Do Lost People Really Walk in Circles? Apparently So.
Finally, something from the movies that actually jibes with science: when people are lost and have no landmarks for direction, they walk in circles.
There's only one sound scientific way to test this hypothesis: handing a bunch of people GPS trackers and dropping them off in the middle of nowhere. So that's what scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen did—deposited one group of subjects in the Sahara Desert, another in a German forest.
If the sun or the moon was out, no problem; participants could keep to a more or less straight line. But with no heavenly bodies and no other recognizable landmarks to guide them, the study subjects simply wandered around aimlessly without realizing they were doing it.
So why do we do it? Is that we all favor one leg over the other and start veering off in that direction? The researchers thought this might be the case, and beyond the testing in the desert and the forest, they also blindfolded some subjects to see if they could stay straight.
However, rather than favoring only one direction, people would wander one way and then the other, and end up nowhere. The researchers hypothesize that the real cause of walking in circles is simply losing track of "straight ahead" and overcompensating.
So if you're hiking around in the desert—or planning to appear in a horror movie—please, take a compass. Your senses deceive you.
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.
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
- Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
- Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
- Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
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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