If you're still undecided, somehow, you should know about these weird psychological cues that could sway your vote. Sometimes it's not the big issues--sometimes it's, like, did your team win its most recent game. Seriously.
Ready for election season to be over? Maybe it's time to curl up with a good sitcom and wait this thing out. Except new research out of Australia suggests that, sometimes, we actually find the presidential debates funnier than sitcoms. Through non-invasive procedures, such as monitoring the muscles used in smiling, researchers determined that subjects laughed more on average during popular sitcoms but that the intensity of laughter was higher in moments of the presidential debates. (Obama's zinger about Romney having a big pension rated high on the funny scale.) No word on if they'll renew the debates for another season. [PhysOrg]
An op-ed in the Sunday New York Times -- amusing regardless of your opinion of the candidate -- offers “A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney.” Much the same way that light is both a particle and a wave, Mitt Romney is both a moderate and a conservative. The Times even has a Feynman diagram of a Romney encountering an anti-Romney, in which the result is annihilation of the Romneys, leaving behind an electron and a $20 bill. For a funny take on politics as hard science, read it here.
The presumptive Republican nominee looks pretty much like a presidential contender should, with the right business-y haircut, dazzling smile and nice-seeming family. But he has a really hard time connecting with voters. Over at the Atlantic, Brian Fung says this is because he’s like a creepy robot — almost too perfect, yet wrong, and therefore deep in Uncanny Valley.
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