Parents-to-be can spend months searching for the perfect baby name. Some run their shortlist past friends and family, while others keep it secret for fear of their unusual choice becoming popular. What people think seems to matter - so do we judge people by their names?Before filling in their birth certificate, parents want to know what first impression they are creating for their child. They want to know what their teacher or potential employer might think but not say, says Mumsnet founder Justine Roberts.Baby names discussion pages on the parenting website have risen in popularity from five and a half million views in 2015 to seven million this year."More than anything else, people want to know what the crowd thinks about a particular name that they're not quite sure about," says Ms Roberts.Baby names: Olivia most popular for girlsThe stories behind your namesThe girl with 140 namesSocial psychologist Dr Elle Boag says there are certain names which foster stereotypes."We can all … [Read more...] about Baby names: Do we judge people by what they are called?
Public speaking synonyms
Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong, lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin and command module pilot Mike Collins were assigned to the first moon-landing mission in January 1969, six months before launch. All three were accomplished spaceflight veterans, top-notch pilots and experts on Apollo's myriad systems. And they all had very different personalities.Armstrong was the consummate test pilot who flew the fabled X-15 rocket plane to the edge of space and cooly overcame in-flight emergencies. Aldrin, like Armstrong a Korean War fighter pilot, earned a Ph.D. in orbital mechanics from MIT and helped perfect the rendezvous techniques needed by Apollo crews.Collins, one of the most articulate astronauts, was an equally accomplished pilot who thoughtfully accepted his role as the man who would stay behind in lunar orbit while his more famous crewmates descended to the surface.Given the crush of training, the pressure to pull off a daring mission in the glare of international publicity and the … [Read more...] about The 3 “amiable strangers” who flew into history on Apollo 11
In 1956, Jane Jacobs was 39 years old, working as a staff writer at Architectural Forum. Her boss, unable to attend a conference at Harvard, asked her to go in his stead and give a talk on land banking. Jacobs, skittish about public speaking, reluctantly agreed, on one condition: that she could speak on a subject of her choice.That subject, it turned out, was the utter wrongheadedness of many of the ideas cherished by her audience, the era’s luminaries of urban planning. The prevailing wisdom at the time held that “urban renewal” required clearing “slums” and starting over. The rebuilt cities would tidily disentangle residential and commercial areas and include plenty of open space. These ideas may have looked good in architectural drawings, but in real life, Jacobs had come to believe, they were a formula for lifeless monotony. In East Harlem, she noted, 1,110 stores had been razed to make way for housing projects. Jacobs argued that these little shops … [Read more...] about Jane Jacobs’s Radical Vision of Humanity
The mayor of a medium-sized midwestern city, a Rhodes Scholar, and war veteran who is liturgically conservative and cites St. Augustine as one of his religious influences is running for president. He’s also a Democrat. He is criticizing the current president, a Republican, for his infidelity and lack of family values. And he’s gay.Sometimes politics unfolds differently than you might expect.What makes Pete Buttigieg an intriguing figure isn’t his political experience, which is minimal (he became mayor of South Bend in 2012, at age of 29); or his political philosophy, with which I disagree. (He’s a progressive, while I’m a conservative who is both a critic of Donald Trump and of progressivism.) It’s that Buttigieg speaks openly and easily about his Christian faith in a party that is becoming increasingly secular and religiously unaffiliated and does so in a manner that stands in marked contrast with the evangelical leaders who support Donald … [Read more...] about Pete Buttigieg’s Very Public Faith Is Challenging Assumptions
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. In April 2017, Demarion Duncan learned he’d have to move. That in itself would not be the end of the world; the McBride public housing project in Cairo, Illinois, where the 12-year-old Duncan lived with his mom, dad, and two younger siblings, was falling apart. A complex of 19 stucco-and-brick two-story apartment buildings abutting the Mississippi River levee on the backside of town, McBride was home to 103 families, including many of Duncan’s classmates, friends, and basketball teammates. But while a few units at McBride were still well maintained, others had mold in the bathrooms and flaking lead paint on the staircases. Heat worked sporadically; during cold snaps, Duncan, like many of his neighbors, bundled up and turned on the oven for warmth. Empty units and entire buildings were infested with roaches and rats. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development had been debating what to do with public … [Read more...] about Donald Trump asked, “What do you have to lose?” This Illinois town found out.