Parents Explain More Often to Boys Than to Girls During Shared Scientific Thinking

fierceawakening:

reasonandempathy:

Young children’s everyday scientific thinking often occurs in the context of parent-child interactions. In a study of naturally occurring family conversation, parents were three times more likely to explain science to boys than to girls while using interactive science exhibits in a museum. This difference in explanation occurred despite the fact that parents were equally likely to talk to their male and female children about how to use the exhibits and about the evidence generated by the exhibits. The findings suggest that parents engaged in informal science activities with their children may be unintentionally contributing to a gender gap in children’s scientific literacy well before children encounter formal science instruction in grade school.

This is at the core of the STEM Gender Gap.

It is simply a fact that by the time women reach adulthood the majority of them just don’t want to be scientists or mathematicians..  And whatever quotas you put into place it just won’t work because there’s insufficient demand.  

We can talk about “well women are discouraged” or “natural biological inclinations say…” or what have you.

But here’s the deal.  Nothing we say on the subject when looking at fully-grown and realized adults will be entirely accurate if daughters when growing up aren’t taught to the same scientific standards and material as sons are, even informally, even if it’s the mother doing the teaching.

Teach your kids.  Love them.  Help them grow.  Enable them to be fucking amazing.  Let them be spectacular.

My dad always tried to encourage me to “develop tool sense”—to involve me in building things or putting things together or taking them apart. I’m glad he thought girls should learn that! But I usually rejected this because I didn’t know enough about what he was doing to understand *what I was supposed to notice* once he unscrewed some bit of something or showed me some wiring.

I wanted to participate, but I felt stupid, because I didn’t even know what I didn’t know. It wasn’t until I got into Transformers fandom as an adult and essentially bought myself puzzle toys that I started to learn how built/engineered things fit together, and I was terribly insecure about it at first and in some ways I still am. (It’s especially tough for me because since I never learned it, I don’t know things names: “I think this joint thing bends this way and then that way, but I can’t move it! Am I wrong about how it bends or is it sticky?” “Joint thing? Do you mean the double hinge?”)

Not sure where I’m going with this except to say: when people are beginner-beginners, they may not even have the words to explain to you why they didn’t follow something.

Be super patient, at least outwardly, and say stuff like “I can see that you’re confused. That’s okay! I go fast because I already understand. Do you want me to explain again? Did you understand part of what I said?”

Like, if you’re one of the stereotypical good at science bad at social stuff types, imagine that the kid you’re showing things to is you asking about some obscure aspect of manners, and think about that if they seem to take a while to get it.

Etc.

Also some people are just shit teachers. Not talking about your dad obviously, I’ve never seen him, but some people don’t have the pedagogy God gave a field mouse.

Parents Explain More Often to Boys Than to Girls During Shared Scientific Thinking

Chilean’s Biodegradable Plastic Bag Dissolves in Three Minutes

maid-of-timey-wimey:

Environmentally friendly plastic alternatives are great, but… what if you have to carry groceries in the rain?

(Also a nitpick for the article: this bag isn’t biodegradable, it’s water-degradable. Biodegradable means something that breaks down through the action of microbes or other living organisms.)

what if you have to carry groceries in the rain?

I see your occasional rain and raise you: What if I have to carry groceries in the summer, with sweaty hands?

Or, disgustingly, what if I forget, and use it as a garbage bag? I don’t dry out my left-over potato peels or whatever before throwing them out, imagine a garbage bag just splitting open when you lift it out because you forgot you bought your groceries at the trendy place.

Chilean’s Biodegradable Plastic Bag Dissolves in Three Minutes

When Tumblr bans porn, who loses?

earnest-peer:

shieldfoss:

discoursedrome:

A lot of good info and comments here; I’m glad they got a chance to talk to @pervocracy in particular.

For the tl;dr, the big news here is that banning NSFW has been in the works for some time and was simply rushed out the door due to the app thing, and the real motivation is that few ad buyers are willing to buy ads that might show up next to porn.

Porn on Tumblr is something Verizon needs to wipe out if it’s going to
make any money off what it thinks is actually valuable about the
platform — enormous fandom and social justice communities that, just
before the Verizon acquisition, [former head of media brands Simon] Khalaf was insisting the staff figure
out how to better monetize.

This explains a number of things that were hard to contextualize at the time: the insistence on repeatedly turning on safe mode for everybody, and the push for non-chronological feeds, were likely intended to help increase the amount of “safe” pagespace they could sell higher-value ads on.

I’d noticed for a while that Tumblr was pushing the fandom angle very hard – the Radar and other highlight features are extremely fanart-oriented, and that was clearly also part of the motivation behind algorithmic feeds. However, I’d been presuming that this was just to facilitate marketing of the actual brands in question, like “pay Tumblr to highlight fandom content for your show so more people will get into it.” It sounds like they actually wanted to use fandoms as a general marketing demographic, which is a bit more ambitious but also makes more sense – you might want to reach MCU fans not just for MCU stuff but also for unrelated products that had conceptual crossover.

If that’s the case, though, it means that the ban was even more foolhardy than I thought, since fandoms are going to be the first thing to vacate – sites like Dreamwidth are natural fits for that, and not only are they among the least tolerant of strict anti-NSFW guidelines, but they’re also the most likely to post the kind of SFW visual art that Tumblr is flagging for deletion because their algorithms suck.

Ah yes, the enormous Fandom and Social Justice communities that will definitely stay around after they ban queer porn of fandom characters.

Are they fucking mental

I mean you did also catch that they want to double (!) the userbase until 2019 (!!), right?

Besides everything more relevant to the ban, that seems like a clear sign of lost touch.

Nah, “double the user base” just sounds like the kind of idiocy you say to get investors on board, I don’t think anybody involved actually believes that.

But “Get rid of porn to become more advertiser-friendly” sounds completely legit, that’s the kind of plan you would make if you were a serious person who wears a tie to work and have never used tumblr at all.

When Tumblr bans porn, who loses?

When Tumblr bans porn, who loses?

discoursedrome:

A lot of good info and comments here; I’m glad they got a chance to talk to @pervocracy in particular.

For the tl;dr, the big news here is that banning NSFW has been in the works for some time and was simply rushed out the door due to the app thing, and the real motivation is that few ad buyers are willing to buy ads that might show up next to porn.

Porn on Tumblr is something Verizon needs to wipe out if it’s going to
make any money off what it thinks is actually valuable about the
platform — enormous fandom and social justice communities that, just
before the Verizon acquisition, [former head of media brands Simon] Khalaf was insisting the staff figure
out how to better monetize.

This explains a number of things that were hard to contextualize at the time: the insistence on repeatedly turning on safe mode for everybody, and the push for non-chronological feeds, were likely intended to help increase the amount of “safe” pagespace they could sell higher-value ads on.

I’d noticed for a while that Tumblr was pushing the fandom angle very hard – the Radar and other highlight features are extremely fanart-oriented, and that was clearly also part of the motivation behind algorithmic feeds. However, I’d been presuming that this was just to facilitate marketing of the actual brands in question, like “pay Tumblr to highlight fandom content for your show so more people will get into it.” It sounds like they actually wanted to use fandoms as a general marketing demographic, which is a bit more ambitious but also makes more sense – you might want to reach MCU fans not just for MCU stuff but also for unrelated products that had conceptual crossover.

If that’s the case, though, it means that the ban was even more foolhardy than I thought, since fandoms are going to be the first thing to vacate – sites like Dreamwidth are natural fits for that, and not only are they among the least tolerant of strict anti-NSFW guidelines, but they’re also the most likely to post the kind of SFW visual art that Tumblr is flagging for deletion because their algorithms suck.

Ah yes, the enormous Fandom and Social Justice communities that will definitely stay around after they ban queer porn of fandom characters.

Are they fucking mental

When Tumblr bans porn, who loses?

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Damaging Roads, Buildings

cromulentenough:

the-real-seebs:

I have seen claims elsewhere that the quake was not 7.0, but 6.something, but that some reporting services were rounding log-scale numbers to whole numbers to make reporting on them easier, which is a horrifically bad idea.

How should you round log scale numbers though? Does a 6.77 get rounded to 6.8? If yes what’s wrong with rounding to 7?

You should probably round down unless you’re very close to the next higher number – there’s some math I could do to find out how close you should be before rounding up becomes more accurate, but I’m not gonna.

(NB: you should probably round down unless you’re a journalist, in which case, higher numbers -> higher interest)

Magnitude 7.0 Earthquake Shakes Alaska, Damaging Roads, Buildings