The misguided history of female anatomy

From "mutilated males" to "wandering wombs," dodgy science affects how we view the female body still today.

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  • The history of medicine and biology often has been embarrassingly wrong when it comes to female anatomy and was surprisingly resistant to progress.
  • Aristotle and the ancient Greeks are much to blame for the mistaken notion of women as cold, passive, and little more than a "mutilated man."
  • Thanks to this dubious science, and the likes of Sigmund Freud, we live today with a legacy that judges women according to antiquated biology and psychology.
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Yeet! As society changes, the dictionary gets weirder

English is a dynamic language, and this summer's new additions to dictionary.com tell us a lot about how we're living.

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  • The summer update to Dictionary.com added hundreds of new words and definitions.
  • Many of them are in areas related to justice, technology, and COVID-19.
  • The new slang terms will leave more than a few people confused.
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To boost the economy, treat the cause of aging

By slowing down aging, we could reap trillions of dollars in economic benefits.

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  • People want to live longer, but only if those years are healthy.
  • A new study argues that targeting the underlying cause of aging could yield trillions of dollars of economic benefits.
  • This could be, by far, the best way to "stimulate" the economy in the long-term.
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Not just COVID: mortality rates are up from homicides, drug overdoses, accidents

Some of these trends may be due, in part, to the lockdown.

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Coronavirus
  • Mortality rates from drug overdoses, homicides, and unintentional injuries increased since the pandemic began.
  • Surprisingly, the suicide rate was below expectations.
  • Cancer deaths may increase in coming years due to delayed diagnosis and reduced treatment.
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Thanks to Iceland, the four-day workweek is coming

A new study from Iceland confirms that a shorter workweek improves productivity.

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Politics & Current Affairs
  • A study in Icelandic government offices again shows the benefits of a shorter workweek.
  • Productivity rose enough to ensure that all services were still provided as needed.
  • Because of the study's success, 86 percent of Icelanders now or soon will have the right to a shorter workweek.
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Everything could have been so different

Your life is far more arbitrary than you might think.

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Mind & Brain
  • Jorge Borges' story, The Library of Babel, asks us to imagine all the books that could be written using a random shuffling of 25 characters.
  • Daniel Dennett argues that, in some ways, the genetic makeup of all life is similar but with only four characters.
  • The history of the universe is only one possible way our story could have gone. Much of our reality is simply arbitrary.
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