FTM decides to get pregnant, carry child
To our neighbors, my wife, Nancy, and I don’t appear in the least unusual. To those in the quiet Oregon community where we live, we are viewed just as we are — a happy couple deeply in love. Our desire to work hard, buy our first home, and start a family was nothing out of the ordinary. That is, until we decided that I would carry our child.
I am transgender, legally male, and legally married to Nancy. Unlike those in same-sex marriages, domestic partnerships, or civil unions, Nancy and I are afforded the more than 1,100 federal rights of marriage. Sterilization is not a requirement for sex reassignment, so I decided to have chest reconstruction and testosterone therapy but kept my reproductive rights. Wanting to have a biological child is neither a male nor female desire, but a human desire.
Full Story: the Advocate.
Police do not recommend charges against praying parents
A brief follow-up to last week’s post tragic story of the malign effects of religious ignorance:
Vergin said his agency’s final report will make no recommendations on possible charges against the parents, leaving that up to the district attorney.
“There is no intent. They didn’t want their child to die. They thought what they were doing was the right thing,” he said. “They believed up to the time she stopped breathing she was going to get better. They just thought it was a spiritual attack. They believed if they prayed enough she would get through it.”
Although Chief Vergin insists “There is no physical evidence of abuse or neglect” (apparently one dead daughter isn’t physical evidence of neglect), their remaining children are now staying with an unnamed relative. This was not a court ordered decision, the parents agreed voluntarily at the advice of social workers. It is not mentioned whether the relatives they’re staying with have similar religious beliefs to the parents.
Full Story: Yahoo!
It doesn’t matter how much they loved their daughter or how much they thought they were doing the right thing. What they thought was the right thing was grossly incompetent and they pose a danger to their remaining children. I’m not a lawyer, but “involuntary manslaughter” sounds like an appropriate charge.
Subliminal exposure to corporate logos effect how people think, study says
Kevin at Grinding looks at the connection between a new study on corporate logos and the connection to sigil magic:
The team conducted an experiment in which 341 university students completed what they believed was a visual acuity task, during which either the Apple or IBM logo was flashed so quickly that they were unaware they had been exposed to the brand logo. The participants then completed a task designed to evaluate how creative they were, listing all of the uses for a brick that they could imagine beyond building a wall.
People who were exposed to the Apple logo generated significantly more unusual uses for the brick compared with those who were primed with the IBM logo, the researchers said. In addition, the unusual uses the Apple-primed participants generated were rated as more creative by independent judges.
“This is the first clear evidence that subliminal brand exposures can cause people to act in very specific ways,” said Gr?inne Fitzsimons. “We’ve performed tests where we’ve offered people $100 to tell us what logo was being flashed on screen, and none of them could do it. But even this imperceptible exposure is enough to spark changes in behavior.”
Other than their defined brand personalities, the researchers argue there is not anything unusual about Apple and IBM that causes this effect. The team conducted a follow-up experiment using the Disney and E! Channel brands, and found that participants primed with the Disney Channel logo subsequently behaved much more honestly than those who saw the E! Channel logos.
Full Story: Grinding.
Marketing Without Tears.
Transcription of one of Newton’s alchemical documents
Historian of science Bill Newman says that Isaac Newton’s alchemical notebooks are like a gigantic jigsaw puzzle. But as you’ll see as you peruse the 300-year-old manuscript at left, this puzzle is no child’s play—more like an enigma wrapped in a mystery riddled with a number of misleading clues. With Bill Newman’s help, we’ve "decoded" a page from one of these manuscripts. To orient yourself to the bewildering world of 17th-century alchemy, we recommend you first read our interview with Bill Newman before plunging into the manuscript.—Susan K. Lewis
Neil Gaiman quote illustrated by the always-wonderful xkcd.