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Art Is Fitness

Researchers in university English departments have now begun to use cognitive psychology to validate literature’s existence. The news that literature has value is similar to the news that exercise has value: joggers already know it, and those who don’t jog aren’t likely to start because of it. It's tough to get in shape if you don't enjoy getting in shape. I suspect the use of medical imaging equipment contributes heavily to the enthusiasm. After all, the English department can now play with the big computers, giving them an academic clout beyond the tweedy study of texts or the recondite “-isms” of issue-based studies. The future findings in this new study of evo-literature will be fascinating, especially as applied to literature as an evolving art or benign pharmacology. In a grander view, it’s not just literary art that has an evolutionary root. All art serves a vital evolutionary purpose, and literature is just one tiny part of that. Literature professors may have only recently gone into the lab, but evolutionary psychologists like Geoffrey Miller have been snooping around the art department for over a decade. As it turns out, it does little good to kill your opponent (“survival,” as misinterpreted), if the opposite sex still doesn’t want to talk to you ("mating"). This is the big idea underlying art, music, literature and language that was mostly overlooked during the Darwinian revolution. It’s encouraging that literature departments (late to the party, no doubt) are finally gaining access to the technologies on campus and using them to save their budgetary hides.

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A writer connects ideas to images using words.

It's the difference between a tree that has leaves and one that has eyelashes.

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Three Per Day

A store manager in Miami started the $5 fast food meal trend by lowering the price of sandwiches to boost sales.

Let's pencil some numbers on the back of the envelope:
U.S. Restaurant sales, (2010 est.): $580 billion
U.S. Grocery retail sales, (2008): $547 billion
Total food budget in U.S.: $1.1 trillion per year
$3 billion per day
Price per serving: $5.00
Number of $5 servings: 600 million per day
200 million, 3 times a day

U.S. population between the age of 15 and 64: also 200 million.

Derived fact: The money spent on food in the U.S. would buy three $5 footlong sandwiches for every American aged 15 to 64 every day of the year.

Twist: If we actually spent our money that way, it would more than double the U.S. rate of hunger from 1-in-8 to 1-in-3, because we wouldn't be feeding anyone under 15 or over 64.

Conclusion: Never eat three $5 footlongs in one day. If you find yourself reaching for a third meatball sub, stop and give it to a baby ... or a senior citizen.


Drive: Conjugated

Drive to move along or advance quickly as if pushed by an impelling force

impel to urge to action through moral pressure; compel

compel 2. to necessitate or pressure by force; exact

exact to force the payment or yielding of; extort

extort to obtain from another by coercion or intimidation

coerce to force to act or think in a given manner by pressure, threats or intimidation; compel

intimidate to make timid

timid shrinking from dangerous or difficult circumstances

shrink 4. to be reluctant to do or say something

reluctant unwilling; averse

aversion a feeling of intense dislike

intense 1. possessing or displaying a distinctive feature to an extreme degree 2. extreme in degree, strength or size 3. involving or showing strain or extreme effort 4. deeply felt; profound

profound situated at, extending to, or coming from a great depth; deep Deep extending far downward below a surface extending far backward from front to rear extending far inward from an outer surface extending from side to side from a center far distant down or in coming from or penetrating to a depth

extending a specific distance in a given direction far distant in time or space difficult to penetrate or understand; recondite of a mysterious or obscure nature very learned or intellectual; wise very cunning or crafty

of a grave or extreme nature very absorbed or involved showing strong feelings; profound

rich and vivid in shade

low in pitch; Resonant

Source: The American Heritage Dictionary, Second College Ed., 1985.

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