Ep 197: Using the Word Guys for Women, Robots Helping the Elderly and Supernormal Foods

Should we stop using “Guys” to refer to groups of women and mixed sex groups? Why do we (particularly men) refer to many objects – like cars and boats – as “she”? Are everyday foods actually “SuperNormal” foods – created to be absolutely irresistible and therefore causing us to be overweight? Is it okay to employ robots to care for our elderly? And finally, how come the ending of a movie can “ruin the whole thing” if it’s not a good ending? After all, you enjoyed most of the movie. In this episode I try to address these questions. We’ll talk about all these things in this episode of The Psych Files.

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  1. Super stimuli reminds me of being in the science library mid-1990s and reading something about a newly developed synthetic substance supposedly 600 times sweeter than sugar! Blew my mind. What on earth for and what is man doing with all the meddling? Makes me wonder if these things contribute to cancer or other maladies.
    Today I buy canned peaches and tried the one with nothing added – When did peaches become so horrible? They were sweet when I was young but I think today they're picked green and gassed to mature or something (I know some other fruits are). I now get the No Sugar Added which uses Sucralose substitute. Hope the peaches don't someday kill me.

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