like seriously their brain-to-body size ratio is equal to that of a chimpanzee
They vocalize anger, sadness, or happiness in response to things
they are scary smart at solving puzzles
some ravens stay with their mates until one of them dies
they can remember faces
SIDENOTE HERE BECAUSE HOLY SHIT. They did an experiment where these guys wore masks and some of them fucked with crows. Pretty soon the crows recognized the masks = douchebag. But the nice guys with masks they left alone. THEN, OH WE’RE NOT DONE, NO SIR crows that WEREN’T EVEN IN THE EXPERIMENT AND NEVER SAW THE MASK BEFORE knew about mask-dudes and attacked them on sight. THEY PASSED ON THE FUCKING INFORMATION TO THEIR CROW BUDDIES.
They remember places where crows were killed by farmers and change their migration patterns.
Emphasis mine. Guys, there’s not only emotion, creativity, and problem-splving here. This implies that crows have a language complex enough to transfer previously unknown visual information. They can describe to one another. Think about that for a minute. They can describe and problem solve. Team problem solving is only a short hop. This is amazing.
[…]Hurt organized a study of 224 near-term or full-term babies born at Einstein between 1989 and 1992 - half with mothers who used cocaine during pregnancy and half who were not exposed to the drug in utero. All the babies came from low-income families, and nearly all were African Americans.
"We went looking for the effects of cocaine," Hurt said. But after a time "we began to ask, ‘Was there something else going on?’ "
While the cocaine-exposed children and a group of nonexposed controls performed about the same on tests, both groups lagged on developmental and intellectual measures compared to the norm. Hurt and her team began to think the “something else” was poverty.
The years of tracking kids have led Hurt to a conclusion she didn’t see coming.
"Poverty is a more powerful influence on the outcome of inner-city children than gestational exposure to cocaine," Hurt said at her May lecture.
they found that 81 percent of the children had seen someone arrested; 74 percent had heard gunshots; 35 percent had seen someone get shot; and 19 percent had seen a dead body outside - and the kids were only 7 years old at the time. Those children who reported a high exposure to violence were likelier to show signs of depression and anxiety and to have lower self-esteem.
Deborah A. Frank, a pediatrics professor at Boston University who has tracked a similar group of children, said the “crack baby” label led to erroneous stereotyping. “You can’t walk into a classroom and tell this kid was exposed and this kid was not,” Frank said. “Unfortunately, there are so many factors that affect poor kids. They have to deal with so much stress and deprivation. We have also found that exposure to violence is a huge factor.”
I’d quibble with “unexpected”.
Meh, there are pockets of people who think the poor choose to be that way. Mapping of igrnoant world views aside, the statement of poverty having more of an impact on a child than in-utero exposure to cocaine is super powerful. If it’s confirmed in further comparative studies, AND this country gets a majority politicians that both read and respect science, then maybe we might be able to treat the problem itself, finally, and stop the unfruitful war on drugs.
I’m having one hell of a time committing things to long term memory, and all coping failed today. It’s a pretty nightmarish scenario, when you think about it. Entire conversations about important topics with loved ones completely vanished from my experience.
Yes, but they have no interest in hearing. Many of them are so hard-set in their efforts to control that some are willing to break rules (like changing timestamps) to get their way. They are as hard set about their way as we are about the right way, but when they can’t get it through garnered power, even, they take to cheating. When will it be that those of us aligned with the right side of history will finally launch the actions necessary to make it impossible for them to gain any power? when will we begin to do hard reboots on their follower’s belief systems? When will we finally say “No, the Earth is not actually flat, and your viewpoint is invalid”?