You folks know the drill… go ahead and use the comments to post whatever you want, including links to your own stuff that we should see. Meanwhile, here’s some of what I’ve been reading:
NY Review of Books: Excellent Primer on Global Warming
Readable even for us non-science types, but without insulting readers’ intelligence. Curtsy: Majikthise.
But the relationship between emotion and reasoning, and therefore emotion and political judgment, is much more complex than the common view that emotion is detrimental to reasoning. As neuroscientists like Antonio Damasio have shown, individuals with damage in the emotional centers of their brains have a very difficult time making rational choices, largely because they don’t have emotions to make sure they make choices that aren’t harmful.
TruthDig: Two Weeks in Iraq
One incident described: An innocent family man arrested by the U.S. because he has the same name as the intended target. When we discovered their mistake, they left him in prison for several more days. The actual target? A teenager US intelligence thought was a terrorist because they had evesdropped on him discussing his favorite video games.
Feminist Law Professors: Excerpts from Judge Kent’s opinion in Bradshaw v. Unity Marine Corp., 147 F. Supp. 2d 668
It’s not a hoax, and trust me, this is the funniest thing you’ll read this week.
Granny Gets a Vibrator: The Night-Blooming Cirris Blooms Only One Night A Year
And she’s got photos! Curtsy: Feminist Law Profs.
An epidemic of sexual violence during 15 years of lawlessness in Somalia was among the factors that strengthened opposition to this city’s notorious warlords, residents said. The Islamic militias who drove them out in months of recent fighting were embraced as keepers of public order, as a force strong enough and pious enough to keep Mogadishu’s daughters safe.
Wifework explains the two trends of happily submissive wives, and embittered divorced MRAs, with one fell swoop. Maushart’s crucial observation is that even though most marriages aren’t really very egalitarian, we have a lot invested in the illusion of equality. Actively maintaining the illusion of an equal, happy marriage is part of wifework. If a wife does a good job, her husband has absolutely no idea that their marriage is unequal or unhappy – which means that many men are completely blindsided when their wives decide to stop doing the wifework and get a divorce. Male privilege plays a role in this blindness, of course, but this is one of many cases where women collude in their own oppression.
Crooked Timber: Is Opposition to Marriage Equality Driven By Homophobia Or By Traditional Sex Roles?
Interesting attempt to look at the question through exit poll data.
Cognitive Daily: Obesity and Discrimination
A much more detailed account of the study which sent women, with and without fat suits, into retail stores and found that they were treated much less well as “fat women.”
The Use and Abuse of Doctrine
It’s useful to read something like this once in a while, to be reminded that not all evangelical Christians are right-wing poopyheads (no insult to any r.w.p.s who happen to be reading this post). Thanks to “Alas” reader Lee for the tip.
Shrub.com: How To Be A Real Nice Guy
This should be xeroxed and handed out to every white person and every man in the world. I’ve linked to it before, but it’s been improved and expanded.
WaPo: White Candidacy in Black District Sets Off Debate On Race
Thanks to “Alas” reader Lee for the link.
Cognitive Daily: Chimp Trained To Play Ms. Pac-Man
What an odd thing to train a chimp to do. I wonder if it’s having fun, or just trying to placate a meaningless/bizarre desire of its trainer?
Animation vs. Animator
This flash animation piece is just a load of fun.
…People are perfectly willing to make generalizations about an entire gender based on one individual if they believe that a characteristic is associated with a person’s gender. Furthermore, and perhaps most strikingly, they’re willing to believe that a characteristic is associated with a person’s gender simply by learning that one male and one female differ in that characteristic.
They found that individuals who believed that homosexuality (male or female) was biologically based, immutable, and fixed early in life were the most “pro-gay,” while those who saw homosexuality as a discrete category with defining characteristics were the most “anti-gay.” This was particularly true of males, and Haslam and Levy argue that males may try to distance themselves from homosexuality by making it a discrete category of which you are either a member or not (with no fuzzy area in the middle).
To keep it simple, it seems to me the conservative notion that the two genders are essentially different and even our best efforts otherwise are betrayed by girls wanting Barbies and boys wanting trucks hits a direct stumbling block when they have to consider the unavoidable reality of homosexuality. On the subject of the color pink and the longing to wash dishes vs. go to a job every day, conservatives argue that men and women have fixed tendencies and there’s nothing we liberals can do about it. But on something so big as your very sexual orientation, all of a sudden they’re swearing it’s a choice, a lifestyle tendency and not fixed at all.