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Why Animals are Better than You!

Posted in Animacy, Animals, Anthropomorphism, Culture, perception, psychology, unique, video with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2008 by howsoonis08

Animals seem to be fairly clever right? Sometimes appearing as if they’re using just as many cognitive functions as human beings, not to mention performing those functions in a much more efficient matter!

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Unfortunately, we are finding more and more that very interesting animals, such as jumping spiders (which appeared to have phenomenal skills for planning and stalking their prey), have simple perceptual mechanisms which are performed ‘on the fly’. So what they’re doing is making a feedback system (much like a robot) in which they perceive their environment, perform actions, and they make adjustments according to their perceptual information. So in this sense, animals may not be as intelligent as we previously assumed… of course this is subjective to your definition of intelligence, and it is subject to controversy.

So… your old pet pal at home may not be showing all those emotions that you thought… And on that note, I have some videos to show you concerning animals, being better than humans, and just what’s going on in their animal minds… Please take a look!

…It’s true… animals in most cases are better than us…. check out this video!

This a good (and very funny) example of anthropomorphism or animacy…. Ohhh Spinal Tap

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When Violating, Don’t Stroke to Long.

Posted in Coffee, psychology, Sociology with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2008 by howsoonis08

I guess the only significance this might have to my usual theme for blog posts is that this could very well take place on coffee break at your office. Sooo good, please continue!

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In the sea of norms in which we live, many norms governing behavior are followed so automatically that we have no conscious knowledge of them.  The constraining nature of social norms is not perceived as long as one obeys.  Norms are not all equally strict, nor do they all carry the same kinds of sanctions.  It is only when one attempts to do otherwise — to be deviant — that we become very aware of the existence of social forces.  Some of the norms we take for granted are specific; for example, couples are expected to identify themselves as committed to one another, otherwise an unsuspecting single person might define the people as unattached and believe one of them is being flirtatious rather than just friendly.  Other norms are vaguely defined; for example, friends are expected to be friendly, but there are no clear rules about what and when they should be doing to demonstrate their friendliness. This video, which I thought to be pretty funny, would fall under the category of a vaguely defined norm. Please watch, and enjoy!

Blowing off steam…

Posted in abnormal, fashion, psychology, rant, Symbolic interactionism with tags , , , , , , , on January 18, 2008 by howsoonis08

This entry is a little off topic… but I thought that it would be perfect for a quick little discussion starter!

Earlier today in my abnormal psychology class we were discussing mental status examinations. We went over the criteria described in these simple exams (Appearance and Behavior, Thought Process, Mood and Affect, Intellectual Functioning, and Sensorium), and for the remainder of the class we were to watch the introduction to the movie Stay. Early in the movie you are introduced to a psychiatric patient by the name of Henry Letham (Ryan Gosling), and our task was to use the mental status exam criteria to analyze the patient. This was all fine and dandy… until that is… until our professor paused the movie and had us report back to him what we had gathered thus far.

The first thing we went over was appearance and behavior. Everyone seemed to be giving reasonable answers: lack of facial expressions, no eye contact, reserved, tired, etc… Until someone in the front said:

” Well he looks kinda umm emo, so he might be depressed?”

Holy fuck! Are you serious! This is a third year course, and that response was totally ridiculous! Number one, for someone who dresses “emo” it is a fucking fashion!! Not something that shows mental signs of depression! You don’t wake up one day feeling sad and say “shit… I’m reaaally depressed… I’m going to go out and by new clothes… most likely black ones…. with a new hair swoop…. and buy a Dashboard Confessional CD…..” (I’m sorry for being stereotypical. It’s mainly for emphasis. I don’t like it when others do this either. Furthermore, the fashion trend I am referring to has just been popularized in 2000. Before, “Emo” was a music movement from Washington and Chicago areas and was very respectable) Also, this is as shitty as diagnosing someone with a lack of concentration by saying, wow that guy is really dressed like a raver… he must not be able to concentrate at work because he is constantly thinking about raving. Secondly, being so-called “emo” has nothing to do with someones mental health status… although I sometimes wonder.

Fashion is part of symbolic interactionism, and is part of how someone presents and constructs ones self; constructing “identity.” If you want to place a status of mental unstableness on people who dress with “emo” style, you can turn around and do that to any other consumer!