Archive for September 16th, 2009
Good news for science fans. Dan Colman at Open Culture:
A little breaking news… 35 leading universities have launched a new web site, Futurity.org, with a simple goal — educating the public about new scientific breakthroughs. In the old days, universities depended on the traditional press to spread the word about new scientific advances. Now, with journalism in crisis and newspapers folding, the schools can no longer bank on that. And so we get Futurity, which is essentially a nonprofit wire service that will distribute news through major news suppliers on the web (Yahoo News & Google News) and also through social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and MySpace). On the list of participating universities, you will find UC Berkeley, Stanford, Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon, The University of Chicago, Duke, Princeton, Yale and many others. You can get a full list here, and read more about the venture here.
The MBT shoes just arrived—this model. When I walk down the hallway, it feels (literally) as though I were walking on air—a peculiar but not unpleasant sensation. These are quite comfortable, and I seem to have hit my size right on the mark. I’m now going outside for a little walking.
I’m somewhat surprised that this works, but I’ll accept the experience of users. Have any readers used this?
Now that I’ve been presented with obvious evidence that I’m an introvert, I found this article by Jonathan Rauch quite interesting:
Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? Who loves quiet conversations about feelings or ideas, and can give a dynamite presentation to a big audience, but seems awkward in groups and maladroit at small talk? Who has to be dragged to parties and then needs the rest of the day to recuperate? Who growls or scowls or grunts or winces when accosted with pleasantries by people who are just trying to be nice?
If so, do you tell this person he is "too serious," or ask if he is okay? Regard him as aloof, arrogant, rude? Redouble your efforts to draw him out?
If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you have an introvert on your hands—and that you aren’t caring for him properly. Science has learned a good deal in recent years about the habits and requirements of introverts. It has even learned, by means of brain scans, that introverts process information differently from other people (I am not making this up). If you are behind the curve on this important matter, be reassured that you are not alone. Introverts may be common, but they are also among the most misunderstood and aggrieved groups in America, possibly the world.
I know. My name is Jonathan, and I am an introvert.
Oh, for years I denied it. After all, I have good social skills. I am not morose or misanthropic. Usually. I am far from shy. I love long conversations that explore intimate thoughts or passionate interests. But at last I have self-identified and come out to my friends and colleagues. In doing so, I have found myself liberated from any number of damaging misconceptions and stereotypes. Now I am here to tell you what you need to know in order to respond sensitively and supportively to your own introverted family members, friends, and colleagues. Remember, someone you know, respect, and interact with every day is an introvert, and you are probably driving this person nuts. It pays to learn the warning signs.
What is introversion? In its modern sense, the concept goes back to the 1920s and the psychologist Carl Jung…
Sleeping in the same bed works for some, but not for all—particularly if one of the pair is a restless sleeper and the other a light sleeper, or if one snores to beat the band. Interesting note by Lisa Belkin in the NY Times:
When couples become parents they give a lot of attention to where the baby sleeps — particularly to the question of whether that baby sleeps with them. Will their infant sleep better in the same room — or bed — as Mom and Dad? Will Mom and Dad get enough sleep with an extra person around?
What gets far less attention is the quality of sleep when Mom and Dad share a bed. At wsj.com yesterday, Sue Shellenberger took a look at the assumption that this is what all couples should do. Some, she concludes (and she puts herself and her ex-husband in this category), would do better sleeping apart.
She cites a presentation at the British Science Festival last week by sleep expert Dr. Neil Stanley, who sleeps in a different room from his wife and believes others should at least consider following suit. He said:
It’s about what makes you happy. If you’ve been sleeping together and you both sleep perfectly well, then don’t change, but don’t be afraid to do something different.
We all know what it’s like to have a cuddle and then say ‘I’m going to sleep now’ and go to the opposite side of the bed. So why not just toddle off down the landing?
Dr. Stanley is an author of a study published earlier this year in the journal Chronobiology International, which found that adults who share a bed are 50 percent more likely to have their sleep interrupted during the night than those who sleep alone. Yet while there is data that hints that more couples are opting for separate bedrooms — the National Sleep Foundation says that 23 percent of married Americans slept solo in 2005 compared with 12 percent in 2001 — for most of us, co-sleeping with a spouse or partner is still the expectation and the norm…