In the first half, numerologist Glynis McCants discussed how 2013 - the year of "6," has been unfolding, and what we can expect in 2014. A number of couples chose today's date 11-12-13 to get married. The date has a "5" aspect, which could be an indicator that some drama lies ahead for them, and that wouldn't be ideal for many couples, she noted. 2013 has been a year focused on family, and in particular it's been a year where people who were kidnapped or estranged from their families have been reunited, she said. The numbers for December 2013 are lining up nicely, with several positive days for people with different Life Path numbers-- so it could be an ideal month to entertain, she suggested.
She cited an interesting numerology pattern that connects John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., Marilyn Monroe, and Heath Ledger. They were all "7's," she said, which contributes to a kind of fascination about them, even long after they've died. 2014, a "7" year, looks to be a time when Mother Nature will act out more than usual, said McCants, who advised people to be prepared and have emergency packs. In the celebrity world, Miley Cyrus' chart indicates that she could end up in rehab in 2014, Glynis predicted.
In the latter half, James Fallon, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, told about his shocking discovery that his brainscan perfectly matched a pattern he’d found in the brains of serial killers. Specifically, the pattern shows a lesion-type area in the limbic system, which involves emotional regulation and empathy. While a person with this pattern wouldn't necessarily be a psychopath, they would typically show impulsivity, and unusual or poorly modulated emotions, he explained. For Fallon, this played out as hypomania, thrill-seeking, and risk taking behaviors, though he always felt he could regulate his behavior, and not act out on the most negative impulses.
Intriguingly, he argued that some of the US presidents such as FDR, JFK, and Reagan scored high in psychopathic traits that actually can be desirable to have in a leadership position, such as high social energy, fearlessness, and dominance. About 1-2% of people have a degree of psychopathy, with about 10% of the population showing borderline traits. When this plays out as violence, these people often end up in jail, though some of the smarter psychopaths, such as certain serial killers, are able to hide their behaviors and attitudes, and evade capture, Fallon detailed. Some killers go through long cycles in which they don't act out, but when violent urges build up they can suddenly strike, he noted.
A fascinating new composite image of Saturn and its rings has been created via the Cassini spacecraft and The Day the Earth Smiled project, which gathered images of Earth as it appears from distant points in the solar system. More at BBC News.
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