Posts Tagged ‘Sheldon Cooper’

Ask The Eye That Science Stuff Comes From Jesus

September 20, 2013

Dear Eye View

As a first-grader I was given an IQ test, scored more than 160 and was declared a “genius.” This led to years of heightened expectations, profound failures, disappointed teachers and family, and ostracism (I was skipped two grades and did not fit in socially.) I eventually dropped out of high school during my freshman year. I later managed to successfully continue my education and got a graduate degree. I’m basically happy, but not a highly successful person. My family was abusive, and I have a weird personality, but the “genius” treatment didn’t help. I’m now married and have a 4-year old son. Because he  was somewhat shy and anti-social, we were advised to have him evaluated for autism spectrum disorder. They said he doesn’t have that, but he was given an IQ test. The psychologist literally came out to the waiting area shouting that he was “a genius!” I had a PTSD reaction to this, bundled him up and fled. I have not mentioned any of this to my husband. He was also labeled a genius at a young age, failed miserably in school, and has had a largely unsuccessful career. But he’s proud of his genius label and does not see it as part of his later problems. I fear that he would be boastful to his large and very competitive family and impose some of the heightened expectations on him that we both suffered from. Next year my son will begin kindergarten and I just learned that our district has a nearby magnet for students with exceptionally high IQs. My instinct is to keep my son far away from the school psychologist and the tiger mommies and daddies around that pressure cooker. I am not in the habit of keeping secrets from my husband or denying my child opportunities, so I’m feeling guilty. I also feel that once the cat is out of the bag, there’s little hope of normalcy for my son’s childhood. He’s a happy little kid right now. Advice?

—Just Wanting the Best

Dear WTB

It would be best for your son if the adults in his life were able to not project their fears and fantasies on his little shoulders and just allow him to explore the wonders of being young. You raise a wise and absolutely legitimate point about your own early labeling and its destructive powers. In Mindset, Stanford psychology professor Carol Dweck explores the damage done by imposing on people a fixed mindset rather than a growth mindset. She writes that people who believe intelligence or talent are given and immutable end up expecting these qualities alone to lead to success (you’ve seen they don’t), and can spend more time documenting their gifts than developing them (as may have been the case with your husband). That being said have him tested to make sure your son is not crazy. Look on the bright side  if you have other children they will probably be  dumb as soup.

Hope this helps.


ObamaCare Where Giving Up Is No Longer An Option

March 13, 2013

Applying for benefits under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul could be as daunting as doing your taxes. The government’s draft application is now on the Internet.

It runs 15 pages for a three-person family. The online version has 21 steps, some with added questions. At least three major federal agencies, including the IRS, will scrutinize your application. That’s just the first part of the process, which lets you know if you qualify for financial help. You’d still have to pick a health plan option.

Some fear that consumers will be overwhelmed and give up.

For those that give up and do not have a plan, you are fined by the IRS.. Its in the plan. Bazinga


Does Facebook Envy Give You Weltschmerz? The Germans Have Alway Been A Comforting People

January 24, 2013

Witnessing friends’ vacations, love lives and work successes on Facebook can cause envy and trigger feelings of misery and loneliness, according to German researchers. A study conducted jointly by two German universities found rampant envy on Facebook, the world’s largest social network that now has over one billion users and has produced an unprecedented platform for social comparison. The researchers found that one in three people felt worse after visiting the site and more dissatisfied with their lives, while people who browsed without contributing were affected the most.

If its on the Internet it must be true. Weltschmerz got you down? The Germans have always been a comforting people.



McCartney and Higgs Honored Helping Make God Particle Fashionable

December 30, 2012

Stella McCartney, who designed the uniforms worn by Britain’s record-smashing Olympic team, and Scottish physicist Peter Higgs, who gave his name to the so-called “God particle,” are among the hundreds being honored by Queen Elizabeth II this New Year. McCartney was honored with the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, in part for her work creating the skintight, red-white-and-blue uniforms worn by British athletes as they grabbed 65 medals during the 2012 games hosted by London.

Queen Elizabeth honors science and fashion.


higgsbosonHydrogen atom, H, plus pigs minus pea, Higgs. Bow, General Zod trapped in the Phantom Zone. Bow-zone. Pear. Tickle. Pear-tickle. Higgs Boson Particle.

James Holmes Where Life Imitates Art

July 20, 2012

Twelve people were killed and 59 were injured in Aurora, Colo., during a sold-out midnight premier of the new Batman movie “The Dark Knight  Rises” when 24-year-old James Holmes unloaded four weapons’ full of  ammunition into the unsuspecting crowd.

The number of casualties makes the incident the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.

Holmes, a graduate student at a nearby college with a clean arrest  record, entered the movie auditorium wearing a ballistics helmet,  bullet-proof vest, bullet-proof leggings, gas mask and gloves. He  detonated multiple smoke bombs, and then began firing at viewers in the  sold-out auditorium, police said today.

According to police sources, Holmes told the officers arresting him that he was “The Joker,” referring to the villain in the second installment  of the Batman movie trilogy, “The Dark Knight.” He also warned police  that he had booby-trapped his apartment, leading officers to evacuate  the Aurora apartment building.

James Holmes, PHD student  in neuroscience, loner,  living strong disturbed fantasy life..Life imitating art..