internet because the household TV is...

uh... what's a TV ?

37 posted on 06/17/2012 11:24:43 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Lady Lucky
Hanging around online can make you depressive.


38 posted on 06/17/2012 11:27:10 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: freedumb2003; Lady Lucky
Although I think it is over-diagnosed, are you suggesting that depression is NOT a medical condition? That, if you try hard enough, a person can just undo it?

Depression is real, and a result of (pick one) [childhood environment/alcohol-abuse/drug-abuse/poor self-esteem/the choices you have made in life].

When I started 'doubting' medical opinion is when they came up with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

39 posted on 06/17/2012 11:34:02 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

>>Depression is real, and a result of (pick one) [childhood environment/alcohol-abuse/drug-abuse/poor self-esteem/the choices you have made in life].<<

None of the above. It is a result of complex chemical interactions/imbalances in the brain. Real depression can be treated with drugs specifically to correct these imbalances. This has been proven innumerable times with complete success.

The others are versions of sadness.


40 posted on 06/17/2012 11:38:15 AM PDT by freedumb2003 ('RETRO' Abortions = performed on 84th trimester individuals who think killing babies is a "right.")
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To: moovova; thecodont; Lady Lucky; blam; rlmorel
Of course, the internet gets boring because I reached the end of it several months ago

For those who would like a shortcut. This will explain everything.

The End of the Internet

41 posted on 06/17/2012 11:38:59 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: blam; rlmorel
What does that mean?

Sounded to me like he was just 'pulling your leg'.

42 posted on 06/17/2012 11:42:58 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: null and void
I already know I’m depressed. I suspect most ‘depressives’ do.

Imagine all those mulling throngs of people who go around thinking they are happy, just because they don't know they are depressed. Oh... the humanity.

43 posted on 06/17/2012 11:45:35 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: freedumb2003
It is a result of complex chemical interactions/imbalances in the brain.

That's like explaining obesity by stating that the stomach has acids that digest what we ingest.

The 'issue' is 'what' causes these complex interactions and/or imbalances.

44 posted on 06/17/2012 11:51:20 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2
Damn! I hadn't thought of that!

You're right, if this keeps just one person from feeling happy when they really aren't, it's worth it!

45 posted on 06/17/2012 11:55:31 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1244 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: UCANSEE2

Hahahahaha...THAT was funny! Thanks for posting it!


46 posted on 06/17/2012 11:58:47 AM PDT by rlmorel ("The safest road to Hell is the gradual one." Screwtape (C.S. Lewis))
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To: freedumb2003; Lady Lucky
So you STATE depression is not a medical condition

Don't let this secret out, but depression is a physical condition, and is what generates the mental condition.

We treat it medically (medicinally), but, like most of our MEDICAL problems, we treat the symptoms, and not the cause.

Yes, there are some whose brains aren't wired right, and in their case, medicines are sometimes the only relief.

I suspect that some who are 'clinically' depressed, are not, and some who are not diagnosed that way, are.

I'm not sure we (current medicinal/psychiatric practice in the US) are that good at diagnosing that precisely.

47 posted on 06/17/2012 12:00:57 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Sequoyah101

I agre. We have enough “Nannystateism !”


48 posted on 06/17/2012 12:02:50 PM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: freedumb2003; UCANSEE2

I used to suffer from severe depression. Thoughts of suicide, tried it once (seriously) as a teenager.

Now? Sometimes for a day or an hour, or even a couple of weeks at the most, (but nothing as severe as before) but I know what to do about it.

The “drug solution” is not the real cure; some psychoactive drugs may help a person for a short while - none are meant to be lifelong anyway - until the person can figure out what is wrong with their life choices, or begins to realize that emotions can be controlled, tamed and ultimately changed. The mind does not have to be one’s master.

And some people are by nature more dour and some more jolly. It’s the way the world is. Just like some people have a gimpy leg and some don’t. Some have more prone to anger, or lust, or greed, or are more critical of others, more impatient, more feelings of hopeless, or cheer, rosy colored glasses, etc.

Life is meant for education - to learn lessons, and popping pills to numb what we are experiencing is not the solution.

The person is not the brain, the brain changes with use and what we focus on; the brain is not the engine. The soul is the engine.


49 posted on 06/17/2012 12:05:37 PM PDT by little jeremiah
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To: null and void

Yeah, I was wondering if we should start up a foundation to find a cure.


50 posted on 06/17/2012 12:05:42 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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