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  • The 1 Question to Ask to Identify a Narcissist

    08/06/2014 1:06:08 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | August 5, 2014 | Melissa Dahl
    If you suspect someone in your life is a narcissist, there may be an incredibly straightforward way to confirm your suspicions: Just ask them. New research suggests that simply asking narcissists to out themselves can be surprisingly effective. Specifically, researchers asked this question over a series of 11 studies: “To what extent do you agree with this statement: I am a narcissist.’” The participants — and there were about 2,200 of them in total — were told to answer on a scale of one to seven. As it turned out, their self-scoring results closely matched scores on the traditional method...
  • How to fool Boehner into NOT Impeaching Obama: Accuse Boehner of trying to Impeach Obama!

    07/29/2014 12:19:50 PM PDT · by Graewoulf · 103 replies
    Graewoulf | July 29, 2014 | Graewoulf
    All it takes for Obama to protect himself from Impeachment is to accuse Boehner of trying to Impeach him. Always a fool for reverse psychology traps, Boehner dutifully held a Presser today and said: "We have no plans to Impeach the president. We have no future plans. It is all a sham." BINGO! Obama's part-time Day Job is safe, because Boehner is really, Really, REALLY STUPID! Speaker “Blank Check” Boehner has convinced most voters in the Public and US House of Representatives that NOTHING CAN BE DONE to punish B. Hussein Obama for violating the US Constitution unless he is...
  • Exclusive: Ohio State core class teaches Christians are dumber than atheists

    07/28/2014 3:41:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 32 replies
    CampusReform.org ^ | 7-24-2014 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
    An Ohio State University (OSU) class has apparently determined another fundamental difference between Christians and atheists: their IQ points. An online quiz from the school’s Psychology 1100 class, provided to Campus Reform via tip, asked students to pick which scenario they found most likely given that “Theo has an IQ of 100 and Aine has an IQ of 125.” The correct answer? “Aine is an atheist, while Theo is a Christian.” According to a student in the class who wished to remain anonymous, the question was a part of an online homework quiz. Students were required to complete a certain...
  • Early Risers More Likely To Cheat And Behave Dishonestly At Night, US Study Finds

    07/17/2014 10:48:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 23 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | July 17, 2014 | Raziye Akkoc
    Early Risers More Likely To Cheat And Behave Dishonestly At Night, US Study Finds By Raziye Akkoc Early risers are more likely to behave dishonestly and cheat during night time hours, a study has found. Those who rise early see their energy levels decrease during the day which directly affects their behaviour. Researchers believe the way a person's internal body clock works could have an impact on the workplace. Psychologists tested the honesty of almost 200 individuals by asking them to undertake problem-solving tests and games. Those who took part were tested on how honest they were about their perfomance,...
  • Why the Myers-Briggs test is totally meaningless

    07/17/2014 8:52:34 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 77 replies
    Vox ^ | July 15, 2014 | Joseph Stromberg
    The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is probably the most widely used personality test in the world. An estimated 2 million people take it annually, at the behest of corporate HR departments, colleges, and even government agencies. The company that makes and markets the test makes somewhere around $20 million each year. The only problem? The test is completely meaningless.
  • That Study Showing Kids With Same-Sex Parents Fare Better? Yeah, the Media Left a Few Details Out.

    07/10/2014 7:59:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 7/10/2014 | Katrina Trinko
    There’s been no shortage of media coverage of a new study that purportedly shows that children raised by same-sex partners fare better than other children.“Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows,” was the headline of a Washington Post story. “Largest-ever study of same-sex couples’ kids finds they’re better off than other children,” proclaimed Vox, while NBCNews.com announced, “Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study.”But the actual study is a little more, well, complicated.In an article published on Public Discourse, University of Texas at Austin professor Mark Regnerus takes issue with the study’s method.The study, conducted...
  • Men Would Rather Give Themselves Electric Shocks Than Sit Alone With Their Thoughts

    07/03/2014 3:25:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 56 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 7/3/2014 | Jesse Singal
    Most people don’t think it’s fun to sit alone with nothing to do but think — it’s part of the reason for obsessive phone-checking during idle moments. A new study in Science highlights just how unenjoyable this experience is: in short, very. To the point that some people will choose to shock themselves rather than sit alone with nothing to do for a little while. The researchers conducted 11 experiments in a variety of settings and among a variety of age groups. In most of them, subjects were asked to simply chill out and think for 6 to 15 minutes...
  • Supreme Court won't intervene in Calif. ban on gay-conversion therapy

    06/30/2014 12:25:37 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/30/2014 | SHARON BERNSTEIN
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider arguments against California's ban on a controversial therapy aimed at reversing homosexuality in children, allowing the prohibition to be enforced in the most populous U.S. state. The court's decision not to take up the case follows a ruling by an appeals court last year that the prohibition on so-called "gay conversion therapy" for minors is not a violation of the constitutional rights of counselors or parents, as argued by a conservative religious group that challenged the ban. "The Court's refusal to accept the appeal of extreme ideological therapists who practice the...
  • Woman, 25, takes life-size cutout of her late father around the world

    06/20/2014 1:13:16 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Today ^ | 6-20-14 | Scott Stump
    Burned out from her job and still mourning the loss of her father, Jinna Yang decided to dramatically shake up her life and honor the memory of a man who always put others first. In April, Yang, 25, quit her job in digital media in Manhattan, sold about 80 percent of her belongings and bought a one-way plane ticket to Iceland. Before she left, she took an old photo of a tuxedo-clad Jay Yang and had a company she found online make a life-size cardboard cutout of her father, who died from cancer at 52 on Aug. 24, 2012. Jay...
  • Why Divorced Men Are Best to Date (and Marry)

    06/08/2014 11:33:25 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 169 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 06/05/2014 | Laurel House
    He has been broken down! Divorced men understand what it's like to be in a committed relationship within which there are compromises and accommodations. His resistance has already been broken down by another woman so that you don't have to endure the push back yourself. He uses his words. Divorced men tend to be better communicators. There is a decent chance that he went to therapy during his marriage, if not after, and he has become fairly proficient at communicating needs and feelings more clearly. He's been broken in! Another thing about divorced men that you might not want to...
  • Obama Admin Official: What If Bergdahl's Fellow Soldiers Were Psychopaths?

    06/05/2014 7:44:22 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6-5-14 | Charlie Spiering
    An Obama administration official upset with the direction of the Bergdhal story voiced his concern on Twitter on Wednesday, floating a theory that put Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a more sympathetic light--and his fellow soldiers as part of the problem. The American people, he argued, were too quick to jump to conclusions about Bergdahl after his fellow soldiers spoke out about his disappearance. “Here's the thing about Bergdahl and the Jump-to-Conclusions mats: What if his platoon was long on psychopaths and short on leadership?” asked Brandon Friedman, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at Department of Housing and Urban...
  • Psychologist: Does Bergdahl ‘Want To Be One Of Us Or Them?’

    06/04/2014 1:37:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    CBS Washington ^ | June 4, 2014 | Regina F. Graham
    After being held captive by the Taliban for the past five years, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is facing a long road to recovery following his release. The specifics about what Bergdahl has endured have not been released and may not be. Psychologists explain that it’s important to know the specifics of Bergdahl’s last five years in order to determine how to proceed with the appropriate treatment options. “What we don’t know about is whether he is a true hero who had the misfortune of being the only POW captured, or whether he in some way identified with his captors,” psychologist...
  • Gallup Poll: Strong Majority Now Believe Gays Should Be Allowed to Adopt Kids

    06/02/2014 9:28:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 213 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    A strong majority, 63 percent, of Americans now say that same-sex couples should have a legal right to adopt a child, according to a new Gallup poll. About one in three, 35 percent, are opposed. The result is the opposite of 1992, when Gallup first polled the question. Sixty-three percent said homosexual couples should not be legally permitted to adopt in that year. In 1998, that number declined to 57 percent. In 2003 and 2007, Americans were about equally divided on the question. The recent poll was the first time Gallup showed a clear majority supportive of giving same-sex couples...
  • CNN: Fort Hood Shooter "Under-treated post traumatic stress"

    05/28/2014 4:22:18 AM PDT · by golux · 23 replies
    CNN | 5.28.14 | CNN Morning Show
    Just a howler. Introducing a segment on mental illness (and shootings,) the CNN host diagnosed the Fort Hood shooter (whose name he left out) as suffering from "Under-treated post traumatic stress."
  • Low self-esteem is good for you! We’ve been too successful at making people feel good

    05/26/2014 2:00:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Salon ^ | May 24, 2014 | Anneli Rufus
    Adapted from "Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself" by Anneli Rufus “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts.” – Bertrand Russell Is low self-esteem all that bad? Self-loathing is. But between self-loathing and narcissism is a vast spectrum comprising infinitely various degrees of self-regard. Neither extreme is good. If only we could just reach medium. In 1986, California state assembly member John Vasconcellos proposed the State Task Force to Promote Self-Esteem. This ignited a new movement: Based on the notion that low self-esteem...
  • Study Finds Pedophiles’ Brains Wired to Find Children Attractive

    05/25/2014 12:50:22 PM PDT · by billorites · 128 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 23, 2014 | Charlotte Lytton
    Pedophiles’ brains are “abnormally tuned” to find young children attractive, according to a new study published this week. The research, led by Jorge Ponseti at Germany’s University of Kiel, means that it may be possible to diagnose pedophiles in the future before they are able to offend. The findings, published in scientific journal Biology Letters, discovered that pedophiles have the same neurological reaction to images of those they find attractive as those of people with ordinary sexual predilections, but that all the relevant cerebral areas become engaged when they see children, as opposed to fellow adults. The occipital areas, prefrontal...
  • The Pitfalls of Working with White People

    05/20/2014 3:47:39 PM PDT · by Tenlein · 63 replies
    Progressives Today ^ | 5/20/2014 | Jim Hoft
    “The pitfalls of working with white people” Including: ** They ask stupid questions. ** They benefit financially on the backs of black people ** They expect to be appreciated by people of color when they work against racism ** They act afraid of people of color ** They get too friendly too fast
  • A Question for those Who Believe in Homosexual Scouts

    05/19/2014 8:26:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    American Thinker ^ | 05/19/2014 | Selwyn Duke
    China has built an offshore oil drilling rig, numbered HD-981, specifically for the purpose invalidating other nations’ claims to seabed they thought was theirs. There is no doubt about the purpose of the rig given that a Chinese state oil company official once called it “our mobile national territory.” Its primary purpose isn’t commercial. If China can drill an oil well on some other country’s seabed, they can then claim that it was China’s territory all along. The rig is having its first outing to that purpose off the coast of Vietnam, accompanied by 86 Chinese vessels including a submarine....
  • Why Men Take Risks for the Ultimate Thrill

    05/10/2014 2:08:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    Friday Magazine ^ | Mike Peake
    They bring down banks, squander huge fortunes on reckless pursuits and in their spare time are found clinging to vertical rocks or leaping out of aeroplanes – Mike Peake investigates what makes men gamble with their lives, seeking the ultimate thrillWhen New Zealand-based forensic psychiatrist Dr Erik Monasterio set out to interview people for a study he was conducting into risk-taking behaviour, 90 per cent of the mountaineers he spoke to were men. For base jumping – the adrenaline-pumping sport where the order of the day is to fling yourself off the top of something high – the figure was...
  • NBC orders psychological testing for David Gregory

    04/21/2014 10:02:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 108 replies
    NY Post ^ | 4/21/14 | Emily Smith
    NBC’s “Meet the Press” has fallen to such ratings lows that network brass ordered psychological research of the host David Gregory and his family, in a bid to make him more likable. Friends of Gregory and even his wife were interviewed by a psychologist commissioned by NBC to find out how the host of the flagship Sunday morning show might relate to audiences better. The Washington Post reported, “Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. “The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan...
  • (White)Babies Just 15 Months Old Show Racial Bias When Picking Playmates(Hate-Crazed Barf Alert)

    04/16/2014 1:03:23 PM PDT · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Mail Online ^ | April 15, 2014 | Staff
    Toddlers show racial bias when picking playmates, a study reveals. They also take account of how fairly others behave. Researchers tested the reaction of white 15-month-olds as toys were distributed.Two white adults divided the toys, one equally and the other unequally. Seventy per cent of the toddlers chose to play with the researcher who distributed the toys fairly. But in a second test, when one researcher favoured a white recipient over an Asian one, they picked the ‘fair’ researcher less often, the journal Frontiers in Psychology reports. And the babies are more likely to help those who share the same...
  • The Bible: From Standpoint to Application (PODCAST)

    04/01/2014 5:55:52 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    MakingSense.Podbean ^ | April 1, 2014 | Rob W. Case
    As you come to this program, you reside within a certain frame of mind. Your outlook, experience, and analysis of life has, along with what has influenced you over the course of your lifetime, shaped your frame of mind. But what if you are confronted with the concept of God? How do you respond? What constitutes each response, and if you accept him, what can come in applying His word to your life? Find out this and much more as you listen to this edition of “Making Sense with Rob Case.”
  • Autism Diagnoses Surge by 30 Percent in Kids, CDC Reports

    03/27/2014 12:44:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 184 replies
    NBC News ^ | 03/27/2014 | Maggie Fox
    e latest look at autism in the U.S. shows a startling 30 percent jump among 8-year-olds diagnosed with the disorder in a two-year period, to one in every 68 children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which did the survey, says the numbers almost certainly reflect more awareness and diagnosis of kids who would have been missed in years past. The new estimate for 2010 was a jump from one in 88 children in 2008, the last year for which numbers had been available. “The number of children diagnosed with autism continues to rise,” the agency’s Dr. Coleen Boyle...
  • EXCLUSIVE--Tammy Bruce: War on Boys Attempt to 'Create Society of Frightened People

    03/09/2014 7:47:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 3/8/2014 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 8th, Breitbart News was able to sit down with author and radio host Tammy Bruce to discuss the ongoing war against boys--especially as seen via zero tolerance school policies that result in suspensions for young students who pretend to point their finger like a gun. We asked her, "So many times we hear about 'the war on boys'--of a boy fashioning his hand or breakfast pastry into the shape of gun, then being suspended. What are we to think of this?"
  • ‘I am a Lesbian and I am a Muslim’

    03/08/2014 2:12:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    Asian Image ^ | Tuesday 4th March 2014
    An Asian lesbian has spoken of her experiences about hiding her sexuality from her family. “I know this sounds like a complete paradox. But I am a lesbian. And I am a Muslim. A practising Muslim,” she says. Jay, as she wanted to be referred to said she rarely talks of her feelings to anyone and growing-up she felt ostracised. But at university she was able to be a little more open about her sexuality. “I can’t talk about this to anyone apart from my close friends. I would never dare to admit this to my family. “At school, all...
  • Boy Suspended for Pointing Finger Like Gun

    03/04/2014 8:26:45 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 6,608 replies
    Newser ^ | 3/4/14 | Kate Seamons
    America's kids have been suspended for pretending that pencils were guns, but an Ohio school may have topped that. A 10-year-old student at a Columbus elementary school was handed a three-day suspension for making a finger gun and pretending to shoot a classmate. The suspension letter more formally referred to his weapon as a "level 2 lookalike firearm," reports the Columbus Dispatch. Devonshire Alternative Elementary School's principal says students have been frequently told not to play pretend gun games, with a district rep saying kids were warned consequences would follow. Those consequences hit hard last week for fifth-grader Nathan Entingh,...
  • The "Born Gay" Hoax

    02/27/2014 3:43:57 PM PST · by ResisTyr · 164 replies
    FreeWebs.com ^ | n/a | Unknown
    The Born “Gay” Hoax By 1985, the pro-sodomy movement The born “gay” hoax was invented in 1985 by Marshall Kirk and Dr. Hunter Madsen. Marshall Kirk graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1980 majoring in psychology and went on to become a writer and researcher in neuropsychiatry. Dr. Hunter Madsen earned a PhD in politics from Harvard University in 1985, then went on to become an expert on public persuasion tactics, social marketing, and has designed commercial marketing on Madison Avenue. He has also served as a consultant to pro-sodomy media campaigns across America. In 1985, Marshall Kirk...
  • Research: People Who Believe Hell Are Less Happy

    02/24/2014 7:45:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Live Science ^ | 02/24/2014 | By Wynne Parry, Live Science Contributor
    Fire, brimstone, eternal suffering — hell is not a pleasant concept. But research has pointed to the societal benefits of a belief in supernatural punishment, including higher economic growth in developing countries and less crime. But there are also drawbacks, even in this life. A new study links believing in hell, and perhaps even thinking about it, with lower levels of happiness and satisfaction in life. "It seems there is this trade-off," said Azim Shariff, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. In research published in January in PLOS ONE, Shariff and a colleague looked at international...
  • Psychiatrist courts controversy, says homosexuality is unnatural

    01/29/2014 7:30:19 AM PST · by James C. Bennett · 48 replies
    FirstPost.com ^ | 21 January 2014 | FirstPost.com
    Former president of the Indian Psychiatric Society Dr Indira Sharma has courted controversy by claiming that homosexuality is unnatural, a statement made three days ago at an annual meet of psychiatrists. The LGBT community has brought "talk of sex to the roads", she told Times of India. "Heterosexuals don't talk about sex. It's a private matter," she told Times of India. The report quoted a psychiatrist who attended the summit as saying Sharma's speech took a condescending approach towards homosexuals. Sharma denied to TOI that she called for "homo clubs" to be shut down. She said her speech was about...
  • Sexual revolution leaving American women plagued by anxiety disorders

    01/25/2014 10:06:17 AM PST · by usalady · 101 replies
    Examiner ^ | Jan, 24, 2013 | Martha
    In spite of their advances in education and the workforce anxiety disorders are replacing happiness for American women. Sexual liberation was supposed to bring equality for females that expected fulfillment with the freedom to pursue lust without expecting committed relationships.
  • Portland schools cancel speaker who calls homosexuality a 'mental illness'

    01/16/2014 7:47:54 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 43 replies
    http://www.nwcn.com ^ | January 16, 2014 | Reggie Aqui, KGW Staff
    He touts himself as an educator, psychologist, political scientist and “pan-Africanist.” Those credentials were apparently enough to get Umar Johnson invited to speak at two Portland schools. But now, the District is rescinding the invitation and is calling his words “unacceptable.” Johnson was supposed to speak Thursday about educational issues in the African-American community at the Self Enhancement Inc Academy that contracts with the district, and at Jefferson High School. One day earlier, the Oregonian, showed Portland Public Schools videos on the web where a man identified as Umar Johnson shares his views on gay people. “I see homosexuality as...
  • Researchers find men use anger as manipulation tool with other men (article)

    01/14/2014 7:56:41 AM PST · by fishtank · 34 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 1-14-14 | Bob Yirka
    Researchers find men use anger as manipulation tool with other men 1 hour ago by Bob Yirka report anger (Phys.org) —Researchers Uri Gneezy, with the University of California and Alex Imasc with the University of Amsterdam have together found that men understand the impact anger has on decision making and use that knowledge to help them manipulate other men when engaging in contests of both skill and strength. They have had their paper describing a study they conducted on the subject printed in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ....
  • Why competing with men has left women out of touch with their feminine side

    01/11/2014 6:45:03 AM PST · by B212 · 34 replies
    Recently, the media has been awash with articles suggesting that career women are to relationships what garlic is to a vampire - the kiss of death. We're unable to sustain meaningful unions, apparently, because men are intimidated by our intellect, threatened by our higher earning potential and turned off by our controlling, capable, yet powerful personalities. Two years ago I went to dinner with a doctor who told me that I 'wasn't in touch with my femininity' as I 'didn't flirt or wear much make-up'. His diagnosis also included the undeniable fact that I was in 'acute need of affection'....
  • Self-Esteem Begat the Selfie Generation

    01/03/2014 8:52:41 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-3-2014 | MOTUS
    Breaking news: overpraising kids with low self-esteem might backfire. “While kids with high self-esteem seem to thrive with inflated praise, those with low self-esteem actually shrink from new challenges when adults go overboard on praising them.” So overpraising kids might be a bad thing? That’s something that every parent on the planet once knew instinctively before the sociologists, psychologists and other “ologists” grabbed the reins of childrearing. Does that mean everybody shouldn’t get an award? Nor is it surprising that the negative results of “overpraising,” aka false praise, effects kids with low self-esteem differently than their high-esteem peers. The kids...
  • Adam Lanza's Computer Contained Files on Mass Shootings, Pedophilia Advocacy

    12/30/2013 9:27:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 96 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 12/30/13 | AWR Hawkins
    Among the thousands of documents Connecticut police released December 27 related to the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary, the contents and files of Adam Lanza's computer include files on mass shootings, mass murders, pedophiles' rights, and a man/boy love story. According to police reports contained within the documents, Lanza's laptop computer contained "hundreds of bookmarks," a number of which were for "mass murder killing spree" and "mass murders." His desktop had a "document written showing the prerequisites for mass murder spreadsheet." Lanza's desktop also had a "document written advocating pedophiles' rights" and a "screenplay or script describing a relationship...
  • Is pedophilia a sexual orientation?

    12/29/2013 2:59:28 PM PST · by Salman · 114 replies
    The Toronto Star ^ | Dec 22 2013 | Laura Kane
    Pedophilia has been widely viewed as a psychological disorder triggered by early childhood trauma. Now, many experts see it as a biologically rooted condition that does not change — like a sexual orientation — thanks largely to a decade of research by Dr. James Cantor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Cantor’s team has found that pedophiles share a number of physical characteristics, including differences in brain wiring. It’s now thought that about 1 to 5 per cent of men are pedophiles, meaning they are primarily attracted to children. These findings have been widely accepted among scientists, but...
  • Secret to happiness? Be a conservative woman

    12/27/2013 9:42:06 AM PST · by dead · 32 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 27, 2013 | 10:38am | Ramesh Ponnuru
    The head of the think-tank where I work believes he has discovered the secret of happiness, and he wants to share it with everyone. Don’t worry: I’m not in a cult... Once basic material needs are met, though, satisfying work matters more than money. What people want is not just success, but also “earned success” — the feeling that one’s efforts have paid off. In a recent talk, Brooks cited a 1978 study in which lottery winners were slightly less happy six months after they hit the jackpot... Over the last 40 years, women who describe themselves as “conservative” have...
  • Vanity: Human Rights Camp : Gay is not a choice,to suggest otherwise is harmful. [ Birth Defect? ]

    12/29/2013 1:44:58 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 93 replies
    NLZ
    "We know that being gay is not a choice someone makes, and that to suggest otherwise can be incredibly harmful." Is HRC saying being gay is a birth defect?
  • Beer Domesticated Man

    12/19/2013 5:54:42 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 35 replies
    Nautilus ^ | December 19, 2013 | Gloria Dawson
    The domestication of wild grains has played a major role in human evolution, facilitating the transition from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to one based on agriculture. You might think that the grains were used for bread, which today represents a basic staple. But some scientists argue that it wasn’t bread that motivated our ancestors to start grain farming. It was beer. Man, they say, chose pints over pastry. Beer has plenty to recommend it over bread. First, and most obviously, it is pleasant to drink. “Beer had all the same nutrients as bread, and it had one additional advantage,” argues Solomon...
  • Sons of Divorce, School Shooters

    12/17/2013 6:50:50 AM PST · by neverdem · 92 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 16, 2013 | W. Bradford Wilcox
    Another shooting, another son of divorce. From Adam Lanza, who killed 26 children and adults a year ago at Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., to Karl Pierson, who shot a teenage girl and killed himself this past Friday at Arapahoe High in Centennial, Colo., one common and largely unremarked thread tying together most of the school shooters that have struck the nation in the last year is that they came from homes marked by divorce or an absent father. From shootings at MIT (i.e., the Tsarnaev brothers) to the University of Central Florida to the Ronald E. McNair Discovery...
  • How Many American Men Are Gay?

    12/09/2013 12:28:26 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 217 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 7, 2013 | Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
    WHAT percent of American men are gay? This question is notoriously difficult to answer. Historical estimates range from about 2 percent to 10 percent. But somewhere in the exabytes of data that human beings create every day are answers to even the most challenging questions. Using surveys, social networks, pornographic searches and dating sites, I recently studied evidence on the number of gay men. The data used in this analysis is available in highly aggregated form only and can be downloaded from publicly accessible sites. While none of these data sources are ideal, they combine to tell a consistent story....
  • Singer Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism

    12/08/2013 1:16:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/08/2013 | BY DAVID HARDING
    Susan Boyle revealed she has Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism. The Scottish singer who shot to worldwide fame in 2009 with her jaw-dropping performance on "Britain's Got Talent" was diagnosed last year, but has now decided to reveal her news publicly for the first time. Speaking to the Observer newspaper, Boyle said, "It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid. "I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what's wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself." Asperger's has...
  • The more inept you are the smarter you think you are

    12/07/2013 1:37:07 PM PST · by EveningStar · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | November 25, 2013 | Tom Stafford
    Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all. You're pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn't it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and also inject a healthy dose of humility into our own sense of self-regard.
  • Why don’t as many men go to church as women?

    12/04/2013 2:17:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 82 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 12/4/2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today is the 50th anniversary of Sacrosanctum Concilium.What great fruits the liturgical reforms have produced!  Jammed churches, long confession lines, full schools, lots of weddings and baptisms, convents bursting, seminaries churning out priests as fast as they can be ordained….Back in 1967 when the reformers were creating the Novus Ordo, an experimental “Missa Normativa” was celebrated for a groups of cardinals and bishops. After this Mass, Card. Heenan of Westminster remarked to the Synod of Bishops in Rome: At home, it is not only women and children but also fathers of families and young men who come regularly to Mass....
  • The Nanny State Didn't Show Up, You Hired It

    11/24/2013 2:17:43 PM PST · by RightCenter · 4 replies
    The Last Psychiatrist ^ | September 12, 2012 | The Last Psychiatrist
    FLY, YOU FOOLS The Consumer Products Safety Commission wants to ban Buckyballs, the magnetic office toy for "adults with Asperger's", because kids swallow them.  ("Hey, stupid, isn't the Buckyballs story two months old?"  I'm writing a book of pornography, it's taking up a lot of my time.  "Of?")This is the kind of story that gets the public to unanimously cry, "We're a bunch of coddled babies!" and if you cried that, please recall my useful heuristic:  if you ever find yourself in complete agreement with the public, especially when "public" includes people you wanted to murder in the last election,...
  • Parents Get 'Bullied' Children Plastic Surgery

    11/14/2013 5:37:24 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/14/2013 | MARY CHASTAIN
    It is common for kids to be teased or bullied for their physical features. Some parents nowadays, instead of teaching their child to love themselves for who they are, are changing their child's physical appearance to prevent bullying. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons said plastic surgery has grown 30% in the past decade. In 2008, 160,283 children under 18 had surgery, and 76,000 surgeries were performed on teenagers in 2011. Many children undergo surgery to fix features that cause health problems, such as cleft palates or serious deformities. For example, in 2009, then-eight-year-old Ryan Cunningham of New York state was born with two perfectly...
  • Pittsburgh Man Thinks He's a Dog, Goes By Name 'Boomer'

    11/12/2013 1:16:24 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 63 replies
    Good Morning America ^ | | – Wed, Nov 6, 2013 10:34 AM EST | SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
    Born Gary Matthews, the retired technology worker and a self-confessed "nerd" thinks he is a dog. The 48-year-old wears a dog collar, eats dog food from a bowl — his favorite is Pedigree – and loves milk bones and dog cookies. "I don't eat dog food every day," Matthews told ABCNews.com "It's a special thing for me to do once in awhile to get closer to feeling like a canine. I eat the canned kind. It's not bad -- it tastes OK. I eat regular human food, too, like pizza." But he has the most fun wearing his dog suit,...
  • Unplug Your Family

    11/12/2013 1:07:14 PM PST · by EveningStar · 36 replies
    Christianity.com ^ | November 7, 2013 | Dr. James Emery White
    My wife and I were in a restaurant having lunch the other day with one of our sons, and couldn’t help but notice a nearby family: a mom, dad, two boys, and a daughter. The daughter was middle school age, and clearly in contemporary middle school mode: ear buds securely in place, staring off into space. Every aspect of her demeanor made it clear: I don’t want to be here, and I don’t want to be with my family. So I am going to stay in my world of music and media. By plugging in, I’m tuning out. And her...
  • Study: Pasta Linked to Depression in Women

    11/07/2013 12:09:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 4, 2013 | Adrienne Cutaway
    Officials at Harvard conducted a 12-year study on 43,000 women and found higher rates of depression in those consumed more pasta and other refined grains, according to Newser. The study found that women who cosumed more soda, red meat and refined grains like pasta, white bread and chips were 29 to 41 percent more likely to be diagnosed with depression when compared to women who consumed more wine, coffee and vegetables.
  • The Psychology of Islamic Culture (Read and Heed)

    11/07/2013 12:41:10 PM PST · by robowombat · 5 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | November 5, 2013 | EDWARD CLINE
    The Psychology of Islamic Culture by EDWARD CLINE November 5, 2013 It is commendable that someone should address the psychological profile of Muslims - that is, of individuals born into the culture of Islam - and Nicolai Sennels does that in his Jihad Watch article of October 30th, "Cultural psychology: How Islam managed to stay medieval for 1,400 years." I began reading it with some eagerness. Over the years I have had nothing good to say about the psychology or mindset of anyone who was either born into the religion/ideology and never challenged it or attempted to escape it, or...