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But some views on the internet suggests that all information should be free (like Wikipedia) - and some governments are now dictating that government-funded (non-classified) research should be available for free.
... it may well induce eye-strain and/or headaches and the totally unnecessary purchase of spectacles ...
... reading small print will not harm your eyes or vision. If the print is too small, or lighting too dim, etc, then this can cause eye strain or fatigue. This can cause a visual discomfort, or perhaps a headache, and while it may be uncomfortable, this will not *harm* you. Small text, poor contrast, poor lighting, holding print too close, and refractive error (if you need glasses) can all cause fatigue, but again, this is just discomfort -- not harm.
'may contain nuts'.
Like CliffordK, I think that all of the print media is struggling with the "new media" enabled by the internet, where distribution costs are almost zero. (...and the user can choose his or her own font size!). Perhaps they are trying to reduce their print costs by reducing the paper size?
Reading small print does not damage eyesight, it’s the other way round : deteriorating eyesight makes it difficult to read small print ...
Hmmmm....... Do I detect a little cynicism here? Has pantodragon gotten old and grumpy?
So, I improve my eyes by exercising with smaller and smaller print, and very soon my eyes are bulging out of their sockets like tennis balls.
... exercising the ciliary muscles have neither scientific basis nor have they been proved effective
Quote from: pantodragon on 19/01/2013 16:25:26 So, I improve my eyes by exercising with smaller and smaller print, and very soon my eyes are bulging out of their sockets like tennis balls.You’re flogging a Tesco burger (dead horse) there : eye exercises don’t correct presbyopia ... Quote... exercising the ciliary muscles have neither scientific basis nor have they been proved effectivehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Presbyopia#Exercises
I prefer to go by personal experience and intuition rather than by science books ...
Exercising eye muscles will not eliminate the most common maladies that necessitate corrective lenses — namely, nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism, and presbyopia (age-related lens stiffening).
... if you see the human mind and body as having a fundamental capacity to learn (including the immune system) ...
The immune system loses it's ability to fight off infections as you grow older. This increases your risk for getting sick, and may make immunizations less effective. Flu shots or other immunizations may not work as well, and protection may not last as long as expected. The immune system's ability to detect and correct cell defects also declines, which results in an increase in cancers associated with aging.
As to the immune system, I would agree that it normally i.e. in our society at this time, degenerates with age. But I would not then conclude that it must always degenerate with age, or indeed that is has always, or will always, degenerate with age. Do I have GROUNDS for saying this? Yes. Personal experience and more, about which I have written in other posts.
It is well-documented that immunocompetence declines with age; that is, as people age, the immune system begins to lose some of its functions and cannot respond as quickly or as efficiently to stimuli. Age-related changes in the immune system have been observed at all levels ranging from chemical changes within the cells, to differences in the kinds of proteins found on the cell surface, and even to alterations in entire organs. Studied separately, some of these changes may seem trivial, but when all of the changes are added up, they radically affect the overall health of the individual.
[science] says "such and such a thing is not possible" or that "such and such a thing is the case" and says it with such conviction that it does not occur to one to explore for other possibilities. It takes a death-grip on the mind.
[science] says "such and such a thing is not possible"