July 24th, 2006 - Open Knowledge
Jul. 24th, 2006
Lack of sleep saps men's brain power
22 July 2006
From New Scientist Print Edition. Subscribe and get 4 free issues.
IF YOU have ever thought you were stupid to sleep with someone, consider this. Sharing your bed could actually make you stupid if you are a man - at least temporarily.
Even without having sex, bed sharing disturbs sleep quality, say Gerhard Kloesch and colleagues from the University of Vienna, Austria. The team recruited eight unmarried, childless couples, and used questionnaires and a wrist activity monitor, an "actigraph", to assess sleep patterns after 10 nights together and 10 apart.
Men and women fared differently. While men thought they slept better with a partner, and women believed they didn't, actually both sexes had more disturbed sleep, even when they did not have sex. Lack of sleep led to increased stress hormone levels in men, and reduced their ability to perform simple cognitive tests the next day.
However, the women apparently slept more deeply when they did sleep, since they claimed to be more refreshed than their sleep time suggested. Their stress levels and mental scores did not suffer to the same extent.
Kloesch presented his work at a meeting of the Forum of European Neurosciences in Vienna last week.
Sleeping with someone also affected dream recall, with women remembering more after sleeping alone and men recalling best after sex.
A Modest Proposal To Abolish Universities
July 21, 2006
I think it is time to close the universities, and perhaps prosecute the professoriat under the RICO act as a corrupt and racketeering-influenced organization. Universities these days have the moral character of electronic churches, and as little educational value. They are an embarrassment to civilization.
I know this. I am sitting in my office in Jocotepec, consorting with a bottle of Padre Kino red—channeling the good Padre if you will. It is insight cheap at the price. A few bucks a liter.
To begin with, sending a child to a university is irresponsible. These days it costs something like a quarter of a million dollars, depending on your choice of frauds. The more notorious of these intellectual brothels, as for example Yale, can cost more. This money, left in the stock market for forty hears, or thirty, would yield enough to keep the possessor in comfort, with sufficient left over for his vices. If the market took a downturn, he could settle for just the vices. In the intervening years, he (or, most assuredly, she) could work in a dive shop.
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02:00 am - Objectivist college in the works
Plan for New College Draws Scrutiny
New private liberal arts colleges aren’t established every day, so pending proposals in Maine and North Carolina to create institutions from scratch have officials in those states intrigued. But the proposals, which have been cloaked in mystery, are raising some eyebrows — partly because of their sponsors’ ties to Ayn Rand’s Objectivism philosophy, and partly because of suggestions that Maine officials expedited their usual process for approving new colleges because the college’s backers are reportedly looking to buy a vacant $26 million piece of land. (Maine officials deny those accusations.)
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