Innocent my eye... It's always encouraging to find a line from a favorite writer being borne out by Science. (SCIENCE!) For instance, a recent social science study was inspired in part by a Mark Twain quote, from The Innocents Abroad:

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime."

Sounds reasonable enough, and we'd all like to believe the story that before he was President, George W. Bush had never traveled outside the U.S. (unfortunately, it's not true -- which maybe just proves that Dubya was resistant even to the applied wisdom of Sam Clemens.) But does travel actually make you a more open-minded person? Some research from a team at Northwestern University suggests that it may, although of course, individual mileage (not to mention frequent-flyer points) may vary.


Doktor Zoom

Doktor Zoom's real name is Marty Kelley, and he lives in the wilds of Boise, Idaho. He is not a medical doctor, but does have a real PhD in Rhetoric. You should definitely donate some money to this little mommyblog where he has finally found acceptance and cat pictures. He is on maternity leave until 2033. Here is his Twitter, also. His quest to avoid prolixity is not going so great.


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