5 Interesting Links for 09-13-2013

Sleep (Life)

A look at why sleep is necessary both for health and learning in people of all ages.

Zoology (Science)

It’s been a while since I’ve had dolphin news to share, but they’ve recorded unique whistle names, making dolphins similar in yet another aspect.

Accepted Narrative (Sociology)

This article can be read as a feminist rant and dismissed, but it’s much more complex than that. Kameron Hurley looks at how her own journey was flavored by the “accepted narrative” in the portrayal of women, and how she became complicit in that narrative. Just off hand, I can remember two critical events in my life where the accepted narrative overwhelmed the obvious truth until I was slapped in the face by it. The first was Native Americans. When I was a kid, we had a camping plot right on the edge of a reservation. We went over there for specific events and interacted with real live modern day Native Americans. So how was it that when I went to college and took a course on Native Americans, I was stunned to learn they still existed as distinct peoples in modern times? The truth of my own experiences had been wiped out by the overwhelming narrative. The second is more personal, but no less persuasive. I was a straight A math and science student. I took AP courses even. So why, when I decided on a path in college did I ignore the sciences entirely. I’d been a hard science fiction reader practically since I started to read. Science fascinated/(s) me, and I have always performed experiments to explore my world. But girls didn’t do math and science. Girls didn’t do computers. The narrative rewrote my truth. Read this article and look at how the narrative works, then look for ways that it works in your life. If we do not become aware, we cannot create changes in the narrative.

Historical (Technology)

Roman concrete stands strong while modern efforts fail, but now the secret has been discovered through science and we can truly learn from the past.

World building (Writing)

This map is a neat thing on its own, but it serves a dual purpose of reminding writers that most place names were use names. They’re essentially nonsense words to us now, but the high frequency of “Watertown”s has a very reasonable root cause:

Curve of Her Claw

Fall into a world where beauty is a facade, and one elf is pushed beyond reason to rid herself of the smooth-skinned curse. ~ Now available as an eBook:
Curve of Her Claw

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2 Responses to 5 Interesting Links for 09-13-2013

  1. Erin says:

    You have actually read that first article, have you? 😉

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