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"Sudden onset loss of grace"

Is there a name for that phenomenon whereby you briefly lose the ability to act naturally? For example: mid-sip of a glass of water you make unexpected eye contact with an attractive stranger, and then you must take manual control of your arm and hand to set the glass back down instead of by muscle memory / reflex / autopilot, during which you feel awkward and look awkward.
posted by pot suppeck on Aug 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Unlikely allies

I need some help regaining hope in humanity after the last few days. Something that can help is to see instances of someone standing up for someone else, when you think they wouldn't. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Jun 16, 2016 - 35 answers

I want to have a waterproof set of Cards Against Humanity. How?

The idea of playing Cards Against Humanity in a hot tub sounds awesome. How can I make this happen? Bonus points for waterproofing options that don't cost hundreds of dollars and/or don't take hundreds of hours of work.
posted by sdis on Jun 13, 2014 - 17 answers

Name that sci-fi short story (aliens discussing humans)

Do you remember reading a short science fiction story where aliens were regretting their decision to exterminate humanity? [more inside]
posted by ana scoot on Dec 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Background behind "Oh, the Humanity!"

I am aware that the phrase "Oh, the humanity!" came from Herbert Morrison's reporting on the Hindenburg disaster, but if there are any Mefites who are highly knowledgeable about the language of the 1930s, what did it actually mean? Was this an accepted use of the word "humanity" at the time?
posted by Bugbread on Oct 11, 2013 - 10 answers

Philosophy reading reccomendations on "Notion of freedom and humanity"

A friend of mine recently quit his job and has found himself with a lot of free time. As a method to explore his mind and world he has set himself a task to write an essay on : - "The Notion of Freedom and Humanity" I am no philosophy veteran but I am sure that there must be some great texts already dealing with this subject. What research and reading material can I recommend my friend for his essay?
posted by Cogentesque on Jan 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Where can I find a list of Save The Cat moments?

I wonder whether there is a good listing somewhere of "Save the Cat" moments from movies? [more inside]
posted by steinsaltz on Dec 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Books that make you feel glad to be human?

You helped me feel depressed through novels. Can you now help me feel good about being alive and connected to humanity through books? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Sep 15, 2012 - 26 answers

Software is saving the planet

I'm learning how to write scalable "enterprise-grade" software solutions, e.g. on the so-called "cloud." I've been programming for a couple decades, so this is not a stretch. Software is eating the world anyway, so I'm going to use software to save the world. Please help me cast a wide net. [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Dec 19, 2011 - 6 answers

How to change the process of production in the States?

How can united states manufacturing be made better? [more inside]
posted by xarnop on Nov 30, 2011 - 20 answers

It's Syllabus Time

I'm designing a university course on the grand ol' theme of humanity's place in nature. What are some readings on this topic, from any discipline, that have fascinated/moved/influenced you? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Oct 19, 2011 - 42 answers

Help me find a short story about aliens meeting humanity

I'm looking for helping finding a short SF story I once read, possibly on Infinity Plus. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by knapah on Sep 28, 2010 - 0 answers

Why can't I just shoot everyone in the head, exactly?

Need help with untying a few knots. [more inside]
posted by kumara on Jan 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me track down a quote from Martin Luther

Help me find a quote from Martin Luther about humanity being a drunk man who falls off his horse on one side, and then gets back on and falls off the other side. [more inside]
posted by relucent on Apr 1, 2009 - 6 answers

Examples of Long-Term Projects?

I'm looking for examples where people invest work in projects that they know they will never live to partake in the outcome. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Feb 21, 2009 - 13 answers

I thought I was the only one who thought I was the only one...

Is there a term for that feeling when you realize someone else notices (or notices in a particular way) something you had never thought of anyone else paying attention to, or viewing similarly? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Dec 19, 2008 - 12 answers

What to do now to improve the human race in the long term?

What things could one person do now to best progress human civilization in the long term (ie, millions of years)? [more inside]
posted by fabius on Aug 19, 2008 - 59 answers

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst

Can anyone help me find any books, serious or not, on surviving a global catastrophe (of any kind), and/or any books with a central theme of love and hope (as a sort of guide to living happily while dealing with an extreme anxiety over the future of the planet and humanity)? [more inside]
posted by anoirmarie on Jul 7, 2008 - 23 answers

not everyone is dying and being maimed and raped, right?

where can i find faith in humanity online? [more inside]
posted by nadawi on May 30, 2008 - 27 answers

Teaching resources about racial concepts: their biological validity and various cultural expressions

I need teaching resources about race: the biology of human "races"; why "race" is not biological but social; how racial categories have shifted over time and place; and related questions on teaching about race? This is as a supplement to reading The Mismeasure of Man in a university "Critical Thinking" class. I need more science and verifiable cross-cultural examples to back up my "there are no biological races" claim. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Nov 5, 2007 - 38 answers

Bleeding heart tired of the blood...

Help me trust my gut instinct, and not feel bad about using stereotypes, in regards to teaching to pretty much life in general. [more inside]
posted by every_one_needs_a_hug_sometimes on Jun 29, 2007 - 20 answers

Is humanity still evolving?

Is health care technology impeding our species' ability to evolve and adapt? [more inside]
posted by azriel2257 on Apr 15, 2007 - 32 answers

Is Habitat for Humanity fun?

Is Habitat for Humanity fun? How does living (or not living) in the volunteer housing affect the experience? Tell me about your experiences...
posted by shivohum on Sep 29, 2006 - 13 answers

Lumpy Earth---gravity's effects on us?

Gravity/Life/SocietyFilter: So the Earth is all lumpy, with more or less gravity in some places. Has anyone ever corroborated it with life/social/world things? Many questions inside... [more inside]
posted by amberglow on Feb 18, 2006 - 33 answers

How long could humanity survive if the sun is destroyed?

Terrorists destroy the sun.... How long does humanity survive??? (the inside... there's more???) [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Dec 22, 2004 - 32 answers

Why were people in the 1800s smart about engineering while dumb about medicine?

Why were people in olden days so smart about some things, but so dense about others? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 16, 2004 - 35 answers

Quotation about watching the swirling mass of humanity

Quote help. I'm looking for a quote where a guy talks about being on top of a hill of sorts, watching the swirling mass of humanity below. He says it in kind of a boastful way, how he almost observes with amusement.

My Google-fu isn't working. I've tried dozens of combos of keywords with no luck. (Trouble is, I don't know if I've remembered the keywords properly.)
posted by uncanny hengeman on Sep 1, 2004 - 15 answers

Information Age books

I'm looking for any books (or studies), recommendations that might tackle the dynamics and relationships of repression/suppression psychological mechanisms and profit-driven media in the so-called "Information Age," and its possible effect in societies.

I'd love to see serious research into the current notion that humans are indeed straying from preexisting social formations thanks to electrical and electronic communication systems (i.e. "growing desensitized"). Thanks in advance. Any related info is welcome, and truly appreciated. Psych majors/graduates? Social theory majors/graduates? [more inside]
posted by oog on Jul 18, 2004 - 2 answers

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