The Baystate Objectivist

The Baystate Objectivist

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Man of Steele

Jazz band playing at the Amherst Survival Center recently.

Coming attractions.

I'm not sure what this means but it sounds nice.

I was never overly impressed with Michael Steele when he was head of the Republican Party, but I must say he comes across well in this speech at Amherst College last month.

View it here.

Is sugar more like a drug than a food? Is it more addictive than cocaine? Recent research may cause you to pause before reaching for that doughnut.

Our findings clearly demonstrate that intense sweetness can surpass cocaine reward, even in drug-sensitized and -addicted individuals. We speculate that the addictive potential of intense sweetness results from an inborn hypersensitivity to sweet tastants. In most mammals, including rats and humans, sweet receptors evolved in ancestral environments poor in sugars and are thus not adapted to high concentrations of sweet tastants. The supranormal stimulation of these receptors by sugar-rich diets, such as those now widely available in modern societies, would generate a supranormal reward signal in the brain, with the potential to override self-control mechanisms and thus to lead to addiction.

Read more here.

I always thought Mt. Tom deserves more respect. Shouldn't it be called Mount Thomas? Here's six gorgeous views in 27 seconds.

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