It seems counterintuitive that such common, everyday activities such as taking a shower are considered dangerous and have a high risk. Studies have shown that Americans tend to exaggerate the risks of events that are out of our control, such as terrorists, plane crashes, or nuclear radiation. While at the same time, people underestimate the risks of events that we can control and may result in ordinary causes of death. In New Guinea, the people practice the attitude of “constructive paranoia”, which describe their increased state of alertness toward repeated low risks. The people of New Guinean must think thoroughly about dangers due to their lack of availability to doctors, police officers or emergency dispatchers. On the contrary, Americans rely too much on having emergency services at their disposal, causing them to overlook the hazards of everyday activities. This, of course, should not be seen as a reason to stop living life or to live in continuous fear. This should be a reminder to be cautious and to not overlook risks that may seem miniscule in retrospect.
It seems counterintuitive that species considered hidden or cryptic are actually more common than previously thought. Cryptic species are described as animals that seem identical but are genetically distinct, and the reports of cryptic species have increased considerably over the past two decades with the help of DNA sequencing technology. Scientists had previously thought that cryptic species were primarily found in insects and reptiles in more tropical regions, however new data revealed that cryptic species are found equally throughout all key branches of the animal kingdom and throughout all biogeographical regions. This revelation brings into discussion how species that seem abundant could be made up of various cryptic species that are highly endangered in reality. It is now up to scientists to determine whether cryptic differentiation is merely an early stage of morphological differentiation – the transition to a new category-however, the initial results suggest otherwise.
It seems counterintuitive that mirrors, which are supposed to be reflections of our true selves, are showing us a false and distorted visual. When staring into a regular mirror, your right eye looks at your right eye and your left eye at your left eye, which is the reverse of how we perceive each other in reality. This is influenced by John Walter’s Hair Part Theory which shed light on the behavioral analysis of how humans respond depending on which side their hair is parted on, concluding that parted left is masculine and parted right is feminine. If you take the mirror into consideration, people have not had the opportunity to see which part they agree with more, which then modifies how they behave and how they are perceived. This realization has led to the creation of the True Mirror, which shows you how you appear to others, but then lose the control found in normal mirrors. Mirrors have been an accepted truth for such a long time, all while displaying a skewed sense of ourselves.