Festivals and Events Calendars 2015 with compact information Burning Man Festival, explosive pyrocussion music, Nevada desert, USA Music Festivals Arts Festivals English Speaking Events European Festivals Exotic Festivals Why go to see a crowded, noisy festival? IQ Testing and Social Policy: Overview The story of IQ--or Intelligence Quotient--Testing begins around the turn of the century in France. At the request of the French government, Alfred Binet, the director of the Psychology Laboratory at the Sorbonne, developed a technique for predicting how children would do in elementary school. The aim was to identify students who were not achieving a grade level so that teachers could provide them with extra help. In 1905, Binet and his colleague, Théodore Simon, designed such a test--a series of tasks for school children--that made up the Binet-Simon intelligence scale and was a first example of many of the IQ tests that would be developed subsequently. Binet believed that the Binet-Simon scale was simply a measure of a child's ability to perform specific tasks at a particular moment in the student's life.
In Detroit, Protests of Shooting of Woman Who Sought Help The woman, Renisha McBride, 19, was fatally shot in the early hours of Nov. 2, the Dearborn Heights police said. “She was in a car accident,” her uncle Sean McBride, 45, told The New York Times on Sunday. “Her cellphone had died and she went to a house for help. The homeowner said it sounded like she was trying to break in. 6 Awesome Board Games That Teach Cooperation Commonopoly in action. Photo credit: Big Hope. The most popular board games are based on competition. Monopoly epitomizes the winner take all nature of the genre. But what happens when that model gets turned on its head in favor of a more collaborative approach which pits the players against the game itself? Cooperation, that's what.
29 Satirical Illustrations That Will Make You Question The World Around You Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski has worked in satirical illustration since 2004, specializing in thought-provoking images that make his audience question their everyday lives. His subjects deal with everything from social media to politics to poverty, and while most of them can be interpreted in more than one way, it's clear that they all have at least one very distinct message behind them. Many of these made me uncomfortable... but in a good way. Even if you don't agree with the messages behind some of these illustrations, it's impossible not to appreciate the creativity involved in them. Maybe we really do need to start paying more attention to the things we accept as part of our daily reality. Check out Pawel's website here!
The Mismeasures of Stephen Jay Gould In the rush to prove bias in a scientist who erroneously used skull-size measurements to demonstrate racial differences, the great historian Stephen Jay Gould may have succumbed to bias himself. The argument centers on the work of Samuel Morton, who rose to 19th century acclaim by rigorously measuring the volume of human skulls. In those pre-Darwin days, he was looking for evidence that God created the races separately, though his findings that Caucasians had the highest average volume were also interpreted as evidence of their cognitive superiority. Geisha Halloween Costumes: Are They Always Racist? Generic image (Thinkstock) (The Root) -- "Help me settle a debate with my roommate. I'm white and she is of mixed heritage: African American and Japanese. However, she was raised by her African-American father and is not very much in touch with her Asian side. She plans to be a geisha for Halloween, and my opinion is that this is not appropriate and is potentially offensive (I will add that to the naked eye, you can't see that she's Japanese at all) and could really upset people, especially in our progressive college town.
Anthropological Video Games A cluster of teen-agers gathered around a small table, and passersby could hear them exclaim, “Asian! Yeah, I knew it!” and “Aryan? That seems ridiculous.” Uniform Crime Reporting The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program has been the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the nation. The program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics. Today, four annual publications, Crime in the United States, National Incident-Based Reporting System, Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, and Hate Crime Statistics are produced from data received from over 18,000 city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the program.