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Moody teens and fighting humans and chimps

Recent research shows that there is a biological reason that adolescents are overly-emotional, as opposed to social or psychological reasons: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/healthnews.php?newsid=65035. My response: Great, but when do they grow out of it? I know some 21-year-olds who still aren’t completely over that stage.

Next, we saw the movie “300” this weekend. It was bloody, but not too bloody, and overall an entertaining film. Rafe’s two reactions were very similar to mine: 1) Great translation of what a comic book looks like onto the big screen, boobs included; and 2) “That is the best piece of pro-war, specifically Irag-war, propaganda I’ve seen!” It was indeed very good propaganda, and as another interesting statement: All the Greeks were played by white, British-looking actors, and all the Persians were played by either Black or Arab looking people (Xerxes was a Brazilian actor). Whites good, dark skin bad? Hmmm. Iranians (modern-day Persia) agree: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17599641/?GT1=9145

Finally, an interesting study for Rafe; one anthropologist has come out with the theory that hominids and our other ancestors evolutionarily kept their short legs for so long because it made them better fighters: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17584912/.

They already had a good reach with their arms, which many scientists assumed was for staying in trees, but this is an interesting take on why we kept our long arms and short legs: to beat each other up better. Woot!

I’m off to Eastern Washington tomorrow to present my paper. I’m not super-prepared, but I’m decently prepared, and have two more nights to practice my delivery.

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