Academia

Confuse A Christian: Get A Cross Tattoo

Tattoos, I have found, tend to have quite a polarising effect. I have several of them (23 at last count), mostly in places that are openly visible (hands, arms, fingers, neck).

People either love them or hate them: rarely do I meet someone who doesn’t have an opinion on whether I’m “ruining my body” or “making meaningful art”.

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Academia

Mathematics Is More Than Just Complicated Adding-Up

Numerosity is the concept of someone being able to look at a group of items and determine the rough size of each. Presented with two pictures, one with five dots and one with five hundred, for example, they should be able to comprehend the five hundred dot image as more numerous than the five dot image.

This is a quality possessed by many animals, from apes to invertebrates. It makes sense for this to be the case: if you’re a sardine, you’re going to want to be able to differentiate between a group of five other sardines, and an entire shoal. This has certain evolutionary advantages, not least because many animals group together for safety.

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“I want her to want me!” : A new sexuality study

It is a refrain often heard in my group of girlfriends when we meet up. “He just wouldn’t take no for an answer!”; “He was convinced I was attracted to him even though I wasn’t flirting at all!”

We are definitely not alone in these complaints. And now someone has studied this phenomenon, producing a paper which has perhaps my favourite opening sentence of all time: “Heterosexual men consistently overperceive women’s sexual interest.”

So, what did they find out?

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Academic Round-Up: Art students are lazy, and fat men think they’re hot

OK, OK, it’s not quite that straightforward. But the point of a headline is to mislead you into wanting to read an article, right? 😉

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Academic Round-Up: Facebook, Tattoos, Rape Myths and the Philosophy of Space-Time

Below is a round-up of recent research in psychology, anthropology, sociology and physics.

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Academia, Business

Why you shouldn’t let other people decide what you study

I was seventeen years old. Sitting in the sixth form common room after my evening cleaning shift, flicking through a pile of prospectuses. I had the option of going pretty much anywhere I wanted for university, because I’d worked hard and it looked like I was going to do well in my exams.

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