It’s my monthly feature where I share links I’ve collected over the past month, and offer brief commentary.
The Trans Reveal – I recently found this blog that reviews queer webcomics and of course I’m all over that. This article discusses various ways that webcomics can reveal that a character is trans, and what the pitfalls of each approach are.
Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion—and Why They’re Unlikely to Come Back – This is an old article summarizing results from a survey of religiously unaffiliated USians. What I found most interesting: 1) the main reason for their growth appears to be increased retention rates, 2) 58% of them say religion is bad for the world, and 18% say religion is personally important to them, 3) The people who say religion is bad for the world are more likely to be white, male, and have more education.
I found this article via Aged Reasoner–although the speculation in that post is mistaken, as I point out in the comments.
Why we really really really like repetition in music (video) – Vox talks about how we seem to find repetition inherently enjoyable in music, but not, say, stage plays. Something that I have great difficulty understanding is how music worked before recordings existed. It seems like music should have been more repetitive in those days, to make up for the fact that you couldn’t just repeat the recording as desired.
Vox incidentally mentions the speech to song illusion, which is the most compelling auditory illusion I have ever heard. Listen to this video, and then listen to it again. What has been heard cannot be unheard.