"Generally with social experiments, the subjects should know they're taking part in an experiment (and preferably sign a waiver to that effect, if you're planning on using the results). They don't have to know what exactly is being…"
"Isn't there kind of a hypocrisy in resenting people for mocking you because you fit into their stereotype of a 'nerd', and then turning around and heaping scorn on other people because they don't fit your stereotype of a…"
"There are a lot of awesome ways for characters to 'experience' death in fiction - but in reality, I don't think it will feel like anything, because I'll have nothing left to feel with and there will be nothing left of me to feel…"
"I don't believe that it's a choice. I didn't come out of the womb and tick a little box saying I was going to like men; my best friend didn't come out of the womb and tick the other box saying she was going to like women.
"You're still getting snubbed because women are not slot machines. You don't feed a certain number of chivalrous coins into them and have them fall at your feet. You don't earn points for treating girls as equals, because that should…"
"I will never, ever see The Seeker: The Dark is Rising. I loved those books as a child, and I was really excited when I heard they were being made into a movie.
Then I learned that they had made the child protagonist into a teenager, given him a love…"
"No social scientists here, I'm afraid :) Just a student with many interests.I really think there might be something in the idea of personalising the issue. Charities personalise causes by asking you to sponsor a specific child, and by…"
"I suspect it's related to the same sociopsychological impulses that cause the bystander effect - diffusion of responsibility, basically. In the same way that 38 people stood and watched Kitty Genovese be brutally murdered, and all assumed that…"
As I write this, I'm simultaneously working on a forensic linguistic authorship identification of a series of letters. For this, I need Excel to DO STUFF with numbers. Unfortunately Excel is refusing to speak to me, and I need to learn how to sweet-talk it with better formulas. After that I'm going to go and write about how the Russian elections were a bit dodgy but not as dodgy as a lot of people think, and how Western media stretches the truth to sell newspapers. Please to end soon, semester.
Favorite Books, Movies, Music, and more
My favourite book is generally the last one I read. Right now I'm reading Kill the Dead by Richard Kadrey, and it is awesome. Before that I was reading No Present Like Time by Steph Swainston, and that was good too. Long-term loves include The Dark is Rising Sequence by Susan Cooper (staple of my childhood. I still have the copy with the cover that was half-eaten by my rabbit. He liked to chew stuff), The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, anything by Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman, R.L. Stevenson, Oscar Wilde, George RR Martin... but I'm pretty omnivorous, I like most books.
What's your favorite thing to put on your head?
Dye. This summer it was pink dye; two months ago it was purple dye. I'm slowly shading towards blue, I think. I also like hats.
If you could do your happy dance with anyone who would it be with?
When did you start watching the Vlogbrothers?
Make up your own DFTBA initialism!
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