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2012-09-16 06:53:47 PM  
Huh. Who'd have thought?
 
2012-09-16 06:57:44 PM  
Not the books I'm reading, that's for sure.
 
2012-09-16 06:59:31 PM  
Sorry, subby, book larnin' is where you get the tinfoil whut keeps God from gettin' in your brainwaves. And 0bammy ain't my preznint. He comes from that country on the underside of the world where they bark like dogs, jump around on a single, giant foot and have eyes in their stomachs.
 
2012-09-16 07:01:23 PM  
Also, this:

28.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-09-16 07:01:32 PM  
What about books on tape?
 
2012-09-16 07:01:51 PM  
Very good for expanding your mind

imageshack.us
 
2012-09-16 07:02:52 PM  
25.media.tumblr.com

What are you readin' for?
 
2012-09-16 07:03:21 PM  
Yes, Obama is president of the world.
 
2012-09-16 07:03:26 PM  
What are "3 things Tea Party Republicans don't believe in?
 
2012-09-16 07:04:21 PM  
Or so the liberal media wants you to believe....

/if its round why haven't I fallen off yet?
 
2012-09-16 07:05:29 PM  
that muslin ain't my president
 
2012-09-16 07:08:23 PM  

reillan: What are "3 things Tea Party Republicans don't believe in?


We have a winner!
 
2012-09-16 07:08:40 PM  

MrEricSir: Not the books I'm reading, that's for sure.


Indeed, I find it hard to believe this is good for your brain.

photo.goodreads.com 

I've actually read it (don't ask) and felt dumber for it afterwards.
 
2012-09-16 07:08:57 PM  
Ever since I tuk the Evelyn Woodhead sped reddin coars, my reddin has improved 100 procent.
 
2012-09-16 07:10:25 PM  
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i.imgur.com
 
2012-09-16 07:10:53 PM  
if its good they'll make a movie of it. i'll catch it then.
 
2012-09-16 07:11:14 PM  
Counter-study finds that reading books isn't good for your brain which means Sarah Palin is automatically president and Obama has to make love to the president of the Flat Earth society while the Timecube guy films it
 
2012-09-16 07:11:25 PM  

fusillade762: MrEricSir: Not the books I'm reading, that's for sure.

Indeed, I find it hard to believe this is good for your brain.

[photo.goodreads.com image 299x450] 

I've actually read it (don't ask) and felt dumber for it afterwards.


I tried. I felt like I was being yelled at from the first page.
 
2012-09-16 07:12:03 PM  
Looking at the picture that came with the article. I think it's better if the brain is still in your head.
 
2012-09-16 07:12:35 PM  
If reading was good for your brain then why are there so many retards in the Politics tab?
 
2012-09-16 07:13:56 PM  
Wasn't this announced about ten years ago after some Alzheimer research project? Reading was noted to stave off onset and even slow deterioration of existing patients.
 
2012-09-16 07:16:46 PM  
In spite of these findings, Philips warned against "historical nostalgia, or assuming those of the 18th century were less distracted than we are today." She asserts that Enlightenment-era writers (her area of expertise) were just as concerned about withering attention spans as we are today.

I...don't get the path this article took. I can infer, but how about the article writer stop trying to throw out some tangential comment and instead make an informative article, such as the one you basically used which says exactly what is meant by "blood flow increased beyond executive function regions" by including the fact blood flow increases to regions associated with concentration. Just another sentence or two, just a few more details...
 
2012-09-16 07:23:10 PM  

fusillade762: MrEricSir: Not the books I'm reading, that's for sure.

Indeed, I find it hard to believe this is good for your brain.

[photo.goodreads.com image 299x450] 

I've actually read it (don't ask) and felt dumber for it afterwards.


You are a rare person to have read the book. I see a lot of that book unread in the thrift store. Most of those people buy the book thinking it's readable.
 
2012-09-16 07:23:16 PM  
I have thought once that it was only books but also billboard that I read.
 
2012-09-16 07:24:34 PM  
I love to read when I have time, but right now audio books are my friend. I'm listening to The Watchers by Dean Koontz.
 
2012-09-16 07:24:59 PM  

Lurk sober post drunk: if its good they'll make a movie of it. i'll catch it then.


You're drunk.
 
2012-09-16 07:28:30 PM  
It's funny because the people who deny Obama's presidency also can't read.
 
2012-09-16 07:32:22 PM  
"...the world is round. Obama is president."

Citation please
 
2012-09-16 07:34:35 PM  
Meanwhile, by the same brain blood-flow metric used in the article, watching the movie is even better, which just goes to show you that the stupid derp of reading being quantifiably good in any sense is just more pull-the-numbers-out-of-my-ass-ism.

At least they didn't derp their way to the paragon of hurf-durf, and once again reiterate the stupidest utterance ever...'reading is good for the imagination'. Durrrrr...people who read are 25.8% more imaginative that those who didn't, with a 3.9 SEM and 19.1% to 30.9% CI95%...durrrf With a median increase in imagination quotient of 3.6 imagination units. Durrrr.
 
2012-09-16 07:35:20 PM  

flamingboar: I love to read when I have time, but right now audio books are my friend. I'm listening to The Watchers by Dean Koontz.


I'm sorry
 
2012-09-16 07:43:47 PM  

skinink: If reading was good for your brain then why are there so many retards in the Politics tab?


Based on the responses to linked articles and posts you see here, how many of these people do you think can actually read?
 
2012-09-16 07:44:04 PM  

wildcardjack: fusillade762: MrEricSir: Not the books I'm reading, that's for sure.

Indeed, I find it hard to believe this is good for your brain.

[photo.goodreads.com image 299x450] 

I've actually read it (don't ask) and felt dumber for it afterwards.

You are a rare person to have read the book. I see a lot of that book unread in the thrift store. Most of those people buy the book thinking it's readable.


A friend of mine got it as a gift from someone. He had no interest in reading it so I thought I'd give it a shot. Ugh. Part of me wanted to get a pen and mark all the falsehoods, hyperbole and flat out lies it contained. But then I realized I'd probably be out of ink after the first couple chapters.

The funny part is I tried to sell it at Powell's later (with a bunch of other books) and the buyer there almost laughed at me. Needless to say they didn't want it (it was the only one of the bunch they didn't take).
 
2012-09-16 07:47:42 PM  

Lafiel: flamingboar: I love to read when I have time, but right now audio books are my friend. I'm listening to The Watchers by Dean Koontz.

I'm sorry


It's a good book! His recent books however...
 
2012-09-16 07:47:52 PM  

flamingboar: I love to read when I have time, but right now audio books are my friend. I'm listening to The Watchers by Dean Koontz.


I always wondered what people did while listening to books. Please enlighten me.

Reason for said wondering: if you are listening to the book while doing other things, wouldn't you need to rewind a couple of times because you missed something? When I'm reading I'll lose track of the world around me, I've had people yell at me just because they couldn't get my attention using a normal tone of voice. But while listening to a book I would be doing a 100 other things, which in turn would mean that I'd have my attention at those other things which would mean I'd miss at least halve the book.
 
2012-09-16 07:51:47 PM  

TwowheelinTim: Lurk sober post drunk: if its good they'll make a movie of it. i'll catch it then.

You're drunk.


heh, true. drunk and rereading a favorite novella. it's like comfort food.
 
2012-09-16 07:52:12 PM  
They haven't fired Obama yet...?
 
2012-09-16 07:52:57 PM  

DerAppie: flamingboar: I love to read when I have time, but right now audio books are my friend. I'm listening to The Watchers by Dean Koontz.

I always wondered what people did while listening to books. Please enlighten me.

Reason for said wondering: if you are listening to the book while doing other things, wouldn't you need to rewind a couple of times because you missed something? When I'm reading I'll lose track of the world around me, I've had people yell at me just because they couldn't get my attention using a normal tone of voice. But while listening to a book I would be doing a 100 other things, which in turn would mean that I'd have my attention at those other things which would mean I'd miss at least halve the book.


well which is it? I'd suggest less back swing with the cleaver if it's miss...
 
2012-09-16 07:53:09 PM  
Obamas tweets about the four killings in Libya--1(ONE) tweets about Jay-Z and Beyonce--47..

So yes, it's very hard to believe this shiathead is president
 
2012-09-16 07:55:32 PM  

DerAppie: flamingboar: I love to read when I have time, but right now audio books are my friend. I'm listening to The Watchers by Dean Koontz.

I always wondered what people did while listening to books. Please enlighten me.

Reason for said wondering: if you are listening to the book while doing other things, wouldn't you need to rewind a couple of times because you missed something? When I'm reading I'll lose track of the world around me, I've had people yell at me just because they couldn't get my attention using a normal tone of voice. But while listening to a book I would be doing a 100 other things, which in turn would mean that I'd have my attention at those other things which would mean I'd miss at least halve the book.


When I first started listening to audio books, it was hard to concentrate on the story and work at the same time. But after some expirence with it, it's easy to dive right in. I do have a problem with ignoring the world while listening, but it's a good thing sometimes :D
 
2012-09-16 07:56:55 PM  

DerAppie: flamingboar: I love to read when I have time, but right now audio books are my friend. I'm listening to The Watchers by Dean Koontz.

I always wondered what people did while listening to books. Please enlighten me.

Reason for said wondering: if you are listening to the book while doing other things, wouldn't you need to rewind a couple of times because you missed something? When I'm reading I'll lose track of the world around me, I've had people yell at me just because they couldn't get my attention using a normal tone of voice. But while listening to a book I would be doing a 100 other things, which in turn would mean that I'd have my attention at those other things which would mean I'd miss at least halve the book.


I majored in Literature for my undergrad degree, I was studying full time and working full time plus I had an hour's drive to and from work each day. so I would put an audio book into the 'tape player' for the drive each day. I did occasionally realise I had no idea what had just been said, but it was a great way of 'reading' during some down time. I usually still picked up a print copy of the book for writing the assignments (although, due to 'shiat happening' I did write up Brighton Rock without ever having picked up a print copy (and still passed).
 
2012-09-16 07:58:30 PM  

DerAppie: flamingboar: I love to read when I have time, but right now audio books are my friend. I'm listening to The Watchers by Dean Koontz.

I always wondered what people did while listening to books. Please enlighten me.

Reason for said wondering: if you are listening to the book while doing other things, wouldn't you need to rewind a couple of times because you missed something? When I'm reading I'll lose track of the world around me, I've had people yell at me just because they couldn't get my attention using a normal tone of voice. But while listening to a book I would be doing a 100 other things, which in turn would mean that I'd have my attention at those other things which would mean I'd miss at least halve the book.



I used to listen to audiobooks when I had to drive a lot at work, it beat the hell out of anything that the local "DJs" were puking into the airwaves, now that I have my little workshop I listen to em while I cut, file, stain or any of the other 999999 boring repetitive things I do, it passes the time and only rarely do I have to go back and find out what I missed.
 
2012-09-16 07:58:50 PM  

fusillade762: MrEricSir: Not the books I'm reading, that's for sure.

Indeed, I find it hard to believe this is good for your brain.

 

I've actually read it (don't ask) and felt dumber for it afterwards.


Sun Tzu would applaud you. Don't be ashamed.
 
2012-09-16 08:01:03 PM  
Not all books.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor
 
2012-09-16 08:02:21 PM  

SevenizGud: At least they didn't derp their way to the paragon of hurf-durf... Durrrrr...people who read are 25.8% more imaginative that those who didn't, with a 3.9 SEM and 19.1% to 30.9% CI95%...durrrf With a median increase in imagination quotient of 3.6 imagination units. Durrrr.


I dont know. Those numbers do sound fairly convincing.
 
2012-09-16 08:05:29 PM  

SevenizGud: Meanwhile, by the same brain blood-flow metric used in the article, watching the movie is even better, which just goes to show you that the stupid derp of reading being quantifiably good in any sense is just more pull-the-numbers-out-of-my-ass-ism.

At least they didn't derp their way to the paragon of hurf-durf, and once again reiterate the stupidest utterance ever...'reading is good for the imagination'. Durrrrr...people who read are 25.8% more imaginative that those who didn't, with a 3.9 SEM and 19.1% to 30.9% CI95%...durrrf With a median increase in imagination quotient of 3.6 imagination units. Durrrr.


I'm all for kangaroo trials and public executions for those who use the word derp. Really.
 
2012-09-16 08:06:55 PM  

fusillade762: MrEricSir: Not the books I'm reading, that's for sure.

Indeed, I find it hard to believe this is good for your brain.

[photo.goodreads.com image 299x450] 

I've actually read it (don't ask) and felt dumber for it afterwards.


It's good for your brain to understand that there really are stupid assholes and coonts in this world.

What it is bad for is your blood pressure, which is why I can never even look at her "books".
 
2012-09-16 08:11:59 PM  
I thought the Earth was an oblate spheroid, not round...
What's an Obama? It sounds like a colon cleanser...
 
2012-09-16 08:19:50 PM  
I have a real problem with blanket statements like this. You cannot tell me that reading "50 Shades of Grey" is better for my intellectual development that watching TedTalks on Astrophysics, Sociology and World Politics.

No way.
 
2012-09-16 08:31:00 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I have a real problem with blanket statements like this. You cannot tell me that reading "50 Shades of Grey" is better for my intellectual development that watching TedTalks on Astrophysics, Sociology and World Politics.

No way.


No, but I can say that reading "50 Shades" is still better for your brain than staring glassy-eyed at "Honey Boo-Boo" for 45 minutes.
 
2012-09-16 08:31:05 PM  

flamingboar:

When I first started listening to audio books, it was hard to concentrate on the story and work at the same time. But after some expirence with it, it's easy to dive right in. I do have a problem with ignoring the world while listening, but it's a good thing sometimes :D


I just can't see me choosing a audiobook over the actual text, just personal preferences I guess. The only exception being the car, as mentioned by others. You aren't doing anything exceptionally intensive (especially on the highway) so you'd be able to focus on the audio. But I'd still want the book for my collection which would mean that I'd need to travel by car at least 10x as much as I do now to finish the audio book within the month, or finish the book on day one because fark it, eating and sleeping are overrated and finish the printed copy.
 
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