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YouTube Promises to Stop Promoting Misleading Videos

Believe it or not, there are people out there who believe that the Earth is flat even though it has been proven that the Earth is a sphere. But now, if you make a video on YouTube saying that the Earth is flat, your video won’t be recommended.

For years now, videos about Flat Earth theory, as well as videos about 9/11 and Sandy Hook being inside jobs, have popped up in people’s recommendations.

While this change will affect less than 1% of YouTube’s videos, that 1% is over a million videos on the platform.

Lawmakers have been increasingly worried about the spread of false propaganda that can be harmful to those who have lost loved ones in tragedies like 9/11.

You may be asking how can YouTube and its parent company, Google, do this in the United States? Well, it comes down to Google being a private company.

The 1st Amendment of the US Constitution grants us the right to freedom of speech so why are some people like Alex Jones getting censored?

It comes down to Google being a private company, which means they are allowed to control what content is released on their sites. Which means that you will have to dig deep if you want to hear about the Flat Earth theory or the US Government is Killing People for Fun theory.

While YouTube has done the steps to remove these videos from the suggestion lists, they are not removing the videos from the platform.

Twitter and Facebook are currently trying to phase out the videos from their suggestion lists on their sites as well.

 

Yet another study of the human brain

It’s a well known fact that scientists have been studying the human brain for many years, trying to find out what exactly makes us humans tick. The more you think about it, the more complex man’s mind seems to be — almost to the point that it’s nearly impossible to grasp. But researchers have been developing theories for as long as science has been around.

Examining the brain. Graphic from Behavioral Health
Examining the brain. Graphic from Behavioral Health

One theory centers around something called the general intelligence g-factor. Scientists have been looking at this particular variable since the early 1900’s.The original research was done on the idea of memory, pattern recognition, and reading ability. Recently, they’ve found more  information on it; specifically a correlation with a connectome and the positive and negative events that happen in one’s life such as attitude, education level, and life satisfaction.

These findings suggest that if this connectome is on one side of the scale, you tend to have better traits and score highly in vocabulary, memory, and other things, which also often lead to higher income. People who scored on the opposite side of the spectrum scored lowly in these areas and were found to have higher scores in more negative traits, including anger, rebellion, sleep quality, and even substance abuse. They have come to find that many of the g-factors overlap, which is why we as humans tend to be good — or bad — at many things.

Of course, correlation does not always automatically equate to something, which is where criticism to the general intelligence g-factor comes in. As always, we must look at these findings with skepticism and continue researching until we’re sure of our answer.

Professor Smith from University of Oxford hopes that “by looking at brain imaging data [they’ll] be able to relate connections in the brain to the specific measures, and work out what these kinds of test actually require the brain to do,” rather than just guessing at whether or not the correlations make the case.

Either way, we can say with certainty that we’re well on our way to unraveling more  about the complexity of the human brain.

Most thought provoking Harry Potter fan theories

If you’re a Potterhead, you know that ever since “Deathly Hallows, Part 2″ was released, we have had very little to look forward to. This has led to lots of super fans coming up with completely insane and often hilarious “Harry Potter” fan theories. Here are some the best that the internet has to offer:

1) Draco Malfoy is a werewolf.

One fan came up with the theory that to punish Lucius Malfoy for his failure to retrieve the prophecy in “Order of the Phoenix”, Voldemort set Fenrir Greyback (a werewolf) on Draco. The fan argued that this was what caused Draco’s sickly appearance and anxiety throughout “Half-Blood Prince” rather than his quest to kill Dumbledore. The fan also references the time Voldemort suggests that Draco should “babysit the cubs” when he learns of Remus Lupin and Nymphadora Tonks’ baby.

2) Dumbledore is actually Ron Weasley traveling back in time.

This theory doesn’t have a lot to go on other than some physical similarities between Ron and Dumbledore such as long fingers and a wounded left leg. While this theory is really fun to think about, sadly it simply can’t be true based on J.K. Rowling’s amount of information about Dumbledore’s personal life (i.e. his childhood, love for his best friend Gellert Grindelwald, etc).

image13) Neville Longbottom was never bad at magic.

The beginning of the Harry Potter series really depicted Neville as a bumbling excuse for a wizard. However, it turns out that it may not have been him the whole time. It’s common knowledge that in the wizarding world, the wand chooses the wizard. A wizard must have that connection with his wand in order to be able to use it properly. This is proven time and time again throughout the series. Anyway, Neville starts off his time at Hogwarts using his father’s old wand…hence why he really falls behind his classmates in every subject except Herbology. After “Order of the Phoenix” when his wand is broken in the fight at the Department of Mysteries, Neville is forced to get a proper wand and then suddenly, he becomes good at magic. As a diehard Harry Potter fan, I feel pretty dumb for not realizing this the first 22 times I read the series.

4) The Dursleys hated Harry because he was a Horcrux.

In the “Deathly Hallows” it became apparent that being too close to a Horcrux causes people to be almost physically repulsed. One fan theory believes that it was because Harry was a Horcrux that the Dursleys hated him so much. While this theory holds some water, it can’t be true or else Harry would’ve had no friends or girlfriends while at school due to everyone hating him. Still, it would be nice to think that the Dursleys weren’t terrible entirely on their own.

5) Harry is immortal after killing Voldemort.

This theory stems from the infamous prophecy’s line, “either must die at the hand of the other, for neither can live while the other survives.” The fan responsible for this theory, states that because Voldemort is killed in “Deathly Hallows”, Harry can’t be killed because Voldemort would’ve had to have been the one who did it. While intriguing, if this theory is true it is extremely sad. After all, Harry, who has watched so many of his loved ones die, would want nothing more than to be reunited with them one day. To have that promise of peace taken from him would be horrible.

While most of these theories can pretty much be proven false, some of them really make you wonder. After all, J.K. Rowling has so much information about the beloved characters that never made it onto the pages of her books, it’s entirely possible that fans may have touched onto something deep and true that was simply never revealed to the public. Hopefully one day, J.K. Rowling will look at these theories and tell us which ones have some truth to them.