Animals (including humans) are constantly adapting to their environments. Here are ten reminders that this incredible process is constant—not limited to the distant past.
Just what the world needs an even more tenacious breed of bedbugs.
We Americans take fierce pride in our individualism, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at our subdivisions and shopping malls. From Boston to Burbank, we buy the same nationally advertised products at the same chain stores and restaurants, happily embracing conformity as we proudly proclaim our uniqueness.
Why does our self-image fail to reflect reality? Researchers led by University of Virginia psychologists Shigehiro Oishi and Felicity Miao offer an intriguing answer. They argue our willingness to move far from home leads us to crave the comfort of sameness in our immediate surroundings.
“Residential mobility, the very factor that allows Americans to pursue their individual desires, ironically facilitates the uniformity of American landscapes,” the researchers write in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “This is because a move to a ‘strange land’ evokes the desire for familiar objects, including national chain stores.”
I read a sociology paper a few years back that also examined the way Americans conceptualize individuality. It found that people do like to express some individuality, though not so much as to be thought of as strange or weird. In other words most of us will only push our individuality to the point where we are still accepted by our peers.
There are real costs to experimenting. You move to a new town and you have to watch your budget. Do you eat at the chain where you know the food will be OK or do you experiment and go to a local haunt and risk spending your money on something you don’t like.
There is no use for the corrupt investigating corruption anyway – Issa: We Won’t Investigate News Corp’s Alleged Hacking Of 9/11 Victims Because We Don’t Want To Pick On The Media
Earlier this week, Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) along with other members of his panel called on Oversight chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to probe News Corporation over allegations that the company broke the Foreign Corrupt Practices Law and may have even hacked the phones of victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
American Family Voices has asked that Issa be investigated for pressuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to halt an investigation of Goldman Sachs after he bought one of Goldman’s funds.