queen-of-troy asked:

Also May always scowls and mutters "idiot" whenever Tony is mentioned on TV but she doesn't realise Maylet hears her until Tony shows up at the house to offer to build Maylet a Halloween costume and Maylet stares at him and says loudly "No you'll only mess it up because you're a silly idiot" Melinda is for once speechless and blushing while Tony starts ranting about May indoctrinating her child against him (meanwhile Pepper is laughing so hard she can't breathe and already calling Nat)

“No, Tony, we are not having a child just to be tiny mortal enemies with the little darling –” Pepper, probably.

You know what really makes me pissed though is that from fourth grade onward when i began to take interest in anime (kid-friendly things like cardcaptor sakura and lucky star at that time), literally all the kids teased me because anime wasn’t American cartoons and they thought it was weird. and granted I probably brought some of that on myself by wearing Naruto merch to school, and talking about Pokémon all the time. but at any rate the two people i did know that did play and enjoy Pokémon still made fun of me because they subscribed to the childhood elitism perpetrated by the unfortunately close-minded, indoctrinated kids in our class. and you know what’s happened since i’ve gotten to high school??

anime has somehow achieved relative normalcy. which is great! but because of this, all those bullies that effectively called me a baby and ostracized me daily are now wearing T-shirts with Pikachu on them, saying things like “oh yeah, Pokémon was my childhood, I miss it so much!!”

like i don’t mean to come off as one of those fedora gamer elitists who say, “Oh, so you like anime?? Name the three top grossing titles in the year 1987. You like Pokémon?? Name pokemon number 574.” Because I can’t even do that. But can you please stop making shit up because you feel like being nostalgic for something you put down others for in the past and were never actually involved in yourself?? 

Calvin and Hobbes. Paraphrasing Carl Sagan and promoting science literacy since ‘85.

“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning. We long for a Parent to care for us, to forgive us our errors, to save us from our childish mistakes. But knowledge is preferable to ignorance. Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable. If we crave some cosmic purpose, then let us find ourselves a worthy goal.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

The Sagan Series; Episode 3: A Reassuring Fable

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science.

Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories – religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional.

The study found that, of the 66 participants, children who went to church or were enrolled in a parochial school were significantly less able than secular children to identify supernatural elements, such as talking animals, as fictional.

By relating seemingly impossible religious events achieved through divine intervention (e.g., Jesus transforming water into wine) to fictional narratives, religious children would more heavily rely on religion to justify their false categorizations.

“In both studies, [children exposed to religion] were less likely to judge the characters in the fantastical stories as pretend, and in line with this equivocation, they made more appeals to reality and fewer appeals to impossibility than did secular children,” the study concluded.

Refuting previous hypotheses claiming that children are “born believers,” the authors suggest that “religious teaching, especially exposure to miracle stories, leads children to a more generic receptivity toward the impossible, that is, a more wide-ranging acceptance that the impossible can happen in defiance of ordinary causal relations.”

According to 2013-2014 Gallup data, roughly 83 percent of Americans report a religious affiliation, and an even larger group – 86 percent – believe in God.

More than a quarter of Americans, 28 percent, also believe the Bible is the actual word of God and should be taken literally, while another 47 percent say the Bible is the inspired word of God.