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The Psychology of the Simpsons

Looking for Mr. Smarty Pants

by Derek C. Keil, Dylan R. Keil, Frank C. Keil, Martin F. Keil, Kristi L. Lockharton The Simpsons

There is virtually no culture, either real or fictional, that does not have experts in different areas of endeavor. In traditional cultures, artisans and craftspeople develop bodies of knowledge that are deeper and better articulated than in the minds of non-experts. In advanced societies such as our own, knowledge specialization has developed to the point that tens of thousands of experts exist in all manner of specialties. In this manner, the divisions of labor lead to corresponding divisions of cognitive labor. What we do for a living doesn’t just define how we spend our time; it also characterizes a very substantial part of our mental lives and capacities.

These divisions of cognitive labor, or areas of expertise, raise a number of interesting questions about both intelligence and expertise. These include:

  • What does it mean to be intelligent?
  • Does the possession of high intelligence provide one with very general cognitive … read more»

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Monster Recognition for Beginners

by Rosemary Clement-Mooreon Percy Jackson and the Olympians

What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a satyr on your front porch, and he explained that he was going to take you to a special camp for people like you: half-god, half-human?

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"You're Having My Baby"

by Claudia Grayon Glee

Was there ever any doubt I was going to be a Glee fan? That fate was sealed for me years and years before the show ever aired–back during my own time in high school, which I spent in taffeta and sequins,
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Share Your Glee: Music Appreciation

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I have a terrible singing voice. It’s very flat.

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Why I Didn't Grow Up to Be Marvel Girl

by Christy Marxon the X-Men

Before the X-Men came along, I wanted to grow up to be the Batman. I was devouring DC Comics at the time, the only large publisher around. My parents worried about me. It was the era of Fredric Wertham and his anti-comics crusade, the original blame-the-fillinthemediahere scapegoater. Worse yet, I … read more»

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