Keen to continue her studies abroad, Hayat Sindi told her father some good news: She had been accepted at a prestigious university in London. Her traditional Muslim father said it would tarnish the family name for a young woman to live overseas alone. “He told me, ‘Over my dead body,’” Sindi recalls. Still, she persuaded him, and off she went to England.
The truth is, she hadn’t been accepted at any university. When she landed in London as a teenager in 1991, she says, she spoke only Arabic, no English. “My first night there, I went to a youth hostel,” she says. “I was in an attic room. I panicked. I looked at my plane tickets—my father had bought a return ticket. I thought, I’ll go home tomorrow.” Instead she went to an Islamic cultural center and got a translator to help her meet with college officials. “They told me, ‘You’re crazy,’” she says. “I was naive. I thought they would just let me in.”
After a year spent cramming on English and studying to pass the “A-levels,” the U.K.’s college-admission courses, she got herself in to King’s College, where she graduated in 1995 with a degree in pharmacology. She went on to get a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Cambridge in 2001. She says her family didn’t learn about her lie until years later, when they were surprised to hear her mention it in a speech.
“My father was worried that, when I lived abroad alone, I would ruin the family honor,” she says. But in time he boasted to the neighbors, like any proud father. “When he died,” she says, “I found newspaper clippings about me under his pillow.”
Sindi is known in scientific circles for her “social innovation,” as she calls it, such as co-founding a group at Harvard to develop a new technique for using tiny, cheap slips of paper and a drop of blood or saliva to diagnose liver disease, and perhaps eventually AIDS—potentially replacing costly lab tests. The technology, while still being tested, has the potential to save lives across the developing world.
amazing. simply inspiring.
"Wouldn’t have killed her to say yes? If a man is willing to shoot someone for saying no, what happens to the poor soul who says yes? What happens the first time they disagree? What happens the first time she says she doesn’t want to have sex? That she isn’t in the mood? When they break up?" -vampmissedith.tumblr.com
THIS IS MANDATORY READING!
The fact that he was never actually outright “rejected” and simply expected girls to just come to him wanting to fuck him makes this even more pathetic.
even more scary too, knowing sickos like these might silently build up anger towards you without you ever doing anything to them or even noticing them
It terrifies me to think of someone becoming enraged just because I, as a woman, exist in his vicinity and am not paying attention to him. The manifesto was rife with examples of times he was sitting in silence and begrudging all the women around him for not throwing themselves at the lonely quiet dude sitting in the corner staring daggers at him. There was one point where he said he was sitting in the cafeteria, not talking to anyone. He said something like, “I didn’t go up to any women because I knew they would reject me. Women are so cruel.”
He didn’t give women an active chance to reject him. They would have been completely justified in doing so, but he didn’t. He didn’t even approach women. He felt like he deserved sex just for existing.
So yeah, no, he wasn’t “rejected by women.” He felt entitled to women despite putting no effort whatsoever (beyond driving a nice car and having nice clothes) into meeting a real human woman.
MYTH: We only use 10% of our brains.
Hollywood apparently loves this myth (“Lucy” and “Limitless” are two recent movies that come to mind). However, this is still a MYTH. In fact, we use 100% of our brains. The brain works largely on a “use it or lose it” basis. Neurons are constantly making new connections and pruning away connections that we don’t need/don’t use very often. For instance, if I asked what you wore yesterday (5/27/14), you could probably tell me because this connection was made yesterday and was still relevant. If I asked you in another year what you wore on 5/27/14, you probably couldn’t (unless it was a special event). This is because we don’t need to remember every detail of our lives, so our brain will prune away these connections/memories if we don’t continuously use them. It’s a smart system- we keep what we need and use and lose what we don’t (to make space for the other things that we need).
The brain does a lot- it’s what experiences the world for you and collects data to makes decisions. We must use all 100% that we have to accomplish these complicated feats.
I have no idea where this myth came from, but I’ve heard statistics that upwards of 2/3 the population do believe that we only use 10% of our brains. Please know that you do use 100% of what you have. For instance, if there is brain damage (i.e. Alzheimer’s disease), you will lose whatever that part of the brain did. There is no part of the brain that you can lose and still function normally (sometimes, other parts of the brain can compensate for that loss or it can be rebuilt, but there is still a loss). If we only used 10%, there would be a lot we could lose and not notice. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Our brain is very efficient and needs everything it has to function properly (without superpowers).
Final RRR week of my undergraduate career. I am a bundle of emotions: excited, stressed, anxious, and scared.