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Human Brain Continues To Develop Until Well Into 30s and 40s (at least!)

Started this discussion. Last reply by Strega May 2. 5 Replies

New research from the UK shows the brain continues to develop after childhood and puberty, and is not fully developed until people are well into their 30s and 40s. The findings contradict current…Continue

Tags: aging, development, brain

What Forms Do the Gifts Take that Folks Here Can Give to Others?

Started this discussion. Last reply by kris feenstra Mar 2. 1 Reply

On the Friends pages I see the words "Give a Gift" and wonder what, if anything, giving one may cost me.What kinds have others given or received?Continue

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Is Obama Too Compromised By Investor or Corporate Money to Push Republicans To the Wall?

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Are Congressional Democrats too compromised by money from the same sources?If you follow the news you've heard what President Obama will propose in the SOTU address.Unless the Republicans in Congress…Continue

Tags: SOTU, Republicans, Obama, Democrats, 2016

Do Corporate Leaders Pay Attention to Their Bottom Line: Their Profits?

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Customer protests have moved a few companies to quit ALEC (the most extreme of the many conservative lobbying organizations).Will customer protests move companies to reconsider their use of our…Continue

Tags: politics, corruption

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Tom Sarbeck replied to Belle Rose's discussion 'The Church of Satan'
"Belle, I joined when I saw in the Atheists United newsletter that the CofS insisted that the State of Florida, where I once lived, accept their xmas display with the other displays in the capitol rotunda. With UA help it didn't require a…"
May 6
Tom Sarbeck replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"I read long ago -- don't remember the source -- that folks in ancient times believed a man's sperm carried the offspring and a woman's body merely incubated it. Thus the penalty for what's-his-name's withdrawing and spilling…"
May 6
Strega replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Human Brain Continues To Develop Until Well Into 30s and 40s (at least!)'
"There's a difference between the proposition that our brains physically develop and age and experience simply giving us wisdom and a better statistical base of information from which to make better decisions. I think we are all pretty much…"
May 2
Davis Goodman replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Human Brain Continues To Develop Until Well Into 30s and 40s (at least!)'
"+1"
May 2
Ed replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Human Brain Continues To Develop Until Well Into 30s and 40s (at least!)'
"Tom, You late bloomers are all alike. haha I concur with Davis about being more sympathetic and less indifferent to the struggles of those around me. If anything my decision to be more open about my atheism has allowed me to develop humanistically.…"
May 2
Davis Goodman replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Human Brain Continues To Develop Until Well Into 30s and 40s (at least!)'
"I've found my sense of sympathy and empathy has grown remarkably in the last five years and I'm just 35. When watching movies and reading books today which I first read 5-10 years ago, I find myself putting myself in their skin and picking…"
May 1
Belle Rose replied to Tom Sarbeck's discussion 'Human Brain Continues To Develop Until Well Into 30s and 40s (at least!)'
"That explains a lot!"
May 1
Tom Sarbeck posted a discussion

Human Brain Continues To Develop Until Well Into 30s and 40s (at least!)

New research from the UK shows the brain continues to develop after childhood and puberty, and is not fully developed until people are well into their 30s and 40s. The findings contradict current theories that the brain matures much earlier.Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a neuroscientist with the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London, said until around a decade ago many scientists had "pretty much assumed that the human brain stopped developing in early childhood,"…See More
May 1
Tom Sarbeck replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"Reg, this might answer your question: one of pre-revolutionary France's monarchs said he was the state. "
Apr 30
Tom Sarbeck replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"Beanie, the universe didn't simply happen; you and I and the rest of homo sapiens simply happened. "
Apr 30
Tom Sarbeck replied to Kirk LeFou's discussion 'Why do Atheists have to be freaking science experts?'
"Kirk, I reserve replies such as "Beats me" for conversations with other BDSM fans. Pragmatism inspired me to reply with something like "Will having an answer help me pay the rent?" Does atheism require a knowledge of…"
Apr 29
Tom Sarbeck commented on Belle Rose's group 'Lobbying - it is SO easy!'
"It's combat, arch, without the bloodshed of war. "
Mar 5
Tom Sarbeck commented on Belle Rose's group 'Lobbying - it is SO easy!'
"I saw it, arch. It's a crappy thing to do. Both parties have attached hateful stuff to necessary legislation but the religious fanatics who today own the Republican Party want a theocracy and have more stuff they want to put into law. "
Mar 5
Mai left a comment for Tom Sarbeck
"Hi Tom, I consider myself lucky, there are a lot more people that had/have it worse off than me. There are so many societies, areas, institutions or religons I would not have liked to have grown up in, where the dogma would have completely taken…"
Mar 2
Tom Sarbeck posted a discussion

What Forms Do the Gifts Take that Folks Here Can Give to Others?

On the Friends pages I see the words "Give a Gift" and wonder what, if anything, giving one may cost me.What kinds have others given or received?See More
Mar 2
Tom Sarbeck commented on Belle Rose's group 'Lobbying - it is SO easy!'
"Born to ethnic German parents, I lobby for democracy.In the world, I lobby for employees to own their workplaces.In the USA, I lobby for a national initiative and referendum.Where I am, I lobby against totalitarianism and authoritarianism.How do…"
Mar 2

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Your Religious Status
Atheist
About Me:
Korean War veteran, was an electrician aboard a US Navy destroyer. BA in math and economics from the University of Florida. Married for 6 years to a freethinker, and for reasons too complicated to tell here we chose to remain childless. Retired from computer manufacturing. Running for election to Arizona Legislature was another education; I learned a lot but happily the incumbent won. Now living in SF Bay Area's Napa County and loving it.
Age
83-88
Relationship Status
Single
Why are you here?
In 1957 I chose agnosticism. In 2009 I came out atheist at a home for retired veterans. Many of the 1000+ residents are fallen-away xians; a very few are extremely conservative. About 70% are Dems. A few know I don't pledge allegiance to a piece of cloth; I tell them I will discuss the issue when they pledge allegiance to the Constitution. I enjoy the mental exercise I get in chats on atheist websites.
The religion you left
Catholic
Why you left your religion.
When my parents told me I was going to college because I was too lazy to get a job, I threw them and their god out of my life. Several years later I made a peace of sorts with my parents. In April of 2012, in a Toastmasters Club here, I told of my leaving Catholicism for agnosticism and 50 years later leaving agnosticism for atheism. I tell polite xians that were it not for 12 years in Catholic schools I might still believe a god exists. To xians who try to recruit me, I say religion is the biggest fraud ever perpetrated on humankind. They stop trying.
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How did you hear about Think Atheist?
When TA was a contestant in the About Contest.

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At 4:33am on March 2, 2015, Mai said…

Hi Tom,

I consider myself lucky, there are a lot more people that had/have it worse off than me. There are so many societies, areas, institutions or religons I would not have liked to have grown up in, where the dogma would have completely taken over & controlled my whole life.

We are surely lucky we are out the other side. I'm even thankful, in a way, to my religious upbringing. I hated that I had to do religious education at the time, what was that qualification going to be any good for? but now I find it quite useful. It contributed to the atheist I am.

All the best, Mai

At 8:10pm on January 14, 2015, Davis Goodman said…

Great line. I think that applies even more broadly.

Humour: Start a line clearly leading to an obvious and expected conclusion and then finish it with an entertaining line that is equally plausible (or better implausible) but catches you off guard. :)

At 3:38pm on December 23, 2014, Belle Rose said…
Thanks Tom! Hmmm award winning plays, now there's an idea!
At 8:51am on August 4, 2014, Ed said…

Ah yes, we've come a long way since the Prohibitionists marched down the streets garbed in black and carrying placards bemoaning the evils of spirits

At 10:15am on August 3, 2014, Ari said…

Hey there, thanks for being my friend! :) I start school on the 27th and I really don't know what to do. I'm just going for computer science because I know it'll be useful but don't know if I'd enjoy it. I hope I do so I don't have to change my major, but it's a big risk. It's pretty stressful and scary thinking about it because of the expenses. :/

At 11:34pm on August 1, 2014, Ed said…

Tom,

Napa County huh? Wine country if I'm correct. I have a small vineyard here in Arkansas. En vino veritas.

At 2:35pm on June 17, 2014, Abdulrahman Aliyu said…
That's right friend, if we can really rely on the unseenism we will be free from internet's brain damage.
At 9:22pm on May 12, 2014, Ari said…

I'm sorry that you and your brothers had to go through that.

At first I was thinking along the lines of a huge steal. Sorry, that I misunderstood. :(

At 1:27am on May 12, 2014, Ari said…

Wait a second. I compared the message you've sent here to the initial one I received by mail about my discussion and I find it funny but scary at the same time. You stole things in the past? I appreciate your advice but what was left on the e-mail is very questionable. I would find it very scary to come back to see my home a mess and I'd feel very violated. I really don't know what to think about to this. I guess what is done is done, but I wouldn't see stealing as necessary unless your life of yourself or someone you love is at high risk. :s

At 2:25am on June 23, 2013, Karl Hanks said…

Hi Tom!  Just joined so I only have said hello!  Hello!

 
 
 

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