Cognition

Geena Davis and the importance of individual role-model narratives

CNN.com - Quotes from the Golden Globes - Jan 16, 2006
"As I was coming in, I felt a little tug at my skirt. And I looked, and there was a little girl maybe 8 or 10 in her first party dress, and she said, 'Because of you I want to be president someday.' And I just -- well, that didn't actually happen. Awwww, but it could have." Geena Davis, best actress in a TV drama for "Commander in Chief."

Prejudice, shared meanings, local grammars and Google as a resource for research

The Prejudice Map The Prejudice Map According to Google, people in the world are known for...

Franklin and the complexities of American national identity

January 13, 2006, Science Friday = Franklin at 300

Franklin as inventor, socialite and statesman, and take a look at the Tercentenary Exhibition in his honor, now open in Philadelphia.

Wired News: Military Women Can Hack It

Wired News: Military Women Can Hack It
Female soldiers have long fought off perceptions that their bodies just aren't equipped to handle the rigors of training and warfare. But a decade's worth of research suggests that women are hardly as fragile as critics once thought.

Self-organization of iconic linguistic items

The Aargh Page
# Not surpisingly, "argh" is much more frequent than any of the alternatives, and the items with fewer 'a's or 'r's are more frequent than their longer neighbors.
# However, there are high-frequency islands, even way out in the long-word planes. For example, "a17r23gh" (17,23) occurs in 171 pages, even though if you change the number of 'a's or 'r's by one, it drops at least 20-fold. "A15r5gh" is almost 100 times more frequent than its neighbors.

Nature of the predictions genre

On The Media-- NAMING RIGHT

The key variables that differentiated the titles that had been number-one bestsellers from the titles that had failed to be were whether the title was literal or figurative, the word type of the first word, although it was interesting that the word type of the second word didn't matter, and also the title's grammar pattern.
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Transformation of symbols across cultural borders

NPR : Muslim Migrants, 'Embracing the Infidel'

Author Behzad Yaghmaian spent two years traveling with Muslim migrants and collected their stories on safe houses, bribes, police custody, and human trafficking. He talks about his book, Embracing the Infidel: Stories of Muslim Migrants on the Journey West.

Florida high court kills school voucher program

Florida high court kills school voucher program
In a ruling expected to reverberate through battles over school choice in many states, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a voucher program for students attending failing schools, saying the state Constitution bars Florida from using taxpayer money to finance a private alternative to the public system.

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