A psych study found that women actually have dominant roles in marriage relationships when it comes to anything involving the family unit or couple, including vacations: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19713567/
This of course flies in the face of a bunch of other studies, but as the article points out most other studies looked at how much money each couple made and used that as a main variable, whereas in this study they asked each couple who makes the decisions on what subjects and used that as their main criteria. I’d like to see this study repeated several times, but at the same time anecdotally it makes sense, or to quote a very amusing movie: “Yes, the man is the head of the house, but the woman is the neck. And the neck can turn the head anyway it wants.” (Bonus points to whoever recognizes that quote).
An interesting commentary on how race is perceived in Brazil and how goverment regulations there might actually be reverting the national mentality back to the way it was in the 1880s: http://www.guardian.co.uk/comment/story/0,,2124080,00.html
Recent research shows that there is a biological reason that adolescents are overly-emotional, as opposed to social or psychological reasons: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=65035. My response: Great, but when do they grow out of it? I know some 21-year-olds who still aren’t completely over that stage.
Next, we saw the movie “300” this weekend. It was bloody, but not too bloody, and overall an entertaining film. Rafe’s two reactions were very similar to mine: 1) Great translation of what a comic book looks like onto the big screen, boobs included; and 2) “That is the best piece of pro-war, specifically Irag-war, propaganda I’ve seen!” It was indeed very good propaganda, and as another interesting statement: All the Greeks were played by white, British-looking actors, and all the Persians were played by either Black or Arab looking people (Xerxes was a Brazilian actor). Whites good, dark skin bad? Hmmm. Iranians (modern-day Persia) agree: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17599641/?GT1=9145
Finally, an interesting study for Rafe; one anthropologist has come out with the theory that hominids and our other ancestors evolutionarily kept their short legs for so long because it made them better fighters: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17584912/.
| They already had a good reach with their arms, which many scientists assumed was for staying in trees, but this is an interesting take on why we kept our long arms and short legs: to beat each other up better. Woot!
I’m off to Eastern Washington tomorrow to present my paper. I’m not super-prepared, but I’m decently prepared, and have two more nights to practice my delivery.