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"You must like dealing with people to be great at management"

From an article that got some views on reddit etc:
Imagine you spend a full day in back-to-back 1:1s talking to people. Does that sound awful or awesome?
It sounds pretty awful to me. The post then goes on to say that if this is a problem, you're not cut out to be a manager. Since I'm moving into a position that involves managing people -- is this true or false? Are you a successful introvert manager? If so how did you do it?
posted by aeighty on Apr 6, 2016 - 29 answers

Science fiction about eusocial humans?

Since a woman produces about half a million eggs, it's possible to envision a scenario where modern reproductive technology leads to a eusocial society like that of ants. One dominant woman would force all of her relatives to carry her fertilized eggs to term. Then she'd force the resulting daughters to do the same thing once they had matured. With egg freezing, she could keep doing this for decades, eventually resulting in thousands of human children of one biological mother. Has any science fiction been written along these lines?
posted by clawsoon on Feb 4, 2016 - 19 answers

What's the song in this Humans trailer?

What is the song in this trailer? I usually try not to ask these questions because only a few people benefit from it but this has been stuck in my head for days. There are a few other people asking the same question by the looks of the YouTube comments.
posted by anon_for_this on Jun 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Where can I find a good list of "feeling" adjectives?

In other words, I'm looking for a list of adjectives that could complete the sentence "I am feeling __." This is actually a fairly extensive group of adjectives, and I'm wondering whether this type of adjective is identified formally as a certain type of adjective (which would make it easier to find the set) or whether anyone has assembled such a list.
posted by arsgratia on Nov 12, 2014 - 7 answers

What are some activities/dates I can do to boost confidence?

I haven't been feeling so confident lately. I know my SO could also be much happier if she felt a bit more confident. When we first met around 3 years ago, we were both extremely confident. Now we seem to have trouble being decisive, making decisions to better ourselves/get necessary things done, and choosing a restaurant or a date idea gets harder and harder. I would love ideas of things that could help with this. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Aug 11, 2014 - 26 answers

Optimizing group outings to baseball games

Let's say I would like to organize 6 friends to go see a baseball game. There's one problem: ticket purchases have to be done at the same time to ensure that people sit together. How is this circle squared? [more inside]
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Jul 31, 2014 - 13 answers

How to mend a broken 5+ year friendship

Friend and I had a blow out 4 months ago. We've been friends before that for 5+ years. She's ignored my previous initiatives to reach out and try to apologize and talk things out. Is there any hope? Or should I just leave this alone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2013 - 21 answers

Why move from black to white?

Why did the humans who came to Europe switch from dark to light skin pigmentation? Did they lose skin colour...? [more inside]
posted by sodium lights the horizon on Oct 2, 2013 - 15 answers

Help me remember this webcomic/illustrated story.

I've Googled and Googled and can't find it nor any reference to it. Several years back, I read this illustrated story/webcomic (I FEEL like I found it via Metafilter but that might be wrong). I think it was about the origins of spoken language? It featured a group of cave-dwelling protohumans, scenes of sex and female copulatory vocalizations, and possibly psilocybin mushrooms. Did I dream this? If not, what is it and where can I find it again?
posted by Knicke on Jun 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Have humans always sought privacy to defecate?

My friend and I had a heated argument last night about human and animal attitudes to privacy when defecating. He argued that all humans and all animals seek privacy while defecating. I know that certain animals, like cats, do seek privacy while defecating, but I feel like lots more animals, especially pack animals and herd animals don't worry about finding a quiet spot. For example, cows. I suggested that perhaps the human need for privacy may be a cultural phenomenon - is there any evidence that humans have ever been much less worried about privacy in this area? Also would like examples of animals that might defecate in groups. [more inside]
posted by drunkonthemoon on Feb 21, 2013 - 44 answers

Why are baby animals cuter than baby humans?

Why do kittens, bunnies, puppies, and their ilk seem so much cuter than human babies? This is something I've always wondered, and I am surprised that it doesn't seem to have been asked here. I've seen some idle speculations about the reasons in various places around the Web, but nothing resembling evidence. Is there any actual research related to this topic? Or is the question based on flawed assumptions somehow? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 7, 2013 - 46 answers

It feels good, it must be good.

Further science/philosophical reading about human evolution and the woes of our modern life. Looking for suggestions, please! [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Jul 27, 2012 - 13 answers

A group of humans is called a...

A group of wolves is called a pack. A group of cattle is a herd. A group of crows is called a murder. A group of humans is called a ________? Is there a specific, academic term for this? [more inside]
posted by Groundhog Week on May 17, 2012 - 20 answers

What is this weird movie with regenerating body parts!

I remember a science fiction movie (or maybe a TV show?) that took place... in a space ship or very futuristic setting. There were aliens (I think, or man-created approximations of human beings?) that, when parts of their bodies were cut off, they would not only regenerate the limb but the spare limbs would regenerate BODIES. The atmosphere of the movie was very... orange? Dark? The details are all very fuzzy. I believe I saw it on cable TV, and I was definitely older than five but younger than twelve. So, 1989 to 1996. It scared the crap out of me when I was a kid and gave me nightmares for years. Help! [more inside]
posted by two lights above the sea on Feb 13, 2012 - 7 answers

What else helps the weak?

I sometimes hear people say "Humans are the only species that save the weak." Can you list some other lifeforms that do nurse the sick, help the disabled, etc., of their own kind?
posted by zephyr_words on Oct 7, 2011 - 24 answers

Out going yet Socially Awkward around romantic interests.

Socially Awkward around women [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Aug 24, 2011 - 19 answers

Questions about biology from the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Questions about biology, genes, humans and apes, courtesy of the movie Rise of the Planet of the Apes. SPOILERS WITHIN. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 19, 2011 - 8 answers

How do animals think?

How do animals think? I was watching a cat in our garden the other day, and I wondered how it thought as it doesn't have language to think in. Then I thought: yes, but when I am working on an (easy - not cryptic) crossword, sometimes I am not thinking in words (if this makes sense?) [more inside]
posted by marienbad on May 20, 2011 - 33 answers

I want more empathy.

Are there any psychologists out there who know why we are able to generate so much empathy for animals but not for humans? [more inside]
posted by notion on Apr 29, 2011 - 27 answers

How can I smell like my dog?

How do I learn to smell like my dog? [more inside]
posted by tr0ubley on Jun 23, 2009 - 16 answers

Yes, but if we were birds, would traffic STILL be backed up for miles?

Is there a scientific explanation for rubbernecking beyond "simple curiosity"? Are we predisposed as a species to run towards danger? [more inside]
posted by zarq on Jun 8, 2009 - 13 answers

Forget Creationism, we should teach _______ in public schools!

Is there an alternative to evolution or intelligent design? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Sep 28, 2008 - 63 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

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

Scientific evidence of reproduction urge?

Is there scientific evidence that animals have an innate/instinctual urge to reproduce? Is there scientific evidence that it is the same in humans? [more inside]
posted by defenestration on Jul 11, 2007 - 45 answers

Where can I find large and small testicles?

Where can I find data (online) on the average size of common mammalian species' testes? [more inside]
posted by itchi23 on Apr 7, 2007 - 5 answers

All the basic units of life.

I'm interested in cells. As many different types as can be identified, and the more specific the better. Preferably mammalian, certainly vertebrate (otherwise the the list would be too big!). [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch on Mar 8, 2007 - 16 answers

Are humans more naturally disposed to eat certain foods over others?

Most animals (herbivores, carnivores, and omnivores alike) seem to eat and/or prefer food from a very limited set of options. But humans eat just about everything. Are there foods that humans are more biologically disposed to eat? Alternatively, are there other animals that eat foods as widely diverse as humans do?
posted by scarylarry on Jan 17, 2007 - 19 answers


How quickly do other animals react to changes in light, and why are we so slow by comparison? [more inside]
posted by twine42 on Jun 14, 2006 - 12 answers

What do you do when masturbation has lost its fun?

What do you do when masturbation has lost its fun? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on May 25, 2006 - 20 answers

What's wrong with saying that I'd never say never?

My girlfriend asked me if I'd ever have sex with a man. I replied by saying that I'd never say never. Does this make me less of a heterosexual? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on May 18, 2006 - 45 answers

How can I best interpret my dreams?

How might I best begin in interpreting my dreams? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on Mar 20, 2006 - 24 answers

What are humans best at?

How are humans different physically from other creatures? What are we best at? [more inside]
posted by stoneegg21 on Aug 31, 2005 - 29 answers

Play it again, Sam

Why are so many famous lines popularly misquoted? [more inside]
posted by riffola on Jul 21, 2005 - 29 answers

An illustrated book about the evolution of humans

Inspired by this question, does anyone remember an illustrated, sci-fi book that came out about 15-20 years ago, which consisted mostly of possible forms that human evolution would take, and full-colour illustrations of what these future humans would look like? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Jun 13, 2005 - 3 answers

Why do people have speech impediments?

Why do people have speech impediments? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on May 12, 2005 - 12 answers

Any news on humans living forever?

What's being done in scientific fields with regards to the search for eternal youth? [more inside]
posted by sjvilla79 on May 1, 2005 - 30 answers

Good Digital Thermometer for People

Can anyone recommend a good digital thermometer for humans? We have several, which we bought at the drugstore for $10 or so, and they all suck. They all give readings that vary by as much as two degrees when you take your temperature twice. Often they seem to under report temperature. I just took mine with a new one we bought, and typically, it reported my temperature as 94.5 the first time, and 97.9 the second. My wife got similar results. We have a new baby, and would like a good thermometer. We'd be willing to spend a lot more on it than ten dollars if it works well. Can anyone recommend one?
posted by Alex Marshall on Apr 24, 2005 - 7 answers

Sci Fi Collections

[Two Obscure SciFi Short Story Questions]
When I was a kid our family library was stocked with lots of 'Best Of' Sci Fi collections. One particular story that I half remember had something to do with the human race being enslaved by large aliens, and basically a slave revolt by humans occurs in one of the alien ships. The other story was about an alien artifact (a helmet?) and some quasi-Egyptian pyramid ruins. That's really about all I can remember, other than I remember enjoying both stories very much. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by geekhorde on Jan 6, 2005 - 10 answers

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