I found empirical support for the idea that the Harry Potter series influenced the political values and perspectives of the generation that came of age with these books. Reading the books correlated with greater levels of acceptance for out-groups, higher political tolerance, less predisposition to authoritarianism, greater support for equality, and greater opposition to the use of violence and torture. As Harry Potter fans will have noted, these are major themes repeated throughout the series. These correlations remained significant even when applying more sophisticated statistical analyses – when controlling for, among other things, parental influence.

"Harry Potter did help shape the political culture of a generation" by Anthony Gierzynski (The Conversation)

Totally fascinating research into how reading shapes political beliefs.

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it’s one thing to have sonic weaponry there as a bluff, but these sound cannons are loud enough to permanently, irreparably damage hearing. if they’re used in residential areas they’re torturing even people who are staying inside their homes.


what a beautiful day to not be in high school


last night i dreamed that scientists used a really bad picture of me to prove humans are closely related to goats and i was so insulted i woke up


oh gosh no wait i have this i sketched out ages ago

i could crop it and work on it and it will look awesome