Here is this week’s list of blog posts, mysteries, poems, and other tidbits from my favourite corners of the web.
I Believe I Will. How four little words spontaneously uttered in the 1880s are still affecting people’s lives today.
The Mystery of the Spinning Statuette. It’s entertaining to wonder if there’s a supernatural explanation for this spinning statuette, but I actually find the scientific explanation more compelling. I never would have guessed that slight vibrations could have such a big impact in this situation.
All Honest Mistakes Are Forgivable. I have mixed feelings about the specific example of forgiving mistakes that is mentioned in this link, but I deeply admire the author’s compassion.
Benham’s Disc. The lines turned green for me when I stared directly at it. They were red and blue when I looked at it from an angle.
But, I’m not the one making the rules, sadly. I spend a lot of time– most of my time, actually– talking about deeply entrenched ideas and patterns held by powerful, privileged people. I speak out against the abuse these systems perpetuate and the people who perpetuate them. However, as a woman, as a feminist, as a person who in the view of those I critique do not have the right to be listened to and heard, there’s no way for me to be nice enough.
How do you become a doctor when no medical college will accept you as a student because of your gender? In My Name is Mary Sutter, a midwife solves this question by convincing a surgeon to teach her everything he knows while they take care of soldiers during the Civil War.
I loved the vivid descriptions of illnesses and medical procedures in this book. Imagine coaching a pregnant woman through a life-threatening delivery, amputating a limb, or treating dysentery without anesthesia, antibiotics, intravenous rehydration, blood donors, or any understanding of germ theory.
What have you been reading?