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2012-11-16 12:26:35 PM
So, you're saying it's Abby Normal?

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2012-11-16 01:01:26 PM
Didn't they notice this stuff 50 years ago?
 
2012-11-16 01:07:11 PM
Not everybody's brain is kept in a file cabinet and forgotten.
 
2012-11-16 01:22:55 PM

Dear Jerk: Not everybody's brain is kept in a file cabinet and forgotten.


Or under the Pirates of the Caribbean.

/i keed
 
2012-11-16 01:27:27 PM
imageshack.us
 
2012-11-16 01:35:29 PM
Nonsense. The man had the brainpan of an inveterate philanderer.
 
2012-11-16 02:01:11 PM

Nurglitch: Nonsense. The man had the brainpan of an inveterate philanderer.


Wow, did the inveterate philanderer ever get it back?

/creepy
 
2012-11-16 02:04:52 PM

Nurglitch: Nonsense. The man had the brainpan of an inveterate philanderer.


so he was promiscuous with his brain a well a his dong. that's a big step pat most of us.
 
2012-11-16 02:16:20 PM
From the comments: DoctorMaster 29 minutes ago
The obvious (and scientific) question is whether these researchers knew beforehand that they were examining photos of Einstein's brain. If a group of neuroscientists were given the same set of photos without being told whose brain it was, would they reach the same conclusions?

That strikes me as valid inquiry.

Also, this thread is already full of silly fun. Keep it up ye who are wittier than I.
 
2012-11-16 02:31:11 PM
He instinctively knew there is no Quarter Pounder sold at McDonalds in France.
 
2012-11-16 02:41:34 PM
News flash: All brains are different. That is all.
 
2012-11-16 02:59:23 PM
Brain and brain! What is brain!
 
2012-11-16 03:06:47 PM

dryknife: He instinctively knew there is no Quarter Pounder sold at McDonalds in France.


Le Royale. With cheese.
 
2012-11-16 03:22:22 PM
It's nice knowing that he's smarter than the rest of us because he had an abnormal brain and not because he actually worked harder than us.
 
2012-11-16 04:01:21 PM
I am not Morg, nor you Morg!
 
2012-11-16 04:33:07 PM

Eternal Virgin: It's nice knowing that he's smarter than the rest of us because he had an abnormal brain and not because he actually worked harder than us.


Sometimes I wonder if modern technology has distracted the masses & stymied innovation.
I can't help but think we would have self flying cars if I couldn't just Google whatever pr0n I wanted.
 
2012-11-16 04:33:27 PM
Einstein was probably one of THEM.
 
2012-11-16 04:36:18 PM
The love of a pimp is very different from that of a square.

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/hot like pimp love
 
2012-11-16 04:58:31 PM

Lunaville: From the comments: DoctorMaster 29 minutes ago
The obvious (and scientific) question is whether these researchers knew beforehand that they were examining photos of Einstein's brain. If a group of neuroscientists were given the same set of photos without being told whose brain it was, would they reach the same conclusions?

That strikes me as valid inquiry.

Also, this thread is already full of silly fun. Keep it up ye who are wittier than I.


Right. Double blind?
 
2012-11-16 05:02:00 PM

JustinCase: Lunaville: From the comments: DoctorMaster 29 minutes ago
The obvious (and scientific) question is whether these researchers knew beforehand that they were examining photos of Einstein's brain. If a group of neuroscientists were given the same set of photos without being told whose brain it was, would they reach the same conclusions?

That strikes me as valid inquiry.

Also, this thread is already full of silly fun. Keep it up ye who are wittier than I.

Right. Double blind?


Possibly; he hasn't been sighted in years.
 
2012-11-16 05:04:08 PM

braedan: Eternal Virgin: It's nice knowing that he's smarter than the rest of us because he had an abnormal brain and not because he actually worked harder than us.

Sometimes I wonder if modern technology has distracted the masses & stymied innovation.
I can't help but think we would have self flying cars if I couldn't just Google whatever pr0n I wanted.


No, the fact that drunk driving exists is the reason that there are no flying cars.
 
2012-11-16 05:30:23 PM

Nebulious: braedan: Eternal Virgin: It's nice knowing that he's smarter than the rest of us because he had an abnormal brain and not because he actually worked harder than us.

Sometimes I wonder if modern technology has distracted the masses & stymied innovation.
I can't help but think we would have self flying cars if I couldn't just Google whatever pr0n I wanted.

No, the fact that drunk driving exists is the reason that there are no flying cars.


He did specify "self" flying cars.
 
2012-11-16 06:47:41 PM

sophus_tree: The love of a pimp is very different from that of a square.

[25.media.tumblr.com image 500x329]

/hot like pimp love


What a Pimp might look like...
aleasemichelle.typepad.com
 
2012-11-16 11:37:32 PM
Tastier?
 
2012-11-17 01:02:22 AM

braedan: Sometimes I wonder if modern technology has distracted the masses & stymied innovation.


Probably not. The time difference of 218 years between Einstein's and Newton's breakthroughs. Two papers that changed scientific study significantly. That would suggest the next revolutionary idea won't come around until 2123 which sucks for us.
 
2012-11-17 04:08:43 AM

Eternal Virgin: It's nice knowing that he's smarter than the rest of us because he had an abnormal brain and not because he actually worked harder than us.


Smart people are smarter than you not because they work harder, but because their brains are faster.

Not to underestimate the value of hard work, but physiology plays a big part in this. Case in point - I am lazy. Extremely lazy. I am very succesful in life because I am smart and have figured out how to make a lot of money doing very little work and just getting paid for being smart.

If I worked hard at something, I might actually be dangerous. Sadly, intelligence doesn't directly translate into motivation to do anything with it, or at least in my case, anything other than to provide comfortably for myself with minimal discomfort and interruptions.

Sickening isn't it?
 
2012-11-17 04:45:04 AM

TwistedFark: Eternal Virgin: It's nice knowing that he's smarter than the rest of us because he had an abnormal brain and not because he actually worked harder than us.

Smart people are smarter than you not because they work harder, but because their brains are faster.

Not to underestimate the value of hard work, but physiology plays a big part in this. Case in point - I am lazy. Extremely lazy. I am very succesful in life because I am smart and have figured out how to make a lot of money doing very little work and just getting paid for being smart.

If I worked hard at something, I might actually be dangerous. Sadly, intelligence doesn't directly translate into motivation to do anything with it, or at least in my case, anything other than to provide comfortably for myself with minimal discomfort and interruptions.

Sickening isn't it?


High five!
 
2012-11-17 11:36:41 PM
Considering the phenotypical diversity displayed by humanity, it is not surprising that some brains fall outside of the normal or expected morphological range. Only very dull people think everyone is born with identical intellects and physical abilities and identical minds, and that "hard work" is the only thing that sets some apart. The fact that some people have greater cognitive capabilities than others should not be used to devalue those less well-endowed, however.
 
2012-11-18 10:39:21 AM

TwistedFark: Eternal Virgin: It's nice knowing that he's smarter than the rest of us because he had an abnormal brain and not because he actually worked harder than us.

Smart people are smarter than you not because they work harder, but because their brains are faster.

Not to underestimate the value of hard work, but physiology plays a big part in this. Case in point - I am lazy. Extremely lazy. I am very succesful in life because I am smart and have figured out how to make a lot of money doing very little work and just getting paid for being smart.

If I worked hard at something, I might actually be dangerous. Sadly, intelligence doesn't directly translate into motivation to do anything with it, or at least in my case, anything other than to provide comfortably for myself with minimal discomfort and interruptions.

Sickening isn't it?


The great thing about being smart is that you can think up creative and useful ways to be lazy. Last weekend I moved singlehandedly without a truck. About a month and a half ahead of time, I rented a storage unit around the corner from work. Almost every day until move day, I loaded a few boxes of nonessentials into my Civic Coupe and dropped them off in the storage unit. Laziness did take precedence a few of those days (though to be fair, I have been working a ridiculous amount of overtime lately thanks to my company's refusal to take my advice until they were more than a year behind, at which point I made them beg and offer me more money to come back and fix it for them), so the final move took three carloads instead of the anticipated one, but overall it was fairly painless. Much cheaper than hiring movers, and about the same cost as renting a truck and annoying my friends by asking them for help.

Admittedly, both apartments are one bedroom, and I didn't bring any of my furniture (I was fleeing an infestation of bedbugs and roaches the likes of which I have never before seen; part of the reason for staging everything in a storage unit was to surround everything with boric acid and diatomaceous earth and give it time to work), but still, it worked out pretty well. The nonessentials will make their way to the new place a few boxes at a time, and in another month or so I'll be done.

/A few roaches made it into the boxes that came straight here, but I've gotten most of them already
//I'm not even worried about the bedbugs, but explaining how I did that would be a massive threadjack. EIP if you want to know.
 
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