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10 Ways Men Can Combat Sexist Entitlement in Public. Get Your Fake Conscience Objections Off My Lawn | Lee's Bookshelf. NOTE: If you see the full text of this post on any site but this one, it has been reprinted without my permission. Conscientious Objectors creating a fire line in 1942. Photo by the US Forest Service. The Green Family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of craft stores, has asked the US Supreme Court to grant them ‘conscience protection,’ exempting them from their obligations under the Affordable Care Act.

They claim that their religious convictions don’t allow them to cover employees’ birth control. As it happens, I know a little something about conscience protection. I’m a Quaker–one of the groups for whom the first conscience protection laws were created. Back in 2011, I wrote: As a Quaker, I believe in Conscience Protection. I feel the same way about Hobby Lobby’s Affordable Care Act stunt. I will refrain from asking where Hobby Lobby gets the nerve to claim ‘conscience’ when their shelves are full of products from countries with appalling labor laws. I am, of course. A Guide for Young People: What to Do With Your Life.

By Leo Babauta I had a 15-year-old write to me and ask about figuring out what do do with her life. She writes: ‘As a high-school student I’m constantly being reminded to figure out what to do with my life, what career I would like to have and so on. I definitely feel huge amounts of pressure when my teachers and parents tell me to figure out something now. I’m young and I don’t want to make a mistake and ruin my future. What an extremely tough thing to figure out: what to do with your future! Here’s what I’d say. You can’t figure out the future. So if you can’t figure out the future, what do you do? Learn to be good with discomfort. Learning is hard. If you get good at this, you can do anything. How do you get good at this? Learn to be good with uncertainty. But if you can be OK with not knowing, you’ll be open to many more possibilities. If any opportunities like these come along, you’ll be ready if you’ve practiced these skills.

Overcome distraction and procrastination. Make some money. Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is. I’ve been thinking of a way to explain to straight white men how life works for them, without invoking the dreaded word “privilege,” to which they react like vampires being fed a garlic tart at high noon. It’s not that the word “privilege” is incorrect, it’s that it’s not their word. When confronted with “privilege,” they fiddle with the word itself, and haul out the dictionaries and find every possible way to talk about the word but not any of the things the word signifies.

So, the challenge: how to get across the ideas bound up in the word “privilege,” in a way that your average straight white man will get, without freaking out about it? Being a white guy who likes women, here’s how I would do it: Dudes. Okay: In the role playing game known as The Real World, “Straight White Male” is the lowest difficulty setting there is. This means that the default behaviors for almost all the non-player characters in the game are easier on you than they would be otherwise.

Oh, and one other thing. Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person... Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was "Privileged. " "THE FUCK!?!? " I said. I came from the kind of Poor that people don't want to believe still exists in this country. Have you ever spent a frigid northern Illinois winter without heat or running water?

So when that feminist told me I had "white privilege," I told her that my white skin didn't do shit to prevent me from experiencing poverty. After one reads McIntosh's powerful essay, it's impossible to deny that being born with white skin in America affords people certain unearned privileges in life that people of another skin color simple are not afforded. "I can turn on the television or open to the front page of the paper and see people of my race widely represented. "" If you read through the rest of the list, you can see how white people and people of color experience the world in two very different ways. I do understand McIntosh's essay may rub some people the wrong way.

I know now that I AM Privileged in many ways. Can prison be a place of redemption? In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. Yes, his is a story of atonement and rehabilitation — but it didn’t always look like things would go that way. As he says in his TED Talk, for many of his 19 years in prison, he was bitter, angry and unwilling to take responsibility for his actions. Thanks to family and mentors, Senghor did turn his life around, and he now acts as a mentor and coach to at-risk youth. He knows first-hand the value of a justice system that can rehabilitate people who might otherwise be discarded. In this long, thoughtful conversation, Senghor talks to Daniel Reisel, a London-based doctor who studies the neuroscience of restorative justice – including the treatment of criminal psychopaths, often considered impossible to rehabilitate. Shaka Senghor: Dan, according to your research, what percentage of people in the prison system are actually identified as psychopaths?

Daniel Reisel: Ah! DR: I find that terrifically interesting. DR: It’s such a typical situation. Exploring America's Death Penality. BILL MOYERS: Public opinion against capital punishment has grown, perhaps reflecting the Supreme Court’s own shifting and evolving attitudes toward state killing. In 1972, the Justices ruled that the death penalty was carried out in too arbitrary a manner and the court imposed a moratorium. Four years later the practice was allowed to resume, and since then more than 1,300 men and women have been executed. Over time the Justices have more narrowly defined the circumstances under which the death penalty may still apply, but you never know which way The Court might in deciding next who lives and who dies. That's one of the fascinating insights in this new book, Murder at the Supreme Court-- which combines elements of a true crime suspense thriller with courtroom drama and the backroom debates of nine human beings about to give "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" to another human being.

The authors, Martin Clancy and Tim O’Brien are old hands at journalism, both for ABC News. TIM O’BRIEN: Thank you. A TED Talk That Might Turn Every Man Who Watches It Into A Feminist? It's Pretty Fantastic. 5 Ways to Distinguish Your Calling From Your Ego. Why You Should Think Twice Before Shaming Anyone on Social Media | Underwire. Earlier this year, at a tech conference called PyCon, the consultant Adria Richards overheard some indelicate puns — involving the terms “dongles” and “forking” — from a couple of male attendees sitting behind her. The jokes made Richards uncomfortable, so in the heat of the moment she decided to register her displeasure by tweeting a picture of the two guys, calling their behavior “not cool.”

In the context of a tech culture that often fails to make women feel welcome, it’s easy to see why Richards, sitting there in the (roughly 80 percent male) PyCon audience, felt like she wasn’t the one with the power in that room. But online it was a different story. The two men were social-media nobodies, whereas Richards had more than 9,000 Twitter followers, some highly connected in the tech world. Her grievance quickly received more than 100 retweets and press coverage that stretched from The Washington Post to MSNBC. Yes, what these kids wrote was reprehensible. Sleep and the Teenage Brain.

By Maria Popova How a seemingly simple change can have a profound effect on everything from academic performance to bullying. “Sleep is the greatest creative aphrodisiac,” Debbie Millman asserted in her advice on breaking through your creative block. “Sleep deprivation will profoundly affect your creativity, your productivity, and your decision-making,” Arianna Huffington cautioned graduating seniors in her Smith College commencement address on redefining success.

And yet, as German chronobiologist Till Roenneberg argued in his fantastic Internal Time: Chronotypes, Social Jet Lag, and Why You’re So Tired — one of the best science books of 2012, and undoubtedly among the best you’ll ever read — teenagers have already endured years of institutionally inflicted sleep deprivation by the time they get to college: there is a tragic disconnect between teens’ circadian givens and our social expectations of them, encapsulated in what is known as the disco hypothesis. Donating = Loving. What is wrong with Doctor Who? | The Idiot Box. If Matt Smith jumped off a cliff, would you do it too? I wouldn’t. But I guess some people would. Geronimeeeewwww It was this moment from ‘Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS’ where I thought…this is a bit shit, isn’t it? They created this really unnecessary high-stakes moment that has very little payoff, with the sole aim of forcing the Doctor’s assistant to put her life in his hands, again.

That is actually a trick question- got you!! I should say that I haven’t seen a lot of old Who. Nothing. This being the internet, I am clearly leaving myself open to comments to the effect that if I had seen the 1972 series ‘Birthday Party of the Daleks’ I would see that Matt Smith’s take on the Doctor actually owes a lot to zzzzzzz. Doctor Who is structurally sexist. What do the five assistants featured on the show since 2005 have in common? Something else that strikes me as interesting is that only one – that’s Martha – had been pursuing a career prior to being doctored. Doesn’t that sound great? The Irrationality of Giving Up This Much Liberty to Fight Terror - Conor Friedersdorf. When confronted by far deadlier threats, Americans are much less willing to cede freedom and privacy.

Reuters The image is still powerful, isn't it? So are the anger, and the memories. Most Americans don't just remember where they were on September 11, 2001 -- they remember feeling frightened. Along with anger, that's one emotion I felt, despite watching the attacks from a different continent. That week, you couldn't have paid me to get on a plane to New York or Washington, D.C. Even today, I'm aware that terrorists target exactly the sorts of places that I frequent. But like most people, I've never let fear of terrorism stop me from enjoying life's opportunities and pleasures. As individuals, Americans are generally good at denying al-Qaeda the pleasure of terrorizing us into submission. Of course we should dedicate significant resources and effort to stopping terrorism. Let's put that in context.

That's what things looked like at the all-time peak for deaths by terrorism. Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World. In the Summer of 1995, a young graduate student in anthropology at UCLA named Joe Henrich traveled to Peru to carry out some fieldwork among the Machiguenga, an indigenous people who live north of Machu Picchu in the Amazon basin. The Machiguenga had traditionally been horticulturalists who lived in single-family, thatch-roofed houses in small hamlets composed of clusters of extended families.

For sustenance, they relied on local game and produce from small-scale farming. They shared with their kin but rarely traded with outside groups. While the setting was fairly typical for an anthropologist, Henrich’s research was not. Rather than practice traditional ethnography, he decided to run a behavioral experiment that had been developed by economists. Henrich used a “game”—along the lines of the famous prisoner’s dilemma—to see whether isolated cultures shared with the West the same basic instinct for fairness.

Advertisement — Continue reading below “We were scared,” admitted Henrich. The Foundations Of Morality. The science of willpower: Kelly McGonigal on sticking to resolutions. It’s the second week in January and, at about this time, that resolution that seemed so reasonable a week ago — go to the gym every other day, read a book a week, only drink alcohol on weekends — is starting to seem very … hard. As you are teetering on the edge of abandoning it all together, Kelly McGonigal is here to help. This Stanford University psychologist — who shared last year how you can make stress your friend — wants you to know that you’re not having a hard time sticking to a resolution because you are a terrible person.

Perhaps you’ve just formulated the wrong resolution. McGonigal has, for years, taught a course called “The Science of Willpower” through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program and, in 2011, she spun it into a book, The Willpower Instinct. The TED Blog spoke to McGonigal this week about how willpower is often misunderstood, and what we each can do to improve it. First question: why is willpower such a struggle?

It’s a great question. Yes! Yes. When “Life Hacking” Is Really White Privilege — Get Bullish. It happens all the time that white people claim not to be racist because they didn’t intend to be racist; they weren’t thinking about that at all. But there are many situations in which it is precisely your job to think about that. Nothing induces more rage in others than your taking what you do not deserve and not even noticing. A small example: Sometimes I am waiting in line, killing time on my phone, when the cashier, ticket-taker, or receptionist summons me forward.

(I am fairly certain that I read as a Fancy White Lady. In situations in which it’s not clear which way the line is supposed to form, or in which multiple lines ultimately lead to the same service point, it has absolutely happened that I was being invited to jump ahead of someone. Plenty of positive thinking literature would encourage me to see this as manifesting abundance or drawing positive energy my way.

There is a difference between “being nice to everyone” and “being nice to everyone you happen to notice.” New insights into gendered brain wiring, or a perfect case study in neurosexism? The latest neuroscience study of sex differences to hit the popular press has inspired some familiar headlines. The Independent, for example, proclaims that: The hardwired difference between male and female brains could explain why men are “better at map reading” (And why women are “better at remembering a conversation”). The study in question, published in PNAS, used a technology called diffusion tensor imaging to model the structural connectivity of the brains of nearly a thousand young people, ranging in age from eight to 22.

It reports greater connectivity within the hemispheres in males, but greater connnectivity between the hemispheres in females. These findings, the authors conclude in their scientific paper, suggest that male brains are structured to facilitate connectivity between perception and coordinated action, whereas female brains are designed to facilitate communication between analytical and intuitive processing modes. This absence has two consequences. Colleges are teaching economics backwards. “The world has changed, the syllabus hasn't.” That’s the motto of the Post-Crash Economics Society, a group of students at the University of Manchester who demand reforms to the way undergraduate economics is taught in light of the worldwide economic crisis. Similar activism is occurring in other elite undergraduate institutions: There was the well-publicized Open Letter to Greg Mankiw from students in the introductory economics class at Harvard, during the height of the Occupy movement.

Meanwhile, institutions like the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) are getting involved by launching a pilot program to revamp the undergraduate economics curriculum. Economics professors sometimes respond to these demands for change by arguing that, though the crisis presents unique challenges, there’s still a core set of knowledge that needs to be taught. If students want, they can move on to advanced classes which give a more nuanced view of elements of economics. It used to be different. In Defense of a Loaded Word. Bigotry And The Human Language - Ta-Nehisi Coates. Aamer Rahman's Hilarious Cilp on "Reverse Racism" 17 Deplorable Examples Of White Privilege. Use your privilege. One Easy Thing All White People Could Do That Would Make The World A Better Place.

As Babies, We Knew Morality - Emily Esfahani Smith. 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do. 16 People On Things They Couldn’t Believe About America Until They Moved Here. I Saw It on the Internet, part one. They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets. The psychology of poverty. Tough Choices: How the poor spend money. ‘A Lot of Carbs’: Panera Bread CEO Learns to Live on $4.50 a Day - Corporate Intelligence. Being poor changes your thinking about everything. Cruzonomics: The Problem of Free Market Psychology. Living with Tourette Syndrome. Damsel in Distress: Part 1 - Tropes vs Women in Video Games. It Captures Your Mind by Cass R. Sunstein. Seeing a Woman: A conversation between a father and son | From One Degree to Another | Nate Pyle.

Re-Touching the Consequences of Extreme Thinness.