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Super Powers

PostPosted: April 20th, 2015, 11:17 am
by BadgerJelly
I had a student the other day who wanted to have super powers and be able to move things with his mind. I told him could simply by asking someone to move something!

With all the super hero movies banging about at the moment I was wondering what super powers you would say we have that we take for granted ?

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: April 20th, 2015, 11:53 am
by Watson
Life. Mobility, dexterity, intelligence. Trees are alive, but lack these super powers.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: April 20th, 2015, 12:28 pm
by Braininvat
Continence. Especially in a society that consumes so much coffee.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: April 20th, 2015, 1:42 pm
by BadgerJelly
I would say having the ability to bring up memories filled with emotions and relive experiences to a certain extent ... sadly this seems to be countered by forgetting what I came into the kitchen for :'(

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: April 20th, 2015, 4:37 pm
by zetreque
youtube "amazing people" or alike on youtube and you will get a lifetime worth of footage of humans with "superpowers".

There are some pretty incredible skills out there, particularly in the world of gymnstics/breakdancing/body movement stuff.

I guess my answer is simply hand-eye appendage-eye coordination.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: May 30th, 2015, 8:08 am
by Peace to the World
ME...IM THE SUPER POWER :-)

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: May 30th, 2015, 10:52 am
by SciameriKen
Possession of almost every bit of knowledge mankind has ever developed at my finger tips.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: May 30th, 2015, 12:34 pm
by Watson
What about the rest of it?

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: May 30th, 2015, 5:12 pm
by Braininvat
The ability to drain my sinuses instantly, even in August.

Ordinary humans don't want to be standing too close, when I wield this superpower.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: May 30th, 2015, 5:16 pm
by zetreque
SciameriKen » Sat May 30, 2015 7:52 am wrote:Possession of almost every bit of knowledge mankind has ever developed at my finger tips.


I want to say Chuck Norris just because Chuck Norris jokes, but is that like Macguiver?

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 1st, 2015, 3:45 am
by Eclogite
Braininvat » Mon Apr 20, 2015 11:28 am wrote:Continence. Especially in a society that consumes so much coffee.
Speak for yourself! When I say I am incontinent I wish it meant I was visiting Paris for the opera.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 1st, 2015, 3:50 am
by BadgerJelly
Do you know how sensitive our fingers are?

Out sense of touch goes to the molecular level!! Pretty amazing.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 1st, 2015, 9:12 pm
by Dave_Oblad
Hi BJ,

No wonder why when I stroke my face.. it feels like braille.

Regards,
Dave :^)

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 2nd, 2015, 3:19 am
by Daktoria
Time travel. We're always travelling into the future... one second at a time. :-P

Likewise, we can make time travel faster by having fun, and make it go slowly by becoming bored.

Have you ever noticed that happy people live the longest? It's not because their natural lifetime is longer, but because by living happy, they stretch that time out.

Likewise, miserable people often live the shortest because their time is squished together.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 2nd, 2015, 4:22 am
by Eclogite
Daktoria » Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:19 am wrote:Likewise, miserable people often live the shortest because their time is squished together.
I'm not sure that is true. It is analogous to the statement "The coward dies a thousand deaths". Speaking as a coward, this ignores the point that the coward also experiences a thousand miraculous rebirths.

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 2nd, 2015, 12:07 pm
by Daktoria
Eclogite » June 2nd, 2015, 3:22 am wrote:
Daktoria » Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:19 am wrote:Likewise, miserable people often live the shortest because their time is squished together.
I'm not sure that is true. It is analogous to the statement "The coward dies a thousand deaths". Speaking as a coward, this ignores the point that the coward also experiences a thousand miraculous rebirths.


Would you expand on what you mean in the second part please?

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 3rd, 2015, 12:58 pm
by Braininvat
Have you ever noticed that happy people live the longest? It's not because their natural lifetime is longer, but because by living happy, they stretch that time out.


Or they live longer because happiness is a neurological state that fosters a stronger immune system, lower resting heart rate and BP, and overall good health. There's kind of a positive feedback loop there: being happy is good for your health, and good health contributes to one's feelings of happiness...

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 3rd, 2015, 1:05 pm
by BadgerJelly
Doesn't time fly when you're having fun ?

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 3rd, 2015, 1:20 pm
by Daktoria
Braininvat » June 3rd, 2015, 11:58 am wrote:
Have you ever noticed that happy people live the longest? It's not because their natural lifetime is longer, but because by living happy, they stretch that time out.


Or they live longer because happiness is a neurological state that fosters a stronger immune system, lower resting heart rate and BP, and overall good health. There's kind of a positive feedback loop there: being happy is good for your health, and good health contributes to one's feelings of happiness...


Not necessarily. Some happy people live rather unhealthy lives, but still live longer than usual.

On the other hand, maybe time being stretched out is why those healthy things happen as well. :-P

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 3rd, 2015, 5:49 pm
by Dave_Oblad
Hey BJ,

"Time is fun when you're having flies" said one frog to another.

As per the OP, I'd say our Vision is most remarkable. We tend to believe that what we see is what is there. It actually isn't. For example, take a sheet of undeveloped film.. expose it briefly to a scene.. then develop it. What do you get? Pure snow/noise! Light that surrounds us is a lot like Snow on a TV screen. It is Photon Noise coming from every direction. Only thru the use of a lens can the light be organized for its angle of travel.. thus creating an image on a surface that can be properly interpreted.

Another sense that we have but is seldom listed as a real sense is the sense of Balance. My brother's Ex had an sinus infection that spread to her ears and she lost her sense of Balance. Motion of any sort is very nauseating to her and she can barely walk. That sense is much more important than we give it credit for.

Gotta run..

Regards,
Dave :^)

Re: Super Powers

PostPosted: June 5th, 2015, 12:10 am
by BadgerJelly
Another sense that we have but is seldom listed as a real sense is the sense of Balance. My brother's Ex had an sinus infection that spread to her ears and she lost her sense of Balance. Motion of any sort is very nauseating to her and she can barely walk. That sense is much more important than we give it credit for.


Tell me about it! :(

My sinuses are useless!