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Day 317: Socio Economic Genetic Modification

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Science now shows that poverty actually has a consequential effect on your very DNA, and that these effects can be passed on to children. Read the following excerpt from an article by Ian Johnston of the Independent:
"Living in poverty can cause changes to people’s DNA that make them more likely to become depressed, anxious and possibly take drugs, according to a ground-breaking new study. Researchers in the United States found that teenagers from deprived backgrounds tended to undergo changes to a gene that increases the activity of a part of the brain involved in the ‘fight or flight’ response and panic attacks. This increased activity in the amygdala has been linked to a greater risk of depression.  They also found that a low socio-economic status was associated with low levels of serotonin, sometimes referred to as the happiness hormone.  In recent years, studies have shown that not only can genes be changed by the environment and even social interactions, but these ‘epigenetic’…

Day 316: What if you lost your mind's eye?

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Interesting... Here is an article about people with a condition that makes them unable to produce mental images.
Aphantasia: A life without mental imageshttp://www.bbc.com/news/health-34039054

What I've found in my process is that in my past, almost 100% of the reason I would spend so much time in pictures / imaginations in my head, is to escape reality / distract myself from the things in this world / in my life that I don't understand / don't like / struggle with -- you know the day to day reality of money, suffering, struggle, frustrations, conflicts, a screwed up world -- where I'd take information that I liked the sound of -- in my case it was things like spiritual beliefs / stories and turn it into pictures in my head, dreaming up alternate realities to keep myself stimulated / enabling myself to 'explain' things in a way that makes me feel good, and to see myself as some character with a purpose / reason for existing that is based on / dependent on pict…