we’re taking a group of people who have insider knowledge of the English language (or at least a good grasp of it) and placing them in a new, unfamiliar, virtual space. This space introduces visual aids to language in the form of photos and gifs, the ability to comment on someone else’s text in a reblog and the ability to communicate a lot of information in very few words using hashtags. We also see the creation of tone in a toneless medium. In order to simulate conversational patterns in writing we SHOUT WHEN WE’RE SUPER EXCITED or *psssst whisper when we’re pretending to tell someone a secret while perfectly aware that anyone on the internet can read what we’re saying.* slash the coolest bit tho is that u can like ironically forgo all capitalization and punctuation just write in a weird speech pattern its ok everyone will still understand maybe it even helps read the text more quickly because nothing is interrupting the flow of words
In short, this dialect results when people who already share a language are given new tools. The result isn’t a butchering of English language but a creative experiment with it. Am I claiming that the Internet as a whole is operating on a level of postmodernism that would make Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut and Thomas Pynchon seem like novices? maybe i am maybe im not u punk wut of it like who r u to tell me otherwise
Reblogged from brsis
Tia Baheri: “Your Ability to Can Even: A Defense of Internet Linguistics" | The Toast
Totally worth reading the whole article, especially the part on Tumblr and gender.
Reblogged from the-science-llama
Here actually read what the research is telling us and you’ll understand that you aren’t afraid of butterflies because your ancestors were attacked by a swarm of butterflies in the past. That just sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?
Just wanted to make this into it’s own post. Sorry to do this again, wildcat2030, but there’s just so many people commenting saying this explains their fear of (insert noun) and they need to know what’s actually going on. Original discussion here.
Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors
Memories may be passed down through generations in DNA in a process that may be the underlying cause of phobias
Memories can be passed down to later generations through genetic switches that allow offspring to inherit the experience of their ancestors, according to new research that may explain how phobias can develop. Scientists have long assumed that memories and learned experiences built up during a lifetime must be passed on by teaching later generations or through personal experience. However, new research has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. Researchers at the Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, found that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations. The results may help to explain why people suffer from seemingly irrational phobias – it may be based on the inherited experiences of their ancestors. (via Phobias may be memories passed down in genes from ancestors - Telegraph)
This post is really misleading and explains it in a way that’s far from the truth about what’s really (possibly) happening. The future generations aren’t getting “memories”, but rather, an inherited sensitivity of sorts.
Note: In the quote below, F1 refers to the first generation of offspring from the parent taught to fear the smell, and F2 is the second generation.
from National Geographic:
The scientists then looked at the F1 and F2 animals’ brains. When the grandparent generation is trained to fear acetophenone, the F1 and F2 generations’ noses end up with more “M71 neurons,” which contain a receptor that detects acetophenone. Their brains also have larger “M71 glomeruli,” a region of the olfactory bulb that responds to this smell.
This is far from a memory.
We’ve identified a few forms of epigenetic inheritance—primarily chemical modifications of DNA—that can be changed during the life of an organism but can still be passed down to its progeny.
Mice can be taught to fear the smell of a specific odorant simply by giving them electric shocks whenever they’re exposed to it. It’s then simple to read out the strength of this through a startle response. When they hear a loud noise, mice tend to freeze for a short period of time. If you hit them with both a loud noise and the odor they fear, they’ll freeze for even longer.
Rather than testing the mice themselves, however, the researchers decided to test their offspring. And they found that mice in the next generation, as well as the generation after that, also showed an enhanced startle effect when exposed to the same chemical. They ruled out the simplest explanation for this—researcher bias—by making sure that the person measuring the response was blinded to whether the mouse they were testing was an experimental animal or a control.
And, in an even more concise way to say it’s not a memory, nor is it a phobia per se,
In other words, the parental exposure and training seemed to prime offspring to be able to perceive the odor much more easily.
So, yes, while this is an amazing scientific discovery—if further research confirms these findings—it’s a far more subtle biological change that’s occurring. The results show that it’s sensory sensitivity to a stimulus that’s being passed down, and that’s a pretty big leap from memories, phobias and “inherited experiences of their ancestors.”
This is what I was thinking too. The mice were just being trained to be more sensitive to the odors, by up-regulating certain odor-receptors, allowing them to have a better/faster reaction to what they perceived to be a ‘bad smell’. Like how we humans do not like the smell of rotten eggs, or Hydrogen Sulfide, because we have a sensitivity to it since it is toxic.
Very far from Assassin’s Creed (so stop with that AC-hype BS) and really any phobias like fear of clowns or spiders and some people were saying it explained Islamophobia (ridiculous!). Those are a result of the brain interpreting visual stimulus and gene regulation has very little influence in something like that. — Your eyes can’t tell the difference between a photon that bounced off a spider or an Islamic person. — Those phobias are more a result of your childhood upbringing and how society framed them for you, causing certain neural pathways to be reinforced, leading to the phobia.
Reblogged from niente-dal
I never thought this sound would be represented in letters.
If you didn’t try to make this sound after seeing this gif, then you’re way too normal.
I was strongly considering the noise. I definitely made it in my head. Then I read the comments and my a-pttttbbbblllththth didn’t happen.
Asked by Anonymous
You’ve tickled my academia bone, Anon! It just so happens that I’ve read multiple books on this concept.
Short answer: The guiding principles of economy dictate that fictional marketplaces are in no a way a substitute for the real market for copious reasons.
Long answer: Economics is the study of the production, consumption, and transference of wealth based on societal values of scarce resources.
Reblogged from my-sexy-little-secrets
((Sorry it’s not pretty but this is what you get. LOL))
((PS THIS GIVEAWAY IS IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH TUMBLR!))
TheUnicornKittenKween’s Holiday-Follower Giveaway!
As a thank you to all the sweethearts who have supported me I decided to do a giveaway for the holidays.
So, first the prizes, then the rules! : )
First Place: First pick of one of the two plugs shown, the DIY Fox tail (Image “D”, just clip on the faux fur tail and voila!) or the blue jewel butt plug (Image “C”), both are 1 inch at their widest point. Great for beginners. The handknitted (by me~!) circle scarf (Image “F”). Black Lace lingerie, modified to fit XS-XL, comes with crotchless thong, triangle bra top, and garter belt (no stockings included) (Image “A”). AND First choice of handmade macramé leather cord chokers; blue, black, or purple (Image “B”).
Second Place: Whichever one of the two plugs is left after first prize winner has chosen; the DIY Fox tail (Image “D”, just clip on the faux fur tail and voila!) or the blue jewel butt plug (Image “C”). The hand-knitted (by me~!) beanie (Image “E”). Black Lace lingerie, modified to fit XS-XL, comes with crotchless thong, triangle bra top, and garter belt (no stockings included) (Image “A”). AND second choice of handmade macramé leather cord chokers; blue, black, or purple (Image “B”). (minus whichever one the first place winner chose)
Third Place: The hand-knitted armwarmers! (Image “G”). Black Lace lingerie, modified to fit XS-XL, comes with crotchless thong, triangle bra top, and garter belt (no stockings included) (Image “A”). AND whichever handmade macramé leather cord choker is left; blue, black, or purple (Image “B”).
- AGAIN THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOT AT ALL AFFILIATED WITH TUMBLR.
- Must be following TheUnicornKittenKween (please don’t follow if you don’t’ like my blog though, it leads to me getting more hateful messages and I don’t care to deal with that)
- Reblogs and likes count (As the nature of the giveaway may prohibit people from reblogging)
- Shipping Internationally (Must be 18 years or older, and comfortable giving me your shipping address and a name)
- Winners Drawn (via random.org) at 10PM EST, January 4th and messaged on tumblr at that time.(if you don’t have your inbox enabled, sorry but a name will be drawn in your place)
- Winners have 48 hours to respond, if a winner does not respond in that time a new winner will be drawn for that place and again have 48 hours to respond.
- IF YOU DO NOT WANT ONE OF THE ITEMS INCLUDED IN YOUR WINNING LOT PLEASE TELL ME! Then I can draw another name and have a 4th. 5th. 6th. Etc. place winners, rather than have hard earned money/work go to waste.
Good luck and happy holidays folks!!
This is so awesome :3