Ice Cream Extravaganza

Still Seven Day. And the tabs are lengthening. But instead of hawgin’ I happened to notice a rather strange (?) chain of connections.

First, an article [Link] entitled “Long-lasting mental health isn’t normal.” First of all, there is the misuse of the term “normal’. It either means orthogonal or finite area under the curve. It isn;t a synonym for modal.

Second, is the finding in a New Zealand study that 

“A small, poorly understood segment of the population stays mentally healthy from age 11 to 38, a new study of New Zealanders finds. Everyone else encounters either temporary or long-lasting mental disorders.”

which can be inverted to say that the majority of a population of age 11 to 38 inclusive has some form of mental disorder while they are resident in the age bin.

Doesn’t say anything about younger bairns or those of age greater than 38 but we can conjecture that mental disorder is not unusual in humans and may actually be part of life.

Next, an article [Link] entitled “Here’s Why People Become Angry When Their Political Beliefs Are Challenged.” This from a U Southron California study that indicates people have a deep and durable mental whackoidness about their political views.

Definitely not rational and skeptical.

The third article [Link] is entitled “Why politicians think they know better than scientists – and why that’s so dangerous.”

This struck me. Not something I hadn’t already conjectured but it is a bit unnerving to get a form of confirmation.