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These Moving Scripts Demonstrate How It Really Feels To Be Dyslexic

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These Moving Scripts Demonstrate How It Really Feels To Be Dyslexic

There’s a myth that dyslexia is associated with a particularly low (or even high) IQ. There is no reason to believe that people with this condition have IQs that are significantly different from the national average. Dyslexia can occur across the IQ spectrum. The key question when making a diagnosis is whether a person’s skills in information processing are noticeably low compared what you would expect given their total IQ. For instance, it is common for people with dyslexia to perform relatively well on tests of spatial awareness, logical reasoning, or mathematical ability, but to demonstrate a very slow reading speed and weakness in their ability to generate or remember word lists. It is this uneven profile of abilities that marks someone as dyslexic. It is impossible to say with any certainty how “smart” or “stupid” someone is based on their status as dyslexic!

How This Simulator Can Help Others Understand The Condition

With so many misconceptions around the subject, anything that can help those who are unaffected better understand those with the diagnosis should be celebrated. Luckily, there is now an online simulator that grants neurotypical people something of an insight into how hard it can be to read text for those with this difficulty. The idea for this simulator came about from a discussion between its developer and a dyslexic friend, who explained that when she read text, the letters would appear to move around on the page. While this may be a familiar experience for those with dyslexia, it is very difficult for those who are unaffected to understand. The developer went on to create the simulator using Javascript and set it up so that whenever the page is loaded, the words shift and move around, creating a slightly dizzying effect that makes reading a laborious process.

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    So the next time you’re trying to make someone understand how it really feels to be dyslexic, simply link them to the simulator here and let them experience for themselves how tricky it can for some people to read an article or enjoy a good book.

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    Last Updated on January 27, 2022

    5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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    5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

    Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

    “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

    Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

    Food is a universal necessity.

    It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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    Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

    Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

    Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

    Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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    The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

    Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

    This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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    Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

    Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

    Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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    So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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