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“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon.

“You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.”

Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets.
She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use.

“What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime

“The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.”

Prof Rippon believes that gender differences appear early in western societies and are based on traditional stereotypes of how boys and girls should behave and which toys they should play with.

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Men and Women Do Not Have Different Brains, Claims Neuroscientist (via thegendercritic)

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A Genius Piece Of Art Forces Drone Pilots To See Who’s Down Below
After learning that predator drone operators often refer to kills as “bug splats,” because bodies look so small from up above, an artist collective didn’t get angry — they got creative.

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A Genius Piece Of Art Forces Drone Pilots To See Who’s Down Below

After learning that predator drone operators often refer to kills as “bug splats,” because bodies look so small from up above, an artist collective didn’t get angry — they got creative.

nprchives:

Research and Development intern Kat Arcement sends along this charming piece:

Want to learn how to answer the telephone, or how to answer the door, or how to be nice? In Chicago, a full two years before Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released, you could if between the ages of 4-14 attend a class in manners. As Paula Person states, “I was rather tired with people saying children are horrible.”

 So are we, Paula Person. So are we.

(BTW, these kids are ADORABLE.)

(via npr)

skunkbear:

And here’s a handy GIF about tonight’s the lunar eclipse. For the west coasters (who have a better chance of seeing the eclipse through the clouds) just subtract 3 hours.  It’s basically a moving version of this NASA graphic.
GIFs not your style? Check out my last minute astronomical announcement song:

skunkbear:

And here’s a handy GIF about tonight’s the lunar eclipse. For the west coasters (who have a better chance of seeing the eclipse through the clouds) just subtract 3 hours.  It’s basically a moving version of this NASA graphic.

GIFs not your style? Check out my last minute astronomical announcement song:

(via npr)

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Why Being A Teacher Costs A Lot More Than The Price Of A Teaching Degree
Sitting in class as a student, one of the last things you think about is where all of the classroom supplies came from. The school fairy, maybe?

But realistically, at least some of them probably came out of the teacher’s own wallet. The perks of being a teacher (educating future generations!) might outweigh the cost of staplers and bulletin boards, but isn’t it still alarming to see the financial hoops many must jump through just to do their jobs?

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Why Being A Teacher Costs A Lot More Than The Price Of A Teaching Degree

Sitting in class as a student, one of the last things you think about is where all of the classroom supplies came from. The school fairy, maybe?

But realistically, at least some of them probably came out of the teacher’s own wallet. The perks of being a teacher (educating future generations!) might outweigh the cost of staplers and bulletin boards, but isn’t it still alarming to see the financial hoops many must jump through just to do their jobs?

npr:

“Former Bank Executive: Women, Ask For A Raise!”

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Here’s A Story About What Foster Care Is Like For An Abused Child Removed From Her Home

Almost 400,000 children are in foster care, and kids who find themselves in the system come from difficult backgrounds. This film was made to bring awareness to what some kids experience and to help adults understand life through the children’s eyes. At the end, she says it all: “I am lovable. I am worthy of care.”

This made me cry.

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A Guy Sells Something So Shocking On Wall Street That A Crowd Stops And Stares

There are some problems we think a lot about, issues like climate change, gender equality, and poverty. Other problems are less visible to us, and it’s partly because we don’t see them that they continue to exist. See how one group brings an often passed-over problem front and center.

Scary.

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archiemcphee:

If Cerberus, the three-headed dog, guards the entrance to Hades, what do you suppose a three-headed deer is the guardian of? This awesome image of three fallow deer bucks, standing in a perfect row and looking backward at the same moment, was captured in the forests of Lithuania by photographer Renatas Jakaitis. But we prefer to think this photo was taken on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest.
[via Twisted Sifter]

beautiful

saltinmypockets:

archiemcphee:

If Cerberus, the three-headed dog, guards the entrance to Hades, what do you suppose a three-headed deer is the guardian of? This awesome image of three fallow deer bucks, standing in a perfect row and looking backward at the same moment, was captured in the forests of Lithuania by photographer Renatas Jakaitis. But we prefer to think this photo was taken on the outskirts of the Forbidden Forest.

[via Twisted Sifter]

beautiful