reading and aggression, winter wall, rick perry is no galileo galilei

Reading Fiction Impacts Aggressive Behavior. Some subjects are given a story in which the characters deal with a situation in a physically aggressive way. The reader has a temporary tendency to imitate that behavior in the situation also set up by the researchers. Some subjects of the study are given a story where the solution to a conflict involves using a clever use of peer disapproval to deal with the same aggressive behavior displayed in the first story. At least temporary the second group tends to use less aggressive and physical solutions, and seem less agitated. This should not be much of a surprise. people tend to be more dreamy after reading a romance, feel more adventurous after reading a good travel story or more curious about forensic science after reading a modern who done it. The problem is not having feelings in reaction to something. The two problems are acting on the more anti-social ones and the other is the urge to ban anything that makes people fell something about which they might act badly.

The same researcher also did some research on reality television. If you do not want your kids watching television that might have a bad influence then keep them away from reality TV and let them watch a crime drama.


Don’t you hate it when this happens. When mistaken identity leads to torture – Khaled El-Masri was held for weeks by secret agents who missed a letter in his name. Torture is like exactly like accidentally drinking the bottle of juice I was saving. An oops sorry, my bad ain’t gonna cover the damage.

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Divining Gov. Perry’s Meaning on Galileo Remark

In one of the more curious moments in the Republican debate on Wednesday night, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas invoked 17th-century science in discussing his doubts about climate change. He cited the astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei — often called the father of modern science — in suggesting that the current thinking that climate change is a result of human activity could be overturned. “Galileo got outvoted for a spell,” he said.

On the surface, though, his example seemed to illustrate the opposite of the point that Mr. Perry might have been trying to make. Galileo, whose astronomical observations confirmed the Copernican theory that the Earth revolved around the Sun, was basing his assertions on empirical knowledge and faced opposition from the Roman Catholic Church, which supported the Ptolemaic view of an Earth-centered universe.

Mr. Perry, by contrast, has said repeatedly that he does not believe the empirical evidence compiled by scientists in support of climate change, but that he does adhere to faith-based principles.

And as an afterthought to how his apologists could explain Perry’s gaffe in the best light? It has been suggested that Perry was casting himself as the outsider like Galileo Galilei. That alternative doesn’t hold up either. Galileo Galilei and most scientists of the day had studied the stars and planet movements and had come to the same conclusions. Science in general was the outcast, and the church – which was also the civil governing body – were the deniers of the rational empirical observations.

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