10 October 2009

The newest 5 inch rainfall brought a snake into the kitchen. I guess its outdoor home was unpleasantly wet, so it came in to dry off.

When I tried to steer it into a container it slithered under the refrigerator. The warmth from the motor probably dried it off, and there might have been a few small snacks available under there, too.

We left the door open between the kitchen and the garage and assume it went back outside when the rain stopped. We have no pets other than our compost worms, the birds and butterflies we feed and encourage, rabbits, snakes, lizards and similar country cousins.

We have a neighbor who isn't home much and as they continue to collect cats, we inherit them in our yard and on our cozy chairs. You don't have to actually go out of your way to adopt strays, they adopt you.
On another topic, if you find yourself confronting nonsense sometimes, science would like to reassure you that you are doing a good deed for your mental development.

The New York Times reports that uncanny, disorienting and even creepy experiences, lead to 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..."

It sort of reminds me of when cats fall off a table, they groom themselves as though they meant to fall.

"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."

When you have the urge to tear out existing stuff - landscaping, sidewalks, fences - it's just your brain trying to grow so go with it and create something new.

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