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Monday, October 24, 2016

Pointing to Abilities

Finger-Licking Good!    (Public Domain)
Are you one of those parents who is hoping for a child to carry on the family’s athletic legacy?

Quit hoping and start measuring your progeny’s digits.  If his or her index finger is shorter than the ring one, you might be raising the next Michael Jordan.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology claims that “adults whose index finger is shorter than their ring finger were exposed to greater amounts of testosterone when they were in the womb.”  The good news is that this group tends to have “better physical and athletic abilities,” but the flip side is that they “are more prone to having ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome.”

Those with less testosterone (and presumably longer index fingers) were found to perform better with “verbal memory tasks,” but were more prone to “anxiety and depression” than their athletic counterparts.


Copyright October 24, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Solo but Smart

Einstein's social interlude    (Public Domain)
There’s been much talk about human happiness stemming from a tribal-type lifestyle.  This “savanna theory” alleges that people are happiest when they socialize quite often.

Nevertheless, the British Psychological Society has found that “just the opposite was true for a highly intelligent person.”  In other words, the Einsteins among us tend to be happiest when engaging in solitary quests.  Frequent socializing may get in the way of their one-pointed pursuits.

However, this begs the question:  Are [these latter] people intelligent because they socialize less or do they socialize less because they’re more intelligent?

And besides, what is intelligence?  Is there such a thing as a completely-smart person, or are people simply endowed with more or less intelligence regarding specific facets of life?


Copyright October 24, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Oh, Dem Golden Arches

Fisk Jubilee Singers     (Public Domain)
What a difference a century can make!  In the 1900s, the spiritual “Oh, Dem Golden Slippers” was all the rage.  In today’s world, it seems that Golden Arches are far more important.

So much so, that McDonald’s will soon be rising next to St. Peter’s Square in Rome…  These soon-to-be Golden Arches are set to “bring 30,000 euros ($33,000) a month into the Vatican’s coffers.”

Not everyone is laughing at Ronald’s upcoming antics.  Feeling that this would mar the architectural beauty of the square, “one angry cardinal has even written a letter to Pope Francis urging him to intervene.”  Overcrowding has been another major concern.

Nevertheless, the cardinal in charge of ASPA (the Vatican’s real-estate branch) has asserted:  I don’t see the scandal.

Copyright October 22, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved