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Well I have had more time to think than usual. I'm rather groggy today but at least I'm up and about once in a while. I filmed this week's pumpkin update and am rendering it now. I will post it to YT later today. I think I still have the meds in my system because I'm still very weak and need to lie down once in a while. I'd love to take the advantage to work on photoshop since my hands are good but I'm too tired. Yesterday I was thrilled when I hooked up my laptop to the TV and got to see my journal on a huge monitor. That was very cool. I wish I had a longer HDMI cable because I wonder if I can color in photoshop in bed that way? I slept very well last night though. I even had a dream I was back in highshool and three bullies cornered me and wanted to steal my books. I pull a staff out of my locker and kick their butts using karate. One in particular I nailed good with the pointed end of the staff in the stomach. That had to hurt. So it was nice to have a normal dream again.

I read an awesome research article on BBC science news. I like BBC science because it has less BS than the other science news pages I read. It's about Stereotypes and how they evolve over time like language. I find it funny how many people don't like stereotypes and get so easily offended over them. I never have and never do because first they are funny and second I never include myself in that group even if I'm part of it. Like girl stereotypes or nerd stereotypes. Chris and I have always said that the reason people don't like stereotypes is because they have a hint of truth to them. Well this paper confirms what we already knew. Here is the article. Basically it boils down that stereotypes start as a list of complex information about a group of individuals. As this information is passed on through society it is condensed to only a few points like the example they gave that salesmen are "confident, pushy and talkative". That's mostly true and to be a successful salesman you have to be that way. You have to sell the product. Stereotypes are a fast way of conveying information about other groups and all cultures have them and they are necessary. I love the way the article ends.
"People who want to eliminate stereotypes are missing the point."
All human beings categorize whether they know it or not. It is our nature and it is a way to bring structure to systems.
Posting the article's text in case it ever goes down.

Stereotypes evolve in a similar way to language, according to research presented at the British Science Festival in Aberdeen.

These generalised perceptions of groups of individuals are an unintentional consequence of information sharing, the scientists claim.

And far from being fixed, they evolve and strengthen as they pass from person to person.

The work was carried out by a team at the University of Aberdeen.

Stereotyping represents a view of other people based on perceptions of a social group and the shared attributes that people within that group are considered to possess.

For example, a typical stereotypical view of salesmen is that they are "confident, talkative and pushy".

To address the genesis of such stereotypes, Dr Doug Martin and colleagues from the University of Aberdeen's Person Perception Lab designed an experiment using aliens - an approach previously used to study the origins and evolution of language.

The aliens they invented each had a different colour, shape and set of personality traits; such as arrogance, pushiness or selfishness.

The team then asked a volunteer to learn the characteristics assigned to each one. The information retained by the volunteer was then fed down a communication chain.

What started out as jumbled and complex individual characteristics and traits ended up encompassed in sets of stereotypes.

Character traits became inextricably linked with form and colour - for example, blue aliens might be perceived as arrogant, pushy and untrusting.
Pink rugby kit Pink has not always been the colour associated with boys

As Dr Martin explained: "Information becomes simpler, more structured and more learnable over time" - so much so that the people at the end of the chain were far more knowledgeable than those at the start.

"It's essentially what stereotypes are - massively over-simplified but easily learnable associations between social groups and bits of information," Dr Martin told BBC News.

As the stereotypes evolved, the attributes associated with each group became increasingly polarised.

"It's almost as if at the end of a chain you have the good guys and you have the bad guys", he said.

But are stereotypes fixed? Dr Martin doesn't think so.

"To consider them fixed certainly doesn't represent them fully because stereotypes clearly have changed over time," he said.

According to Dr Martin, the June 1918 edition of Ladies' Home Journal points out "The generally accepted rule is pink for boys and blue for girls…" If true, this is one stereotype that hasn't stood the test of time.

So what will Dr Martin and his team of volunteers - both human and alien - be doing in the future?

"Now we've established that stereotypes can form and change over time via social transmission we now want to see if we can manipulate these," he said.

When asked if stereotypes were an inevitable consequence of society and communication, Dr Martin opined: "We structure the world in a categorical way - it seems our brains are set up to do that.

"People who want to eliminate stereotypes are missing the point."

After having a nice conversation with actipton80 about Owen, she really got me thinking. Owen is good at many things and both he and I tout those abilities. He won't let you forget it. But like all people he's not good at everything and he does suck at somethings. For one he's a lousy athlete. If it has to do with a ball he hates it. He can't catch, he can't throw, he has lousy aim, he tires easily and he's not very strong. In a fight one good punch can sink him. He can dish it but he can't physically take it. He's a pretty good runner though. He's had to become one because he has to escape Thagirion's attacks. I've been trying to think what else he's not good at. He probably can't draw. I know he can't paint. I'll have to think of other stuff. But the thing about Owen is you wouldn't know what he sucks at because he's not stupid enough to brag about what he can't do. I won't say he can do something that he can't. He's not full of BS and he knows his limits. This makes him very powerful and formidable. He only brags about what he can do and what he can do he's extremely good at. He doesn't put himself in situations where he's at a disadvantage. And if some other guy challenged him to say a game of darts he'd probably just insult him and walk away. If he's called a chicken, it doesn't phase him. He's so quick witted he'd probably come up with a good come back to that that currently I'm not seeing and still not take the challenge. Loosing is not an option and he only plays when he knows he can win. In the game Dragon's Dogma Owen has a phrase, "There's no way we could have lost to that." Change We to I and that's one of his outlooks on life.

Yarg, I'm starting to feel very lucid and awake now. Energy's returning. Very clear thoughts but stuff's also starting to hurt. I think the pills are wearing off. Better stop typing. Darn.
Tags: article, dreams, owen
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