What Should Young Women Know Before Pursuing Tech Careers?
Answer by Julie Zhuo, product design VP at Facebook:
Things that have helped me that may help you:
Find a support group of women in similar situations. It is so incredibly helpful to have a group of people with whom you can share your experiences and hear “oh yeah, me too” or “I went through the same thing.” Because of the gender ratio in tech, you may find yourself the only woman in a class or meeting or near your space at work, and the support that comes from finding others in similar situations helps with that isolation.
How Do Newly Formed Countries Decide on Monarchs?
Answer by Stephen Tempest:
This is something that happened a lot in the 19th century, as new countries were formed on the basis of national self-determination. Most of these countries preferred to become constitutional monarchies, since the existence of a king was felt to ensure stability and provide a check against factionalism or a military coup.
Why Do Some People Love Jury Duty?
Answer by Sabrina Ali, former juror:
I served on a grand jury once, and I loved it! I'm excited to do it again one day. Here's what I enjoyed about it.
I learned a lot about the criminal justice system. If you aren't a bit of a Law and Order nerd, this part might not appeal to you. But if you've ever wondered how the justice system actually works, jury duty will bring you one step closer to understanding that. For example, it's one thing to believe, in theory, that indigent defendants struggle in the court system. It's quite another to actually see that in practice—to see a defendant get swallowed by the system because he or she didn't really understand what was going on when he or she was arrested and don't really understand what's going on even at the grand jury proceeding.
How Do You Get the Most Out of a Lunch Break?
Answer by Nela Canovic, productivity hacker, writer, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur:
One hour is a long time, enough to feed your body as well as your brain. Here are some ideas:
Is Getting “Cold Feet” Before Marriage Normal?
Answer by Anita Sanz, clinical psychologist:
It depends on what kind of cold feet you have.
If it's the kind of cold feet where you have some anxiety about getting married or you're feeling nervous about making a long-term commitment to someone, then that's completely normal. When you're nervous, it often means you are invested and care deeply about the outcome. So it makes sense that making the decision to get married to someone could cause a substantial amount of anxiety for anyone who cares about what he or she is doing.
How Do Trans Women Feel About Caitlyn Jenner?
Answer by Jae Alexis Lee, MTF lesbian feminist:
Sigh. That really sums how I feel.
Last year I came out and went full-time. It was the year she did the same. While Caitlyn was giving her coming-out interview with Diane Sawyer, I had just spent that very same month coming out to friends, family, and my employer's HR and management types. The same day that Caitlyn's Vanity Fair cover dropped, I called a meeting with my employees to let them know I was about to go full-time.
Who Had the Strongest Military During the Cold War?
Answer by Igor Markov, EECS professor at Michigan:
It fluctuated throughout, as technology changed many times over, and the economic fortunes of the USSR became very sensitive to oil prices.
As of 1945 (before the Cold War), the USSR had the strongest conventional land-based military. After the U.S. withdrew most of its troops, it essentially dominated in Europe (the U.S. returned some of the troops, but the USSR still held a vast numerical advantage, especially in tanks).
What Would Thinking Be Like Without Words or Pictures?
Answer by Yohan John, Ph.D. in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University:
What a great question! I don't think neuroscience has much to comment on the matter yet. All we can really do is introspect and speculate about the answer.
I used to be a strong “thought equals language” sort of person, but nowadays I'm not so sure. I widened my definition of thought to include imagistic thinking, such as imagining cogs and gears moving together. I could imagine, say, an engineer thinking directly in terms of mechanical “scenes” without any intervening words. But it's hard for me to imagine what thinking would be like without words or images. Maybe that's just a limitation of my own thinking.
How Old Is the U.K.’s Current Postal System?
Answer by Stephen Tempest:
It dates back to the 1850s but adopted its current form in the late 1960s.
In Britain, Sir Rowland Hill set up the first national, uniform postal service using prepaid stamps in 1839. It was a stunning success, with the number of letters being sent nationwide more than doubling in the first three months after the introduction of the system.
How Can I Tell if an Escort Likes Me Romantically?
Answer by Ian Morgan, worked as an escort:
There were more than a few of my clients that I liked romantically—women who I would have liked dating on my own time. I still charged them for the time we spent together. I never saw any outside of work. It never kept me from giving my all to the next client.