Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades.
A team led by Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies. Even in extreme old age, intelligent people are less likely to believe, the researchers found - and the reasons why people with high IQs shun religion may not be as simple as previously thought.
The things that we say to kids are internalized by them on a daily basis. This powerful 30-second clip from Ireland makes us understand that so clearly, it hurts.
It’s very hard for me to watch spots like this but I feel it’s important. It hurts my brain to know there are lots and lots of people in the world who treat children in this manner but if we don’t talk about it, they can hide.
It’s a sad state of affairs, to be sure. And maybe, with a little work and a lot of restraint, we could all come together and change the way online debates work. But that takes effort, so screw it. Let’s all just accept the new normal and join in the worldwide brawl that Internet-based discussion has become. Before you do, though, there’s an important skill you’re going to have to learn: how to be outraged. Just practice the steps below, and in no time, you’ll find yourself transformed from a calm, reasonable human being into a flaming ball of hatred, rage, and resentment! You’ll thank us later. Probably by tweeting “DIE IN A FIRE” at us. Don’t worry, though. We’ll know what you mean.
This guy’s gotta be running a school somewhere that is churning out graduates like crazy. By the hundreds of thousands even…
Here’s a sampling of the regulations the Law Center says have contributed the state’s dramatic reduction in gun deaths:
In 1994, the state passed a law that prohibits people who are subject to a domestic violence restraining order from possessing a firearm.
In 1999, the state passed a law banning individuals from buying more than one handgun in a 30-day period as part of an effort to fight gun trafficking.
In 1999, the state began requiring a one-feature test for assault weapons to prevent manufacturers from modifying a banned weapon to make it legal.
In 2000, the state passed a law banning the sale and manufacturing of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
In 2004, the state made it illegal to posses, manufacture, or sell 50-caliber, military-style firearms.
The attorney general of Arkansas has forbidden the state’s school districts from taking advantage of a little-known law that would arm teachers as de facto security guards who carry guns on campus. According to the Associated Press, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel (D) ruled that the teachers have not been adequately trained or certified to work as armed security personnel and would therefore pose a safety threat to students.
“Simply put, the code in my opinion does not authorize either licensing a school district as a guard company or classifying it as a private business authorized to employ its own teachers as armed guards,” McDaniel wrote in his decision.
The decision came in response to a plan by the Clarksville School District to distribute 9 mm handguns to 20 teachers in the district. McDaniel wrote that that state board that licenses private security agencies has not certified the school district as a security agency, making Clarksville School District Superintendent David Hopkins’ plan illegal.
Because it’s really that fucking hard to understand that more guns = more danger. Deliberate block heads but at least the AG took some action.
Natura Pet Products issued a pet food recall after the FDA found salmonella in one of their products.
They are recalling pet food from all of their product lines, including food for dogs, cats and ferrets.
If you have any Natura Pet Food products, throw them out immediately.
Please take care of your furry minions and spread the word. Fingers crossed that no one loses a pet.
A new study by psychology researchers suggests that whether parents are gay, lesbian or straight, how well they work together as a couple and support each other in parenting is linked to fewer behavior problems among their adopted children and is more important than their sexual orientation.
Farr, who led the study, says, “While actual divisions of childcare tasks such as feeding, dressing and taking time to play with kids were unrelated to children’s adjustment, it was the parents who were most satisfied with their arrangements with each other who had children with fewer behavior problems, such as acting out or showing aggressive behavior.”
“It appears that while children are not affected by how parents divide childcare tasks, it definitely does matter how harmonious the parents’ relationships are with each other,” she adds. She and Patterson also observed differences in division of labor in lesbian and gay couples compared to heterosexual parents.
The study suggests that lesbian and gay couples may be creating new ways to live together and raise children outside of traditional gender roles, the authors say, and results are important to adoption professionals and others who work with adoptive families. Further, the research is informative for those debating legal, political and policy questions about family dynamics and outcomes for children raised by same-sex couples.
What?! You mean all that “common knowledge that straight parents superior to gay parents” stuff was bullshit? Really? I’m shocked.
A second large, prospective study by scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has confirmed the link between high blood concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids and an increased risk of prostate cancer.
Published July 11 in the online edition of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the latest findings indicate that high concentrations of EPA, DPA and DHA - the three anti-inflammatory and metabolically related fatty acids derived from fatty fish and fish-oil supplements - are associated with a 71 percent increased risk of high-grade prostate cancer. The study also found a 44 percent increase in the risk of low-grade prostate cancer and an overall 43 percent increase in risk for all prostate cancers.
The increase in risk for high-grade prostate cancer is important because those tumors are more likely to be fatal.
Might want to think twice before using that fish oil supplement.
Dr. Mao’s technique not only eliminates the need to grow teeth in a Petri dish, but it is the first to achieve regeneration of anatomically correct teeth by using the body’s own resources. Factor in the faster recovery time and the comparatively natural process of regrowth (as opposed to implantation), and you have a massively appealing dental treatment.
Hooray Science! Hooray Beer!