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Subject: Re: Three random questions for a Monday morning
Author: Aine   (Authenticated as poetic_freedom)
Date: January 21, 2013 at 10:20:39 PM
Reply to: Three random questions for a Monday morning by Billina
1. When someone else is talking, do you ever unintentionally mimic their facial expressions? I do this all the time, and I'm wondering if anyone else does.
- Of course...most people do! The common belief at the moment in science is that it is due to mirror neurons in the brain- they are there to do exactly that, mirror other people. It is an important developmental milestone for babies to mimic their caregiver's facial expressions and I think they should usually be doing it by 3-4 months from memory. I work with autistic kids and there is a lot of research at the moment going on to investigate the theory that there may be a deficit in mirror neurons in autistic children, which is why they can't read and mimic facial expressions as well as neurotypical people and it might also account for why a lot of them struggle to empathise with others.

2. Do you think the definition of the word "gay" is changing, or do you think it still means ONE thing, and that it shouldn't be used by people to describe something weak or lame? I work with someone who uses it that way, and we got into a mini-debate over it. WDYT? What are your thoughts on words changing meaning in general?
- It isn't changing. People who use it to mean weak/lame/bad are buying into ingrained discrimination. If you're too lazy or insensitive to realise that and not think of a different word to describe something bad, then you are lame.

3. What time is it where you live?
- 5.20pm

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