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"Ha!" Takes a Serious Look at Humor

"Ha!" Takes a Serious Look at Humor | reeding and righting | Scoop.it
Understanding laughter yields insights into how our brains process a complex world and how that, in turn, makes us who we are.
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This article is a book review from the New York Times, written by Florence Williams. I find the subject of laughter very interesting. The book being reviewed "Ha!", deals with the science and psychology behind laughter and humor. There are a number of factors that determine what we find funny. There are some very significant physiological processes that take place when we laugh. The old adage states "Laughter is the best medicine." I tend to believe that this is true, but I wonder if scientific research backs this theory up. The author of the book is cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems. I think this would be a very interesting read.

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18 Seductive Writing Tips That'll Leave Your Readers Begging for More

18 Seductive Writing Tips That'll Leave Your Readers Begging for More | reeding and righting | Scoop.it
Ever feel your writing isn't getting the response it deserves? Here's why: readers don't want to be informed, they want to be seduced. Here's how...
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This as a post by, Henneke Duistermaat, author of the book Blog to win Business. She gives some very good writing tips that I believe are applicable for more than just blog writing. She talks about the importance of certain word choices and warns about using too few or too many descriptors. She also talks about tone, relatedness, and making yourself vulnerable in your writing. I think she makes some very relevant points about how to keep your audiences attention and how to avoid being predictable. I think a lot of her tips are even relevant for writing or revising a research paper.                                   

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Director's Cut: ‘The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,’ by Hunter S. Thompson

Director's Cut: ‘The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved,’ by Hunter S. Thompson | reeding and righting | Scoop.it
Revisiting one of the Good Doctor's greatest hits.
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This is a classic article by Hunter S. Thompson, written for Scanlan‘s an anti-establishment magazine, in 1970.

Thompson is one of my all time favorite writers. I love the way he uses outlandish descriptions and hyperbole in what is supposed to be non-fiction journalism. He had a very unique way of looking at the world, and I think he was brilliant in his madness.

This article is about much more than the event he was covering which was the Kentucky Derby. It is about people, perceptions, and the political and social climate of that time. It is fun to read because Hunter S. Thompson makes you see things through his eyes which I think is the mark of a successful writer.

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Scientific Pride and Prejudice

Scientific Pride and Prejudice | reeding and righting | Scoop.it
Researchers can learn from literary critics how to confront their own biases.
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This article talks about the "confirmation bias" that exists even in scientific research literature. One would think that the empirical system's purpose of finding the truth would deter researchers from shaping the results of their experimental findings, but this is not always true. Keep in mind that this article was taken from the "opinion" section of the New York Times. The irony is that this very article is, by definition, a biased view.

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Why Visit Your Campus Writing Center? | Writing Spaces

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This is an essay from writingspaces.org, written by Ben Rafoth, that discusses the benefits of utilizing your campus' writing center. He talks about how it is essential to have a "reader" when you are writing in order to gain new insights and to find problems. This process begins a dialogue which can help direct and clarify your ideas and goals. He states that another important aspect of this kind of review is that the tutors will often help you gain confidence by pointing out your strengths. This helps the writer get over the initial anxiety of having someone read their writing. He compares this process to a comedian who is perfecting a new routine. He cannot expect to be great and flawlessly funny right out of the gate.

I haven't yet been to the writing center, mostly because of my hectic schedule. I do intend to make it in there as soon as possible. It definitely can't hurt, right?

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Why am I doing this? - Keith Zeier

Why am I doing this? - Keith Zeier | reeding and righting | Scoop.it
I am doing this because it is something that I am truly passionate about and believe in the impact that it can have on others. I have always been a firm believer that nothing is worth doing if you ...
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This is a blog article from a non-profit organization, Ascents of Honor, that gives monetary support for family members of deceased or severely injured Special Ops military members. The organization was founded by the Author of the article, Keith Zeier. Keith was a member of my platoon that deployed in 2006 to Fallujah Iraq. He was wounded in an IED attack, and as a result lost his left leg. He currently is very active with this charity in which he climbs mountains to promote the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Keith always wanted to have a full career in the Marine Corps, but since that is no longer possible, this is his way of giving back. He is an inspiration and a true hero.

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This is a blog article from a non-profit organization, Ascents of Honor, that gives monetary support for family members of deceased or severely injured Special Ops military members. The organization was founded by the Author of the article, Keith Zeier. Keith was a member of my platoon that deployed in 2006 to Fallujah Iraq. He was wounded in an IED attack, and as a result lost his left leg. He currently is very active with this charity in which he climbs mountains to promote the Special Operations Warrior Foundation. Keith always wanted to have a full career in the Marine Corps, but since that is no longer possible, this is his way of giving back. He is an inspiration and a true hero.

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The health benefits of writing about intensely positive experiences

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This is an article from Sciencedirect.com which discusses the results of a 90 person study that tested the effect that writing about positive events has on one's mood.

I find study's like this very interesting because I am a firm believer in the power of positive thinking. By focusing on uplifting areas of our lives, we allow ourselves to have a better outlook, which even affects our health, both mental and physical.

I also thought it was interesting that even writing about negative or traumatic experiences has benefits. I guess writing is just an overall good thing to do!

 

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