Admittedly, this is pretty light stuff but sometimes you need light things to re-expose covered-up stuff. I do at least. Or maybe I just love stratigraphy…
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If you are not familiar, I recommended FmH highly. Eliot’s got that fancy book learnin’ that is once more gonna come in so handy now that Bush is almost gone
"…the second rule of moral psychology is that morality is not just about how we treat each other (as most liberals think); it is also about binding groups together, supporting essential institutions, and living in a sanctified and noble way. When Republicans say that Democrats "just don't get it," this is the "it" to which they refer."
Is Palin surfing the wave of an unavailable American dream and nostalgia for an America that never was?
by Kristin Kramer 2002 Yale Developmental Disabilities Clinic
If it is so widely known, why don’t we take better care of the autistics and aspies in the tech fields?
This was a really interesting article (to me at least) concerning territoriality, ‘control issues’ and the rest.
The key to a happy relationship could be accepting that some miserable times are unavoidable, experts say. The authors recommend using mindfulness, a Buddhist meditation technique, to help cope with family suffering.
Seth Godin: “ask yourself the one question that every individual needs to ask today: Why not be great?”
Your Child’s Disorder May Be Yours, Too [NY Times]
[A]fter Phil and Susan Schwarz received a diagnosis for their son, Jeremy, of high functioning autism, they began to think carefully about their own behaviors and histories.
Mr. Schwarz, a software developer in Framingham, Mass., found in his son’s diagnosis a new language to understand his own life. His sensitivities when growing up to loud noises and bright light, his own diffidence through school, his parents’ and grandparents’ special intellectual skills — all echoed through his and Jeremy’s behavior, like some ancient rhythm.
His son’s diagnosis, Mr. Schwarz said, “provided a frame in which a whole bunch of seemingly unrelated aspects of my own life growing up fit together for the first time.” (more)
Well , duh!
Not to sound too snotty about geek parents with a fresh diagnosis of high-functioning saying, “he’s not weird, he’s just like me”, mind you. OK, maybe a little. I just keep meeting parents singing this refrain.
Which is just more grist for the notion that all this identified autism is not an fresh and growing epidemic. We are just developing the perceptions that places this particular suite of neurological conditions both in sharper focus and in a larger perspective of our behaviors. Especially when more and more people realize that these behaviors might actually be rather familiar after all. It just has a label now. One that people are really sensitive to now.
Which is more or less what my Mom told me.
Erotic images can turn you blind [New Scientist]
Researchers have finally found evidence for what good Catholic boys have known all along – erotic images make you go blind. The effect is temporary and lasts just a moment, but the research has added to road-safety campaigners’ calls to ban sexy billboard-advertising near busy roads, in the hope of preventing accidents.
The new study by US psychologists found that people shown erotic or gory images frequently fail to process images they see immediately afterwards. And the researchers say some personality types appear to be affected more than others by the phenomenon, known as “emotion-induced blindness”.
David Zald, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Marvin Chun and colleagues from Yale University in Connecticut, showed hundreds of images to volunteers and asked them to pick a specific image from the rapid sequence. Most of the images were landscape or architectural scenes, but the psychologists included a few emotionally charged images, portraying violent or sexually provocative scenes.
The closer these emotionally charged images occurred prior to the target image, the more frequently people failed to spot the target image, the researchers found.
“We observed that people failed to detect visual images that appeared one-fifth of a second after emotional images, whereas they can detect those images with little problem after neutral images,” Zald says.
Where would Las Vegas billboards and cab signage be without these images? Though it could explain why people drive the way they do.