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Why Japanese Animation is the Best

If you’ve never seen a Japanese Animation or anime as it is popularly called, you’re missing out.  There are several unique characteristics that allow anime to stand out from american cartoons, TV shows, or movies.

1.  The majority of them have unique, original, plots

Many of the TV shows and movies seen today often have very similar or almost the same plot attached to them.  Very few come up with something unique, and when a unique movie or TV show comes up, it becomes very popular.  With anime, it is guaranteed that the story will be unique and different every time (although some might argue that some of them are very strange stories, they make for interesting ones nevertheless)

2.  The art style is unique

Anime has a very unique, captivating art style that is pleasing to view.

3.  The character development is amazing

One of the most notable features is the character development in anime.  Every character (even the antagonist) has various goals, problems, and every character is relatable.  The audience is able to sympathize with and understand the different characters and their motives.  The audience feels more involved and is interested in what happens to the characters.  This exceptional amount of character development and involvement in the plot is one of the things that sets Japanese animation apart from American animation, TV shows, and movies.

4.  Most of them actually have an ending that is satisfying

Most American made cartoons and TV never end.  They end up being episode after episode of “filler” content.  Overall plot gets lost and useless.  Many American TV shows have an unsatisfying or horrible ending.

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The Movie Rocky: A Review

I recently saw the movie Rocky (yes, I know I should’ve seen it earlier) and to be honest I was expecting a bit more out of the movie.  I felt like people over-glorified it as compared to what it was.  The plot seemed very cliché for the most part (Someone getting a shot at doing something big), however the fact that the movie resulted with him losing the match instead of winning made the movie a bit more realistic.  I enjoyed how they had the “loss” end up being a personal victory for the main character.  For the most part, however, the story did not emotionally involve me as much.  There were no high-stakes, I didn’t really care whether or not Rocky won or lost.  The movie was lacking character development for many of the characters.  However overlooking the imperfections, I would give the movie an 8/10.

The American Dream… And Those Who Achieve It

The American Dream has always been a popular idea, from its birth up until today.  The idea being that any man (or woman) can live a prosperous life, by their own sweat blood and tears.  It is often popularized by movies such as Rocky, or books such as Of Mice and Men.  Often there is a varying difference in how hard people are willing to work to achieve their goals in life.  It is often seen that some people are willing to go the distance to achieve their goals, and some quit at the starting line.  It has been found that these individuals that are willing to go the distance have a stronger response to dopamine in the regions of the brain associated with reward, a possible reason for their unending resilience.  In reality, hard work comes down to different individual’s brains.

Links for further research:

http://newsatjama.jama.com/2012/05/02/willingness-to-work-hard-linked-to-dopamine-response-in-brain-regions/

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2012/05/dopamine-impacts-your-willingness-to-work/

Why Discussions Where Criticism is Encouraged Hold Value

People often hold “Brainstorming sessions”, where no criticism is allowed, in order to come up with a new idea.  Most of the time these brainstorming sessions are found to be utterly useless, as many bad ideas come up and many ideas tend to lack originality.  However, in a situation where constructive criticism is open, more original ideas come up and better ideas overall result.   Our brain needs criticism to be more creative.  This is why people hold debates and Socratic-style seminars, in order to invoke creativity from the human brain.

 

How Trust Works

Trust is perhaps one of the most, if not the most, valuable thing in our society.  Much of our societal functions depend on trust.  In The Count of Monte Cristo, the Count opens up an account with Danglars, and because he is rich, Danglars trusts him and as a result Danglars opens up an account with him, which eventually leads to his downfall.

Here are a few links on how the brain trusts:

http://brainwaves.corante.com/archives/2003/08/11/the_neurobiology_of_trust.php

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-neurochemical-self/201401/hook-ups-oxytocin-and-the-brain-s-quest-trust

http://mentalfloss.com/article/54556/what-makes-our-brains-feel-trust

http://news.sciencemag.org/2005/03/building-trust-brain

When A Project Fails

People often view failure as the worst thing that can happen to a person.  I had an earlier blog post where I discussed how sometimes it is best to just give up on certain pursuits or tasks.  Earlier this year I began a side project with several friends and, long story short, it ended up failing.  The main reason for this failure had to be the fact that it was not a need in the community and it was too inconvenient.  What I’ve learned as a result of this failure is to be very careful when starting a project, and to ensure that it will be a need in the community.  Something very important when starting a side project is to publicize it as much as possible, and as a result, develop an audience that is looking forward to the result and will help you reach that result.  It has often been found that failing at something and correcting it helps people learn more than doing something right the first time.  When something fails, make sure to take the time to reflect on it and treat it as a lesson.

Revenge is a Dish Best Not Served

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Why Money Can Buy Happiness

People often say money doesn’t buy happiness.  In most cases they’re right.

Would it really hurt to be rich?

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Why Anger is Wonderful

Rage is often associated with negative connotation or a negative perception.  It is rarely ever thought of as positive.

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When Something’s Too Good to Be True

It usually is.

But how does your brain distinguish that something is too good to be true?  What allows the brain to differentiate fantasy from reality?

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