March 27th, 2003

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It's all in the....hormones

An article at Plastic pointed me in the direction of this piece on the whole "what makes people gay" research.

A few choice snippets:

Qazi Rahman and Glenn Wilson conducted a series of neurocognitive tests of spatial skill. They found that gay men performed less well than heterosexual men, but matched the ability of women.

But gay men performed better than heterosexuals and as well as women at remembering the locations of objects in an array.

In several language tests, traditionally a female strong point, gay men did as well as heterosexual women. Lesbians, on the other hand, performed the tests as poorly as “straight” men.

Dr Rahman said: “Because we know that performance on these cognitive tests depends on the integrity of specific brain regions, the differences implicate robust differences between the brains of homosexual and heterosexual men and women and suggest that hormonal factors early in development (probably during the 1st trimester of pregnancy) produce these differences.”

The researchers also found that gay men and lesbians both had longer ring fingers relative to their index fingers than heterosexual men and women.

Relatively long ring fingers are a sign of exposure to elevated levels of the male hormone testosterone in the womb.

The findings supported the idea that high, not low, testosterone levels in men produce shifts in sexual preference.
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Gay Babies

Amusing story here about a woman called into her daycare centre because her baby girl was kissing...another girl! Strangely, she refuses to take it seriously.
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Lunch

Spent lunch in Princes Street Gardens, eating sandwiches, enjoying the sun, watching the girls walk past, chatting to Stephen.

The breeze was enough to keep me from getting too hot and there was a slight haze over everything.

Truly fantastic.

Sadly, I'm now in the air-conditioned, noisy, fluorescent office.

Dammit.
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Raar!

Imagine a comic that looks the same every time. Only the dialogue changes.

Now, imagine that the two stars of the comic are dinosaurs.

Now, imagine that the dialogue is generally philosophical in tone.

Now, stop imagining it and click here.

Raar!
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Quiz time!

Violence is permissible

Never
0(0.0%)
In immediate self-defence
10(40.0%)
In pre-emptive self-defence
1(4.0%)
To defend other people
14(56.0%)

If an evil person does something

It must be evil
0(0.0%)
It's more likely to be evil
5(20.0%)
It could be good or evil
20(80.0%)

If something is illegal

It is always wrong
0(0.0%)
it may or may not be wrong
25(100.0%)

If everyone else thinks you're doing the wrong thing

You should stop at once, the majority is always right
2(8.3%)
It's irrelevant, you should do what you think is right
22(91.7%)

If there are lots of evil people

We shouldn't stop any of them
2(9.1%)
We should remove them one at a time
15(68.2%)
We should take them all on at once
5(22.7%)

If it's not possible to do a major good thing without some bad consequences

We shouldn't do it at all
0(0.0%)
We shouldn't do it without weighing things up and making a rational choice
24(96.0%)
We should just leap in there
1(4.0%)