Daily Bafflements

Cops who panic, kidney stones, and an end to power poses

The BafflerSeptember 26, 2016
"The proud peacock fans his tail feathers in pursuit of a mate. By galloping sideways, the cat manipulates an intruder’s per- ception of her size. The chimpanzee, asserting his hierarchical rank, holds his breath until his chest bulges. The executive in the boardroom crests the table with his feet, fingers interlaced behind his neck, elbows pointing outward." Excerpt from "Power Poses" by Carney, Cuddy, and Yap. / Lisby

 Power posing. / Lisby

• The video footage of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott raises, yet again, the question of how the law keeps protecting cops who panic. Natasha Vargas-Cooper wrote about it earlier this year.

• “By galloping sideways, the cat manipulates an intruder’s perception of her size,” wrote Carney, Cuddy, and Yap in 2010. “The chimpanzee, asserting his hierarchical rank, holds his breath until his chest bulges. The executive in the boardroom crests the table with his feet, fingers interlaced behind his neck, elbows pointing outward.” Well, it’s time to take your feet off your desk and rethink the altitude at which you hold your chin. Be at ease: after six years of obnoxious displays of workplace dominance, the science behind the “power pose” has (finally!) been disavowed by one of the authors that popularized it in the first place.

• As you gird your loins for tonight’s presidential debate, remember—“Clinton is a Flawed Candidate—Just Like God.”

• Healthcare . . . Who needs it when we have rollercoasters?