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We've been drawn!

Frequent commenter and excellent artist Joseph Hewitt has immortalized us in colored pencil. Apparently I play the role of "pseudoscientific dogmatist." wut?

(click to see the full page)

While we're at it, here are a few more links to enjoy:

From the NY Times:

When a 12-year-old’s mother asks him “How many times do I have to tell you to stop?” he will understand that the answer, if any is required, had better not include a number.

But that insight requires a sophisticated understanding of ironic language that develops long after fluent speech. At what age do children begin to sense the meaning of such a question, and to what degree can they respond appropriately to other kinds of irony?

In laboratory research on the subject, children demonstrate almost no comprehension of ironic speech before they are 6 years old, and little before they are 10 or 11. When asked, younger children generally interpret rhetorical questions as literal, deliberate exaggeration as a mistake and sarcasm as a lie.

Also from the NYT:

Child Protective Services investigated more than three million cases of suspected child abuse in 2007, but a new study suggests that the investigations did little or nothing to improve the lives of those children.

Feel free to share other interesting links in the comments.

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Open Lab Update

Aug 14 2010 Published by under Odds 'n Ends

Bora publishes the full list of submissions for Open Lab every week on Monday. I will be publishing it somewhat less often.

Note: if you have recently moved your blog, please e-mail me the corrected URLs for your entries

The list is growing fast - check the submissions to date and get inspired to submit something of your own - an essay, a poem, a cartoon or original art.

The Submission form is here so you can get started. Under the fold are entries so far, as well as buttons and the bookmarklet. The instructions for submitting are here.

Check out the list - you might be surprised to find your blog in the list, if someone else submitted your posts. And please don't feel shy about submitting your own pieces!

You can buy the last four annual collections here. You can read Prefaces and Introductions to older editions here.

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Don't Bite! (now with marshmallows)

Aug 04 2010 Published by under Odds 'n Ends

By now you've spent half of your week learning about the cookie test and delay of gratification...but if you're like me, you are wondering what the kids are doing while they're trying their hardest to avoid eating the cookie*.

Lucky for you, I have this video in my arsenal. And the results are pretty hilarious.

Enjoy "The Marshmallow Test."

*Also, if you're like me, you've gone out and bought** some cookies.

**What? Don't look at me like that. I waited until TUESDAY to buy cookies. If that's not delay of gratification, I don't know what is.

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