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Okay, if you haven't seen it, this animation is wonderful and clever: Behold, "Animator vs. Animation":

Click the image to see the first "Animator vs. Animation" flash animation by Alan Becker.

The artist, Alan Becker, made a sequel where Stick Man gains super-powers:

Click the image to see "Animator vs. Animation II," by Alan Becker.

In related news, Liberals, atheists, and sexually fidelitous males have higher IQ than conservatives, religionists, and male cheaters (CNN News). Let's frame that in a less-inflammatory way: Human values are determined by intelligence (ABC News). Not that one needs to comment much about this, because it's rather apparent when listening to wingnut conservatives scream against science or contradict themselves day after day. Still, it's nice to see some evidence that explains why so many people, say, believed Bush's lies and allowed the Republican party to trash the nation. It explains the existence of the Teabaggers and Sarah Palin supporters. And it explains why they still let politicians and right-wing talking-heads control them using using fears, and why they stop listening to rational arguments because facts are hard.



Mar. 3rd, 2010 08:15 pm (UTC)
I have always assumed that people who do not question their beliefs have somehow shut down their curiosity circuit. It gets back to the thing I mentioned on the other thread about the dude who couldn't see any proof of a large asteroid strike on Earth's surface. I actually made this userpic in your honor, Chris.
Mar. 3rd, 2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Absolutely, curiosity is more important than intelligence! I wonder if anyone's done a study on that....

(Love the icon.)
Mar. 3rd, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I thought you would ;-). You may steal her, if you like.

I don't know for sure, but I know that logic puzzles are supposed to be the best indicator of adaptability, which is surely an evolutionary advantage. I know someone who's highly intelligent, as long as he's within his area of understanding, but has large gaps in his *knowledge.* Still, he's a liberal, so we need to factor that into our theory.
Mar. 4th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't think one can read these studies as saying that all liberals are smart and forward-thinking or all conservatives are dumb and easily swayed, but I think it helps understand why liberal masses tend to demand evidence and facts while conservative masses tend to accept whatever lies and crackpot theories their leaders spout - and why they deny facts.
Mar. 4th, 2010 01:01 am (UTC)
I did find the study where they moved the construction signs to be quite interesting, though.

I'm confused by the Birthers, too. Do they even understand that if they were able to prove (which they can't, because it ain't so) that Obama was not born in the US, McCain (who actually wasn't) would not be the President?
Mar. 4th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
Ha! And that Palin wouldn't be, either, because she was born on some alien world.
Mar. 4th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)