SL 750

A nice interactive short piece about a community of former escaped African American slaves living in Mexico.

You need a new spring jacket.

The autism gene is linked to ice age Europe.

The new Star Wars trailer is great.

Love this guys.

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11 thoughts on “SL 750

  1. The model looks frumpy in that coat. Nope. And, really could they make her look anymore frumpy? She’s lovely, but they do a good job of hiding it.

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    1. Yeah — but they apparently don’t have her size, since she’s wearing an xs. A trend I love lulu does it, is uploaded photos of buyers in the clothes. That gives much more confidence of how an item will look on a body out of the box.

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      1. She also looks grumpy. Why does the fashion world think we buy clothes worn by angry people? Some hangover from high school mean girls?

        The few clips of models walking in the clothes I watched showed their arms hanging on their side, like soggy pipe cleaners. People have different ways of walking, but that looked like a director’s instruction. I wonder if the garments’ arms permit normal movements? Or are angry people who walk like Barbies super hot now?

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  2. Some thoughts:

    –It’s not just THE “autism gene,” though, is it?
    –I’m kind of buying the ice age autism argument, although there is a pretty lengthy record of “let me hang a big theory about prehistoric humans on minimal evidence.”
    –Given the situation laid out, everybody in the group wouldn’t need to have some the changes described–you’d only need a handful of people with freakishly good navigation skills. On the other hand, while I can see how it would be good for the bulk of the group to have the ability to concentrate on long-term projects, at the same time, you still need members of the group who are distractable enough to register signs of danger even while absorbed in a project. For safety/security reasons, 100% of the group cannot devote 100% of attention to projects.

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    1. AmyP, I think this is a useful way to put it. Seems to me that, where we have heavy genetic control of a trait and a wide dispersion of that trait within the population, this by itself suggests that our ancestors were successful in proportion to having a variation in that trait in the group. :Height/bulk/strength – you need some people who can go toe to toe with a moose, and some who can climb relatively weak trees to go after bird eggs and honey. Concentration/distractibility as well. Tendency to remember/conserve culture versus tendency to invent new stuff. If you have a need for the group to succeed to have variation in how the genotype is expressed, that’s a suggestion that it will do better if there’s a range of intensity.
      All this stuff comes at a cost – your six foot five toe to toe moose hunter is going to take 4000 calories a day to maintain, and if the best source of calories for your group is pulling rotten stumps apart for tasty grubs, you need 2000 calorie/day small foragers. And, yes, “hang a big theory about prehistoric humans on minimal evidence.” there is that, too!

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  3. “Seems to me that, where we have heavy genetic control of a trait and a wide dispersion of that trait within the population, this by itself suggests that our ancestors were successful in proportion to having a variation in that trait in the group. :Height/bulk/strength – you need some people who can go toe to toe with a moose, and some who can climb relatively weak trees to go after bird eggs and honey.”

    You can just use kids for the latter–although I can see how experience and good nerves might be desirable for those tasks.

    “Tendency to remember/conserve culture versus tendency to invent new stuff.”

    Right.

    “All this stuff comes at a cost – your six foot five toe to toe moose hunter is going to take 4000 calories a day to maintain”

    Yeah.

    My husband is not 6’5″ (just 6-ish) but he has gotten more athletic of late, and it’s astonishing how much food he needs to put away to maintain a moderate weight, even with an indoorsy, moderately athletic lifestyle.

    I’m very aware these days that it’s impossible to have all possible desirable positive traits in a single person. The easy-going person is not detail-oriented, the detail-oriented person is not easy-going, etc. One would need multiple people with different gifts in order to ensure the survival of a small Ice Age community.

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    1. It sounds like a “just so story” to me.

      It seems obvious that temperament has a genetic element, as do other characteristics we observe, but can’t directly measure, such as attention span. However, much of the daily life during the ice ages is sheer speculation on our part.

      If there were an “autism gene,” we would have found it already.

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    2. “However, much of the daily life during the ice ages is sheer speculation on our part.”

      We can be pretty sure that there wasn’t a lot of latitude for mistakes or lack of planning.

      See: Jack London’s “To Build a Fire.”

      “If there were an “autism gene,” we would have found it already.”

      That’s true–it’s presumably way more complex than that.

      I’ve been doing a lot of ADHD reading lately, and one thing I’ve been more and more realizing is how interrelated a lot of neurological issues are. We think of ASD and ADHD and OCD as being completely different boxes–but they’re not. There’s a huge rate of comorbidity for ADHD with other stuff. (I want to say 70%, but don’t have the cite at my fingertips.)

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