Re: How much does sexual orientation define societal roles?
I'm not sure about societal roles, but I know I have asked myself why I find it so difficult to relate to a person without knowing their sexual orientation? I don't care if they are gay, straight, bi, trans, or hetero. But people with ambiguous sexuality throw me for a loop. It's as though I'm foundering, feeling with my toes for common ground that eludes me. I should be able to relate to, and communicate with, others as human beings. And no doubt, were I to spend time with a sexually ambiguous person, I would learn enough about him or her to be able to do that. But on a first or casual meeting, I find myself uncomfortable. Is that societal or the built-in response of an organism that is subconsciously always evaluating others in terms of threat to survival? In this modern age, such a species-oriented concern should be laughed off, shouldn't it? And yet, I can't help but feel that is what is at the root of my discomfort.
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
Carl Sagan liked to smoke weed. His essay on why is fascinating.
- Carl Sagan was a life long marijuana user and closeted advocate of legalization.
- He once wrote an anonymous essay on the effects it had on his life and why he felt it should be legalized.
- His insights will be vital as many societies begin to legalize marijuana.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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