Quickies

Skepchick Quickies 5.26

  • For first time, majority of Americans favor gay marriage – Also, “This year’s nine-percentage-point increase in support for same-sex marriage is the largest year-to-year shift yet measured over this time period.”
  • Human brain’s “bat sight” found – From Donnie.
  • Social status and immunization – “I have long thought that alpha moms jockeying for position within parent groups contributed to decreasing rates of vaccination. More recently, I’ve been thinking about the larger societal pressures that influence anti-vaccination.”
  • Ads implant false memories -“It turns out that vivid commercials are incredibly good at tricking the hippocampus (a center of long-term memory in the brain) into believing that the scene we just watched on television actually happened.” From cerberus40.

Amanda

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

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  1. Yeah, I think I was there too.
    There were these two guys over in the corner kind of arguing, one was a skinny hipper-than-thou type doofus and he kept putting down this pudgy funny middle-aged befuddled guy because he wasn’t hip.
    Man, I thought that show was never going to end.

  2. Speaking of things that were misremembered, did anyone catch this exchange on South Park last week?
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    Butters: …and so then… And so then, it turns out that the Terminator secretly had a kid ten years ago, meaning Terminator could be his own father, and then Skeletor gets angry and wants to fight him.
    Kyle: No, dude, that’s not the trailer for Terminator 5, that really happened.
    Butters: Skeletor’s real?
    Stan: No, dude, that’s not Skeletor, that’s Terminator’s wife.
    Butters: Skeletor’s a lady?

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