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A Japanese saying goes: "For every new food you try, your life is extended one day."  Perhaps the same could be said of listening to diverse music styles and traditions.  
A truly eclectic 128k CD quality mix of  music for the musically open minded and adventurous from Berkeley's Annapurna.
For years in our store we've played a world of music to help pass the time and enliven the mind. From melodious to dissident, cheesy tracks to sublime inspirations, we are ever-changing. The unexpected and less familiar as well as fresh tunes and old favorites. Enjoy!
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New York Times Oct. 6  2009How Nonsense Sharpens the IntellectBy BENEDICT CAREYPublished: October 5, 2009In addition to assorted bad breaks and pleasant surprises,  opportunities and insults, life serves up the occasional pink unicorn.  The three-dollar bill; the nun with a beard; the sentence, to borrow  from the Lewis Carroll poem, that gyres and gimbles in the wabe.An experience, in short, that violates all logic and expectation. The  philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote that such anomalies produced a  profound “sensation of the absurd,” and he wasn’t the only one  who took them seriously. Freud, in an essay called “The Uncanny,”  traced the sensation to a fear of death, of castration or of  “something that ought to have remained hidden but has come to  light.”At best, the feeling is disorienting. At worst, it’s creepy.Now a study suggests that, paradoxically, this same sensation may  prime the brain to sense patterns it would otherwise miss — in  mathematical equations, in language, in the world at large.“We’re so motivated to get rid of that feeling that we look for  meaning and coherence elsewhere,” said Travis Proulx, a postdoctoral  researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and lead  author of the paper appearing in the journal Psychological Science.  “We channel the feeling into some other project, and it appears to  improve some kinds of learning.”Researchers have long known that people cling to their personal biases  more tightly when feeling threatened. After thinking about their own  inevitable death, they become more patriotic, more religious and less  tolerant of outsiders, studies find. When insulted, they profess more  loyalty to friends — and when told they’ve done poorly on a trivia  test, they even identify more strongly with their school’s winning  teams.In a series of new papers, Dr. Proulx and Steven J. Heine, a professor  of psychology at the University of British Columbia, argue that these  findings are variations on the same process: maintaining meaning, or  coherence. The brain evolved to predict, and it does so by identifying  patterns.When those patterns break down — as when a hiker stumbles across an  easy chair sitting deep in the woods, as if dropped from the sky —  the brain gropes for something, anything that makes sense. It may  retreat to a familiar ritual, like checking equipment. But it may also  turn its attention outward, the researchers argue, and notice, say, a  pattern in animal tracks that was previously hidden. The urge to find  a coherent pattern makes it more likely that the brain will find one.“There’s more research to be done on the theory,” said Michael  Inzlicht, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of  Toronto, because it may be that nervousness, not a search for meaning,  leads to heightened vigilance. But he added that the new theory was  “plausible, and it certainly affirms my own meaning system; I think  they’re onto something.”In the most recent paper, published last month, Dr. Proulx and Dr.  Heine described having 20 college students read an absurd short story  based on “The Country Doctor,” by Franz Kafka. The doctor of the  title has to make a house call on a boy with a terrible toothache. He  makes the journey and finds that the boy has no teeth at all. The  horses who have pulled his carriage begin to act up; the boy’s family  becomes annoyed; then the doctor discovers the boy has teeth after  all. And so on. The story is urgent, vivid and nonsensical —  Kafkaesque.After the story, the students studied a series of 45 strings of 6 to 9  letters, like “X, M, X, R, T, V.” They later took a test on the  letter strings, choosing those they thought they had seen before from  a list of 60 such strings. In fact the letters were related, in a very  subtle way, with some more likely to appear before or after others.The test is a standard measure of what researchers call implicit  learning: knowledge gained without awareness. The students had no idea  what patterns their brain was sensing or how well they were performing.But perform they did. They chose about 30 percent more of the letter  strings, and were almost twice as accurate in their choices, than a  comparison group of 20 students who had read a different short story,  a coherent one.“The fact that the group who read the absurd story identified more  letter strings suggests that they were more motivated to look for  patterns than the others,” Dr. Heine said. “And the fact that they  were more accurate means, we think, that they’re forming new patterns  they wouldn’t be able to form otherwise.”Brain-imaging studies of people evaluating anomalies, or working out  unsettling dilemmas, show that activity in an area called the anterior  cingulate cortex spikes significantly. The more activation is  recorded, the greater the motivation or ability to seek and correct  errors in the real world, a recent study suggests. “The idea that we  may be able to increase that motivation,” said Dr. Inzlicht, a co- author, “is very much worth investigating.”Researchers familiar with the new work say it would be premature to  incorporate film shorts by David Lynch, say, or compositions by John  Cage into school curriculums. For one thing, no one knows whether  exposure to the absurd can help people with explicit learning, like  memorizing French. For another, studies have found that people in the  grip of the uncanny tend to see patterns where none exist — becoming  more prone to conspiracy theories, for example. The urge for order  satisfies itself, it seems, regardless of the quality of the evidence.Still, the new research supports what many experimental artists,  habitual travelers and other novel seekers have always insisted: at  least some of the time, disorientation begets creative thinking.A version of this article appeared in print on October 6, 2009, on  page D1 of the New York Times edition.
"Still, the new research supports what many experimental artists,  habitual travelers and other novel seekers have always insisted: at  least some of the time, disorientation begets creative thinking." NY Time's Article below 

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