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Science Doesn’t Say: Date Scrawny Men

So here comes the latest pop psychology, the extraordinary, ultimate authority “science” says not to date muscular men, but their alternative, scrawny men. Why? Because a correlation between muscularity and sexism, from an uncited study, claims so. First off, the strength of the correlation is not shared. This could be a very weak correlation, meaning that plenty of&#133 Read the rest

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You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake

You Are Not A Beautiful Or Unique Snowflake

So a high school teacher tells the graduating class

Yes, capable adults with other things to do have held you, kissed you, fed you, wiped your mouth, wiped your bottom, trained you, taught you, tutored you, coached you, listened to you, counseled you, encouraged you, consoled you and encouraged you again. You’ve been nudged, cajoled, wheedled and

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Why Athens Burns: Waiting For The Germans To Put It Out

I found a story in The Economist about how experiments in psychology may be flawed because of their overreliance on white college students, usually Americans; and it described an experiment repeated in different cultures, finding very different results.
Thing is, I already knew that psychology experiments are catastrophically flawed to the point of&#133 Read the rest

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The Strange Ascendance of The Descendants

The Strange Ascendance of The Descendants

You’ll like the Descendants if you are 50 years old and think that by virtue of achieving such a high score in orbiting the sun, you’re entitled to burden the rest of society with the cliched wisdom you’ve accumulated from decades of daytime TV and self help books.  For the rest of us, it’s the two hour version of&#133 Read the rest

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Blogger Live-Tweets Her Mammogram, Learns She Has Cancer

Boing-Boing.net blogger and internet “celebrity” Xeni Jardin went to get her first mammogram, and live-tweeted the experience to her thousands of followers. At the end of her doctor’s visit, she learned she may have cancer.

That is a frightening and sad conclusion to what I can only assume she thought would be a routine examination.&#133 Read the rest

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Bystander Effect: Not Real(ly)

kitty genovese

1964: Kitty Genovese is stabbed at 3am; her stabber flees, and returns 30 minutes later and kills her.  The money quote from the 1964 New York Times: “For more than half an hour thirty-eight respectable, law-abiding citizens in Queens watched a killer stalk and stab a woman in three separate attacks in Kew Gardens.”
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Movie Poster Cliches, or Why You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover

This is a great little roundup of every movie poster cliche currently operating right now.
It’s easy to poke fun at Hollywood (fun too), but the underlying problem with such a massive industry relying so heavily on visual cliches is that it works.  From action films to romantic comedies, we the audience respond to the cliches because we&#133 Read the rest

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How to Grow Up

How to Grow Up

Early Childhood
Little kids are pure id; it’s all impulse. You ask them if they want another scoop of ice cream, and they’re thinking: “Do I want another scoop?! Are you nuts or just an idiot? Of course I want more ice cream. We should eat nothing but ice cream. This is what I’ve been telling you since the&#133 Read the rest

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This is my brain. There are many like it, but this one’s mine…

This is an interesting video about how our largely inaccurate beliefs about brain structure have profoundly shaped our culture and society. The video is from RSAnimate, which is sort of like a British TED talk, but with less insufferable tech boosterism and more whiteboards.

The video debunks the popular misconception of the division of labor between the two hemispheres&#133 Read the rest

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#OccupyWallStreet, or Get a Job on Wall Street?

Signs in the windows of the Chicago Board of Trade read “We are the 1%.”
More on that sign in a minute.
An offshoot of the so-far ineffectual Occupy Wall Street movement is the trend of the poorest 99% of Americans sharing their personal tragedies with the world through the internet meme We Are The 99%.
Some quick&#133 Read the rest

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Exactly the wrong response to the Norway bombings

By now you’ve all heard the terrible news. A “a blonde blue-eyed Norwegian with reported Christian fundamentalist, anti-Muslim views” went on a bombing and shooting spree in Norway killing 92 people, many of them children.
The hand-wringing started almost immediately. how could this have happened in civilized Norway, where multiculturalism and tolerance are a part of children’s education from&#133 Read the rest

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Why do victims of abuse return to their abusers?

This blog lists the twenty most common reasons women return to the men who abuse them so brutally that they end up in the hospital. But the list, while poignant, misses the point
Pervocracy highlights the reasons most commonly heard in an emergency room, but these reasons are more verbalizations of symptoms not problems.
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Enough truths to cope with already

Tarksi wondered how we could tell whether snow is white. We have more challenging proposti0nal conundrums.
Extreme possible worlds
Bin Laden sprang out of bed with an AK47 in each hand. A millisecond before squeezing the triggers, a Navy SEAL shot him in the eye. “Shit!” exclaimed the US shooter, realizing the democratic West was in&#133 Read the rest

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The Fast and the Fatherless

The Fast and the Fatherless

When you watch most action movies, it’s easy to get caught up in the car chases, explosions, and hot chicks that define them. But when you look beyond those, beyond the trite dialogue, beyond the contrived plots, is there anything there? In most action films, there isn’t. So they don’t last beyond a single picture. But the The Fast&#133 Read the rest

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The Battle To Define Mental Illness

I knew there was some history between some of the players in DSM-IV, and I’ve read before about all the NDAs and the various accusations that go with them … but I didn’t know that Allen Frances had Risen From Retirement to Stand Against DSM-5, and become Public Enemy Number One with the APA, etc.
I also knew&#133 Read the rest

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Does Paying For Condoms Make Safe Sex Cost Money?

A wonderful bit of research on hooking up is making the internet rounds today. It is from a Psychology Today blog written by John Buri, a psychology professor and author of the book How to Love Your Wife. It’s a really powerful, important book: research has shown that 78% of men who purchase the book self-report higher levels&#133 Read the rest

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Sad Dads Spank Kids (?)

The news report. NPR says that, against a baseline of 13%, depressed dads spank kids at a rate of 41%.
Incredible, right? Triple the baseline! If only we could just cure those depressed dads of their spanking ways, the rate of spanking would plummet from 15% to…
… er… 14%.
Yeah. The report conveniently neglects that only&#133 Read the rest

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