As I drive to my work daily I see a huge billboard on the way, which says “Bodies – The Exhibition”. It never caught my attention to know what it was about. Being a person who disliked medical field as a student, overlooking an advert related to medical field was easy, until the day, when my sister-in-law who plans to visit us in couple of days mentioned about it and her enthusiasm to go see it. That aroused some curiosity in me to check out what this body exhibition was all about. So I planned a visit to it in Atlanta where I live.
The “Bodies” exhibit or museum as it is called is located in busy by-lanes of one of the trendy streets of Atlanta, called “Atlantic Station”. A very unusual place for a museum to be set, where hunks roam in lowered pants that mark the new mantra of fashion, and where beautiful girls in their dazzling garbs and alluring beauty tantalize your imagination, lines of nice restaurants on the street whose delicious aroma of food fills your nostrils as you pass by them. The crisscross of narrow lanes gives a feeling of funky town. With some skepticism, and little expectation, I entered the Bodies museum, where a skeleton hanging from top with its wide teeth and hollow eyes, welcomed me. The first stop was the display of bones. It did not impress me much, as a first impression.I wasn’t sure if the pricy entrance fee for the exhibit was really worth it. Mere looking at the parts on display wasn’t appealing so I resorted to reading the descriptions that complemented the parts on display. “Your bones are 3 times stronger than mild steel, but still constitute only 15% of body weight“… that sounded unbelievable!! (more…)
I meant what I said. Does our eating habit affect our thought? Do some kind of foods help to improve our thinking, memory and processing power? When I was a kid and studying, my mother would always suggest me to eat light vegetarian food, especially green leafy vegetables, reasoning that veggie food is healthier for brain and help me in my studies. Also, elders at home would recommend eating almonds and fishes to improve memory, which I would follow religiously for some day and then give up when I would see no change since I would forget what I had read the previous day 🙂 . In this fast paced world, if we do not see change happening soon, we get disappointed and loose interest in it. We need everything quick, everything in short cut. Moreover, at an age when our senses crave for eating all kinds of addictive crappy food, even ambrosia suggested by elders seems like poison 🙂 . It is difficult to digest the suggestions given by elders, forget about digesting the foods they recommend. Was there sense in what they recommended after all? If veggie food and some type of foods in deed help in developing brain, wouldn’t everybody in this world be intelligent? How many scientists or inventors in this world are vegetarian or eat fish and almonds regularly. Why this perception of foods to be affecting our brain power? Does traditional and age-old belief hold any scientific truth? What does research say about it? Does that endorse what our elders suggest us by their experience or what they followed as a tradition? Let’s turn to some facts and see.
When I was kid I happened to attend a hypnotism show arranged in my primary school. Hypnotism was an unheard and unseen phenomenon for me at that time. Curious that Hypnotism was something like Magic show, I joined other friends of mine to see the show. During the show the hypnotist requested some of the people in the audience, including me, to join his tricks on the stage. I was reluctant to go on stage with a fear that the hypnotist whom I thought to be a magician, would make me disappear or convert me into a pigeon. I put off the idea of going on stage , rather, pushed my close buddy to go ahead.
The hypnotist started his spell on the guys on the stage by waving his hand in front of their faces. He instructed them to go to sleep and in no time all the guys on the stage collapsed on floor in deep sleep, as though someone pulled the mat below their feet, like a block of woods collapse on ground. While all of the guys still lay on the floor in slumber, the hypnotist yelled that a war has broken out and that they need to get up and go on war. He ordered them to get up and get their weapons and armor ready. Within seconds everyone was on their feet, still eyes closed, they pretended to be soldiers and behaved like fierce warriors firing their gun and killing all the enemies on their way. Some lay on the ground pretending to be shot in chest. The scene was very funny. It seemed like they were acting just to make the audience laugh, however, the guys were too serious, some crying in agony and others acting in rage. Later on the hypnotist instructed that the war was over and they have won it, to which, all the guys on stage rejoiced their victory hugging and yelling in joy. Later on he moved all the people on one side and picked only my buddy. (more…)