Regina Spektor - The Call
"Just because everything’s changing, doesn’t mean it’s never been this way before."
Synchronized waking up
Lavender Brown gets more hate for how she handles unrequited romantic feelings than Snape does and I find that incredibly disturbing.
Also Cho Chang gets more hate for crying and grieving over the death of her boyfriend, than Snape does for literally abusing and terrorizing children because he couldn’t have Lily Evans.
Psychology has a bias problem
A group of scientists tested two groups of people. One group got higher test scores that the other. They did better on the test. Better.
So, the scientist concluded than one group had a deficit. The group who was worse at the test, right? Wrong
They concluded that the group with the higher scores had “an as-yet unknown pathology”. The group with the higher scores. Something wrong with them. Must be. Because they’re autistic.
It’s the clearest evidence of a bias in psychology I’ve ever seen. And this isn’t an isolated incident.
Most of psychological autism research functions on the basis of testing autistic people on tasks developed on non autistic people, and whatever you find, whether it’s autistic people doing better, worse or the same as non autistic people, concluding that autistic people are deficient.
Psychology has serious, serious problems with bias and ableism.
Really, that’s what the term “savant” has always been. The idea that we can be “pathologically good” at something.
"Savantism" = "Someone I assumed was [insert ableist slur] is really good at a thing, but I can’t call it, IDK evidence of intellegence, because they’re a [insert ableist slur].
Yes, god, “pathologically good” at things is a perfect phrase.
And that bias is not just in autism research, you get the same kinds of bs in research about any neurological disability.
“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.”Janelle Monáe
“When is a monster not a monster?
Caitlyn Siehl (via stupidstranger)
Oh, when you love it.”
The Ancient Greeks believed that one fell asleep when the brain filled with blood and awakened once it drained back out. Nineteenth-century philosophers contended that sleep happened when the brain was emptied of ambitions and stimulating thoughts. “If sleep doesn’t serve an absolutely vital function, it is the greatest mistake evolution ever made,” biologist Allan Rechtschaffen once remarked. Even today, sleep remains one of the most poorly understood human biological functions, despite some recent strides in understanding the “social jetlag” of our internal clocks and the relationship between dreaming and depression.
The articles linked in this article are also very interesting, maybe even more so:
The Science of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, and How REM Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions
Internal Time: The Science of Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired
Gretchen McCulloch, The Toast’s resident linguist, on why we have gendered pronouns at all, and where they may be headed.