10 Ways Men Can Combat Sexist Entitlement in Public. Get Your Fake Conscience Objections Off My Lawn. 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. 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. Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is. Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person...
Years ago, some feminist on the internet told me I was "Privileged.
" Can prison be a place of redemption? In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man.
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. 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. 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. What is wrong with Doctor Who? If Matt Smith jumped off a cliff, would you do it too?
I wouldn’t. But I guess some people would. Geronimeeeewwww. 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. 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.
The test that Henrich introduced to the Machiguenga was called the ultimatum game. Among the Machiguenga, word quickly spread of the young, square-jawed visitor from America giving away money. Advertisement — Continue reading below. 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. 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. 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.
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. In Defense of a Loaded Word. Bigotry And The Human Language - Ta-Nehisi Coates. Language does not exist encased in glass and formaldehyde. 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. This is part one of a series on posts on fact checking science related articles.
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. Someday I am going to have to have the conversation with my son. No, not the conversation all parents dread giving and all kids are mortified having. I enjoy making people uncomfortable so that conversation should be fun.
Re-Touching the Consequences of Extreme Thinness.