Skepchick Quickies 9.21
- Girls beat up Iran cleric over dress code – “He told one of the girls to cover up, the report said. “She responded by telling me to cover my eyes, which was very insulting to me.”” From Alyssa.
- Mysterious underwater crop circles found off coast of Japan – But the explanation is so cool. From Michael.
- People can be tricked into reversing their opinions on morality – The weird things you can do with clipboards and glue…
- How to be a good commenter – Not much of an issue here, but oh, if only the rest of the internets knew how to do this.
- Cute Animal Friday! The world’s first liliger (lion/liger hybrid) is adorable! Don’t go to dog shaming unless you want the rest of your day to evaporate. I love that this baby rhino looks like it’s smiling.
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.
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!
I never knew fish could create art like that. That story about the under water crop circles is cool!
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.
Dog shaming has become a regular Friday afternoon thing for me!
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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