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An Optical Illusion that Explains the Origins of Imaginary Monsters

An Optical Illusion that Explains the Origins of Imaginary Monsters
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6 Intimate Details You Can Tell Just By Looking At Someone You Can Tell Someone's Sexuality by Their Hands and Hair (Usually) Getty Contrary to what 1980s sex comedies taught you, coming out of the closet as gay doesn't automatically give one a raging case of flamboyant. Nor does it guarantee that you're going to wear an ascot at all times or punctuate every sentence with "girlfriend" or a sassy "mmmm hmmm." So, if you're a person who really needs to know the sexuality of the strangers you run into, figuring it out usually isn't as easy as a quick once-over. But you can get a pretty good idea. GettyIf he performs his own manicures, he probably isn't all that into vagina. How? Look at their hands and hair. We've previously mentioned one indicator of likely homosexuality -- the digit ratio theory. But what if all of your fingers are ring fingers? So there are some studies that suggest a reversal of the typical male/female finger lengths is one good indicator of sexuality. Here's an easier one: see which hand they write with. GettyGetty Getty"No, no.

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Synesthesia may explain healers claims of seeing people's 'aura' Researchers in Spain have found that at least some of the individuals claiming to see the so-called aura of people actually have the neuropsychological phenomenon known as "synesthesia" (specifically, "emotional synesthesia"). This might be a scientific explanation of their alleged ability. In synesthetes, the brain regions responsible for the processing of each type of sensory stimuli are intensely interconnected. The study was conducted by the University of Granada Department of Experimental Psychology Óscar Iborra, Luis Pastor and Emilio Gómez Milán, and has been published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition. In basic neurological terms, synesthesia is thought to be due to cross-wiring in the brain of some people (synesthetes); in other words, synesthetes present more synaptic connections than "normal" people. The case of the "Santón de Baza"

Dunning-Kruger effect The Dunning-Kruger effect, named after David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University, occurs where people fail to adequately assess their level of competence — or specifically, their incompetence — at a task and thus consider themselves much more competent than everyone else. This lack of awareness is attributed to their lower level of competence robbing them of the ability to critically analyse their performance, leading to a significant overestimate of themselves. Put more crudely, they're too stupid to realize they're stupid. The inverse also applies: competent people tend to underestimate their ability compared to others; this is known as impostor syndrome. If you have no doubts whatsoever about your brilliance, you could just be that damn good. On the other hand... [edit] The effect Those who scored well on these tests were shown, consistently, to underestimate their performance. [edit] A little knowledge can be dangerous [edit] Origins [edit] Locally relevant examples [edit]

JURASSIC PARK - Evolution of the Raptor Suits with John Rosengrant (CLICK on the video above to watch the NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN Raptor Suit footage from JURASSIC PARK) Although Stan Winston Studio created multiple raptors for JURASSIC PARK, including full-size cable-controlled puppets, half-puppets and insert legs, some Raptor shots were most efficiently captured with a man in a suit. SWS supervisor John Rosengrant was pegged as the main Raptor suit performer, with SWS concept designer Mark “Crash” McCreery also pitching in when the shot required two raptors. To determine the suit’s configuration, the Winston team overlaid Raptor drawings on images of Rosengrant in various positions. Pictured above: The 1/5th scale raptor maquette sculpted by SWS artist Christopher Swift. Pictured above: A miniature John Rosengrant revealed inside the raptor suit maquette. Pictured above: SWS fabricator Marilyn Dozer-Chaney constructs the foam raptor "Garbage Bag Test" over a life-cast of John Rosengrant. -Jody Duncan

5 Insignificant Things That Determine Who You Have Sex With If nothing else, this website is devoted to helping you find a mate ... using science (as evidenced here, here and here). After all, attracting a partner is still a thankless chore full of wearing pants and pretending to care. Or is it? Turns out there are even more things that get people to consider knowing us in the biblical way, and they're so subtle and random that pants-wearing just seems stupid now. #5. Yep, the angle of your face is a strong determinant of how attractive people think you are. GettyWe had to crop this picture carefully to avoid the ocean of boobs he's buried in. Science Says: Researchers at the University of Newcastle discovered this tilt effect when they showed volunteers in their study several computer-generated faces, both male and female, looking straight ahead but at various pitches (chin up or chin down). epjournalFreak on or freak out. The results were pretty clear. Getty"I can see right up your nose." #4. Getty"No, really, that's not patronizing. #3. Getty

David Foster Wallace’s importance of being earnest: Irony, Generation X and the sheer joy of language Today, we think of the 1920s as a golden age of American fiction. But to Edmund Wilson, looking back from the vantage point of 1944, the most striking thing about this modern generation, which he did more than any critic to foster, was its failure to reach full development. The best writers of the twenties, he wrote in “Thoughts on Being Bibliographed,” had either “died prematurely . . . leaving a sad sense of work uncompleted,” like F. Scott Fitzgerald, or “disconcertingly abandoned their own standards”—here the unnamed culprit is surely Ernest Hemingway, whom Wilson had helped to discover. To us, these are canonical names, predestined for Library of America cursive. At the time Wilson wrote, this particular style of American literary martyrdom was on the verge of obsolescence. Except for David Foster Wallace. And like all three, he was a self-conscious son of the Midwest. What is actually most American and most Generation X about these laments, of course, is their provincialism.

Jailbreak Rat: Selfless Rodents Spring Their Pals and Share Their Sweets The English language is not especially kind to rats. We say we "smell a rat" when something doesn't feel right, refer to stressful competition as the "rat race," and scorn traitors who "rat on" friends. But rats don't deserve their bad rap. According to a new study in the December 9 issue of Science, rats are surprisingly selfless, consistently breaking friends out of cages—even if freeing their buddies means having to share coveted chocolate. It seems that empathy and self-sacrifice have a greater evolutionary legacy than anyone expected. In 2007 neuroscientist Peggy Mason of the University of Chicago wrote about the neurobiology of empathy for Scientific American. In the new study, Mason, Bartal and University of Chicago colleague Jean Decety placed pairs of rats in Plexiglass pens. In this first set of experiments, most rats seemed quite willing to help their peers, but Mason wanted to give them a tougher test. Mogil says he plans to follow up the research as well.

What marketing tricks do we unknowingly fall for? : AskReddit Out of your head: Leaving the body behind - life - 13 October 2009 THE young man woke feeling dizzy. He got up and turned around, only to see himself still lying in bed. He shouted at his sleeping body, shook it, and jumped on it. The next thing he knew he was lying down again, but now seeing himself standing by the bed and shaking his sleeping body. Stricken with fear, he jumped out of the window. What this 21-year-old had just experienced was an out-of-body experience, one of the most peculiar states of consciousness.

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