Daily Archives: 8 Oct 10

Want to Prevent Gay Teen Suicide?

Legalize Marriage Equality: “It’s a simple, marvelous, and very 21st century idea. For all the gay kids that people like Maggie Gallagher and Ann Coulter have sentenced to death by helping to promote a climate of fear, bigotry, and bullying, if even one kid’s life is saved by seeing one of the It Gets Better videos, Savage’s project is worthwhile. When you’re growing up gay in a mostly straight world, even one more piece of the puzzle — like the message that you, too, are worthy of love that lasts a lifetime — can make all the difference.” — Steve Silberman (NeuroTribes)

Child rearing practices of distant ancestors foster morality, compassion in kids

“Three new studies led by Notre Dame Psychology Professor Darcia Narvaez show a relationship between child rearing practices common in foraging hunter-gatherer societies (how we humans have spent about 99 percent of our history) and better mental health, greater empathy and conscience development, and higher intelligence in children.” (Science Daily)

Field Researchers Discover a Language New to Science

Basar - Arunachal Pradesh
“In the foothills of the Himalayas, two field linguists have uncovered a find as rare as any endangered species—a language completely new to science.The researchers encountered it for the first time along the western ridges of Arunachal Pradesh, India’s northeastern-most state, where more than 120 languages are spoken. There, isolated by craggy slopes and rushing rivers, the hunters and subsistence farmers who speak this rare tongue live in a dozen or so villages of bamboo houses built on stilts.” (WSJ.com)