Today at Science Based Medicine

Jun 22 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

I just wanted to point you toward my piece up today at SBM. Otherwise, Happy Hump Day.

Oh, and be careful about teaching your kid to read. We did that, and she saw "Tornado Watch" for our county on the TV last night. I ended up sharing my bed last night with a child and several dozen stuffed animals.

3 responses so far

  • Tsu Dho Nimh says:

    Just wait until she can read first aid books. I was terrified of electrical cords for months until someone explained insulation to me.

  • A. Marina Fournier says:

    When my son was about seven, we had to get him a larger bed so that he could fit in the bed with HIS collection of stuffed animals! When he did need to cuddle with us, only one critter (and most were dinos, predominately T. rex) came with him. He was about 12 when he experienced his first noticeable quake, and I think he expected us to make it go away absolutely. The rest of us were estimating strength and commenting on the ride, so it wasn't mirroring our reactions.

    I live in California, and earthquakes have been a fact of life for me since I was seven years old. Tornados scare me silly--the odd point in the spectrum that represents oncoming/possible tornados makes me acutely uncomfortable, and even the spectra of various dimmed electric lights will do that as well. I think that was a large part of my discomfort while watching the films Brazil and Bladerunner--the quality of light contributed to my inability to concentrate on the plot of the first, and the emotional response to the second. I kept waiting for the light to brighten, and I can't remember for Brazil, but for Bladerunner, it was only at the very end.

    I trust your house has the roof bolted to the house, and the foundation likewise.

    In response to Tsu Dho Nimh (who needs to read the TOC from a book called *Studies Out in Left Field: Defamatory Essays Presented to James D. McCawley on the Occasion of His 33rd or 34th Birthday* to find other such lovely names), I was appalled to find that an adult woman, only a few years younger than me, didn't know the least thing about modern wiring. She had no concept of electricity and phone wiring. I don't know what she'd been doing in school or at home, but certain facts of modern life had not been encountered by her.

  • Benton Jackson says:

    When my niece was about 4, she picked up a bottle of pills and said, "Mommy, I'm going to read this. 'Push down and turn to open.'", and then proceeded to do that.

    Yes, there certainly are dangers to teaching a child to read early!