Skepticism

Skepchick Quickies 6.13

Friday the 13th quickies!

  • Science mortification: how have you been humiliated in the name of science?-  Anyone have some good stories to share?
  • Intelligence is a predictor of religious skepticism, says professor-  Here, I’ll say it for you: Correlation is not causation.  Also, “David Hardman, principal lecturer in learning development at London Metropolitan University, said: “It is very difficult to conduct true experiments that would explicate a causal relationship between IQ and religious belief. Nonetheless, there is evidence from other domains that higher levels of intelligence are associated with a greater ability – or perhaps willingness – to question and overturn strongly felt intuitions.”  Here’s PZ’s take, too.
  • Material girls– The gold digger stereotype is alive and well.
  • Revenge of the nerdette– Newsweek clues in to the fact that nerd girls are hot.  Though I would like to argue that it doesn’t take a love of pink high heels to be a hot nerd girl.
  • What women want (maybe)– Yet more research showing that hetero-identified women find other women sexy.  “What really matters to women, Dr. Chivers said, at least in the somewhat artificial setting of watching movies while intimately hooked up to a device called a photoplethysmograph, is not the gender of the actor, but the degree of sensuality.”

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Mmmmm… nerd girls…

    Uh, oh yeah, I didn’t see any mushroom clouds when I last looked outside, so I guess that nuclear holocaust thing never panned out? That’s a shame :( . But it does mean I’ll live to get my skepchick calender :)

  2. I have an explanation of why women being around hot women turns them on. It is about having babies that survive. The “best” time to be pregnant in the “wild”, is when there are other pregnant/lactating women in your social group. If you should die in childbirth (~1 in 10 chance in some parts of Africa today), they would be available to foster your child.

    I think this also explains why holding a newborn baby makes many women want to have one too. Any woman you are close enough to that she would let you hold her newborn baby might well foster your child if you were to die in childbirth and she were still lactating.

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