Does Tipper Gore Know About This One?
Here's a curious study, which reports that "a multivariate logistic regression analysis finds that opera fans are 2.37 times more accepting of suicide because of dishonor than nonfans." The authors think this is because suicide in the name of honor is a theme of many opera plots. They call it the "Madame Butterfly" effect.
You have to wonder how they defined ``fan.'' And how they interpreted those opera plots. For instance, does Tosca leap off the balcony for honor? Or is it because she's about to be booked for murder?
Then too there's the perennial issue of cause and effect. If there's something to this result, we can't say if it means histrionic people are attracted to opera or if, instead, listening to opera makes a person more accepting of midnight duels, poison-quaffing and other forms of honor-defending self-expression.
Still, for anyone whose parents or partners think their gangsta rap/heavy metal/Goth music is anti-life, this one's for you.
Tip of the hat to the guys at Mind Hacks for finding this one.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.
- Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
- Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
- The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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