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The Cranky Sociologists | "Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both." C.Wright Mills Interviews - Sherry Turkle | Digital Nation | FRONTLINE There seems to be a mass of cheerleaders out there who are celebrating this digital revolution, particularly in education. I think that we live in techno-enthusiastic times. We celebrate our technologies because people are frightened by the world we've made. “Many students were trained that a good presentation is a PowerPoint -- bam-bam. In the area of education, it calms people to think that technology will be a salvation. I see part of my role in this conversation as giving nostalgia a good name. You can't put something in its place unless you really have a set of values that you're working from. What is this moment we're in? We are at a point where the fact that something is simulated does not, for this generation, make it second best, and that leads to some problems. This is really the first generation that grew up with simulation to the point that they see simulation as a virtue and have a very hard time identifying where reality slips away from simulation, often in subtle ways.

Science in society – politics, crime, government and policy Cookies on the New Scientist website close Our website uses cookies, which are small text files that are widely used in order to make websites work more effectively. To continue using our website and consent to the use of cookies, click away from this box or click 'Close' Find out about our cookies and how to change them Science in Society Log in Your login is case sensitive I have forgotten my password close My New Scientist Look for Science Jobs DNA testing divides American Indians Revealed – the network that runs the world London mayor Boris talks brain scans and robot cars INTERVIEW: 15:00 09 April 2014 Boris Johnson says biotech is the new banking – and talks about a love for nuclear physics and why robots will pay the congestion charge Indian election speaks to internet, nukes and climate TODAY: 17:04 08 April 2014 Although India's main political parties place the battle against corruption at the heart of their manifestos, science also features heavily TODAY: 01:00 31 March 2014 Living in denial

Sports Stephane Béaud’s Traîtres À La Nation – Un Autre Regard Sur La Grève Des Bleus en Afrique du Sud (en collaboration avec Philippe Guimard) is perfect and great example of public sociology. It very nicely and powerfully shows what sociological analysis can do, especially with respect to a very high-profile event, such as the “strike” by the French football team during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. I really do hope that this book will get an English edition. The starting point of the book, obviously, is the strike by the players of the national French team during the World Cup, followed by their shameful exit from that competition in the early stages (after a very controversial qualification), and the social and political fallout from these events. For those of you who don’t remember, the strike of the French team occurred after France’s main sports daily newspaper published the photo to the right, on its front page, after the defeat against Mexico.

The Smiley Book of Colors By Maria Popova When Freud came to believe he was going to die between the ages of 61 and 62, and subsequently began seeing the two numbers everywhere he looked, which only intensifying the urgency of his superstition, he came to observe the value of selective attention in focusing the unconscious. But what if we engineered this selective attention purposefully and aligned it with our emotional and mental well-being? That’s exactly what photographer, children’s author, and educator Ruth Kaiser did in 2008, when she began seeing smiley faces everywhere she turned. For the past four years, she has been collecting and sharing photographs “found” everyday smileys in the Spontaneous Smiley Project — an exercise in self-induced feel-goodness, inviting others to upload their own photos and donating $1 for each uploaded photo to Operation Smile, which provides free surgeries to children born with cleft lip and cleft palate. Skeptical, still?

The Story of Stuff Project The Public Intellectual Within the last few decades, the emergence of public intellectuals as important cultural and social critics has raised fundamental questions not only about the social function of academics, but also about the connection between higher education and public life, between academic work and the major issues shaping the broader society. Truthout's Public Intellectual Project will provide progressive academics with an opportunity to address a number of important social issues in a language that is both rigorous and accessible. All too often, academics produce work that is either too abstract for a generally informed public, or they separate their scholarship from the myriad of issues and contemporary problems that shape everyday life in the United States and abroad. Articles by Henry A. Articles by (or About) Other Authors in the Public Intellectual Project Seth Adler Ian Angus Stanley Aronowitz Salvatore Babones Zygmunt Bauman Carol Becker Dr. Megan Boler Noam Chomsky David L. Simon Dawes Cary Fraser

Introducing "enclothed cognition" - how what we wear affects how we think Whether donning a suit for an interview or a sexy outfit for a date, it's obvious that most of us are well aware of the power of clothing to affect how other people perceive us. But what about the power of our clothes to affect our own thoughts? Relevant to this question is the growing "embodied cognition" literature showing that the position and state of our bodies can affect our thoughts - for example, cleaning their hands makes people feel morally purer . In a new study Hajo Adam and Adam Galinsky propose that clothes can have similar effects on our thoughts - a phenomenon they call "enclothed cognition". In contrast to embodied cognition effects which are fairly direct, the researchers think enclothed cognition effects will depend on two conditions - first, the symbolic meaning of the clothing and second, the actual wearing of the clothes. To test this idea, the researchers focused on the power of white coats, synonymous with scientists and their attention to detail.

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