Skepchick Quickies 9.21


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. Of course I do not condone violence of any kind and so you will just have to take my word for it when I say that I am not snickering at all after reading about two women beating up a self-appointed member of the modesty police.
    Not snickering at all.

  2. The underwater “crop circle” is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a LONG time! The infinite variety of nature makes being a scientist the FUNNEST.JOB.EVAH!

  3. Amanda,

    I never knew fish could create art like that. That story about the under water crop circles is cool!

  4. The morality thing reminds me a lot of those split brain experiments. When a person’s hand acts on information they don’t have, one would expect the person would notice that their hand made a different decision than they did. Not only do they not notice it, they can actually tell you what was going through their mind when they made that decision. I wonder how much of our consciousness is a post hoc rationalization of our actions.

  5. That language one – with the opinion statements slightly altered – did not surprise me at all. I am autistic, but highly skilled with written language. However, I regularly miss lots of questions on homework and tests due to mistaking a word for its opposite, or two similar-looking words (even words that do not look similar to most people, but begin with the same letter and are of similar length).

    I would’ve been pretty likely, in this experimental set-up, to have read some of the original ones wrong, or read them right while thinking it was the reverse. I often say a word when I mean another (and they may sound nothing alike), and never know I said the wrong word until everything the other person says in response makes no sense unless I said Y instead of X, and then I confirm by asking what I said (still not foolproof, as there is the possibility the other person heard me wrong, but given my propensity for substituting wrong words, I generally take them at their word).

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