Category: Science Fact of the Day

Science Fact of the Day

The Pincer Attack

One of the mostly commonly utilized conceptual weapons in the rhetorical attack on being a normal person is ‘sexual fluidity.’ In a nutshell: “Sexual fluidity is one or more changes in sexuality or sexual identity (sometimes known as sexual orientation identity).”  It’s a favorite concept among third wave feminists, especially those who argue against hetero-normativity (which is another way of …

Education, Psychology, Science Fact of the Day

Science Fact of the Day #2: Teacher Somatotype

As in all cases “science fact” is used loosely. The Main Claim About Teacher Somatotypes In Nonverbal Behavior in Interpersonal Relations the authors observed that: “Teachers who are ectomorphic are usually perceived by students as anxious and less composed but perhaps intelligent. The endomorphic teacher is generally perceived by students as slow, lazy, under-prepared, and not …

Science Fact of the Day

#Science: Humor is sexy

The nerds at Live Science found a talk delivered to the APA which discovered the obvious: Humor increases male attractiveness to women. But they also found that the effect was not as significant when it came to female attractiveness being bolstered by humor. That’s another instance when Good Charlotte was right. This provided the most …

Culture, Science Fact of the Day, Temperance

Wait, tremendous government spending on contraceptive education doesn’t decrease risky teenage behaviour?

In an article published in 2015, David Paton and Sourafel Girma discovered that: Our results have several policy implications. Our finding that promotion of LARCs is unable to explain much if any of the recent reduction in teenage pregnancy somewhat undermines the heavy emphasis on these forms of birth control by policy makers in recent years. …

Culture, Parenting, Science Fact of the Day

Parenting doesn’t matter?

Over at Quillette, Brian Boutwell has written an article on the unappreciated genetic factors in personality development and life outcomes. In it he claims: Based on the results of classical twin studies, it just doesn’t appear that parenting—whether mom and dad are permissive or not, read to their kid or not, or whatever else—impacts development …

Health, Philosophy, Science Fact of the Day

The Tao of Bro-Science

When the gym is your lab: Bro-Science If you go to any gym, you’ll find a great deal of unusually specific information about strength training. Strangely, you’ll find very little in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology, or scientific literature appended to it. This information is Bro-Science. The problem with Bro-Science is that it differs from gym …

Culture, Science Fact of the Day

Random thoughts and links 5-29-2017

Does Capitalism Hurt Women? The article answers no. I think the abbreviated explanation is satisfactory. What might actually be leading to apparent increases in autism? I am aware of no scientific evidence for the connection between autism and vaccines, but all that bluster might be a bit of a distraction from several contributing factors that …

Health, Science Fact of the Day

Bad News for Weight Gain: There is a point of no return

In report published last July researchers concluded that under the typical conditions of care for obese and overweight individuals that: “current nonsurgical obesity treatment strategies are failing to achieve sustained weight loss for the majority of obese patients. For patients with a BMI of 30 or greater kilograms per meters squared, maintaining weight loss was …

Science Fact of the Day

Science fact of the day: No such thing as healthy obesity

While I have my questions about the BMI scale and its ability to predict health for those with low body-fat percentages, it has proven a remarkable predictor of health in the general population (low body-fat people are rare in the United States, after all). Anyway, in a study published in 2016, the authors concluded that: Low …

Psychology, Science Fact of the Day

Placebo and Intelligence

In a recent experiment, psychologists “designed a procedure to intentionally induce a placebo effect” in order to test the claims of intelligence increasing software.[1] The study has a small sample size, but bear with me.  In the control group (people who simply thought they were participating in an experiment) there was no difference in pre …