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The pleasure principle is a psychoanalytic concept, originated by Sigmund Freud. The pleasure principle states that people seek pleasure and avoid pain, i.e., people seek to satisfy biological and psychological needs. The counterpart is the reality principle, which defers gratification when necessary. An individual's id follows the pleasure principle and rules early life, but, as one matures, one learns the need to endure pain and...
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A Swiss freediver held his breath underwater for 19 minutes and 21 seconds, according to news reports this week. The gasp-inducing feat beat the previous world record by 19 seconds, and blew away the record of 17 minutes and four seconds that magician David Blaine set on Oprah Winfrey's talk show in 2008...

2010-02-17

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Brain connections are not fully formed, and the environment of the womb creates a state of induced sleep, like unconsciousness.

2010-06-24

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The Dutch lower house of parliament has passed a law effectively banning the ritual slaughter of animals, in a move condemned by Muslim and Jewish groups. The legislation states that all animals must be stunned before being killed. But the Islamic dhabiha and Jewish shechita methods of ritual slaughter require them to be fully conscious.

2011-06-28

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