A general reorganisation of masculine norms interrupted the shaving-respectability regime.
What are the chances that an online connection will lead to true love?
For those dipping their toes into the dating pool during stay-at-home orders, it's been like swimming in a version of Netflix's reality series “Love is Blind."
If you surreptitiously pick your nose, chances are that everyone can see you doing it.
Orgasms don't always mean a sexual encounter is positive, find psychologists.
- A new study finds that reaching an orgasm doesn't always indicate the sexual encounter was pleasurable.
- A variety of reasons were reported by participants for "bad" orgasms.
- Communication is key to improving sexual experiences, maintain the scientists.
Rutgers psychology professor Barry Komisaruk on "Why Some Women Can't Have Orgasms"<div class="rm-shortcode" data-media_id="WiIHNbLf" data-player_id="FvQKszTI" data-rm-shortcode-id="dcefcf0321489d339cfa2daac1af4b85"> <div id="botr_WiIHNbLf_FvQKszTI_div" class="jwplayer-media" data-jwplayer-video-src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/WiIHNbLf-FvQKszTI.js"> <img src="https://cdn.jwplayer.com/thumbs/WiIHNbLf-1920.jpg" class="jwplayer-media-preview" /> </div> <script src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/WiIHNbLf-FvQKszTI.js"></script> </div>
Thinking Yourself to Orgasm<div class="rm-shortcode" data-media_id="BEHEPoxq" data-player_id="FvQKszTI" data-rm-shortcode-id="d853c279bbfaddd6892a2729a59e8671"> <div id="botr_BEHEPoxq_FvQKszTI_div" class="jwplayer-media" data-jwplayer-video-src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/BEHEPoxq-FvQKszTI.js"> <img src="https://cdn.jwplayer.com/thumbs/BEHEPoxq-1920.jpg" class="jwplayer-media-preview" /> </div> <script src="https://content.jwplatform.com/players/BEHEPoxq-FvQKszTI.js"></script> </div> The relation between the mind and sexual response is still fertile ground ...
Are these two laws universal throughout nature?
- Zipf's law of abbreviation and Menzerath's law seem to govern not just human speech but chimpanzee gestures.
- Fifty-eight individual chimp gestures were catalogued in a new study.
- Their presence points to an intriguing overlap between language and genetic chemistry.
Zipf’s and Menzerath’s laws<p>Here's what the two laws state in respect to language.</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28494263" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1"><em>Zip's law of abbreviation</em></a>: Linguist <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Kingsley_Zipf" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">George Kingsley Zipf</a> found that the length of words is inversely proportional to the frequency with which they're used. Among the 5,000 <a href="https://www.wordfrequency.info/free.asp?s=y" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">most frequently used words in English</a>, the top five are "the," "be," "and," "of," and "a" — all quite short. In the bottom 10 are words like "manual," "plaintiff," middle-class," and "apology." (Every rule has its exceptions: Word #5,000 is the shorty "till.") The study notes that if volume level can be swapped for duration, previous research has already found "patterns consistent with this law in the behavior of a number of animal species: the vocal repertoire of Formosan macaques, close-range calls of common marmosets, social calls of bat species and non-vocal surface behavior of dolphins."<span></span></li></ul><ul> <li><a href="https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-chinese-language-and-linguistics/menzeraths-law-COM_000161" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1"><em>Menzerath's law</em></a>: German phonetician <a href="http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n93048994/" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">Paul Menzerath</a> discovered that in his native language, the longer the word, the shorter the syllable. Likewise the longer the sentence the short the words and phrases it contains. Not only does his maxim apply to the majority of human languages, but, weirdly, it's also expressed in the <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/cplx.20398" target="_blank" data-vivaldi-spatnav-clickable="1">human genome</a>, as the study reports: "A negative relationship between construct and constituent size has been found… at the molecular level — between chromosome number and size across species, between exon number and size in genes, and between domain number and size in proteins.</li> </ul> <p>If it seems strange that principles of language should also apply to a range of naturally occurring processes, language, after all, is just another one of those. And as the new study says, "Both laws have been linked to compression — the information theoretic principle of minimizing code length." Any good software engineer knows the efficiency that comes from cleaning up an app's programming.</p><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTE5OTYwOC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyNzc4Njg0MX0.EZNVR5S68ZKwYGGhAzjLnBmvrdnrV6BHO2MkxXx5xQc/img.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=27%2C101%2C53%2C39&height=700" id="3ae36" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f99b31f9ebb3d861cb5f212e521391c8" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
Photo credit: Tonirichsag1411 on Shutterstock