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Have you ever heard people say that they tend to be more of a right- brain or left- brain thinker?From books to television programs, you have probably heard the term mentioned numerous times, or perhaps you have even taken an online test to determine which type best describes you.

Do different parts of the brain really control different bodily and mental functions? Over the years, a theory that has gained in popularity is that the right brain and the left brain are responsible for different modes of thought and that the way in which a person thinks will depend on which side of his brain works more actively.

People who rely more heavily on the right half of their brain tend to be more imaginative and spontaneous. They are interested in patterns, shapes and sizes, for the right brain is associated with artistic ability like singing, painting, writing poetry, etc. Left-brain dominated people are quite opposite in the way they think. They tend to be more logical and analytical in their thinking and usually stand out in mathematics and word skills.

While the different functions of the two brain parts may have been distorted and exaggerated by popular psychology, understanding your strengths and weaknesses in certain areas canI help you develop better ways to learn and study. For example, if you are usually stumped in trying to follow verbal instructions, an activity often cited as a right-brain characteristic, you can bene?t from writing down directions and

developing better organizational skills.






I was once in a relationship with a woman who was the most brilliant, creative and driven personId ever known. I told her these things often because she didn’t see herself this way, despite achieving great success and acclaim (称赞) in her professional ?eld. She was also gorgeous and sexy, though she seemed not to realize this either, so I told her these things too. But whileI thought it was more important to praise her brilliance, it seemed to mean more to her that she was considered attractive.

My experience with this girlfriend exempli?es a common phenomenon in life when it comes to complimenting a woman, men often walk a very dif?cult line. Of course, context matters. In a professional setting, talking about appearance is often inappropriate, but at a singles club, it maybe important. She will be very pleased if a man thinks her clothes and accessories are pretty, or her hair looks wonderful. However, things in between these two cases are unclear. Women have every right to be recognized and appreciated for their intelligence and creativity. But at the same time, they want to be admired for their looks as well, for example, their perfect skin complexion and elegant out?ts.

Unfortunately, most guys don’t understand this.If we receive compliments from women, they’re usually about our achievements, not our looks.Most of, us don’t expect a woman to tell us how handsome sexy we are, and some of us would ?nd it hard to regard such a(n) comment as sincere.

I’m not saying it’s very hard to be a guy these days. It is important for everyone to understand how to treat women with both respect and admiration. But as far as the right balance of these two is concerned, we really have no frame of reference, especially when it comes to looks.





In some urban centers, workaholism (?工作狂) is so common that people do not consider it unusual:They accept the lifestyle as normal. Government workers in Washington D.C., for example, frequently work 60 to 70 hours a week. They don’t do this because they have to; they do it because they want to.

Workaholism can be a serious problem True workaholics, being deeply immersed in their work, allow themselves little or no time to take breaks. They like to work without being disrupted and they probably don’t know how to relax.

But is workaholism always bad? Perhaps not. There are people who work well under stress. Besides, some studies show that many workaholics have great energy and interest in their own sphere. Their work is so pleasurable that they are actually very happy. For most workaholics, work and entertainment are the same thing. Their work challenges them, keeping them busy and genuinely engaged.

Why do workaholics enjoy doing their jobs so much? Of course they get paychecks from it, but it is hard to quantify the pleasure with money. It offers more than ?nancial security. Psychologists claim that work gives people an identity and provides them with self-

con?dence. People have a feeling of satisfaction when they administrate a business well or complete.a challenging piece of work. In addition, most jobs provide a socially acceptable way for people to meet others. So, though some people are compulsive about their addiction seems to be a safe or even incomplete when they are involved in activities not related to work.






Farming invariably interferes with the habitats of plants and animals. However, this does not necessarily mean that, agriculture and biodiversity are incomparable in fact, quite the opposite is true. The sustainable cultivation of plants for food and fed actually enables us to preserve biodiversity.

By 2007, there were more than twice as many people living on the planet as there were

in1961. Over the same period, the total amount of available arable (可耕的) land grew by just 10 percent. In comparison with population growth, the expansion of arable land was small. And there are limits to further expansion. A large proportion of the earth's surface - like deserts - is not suitable for cultivation, and other areas are utilized by humans for roads and buildings. Some land that is rich in biodiversity needs to be preserved and thus should not be converted into arable land. The tropical rain forests, for example, have the highest species density in the world, and changing this land for crop cultivation would be dreadful to these species habitats and, indeed, existence.

By 2050, global demand for food will have risen by 70 percent. But the expansion of land available for cultivation has its limits. This is one of the greatest challenges facing agriculture today: How do we balance the increased demand for food with the need to maintain biological diversity, now and in the future?

Ef?cient and sane use of land will be key to preserving natural animal and plant habitats. To achieve this aim will depend to a(n) considerable extent on the use of modern agricultural methods. If these methods are successfully applied, we believe that agriculture and biodiversity can coexist in harmony.

农业总是?干扰植物和动物的栖息地。然?而,这并不不?一定意味着农业和?生物多样性实际上是?无法?比拟的,恰恰相反。??食物和饲料料植物的可持续种植实际上使我们能够保护?生物多样性。 到了了2007年年,地球上?生活的?人数?比1961年年增加了了两倍多。在同?一时期,可耕地的总量量增加了了只有10%。与?人?口增?长相?比,耕地?面积扩?大。进?一步扩张是有限度的。地球表?面的很?大?一部分 - 如沙漠 - 不不适合种植,其他地区也被?人类?用于道路路和建筑物。?一些丰富的?生物多样性?土地需要保存,因此不不应该转化为耕地。例例如,热带?雨林林是世界上物种密度最?高的地区,改变这?片?土地种植作物对于这些物种的栖息地以及事实上的存在都是可怕的。

到2050年年,全球??食品需求将增?长70%。但可耕种?土地的扩张有其局限性。这是当今农业?面临的最?大挑战之?一:我们如何平衡增加的??食物需求与现在和将来维持?生物多样性的需求? ?土地的?高效和健全使?用将是保护天然动植物栖息地的关键。为了了实现这?一?目标,在很?大程度上取决于现代农业?方法的使?用。如果这些?方法成功应?用,我们相信农业和?生物多样性可以和谐共存。

Stereotypes have some truth mixed in with a few generalizations. Sometimes these generalization can be misleading as they are often based on observation of the exterior behavior of people in a certain culture. Spaghetti, pasta, ma?a (?黑?手党), gestures, fashion - these are some words commonly used to describe Italians. How much truth is there in the stereotype? As an Italian myself, I will give you some insights into theItalian soul and clarify some misunderstandings that foreigners have about us.

Spaghetti and pasta are sacred. You cant take pasta away from an Italian meal; otherwise it won’t be complete. A typical Italian meal generally includes pasta as a starter, ?sh or meat with salad as the main course followed by fruit or dessert, and then coffee. But there are considerable regional differences in Italy, and hence inconsistencies between the stereotype and reality. For instance, you might ?nd risotto (加有?肉、?鱼或蔬菜的调味饭) replacing pasta in some places!

The Ma?a is real: We are not proud of it, but it does exist, especially in the South and on the island of Sicily. Obviously, not every Italian is a member of the Ma?a, and most will be offended if you use the term, even if you are just joking.

Yes, the way we speak is unique. Italians use gestures a lot in communication. We simply cannot talk without our hands. If the hands are busy doing something else, we start moving shoulders or other parts of the body.

We are also fashion victims. You can recognize Italians by the way they dress from head to toe. We wear stylish clothes and ornaments for every possible occasion. You won't ever see an Italian wearing running shorts combined with long socks:It's simply against our sense of style!

Italy is made up of many regions and provinces which are similar in some ways and distinctive in others. The stereotype contains some truth, but being Italian takes a lot more than that.

刻板印象在?一些概括中有?一些混杂。有时这些概括可能会产?生误导,因为它们通常基于观察某种?文化中?人们的外在?行行为。意?大利利?面条,意?大利利?面,?黑?手党,?手势,时尚 - 这些都是?一些常?用来形容意?大利利?人的词。在刻板印象中有多少真相?作为意?大利利?人,我会给你?一些关于意?大利利灵魂的?见解,并澄清外国?人对我们的?一些误解。


?黑?手党是真实的:我们并不不以此为荣,但它确实存在,特别是在南部和?西?西?里里岛。显然,并?非每个意?大利利?人都是?黑?手党的成员,如果你使?用这个词,?大多数?人都会被冒犯,即使你只是在开玩笑。 是的,我们说话的?方式是独?一?无?二的。意?大利利?人在交流中使?用了了很多?手势。没有我们的?手,我们根本谈不不上。如果双?手忙于做其他事情,我们开始移动肩膀或身体的其他部位。