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  • Satan, Sin, and Sociology

    01/27/2014 7:32:48 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 26, 2014 | Anne Hendershott
    Satan falling from heaven, as depicted by Gustave Dore in an illustration for John MIlton's "Paradise Lost". In his first homily, given on March 14th, Pope Francis cautioned the faithful that “he who does not pray to the Lord, prays to the devil.” “When we do not profess Jesus Christ,” he further insisted, “we profess the worldliness of the devil, a demonic worldliness.” Since that day, he has spoken often of the one he has called the “prince of this world,” and the “father of lies.” And, in the book, On Heaven and Earth, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio devoted...
  • 'Smarter' Whites Just As Racist As Others, But Are Better At Hiding It [barf]

    08/17/2013 3:29:22 AM PDT · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | Aug 12, 2013 | Matthew Mientka
    Racism may be a quality innate to humanity, with ostensibly smarter people simply hiding their racism better than others. A new study shows that white Americans with greater socioeconomic status often perceived to be associated with greater intelligence and sophistication espouse more egalitarian ideals compared to their lower echelon counterparts. But those Americans are just as likely to support the preservation of social and economic privilege, by rejecting fair housing and other policies relating to racial integration. Wodtke, a sociology doctoral candidate, analyzed data on racial attitudes from more than 20,000 white Americans participating in the nationally representative...
  • Why Having More Christians Won't Necessarily Change Our Culture

    05/28/2013 6:58:35 AM PDT · by xzins · 132 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 5/27/2013 | Os Hillman
    For centuries, Christians thought culture would change if we just had a majority of Christians in the culture. That has proven to be a false assumption. Culture is defined by a relatively small number of change agents who operate at the top of cultural spheres or societal mountains. It takes less than 3-5 percent of those operating at the top of a cultural mountain to actually shift the values represented on that mountain.For example, this is exactly what advocates in the gay rights movement has done through the "mountains" of media and arts and entertainment. They have strategically used these...
  • The Mind of a Con Man

    04/30/2013 8:32:50 AM PDT · by Baynative · 9 replies
    NYT ^ | April 26, 2013 | YUDHIJIT BHATTACHARJEE
    Faking studies and data has been a long standing tactic of the liberal left. Now a highly acclaimed con-man of the left admits his fraud.
  • Brown Shirts at ECU

    02/21/2013 3:19:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Towhall.com ^ | February 23, 2013 | Mike Adams
    East Carolina University (ECU) has launched a new campaign that attempts to pressure employees to affirm homosexuality despite their religious and moral objections to the lifestyle. Couched in the language of safety and inclusion, the program promises to brand as intolerant those who refuse to accept the university's official position on matters of private sexual morality. This is especially problematic, given that ECU is a public university. The campaign was launched with a profoundly unwise email, sent by university employee Summer Wisdom under the subject line "Gay? Fine by me." She begins: "This spring the LGBT Resource Office (Lesbian, Gay,...
  • How Anodyne Communication Destroys Societal Trust

    01/11/2013 10:46:29 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 20 replies
    Playing The Devil's Advocate Blog ^ | January 9, 2013 | Blogger "dissention"
    A few months ago I went to an all expenses paid job interview in another city. The interview went well and I was one of the top 2-3 candidates. However I did not get the job, which is fine by me for reasons that I will mention later on in this post. I did however find the rejection email interesting because it is one of the better examples of what passes for communication in the corporate environment today. Here is the name-redacted email..
  • (America's Leadership) Washington, D.C., Residents Watch More Porn Than The Rest Of America: Study

    01/11/2013 12:11:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    NYDN ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Adam Edelman
    Washington, D.C., residents watch more porn than the rest of America: study Research from PornHub.com says residents of the nations capital watch 14.18 online videos per person in a year. Hawaii is second, with 7.57 per year. Politics has always been dirty, but a new study takes the expression to a level so stimulating that its hard to believe. Residents of Washington, D.C., watch nearly twice as much online pornography as people in any of the 50 states, according to a study published by XXX site PornHub.com. Horndogs in the nations capital consumed online pornography at a rate of...
  • (Vanity) Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part V: Like Sand Through the Hourglass

    07/29/2012 9:52:57 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 07-29-2012 | grey_whiskers
    This is a belated fifth post in a series on Internet Forums and Social Dynamics. In Part I, I pointed out how the internet self-selects into mutually exclusive groups according to common interests or beliefs. Part II provided an amusing look at the reactions within a group when posters to a forum go against the prevailing groupthink. Then Part III showed how segregation of internet groups occurs not only by interests but by common levels of intellect, sophistication, or expertise in a subject. And most recently, Part IV showed how the sheer size and untamed nature of the Internet, and...
  • French Admit They Are 'Rude, Stroppy, and Slothful'

    French admit they are 'rude, stroppy, and slothful' The French have admitted they are "rude, stroppy, and slothful" in a new survey about what they think of their own behaviour. The poll revealed 97 per cent of Paris public transport users believed fellow travellers were "ill-mannered" and lacked civility. The biggest gripe was people forcing their way onto trains before other passengers had got off. Other irritations were passengers talking too loudly on mobile phones, and people sprawling over two seats in packed carriages. Also included in the list of annoyances were queue-jumping at ticket counters, leaping over barriers without...
  • The Regnerus Debate (New sociological study says that kids from same-sex marriages suffer.)

    06/15/2012 6:39:26 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies
    National Review Online ^ | June 14, 2012 | Douglas W. Allen
    I am a Canadian economist who has worked on family issues in Canada and the U.S. for the past 26 years. Although I’ve mostly studied matters of divorce, custody, child support, and the general institution of marriage, for the past few years I’ve been working on series of empirical projects related to same-sex marriage. I’ve been using a special data set in Canada that is large (over 300,000 individuals) and random (with weights), that directly identifies sexual orientation, and that was designed by Statistics Canada. In the process of working on same-sex marriage I have read almost every study...
  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics, Part III: Getting Back to Basics, or, Dont Be So Acidic

    01/08/2012 8:47:40 AM PST · by grey_whiskers · 12 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-08-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone else’s weirdo, I dealt with the issue of self-selection on internet discussion groups, using Free Republic as an example. I explained that people who share values tend to evaluate newcomers to see if they are truly “members” of the group or not, by analogy to well-known statistical methods, before deciding whether to accept them or not. In Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part II: Snapbacks, I discussed the often humorous process by which people sound one another out, and the fireworks which oftentimes result when a person is suddenly...
  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part II: Snapbacks

    01/01/2012 9:41:38 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 13 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-01-2012 | grey_whiskers
    In part I of this series, Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone else’s weirdo, I observed that like-minded people cluster into groups on the internet. Using Free Republic as an example (as it is the only site I feel I have any right to talk about), I showed how people’s reactions to other posters are based on observation of the other poster’s opinion, and that the process used to evaluate other posters bears an analogy to statistical techniques used in industry. In this part, I consider some of the social tensions which occur during conversations /...
  • Internet Forums and Social Dynamics: Part I: Everybody is someone elses weirdo

    01/01/2012 5:02:18 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 191 replies
    grey_whiskers ^ | 01-01-2012 | grey_whiskers
    One of the things that is fun about forums such as Free Republic is the sheer volume and scale of topics discussed. Everything from discussions of GOP primary races (come BACK, Sarah!) to speculations on the Middle East, from Kim Jong-un to fitness resolutions for the New Year, from Naughty Teacher threads to black helicopter speculations. If the Internet is a microcosm of the real world, then Free Republic is a microcosm of the internet. And all helpfully sorted by keyword, date, and author in order to make drinking from the fire hose easier. But of course, not is all...
  • New Support for Alleged Noahs Ark Discovery

    12/08/2011 1:40:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    SBWire ^ | 11/30/2011
    In 2010, the Hong Kong organization Noahs Ark Ministries International or NAMI announced they had discovered the legendary vessel on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey and were subsequently accused of perpetrating a hoax. Now, a professional archaeologist states there is significant merit to their discovery. Harvard University educated archaeologist and director of the Paleontological Research Corporation, Dr. Joel Klenck, surveyed the site, analyzed the archaeological remains and completed a comparative study. The site is remarkable, states Klenck, and comprises a large all-wood structure with an archaeological assemblage that appears to be mostly from the Late Epipaleolithic Period. These assemblages at...
  • Why We Are Screwed: the massive problem of the 'masses'.

    09/15/2011 7:12:50 AM PDT · by Neville Chamberlain · 11 replies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkSaR8lfx00
    A difficult, delicate conversation here in our latest distillation of another critically important conservative/libertarian book. These ideas are like discovering continents; you cannot undiscover them. If you're able to figure out which book we're discussing before we mention the name of the book, you are at the top of your class.
  • The Freakishness of Sociology

    11/24/2010 1:46:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 24, 2010 | Mike Adams
    If you want to avoid seeing your 18-year-old turn into a freak within the first year of college, its best to make sure he, she, or it avoids taking a course in sociology. That is especially the case if your kid plans to attend Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. Professor Laurie Essig teaches a course at Middlebury called The Sociology of Freakishness. She justifies the course by saying that American popular culture began with the freak show and that P.T. Barnum taught us that freaks are always made- not born. Better not tell that to GLEAM (Gay & Lesbian Employees...
  • Are Blacks Conditioned to Vote Democrat?

    11/24/2010 8:15:56 AM PST · by pinstripes715 · 27 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | 11/24/2010 | Fran Eaton
    Illinois' own Dr. Eric Wallace reprimands fellow black Americans in a recent controversial Freedom Journal's Magazine column for the community's misguided devotion to Democrats. He compares voting for Democrats to Pavlov's conditioning experiments:
  • How a Legacy Can be Squandered

    11/22/2010 8:42:56 AM PST · by topcat54 · 17 replies
    American Vision ^ | November 22, 2010 | Gary DeMar
    Frank Schaeffer, the son of the late Christian worldview apologist Francis Schaeffer (19121984), writes the following in a post-election article that was published on the ultra-liberal Huffington Post website: One reason the Republicans won on Tuesday is because many of their supporters have already given up on this world and are waiting for the next. I know, I used to be one of them. One of the major faults of his fathers worldview was its lack of a viable eschatology. Im not the only one to make this observation. William Edgar, a professor of apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, recounts...
  • A Sociologists Reality Check

    11/03/2010 8:21:54 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | November 3, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When academics venture off campus, they may take a little longer to notice things than the rest of us. Colgate sociologist Meika Loe seems to have had several such epiphanies. For her senior thesis, she decided to get a job at Bazooms, a restaurant in San Diego whose concept was based on womens sex appeal, Jenn Howard wrote in The Observer at Boston College on October 19, 2010. The restaurants motto was Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined. She took the job to immerse herself in this culture, conducting interviews and doing research along the way. Most casual observers would have been...
  • University of South Carolina Offers Course on Lady Gaga (YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK)

    10/30/2010 1:49:02 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies
    WJBF-TV ABC 6 Augusta, Ga. ^ | 2010-10-29 | Marlena Wilson
    Columbia, SC -- Shes conquered music, makes a fashion statement, has influenced politics now shes a course subject at the University of South Carolina. Im talking about Lady Gaga. Starting this spring the University will offer a course titled Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame. Longtime sociology professor Mathiew Deflem will be teaching the course. Normally his focus is on criminology, policing, and the sociology of law. But the professor admits that he is a huge fan of Lady Gaga. To his knowledge this is the only course of its kind in the country.
  • Interview: Author on How American Christianity Really Looks (Sociologist presents the data)

    08/01/2010 12:36:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 08/01/2010 | Lillian Kwon
    The church is shrinking; Christians get divorced more than anyone else; non-Christians have a very low opinion of Christians. Thats the bad news many people hear when it comes to Christianity in the United States. And a lot of it is lies, says sociologist Bradley R. E. Wright, of Storrs, Conn. Wright presents an analysis of previous research in his new book, Christians Are Hate-Filled Hypocrites and Other Lies Youve Been Told, to offer readers a more accurate view of American Christianity. He acknowledges that itll be difficult to change popular beliefs about Christianity and Christians even with more...
  • How Children Outgrow Socialism

    05/28/2010 8:56:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies · 851+ views
    ScienceNOW ^ | Dan Ferber
    Enlarge Image Fair is fair. Norwegian school children in this study worked hard to earn their money before deciding on a fair way to share it. Credit: Image courtesy of Knut Egil Wang Children start off like Karl Marx, but they eventually become more like a member of the International Olympic Committee. That's the conclusion of a new study, which finds that children's views on fairness change from egalitarian to merit-based as they grow older. The results help explain why society rewards high achievers with high pay, and they could help educators better motivate children. The find comes thanks...
  • Sociology For Adults Only

    01/20/2010 11:10:12 AM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 361+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | January 20, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Sociology For Adults Only Malcolm A. Kline, January 20, 2010 Like Brittney Spears and Madonna or Tiger Woods and a groupie, Sociology and Pornography had to meet, and on the stomping grounds of the former field of study. Wesleyan just approved a forumSociology 420entitled Pornocopia: Society and Pornography. The best passage is: We hope to meet once a week for 2 hours in the evening. Anytime movies will be shown, there will be a second meeting for 2 hours. This would allow plenty of time for discussion as well as sufficient time to watch any documentaries as a class. Right...
  • Are Attempts to Reclaim the Culture a Pointless Exercise?

    10/26/2009 9:55:10 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 10 replies · 507+ views
    American Vision ^ | Oct 26, 2009 | Gary DeMar
    First-century believers could have offered tangible evidence that there was little chance for the gospel to have an impact on the status quo of religious and civil oppression in their day. How could a small band of menled by a fisherman (Peter) and a tentmaker (Paul)living under Roman occupation ever conceive that their circumstances would change enough so that the gospel message would lead to the transformation of the world? To add to the improbability of a world-wide impact, soon after the victorious ascension of Jesus and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on His disciples, one of their own...
  • Whoopi Goldberg was Right. . . Sort Of!

    10/10/2009 10:57:27 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 45 replies · 2,432+ views
    If you believe in evolution, there is nothing wrong with rape. In fact, you cant really call it rape. Whoopi Goldberg dismissed Roman Polanskis rape conviction by declaring that it wasnt rape-rape (see her comments on The View.) As a firm believer in evolution, she should have said, Theres nothing wrong with rape or sexual aggression. Thats how we all got here! Heres the premise: Whatever animals do in nature is natural. Whats natural is normal. Whats normal is moral. So if penguins engage in homosexual behavior, then that behavior must be natural, normal, and moral. How can we mere...
  • Caltech Neuroscientists Find Brain Region Responsible for Our Sense of Personal Space

    08/30/2009 5:54:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 1,159+ views
    Finding could offer insight into autism and other disorders Related Links: Dr. Ralph Adolphs Pasadena, Calif.—In a finding that sheds new light on the neural mechanisms involved in social behavior, neuroscientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have pinpointed the brain structure responsible for our sense of personal space.The discovery, described in the August 30 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience, could offer insight into autism and other disorders where social distance is an issue.The structure, the amygdala—a pair of almond-shaped regions located in the medial temporal lobes—was previously known to process strong negative emotions, such as anger and...
  • Fads and Fallacies in the Social Sciences by Steven Goldberg: Part I

    08/12/2009 9:48:38 AM PDT · by mattstat · 2 replies · 381+ views
    If Sally is over six feet tall and Bill is over six feet tall, too, are Sally and Bill over six feet tall? What if you had a room full of Sallys, each at least six feet, and in that room are also a gaggle of Bills, all over six feet. Would it be true that each person in that room is at least six feet tall? Men, on average, are taller than women. It is certainly true that some women are taller than some men, but in any collection of the tallest most of those collected will be men...
  • Divorce damages your health and getting remarried barely helps

    07/27/2009 8:48:52 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 61 replies · 956+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | July 27, 2009 | Matthew Moore
    People who get divorced are more likely to suffer health problems including heart disease and cancer, even if they go on to remarry, a study has shown. Divorce and widowhood have a long-term negative effect on physical wellbeing that is only marginally ameliorated if the person finds a new partner. The stress and financial uncertainty of separation can continue to take their toll on our bodies decades after the Decree Absolute comes through, the research indicates. Divorced people have 20 per cent more chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or cancer than married people, according to the study...
  • From Gloucester to Afghanistan: the making of a shoe bomber

    03/04/2005 8:07:58 PM PST · by Pikamax · 432+ views
    Guardian ^ | 03/05/05 | Mark Honigsbaum and Vikram Dodd
    From Gloucester to Afghanistan: the making of a shoe bomber Saajid Badat this week pleaded guilty to plotting to blow up a plane. What drove this quiet football fan to thoughts of terror? Mark Honigsbaum and Vikram Dodd Saturday March 5, 2005 The Guardian He seemed the model British Muslim citizen - a poster boy for integration whose knowledge of the Qu'ran and achievement at grammar school made Gloucester's close-knit Islamic community proud. When in November 2003 anti-terrorist police turned up at the terraced house in the Barton and Tredworth district of the city that Saajid Badat shared with his...
  • Reinventing Morality [The enemies of Liberty are busy ...]

    03/22/2009 10:09:07 AM PDT · by El Gringo · 6 replies · 1,632+ views
    When I was in college I took the introductory course to sociology. At the time, I thought it was a poorly developed subject, taught by quirky idealists. I sort of hoped that their fraud would be uncovered and that they would fade away. It seemed as though they relied heavily on opinion and played fast and loose with flimsy data. Since then, I have come to see modern-day sociology, as it is taught in the USA, as the greatest threat to Western Civilization. continue
  • We cannot live by scepticism alone (Just defy common sense.)

    03/11/2009 12:18:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 383+ views
    Nature ^ | 4 March 2009 | Harry Collins
    Published online 4 March 2009 We cannot live by scepticism alone Harry Collins1 Harry Collins is director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge Expertise Science at Cardiff University, UK. He is currently working on a book about tacit and explicit knowledge. Email: collinshm@cf.ac.uk Top of pageAbstract Scientists have been too dogmatic about scientific truth and sociologists have fostered too much scepticism — social scientists must now elect to put science back at the core of society, says Harry Collins. J. TAYLOR The term 'science studies' was invented in the 1970s by 'outsiders', such as those from the social sciences...
  • A Double Take on Early Christianity

    02/28/2009 4:27:23 PM PST · by TradicalRC · 16 replies · 701+ views
    Catholic Education Research Center ^ | January/February 2000 | Mike Aquilina
    A Double Take on Early Christianity MIKE AQUILINA Tracking the growth of Christianity 2,000 years ago is an ambitious undertaking for a sociologist. But Rodney Stark found it irresistible. Reading recent histories of early Christianity, he began to do some number-crunching. Soon, he says, it was a consuming "hobby." And, before long, he had written a best-selling book, The Rise of Christianity. What he found in his study of the first Christian centuries was an astonishing growth rate in the number of Christians of 40 percent per decade. From a small band of twelve, the Church had grown to 6...
  • The Fear Factor

    12/07/2008 1:37:43 AM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 531+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 4 December 2008 | Sara Coelho
    Nobody likes to pay fines for speeding or littering, but does the punishment really promote good behavior? The answer appears to be yes, according to research published today in Science. Even just the long-term prospect of a penalty seems to motivate people to cooperate for the common good. Cooperation for the public welfare is one of the characteristics of human societies, yet it's hard to see how altruistic behavior evolves from individuals looking out for their own interests. Altruistic behavior can have a high individual price, after all--the chance of death in war or costly carbon taxes, for example--and that...
  • Self-Esteem Movement Has Wrecked This Country

    12/01/2008 10:18:36 AM PST · by foutsc · 25 replies · 829+ views
    Nietzsche is Dead ^ | 1 Dec 08 | foutsc
    As I sat through another interminable middle school award ceremony that lasted longer than the contest itself, I pondered how the self-esteem movement has wrecked this country. I had plenty of time since well-meaning adults were handing out participation medals to every eager participant. This current financial calamity is the logical result of the self-esteem movement. Don't get me wrong, I think self-esteem is wonderful when sprung from a healthy self-image and buoyed by real accomplishments. But like diversity, it is worthless when pursued for its own sake. Presidents Clinton and Bush were full of self-esteem as terrorists plotted the...
  • How the One-Child Policy in China Causes Bad Manners

    11/28/2008 5:06:01 AM PST · by robertvance · 22 replies · 1,589+ views
    The China Teaching Web ^ | 11/28/2008 | Robert Vance
    This sense of entitlement on the part of Chinese men is a big problem in China. In a country where 'manhood' is still highly prized, however, such behavior is not entirely surprising. One child families - where parents and grandparents spoil their children 'silly' - produce millions of men who grow up believing that they are the kings of the world. After all, even well into their late teenage years, everything is done for them. Their mothers wash their clothes, cook meals for them, and their fathers pay for four years of university - the young men never have to...
  • New Column: Media Misreports Study on Fathers

    08/27/2008 10:57:24 AM PDT · by PercivalWalks · 6 replies · 232+ views
    Tacoma News Tribune ^ | 8/13/08 | Mike McCormick & Glenn Sacks
    "The dad vs. stepdad debate is no mere academic question, but instead an issue which has serious ramifications in family law. Advocates of sole or primary custody for mothers often insist that children do fine with 'father-figures' instead of their fathers." My new co-authored column, Media Misreports Study: Stepdads Better than Dads? Not so Fast (Tacoma News-Tribune, 8/13/08), details the way the media has distorted a recent study about fathers. Media Misreports Study: Stepdads Better than Dads? Not so Fast By Mike McCormick and Glenn Sacks Stepdads beat biological fathers in parenting, study says. Stepdads do better than real dads...
  • No Nation Left Behind: An Interview with Charles Murray

    08/27/2008 5:01:29 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 4 replies · 199+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | August 27, 2008 | Bernard Chapin
    My father always said that anyone who lived through John F. Kennedys assassination remembers what they were doing at the precise moment the president was shot. This may well be true, but we also lucidly recall the circumstances of far lesser events such as the controversy surrounding the publication of The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life by Richard J. Herrnstein and Charles Murray. The furor its conclusions caused is forever ingrained in my memory. At the time I was a psychology graduate student and found that most of my associates were familiar with the work but...
  • Reconsiderations: 'The Great Transformation' by Karl Polanyi

    06/06/2008 5:43:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 103+ views
    NY Sun ^ | June 4, 2008 | GREGORY CLARK
    Books | Review of: The Great Transformation Karl Polanyi's "The Great Transformation" (1944), published in the same year as Friedrich Hayek's "The Road to Serfdom," is as sacred a text to the opponents of free-market capitalism as Hayek's is to the Chicago School. To his devotees, Polanyi showed the free market to be the enemy of humanity in "The Great Transformation." It was an alien form of social organization, he argued, created in 18th-century England only by state action propelled by ideologues. By displacing the natural social state an idyllic system of mutual obligations that bound and protected individuals...
  • The death throes of 20th-century ideology

    06/01/2008 9:36:25 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 142+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 6/2/2008 | Janet Daley
    The idea that the state is the only repository of civic virtue and moral authority has come to a dead end Question one: what happens when you leave rubbish outside people's homes for two weeks? The planet stops overheating and life on earth is saved? Nope. But you do get lots of well-fed rats and flies happily paddling around the households of suburban Britain. Apparently, the Government has been sitting on research which made the startling discovery that failing to empty rubbish bins every week produces a rise in disease-carrying rodents and insects. Who, one wonders, actually commissioned this project?...
  • Too much pleasure, too few children

    02/25/2008 1:13:10 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 320 replies · 2,952+ views
    St. Paul Pioneer Press ^ | 02/22/2008 | ROD DREHER
    Civilization depends on the health of the traditional family. That sentiment has become a truism among social conservatives, who typically can't explain what they mean by it. Which is why it sounds like right-wing boilerplate to many contemporary ears. The late Harvard sociologist Carle C. Zimmerman believed it was true, but he also knew why. In 1947, he wrote a massive book to explain why latter-day Western civilization was now living through the same family crisis that presaged the fall of classical Greece and Rome. His classic "Family and Civilization," which has just been republished in an edited version by...
  • If Osama's Only 6 Degrees Away, Why Can't We Find Him?

    02/08/2008 8:36:06 AM PST · by forkinsocket · 6 replies · 217+ views
    Discover Magazine ^ | 01.28.2008 | Elizabeth DeVitaRaebu
    The famous 6 degrees of separation theory fades under scrutiny. Its rare for a sociological study to wind up a part of pop culture, but thats what has happened to Stanley Milgrams small world study, which posits that all of the people on the planet are connected to one another through an average of six acquaintancesor through six degrees of separation. The first popular use of Milgrams study was the John Guare play Six Degrees of Separation, which was later made into a movie. Then came the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon game, created by college students, in which players...
  • 27th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, how'd you hear it?

    12/08/2007 8:58:11 PM PST · by Figment · 48 replies · 491+ views
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  • The New Girl Order

    10/15/2007 2:04:43 AM PDT · by neverdem · 73 replies · 840+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2007 | Kay S. Hymowitz
    The Carrie Bradshaw lifestyle is showing up in unexpected places, with unintended consequences. After my Lot Airlines flight from New York touched down at Warsaw’s Frédéric Chopin Airport a few months back, I watched a middle-aged passenger rush to embrace a waiting younger woman—clearly her daughter. Like many people on the plane, the older woman wore drab clothing and had the short, square physique of someone familiar with too many potatoes and too much manual labor. Her Poland-based daughter, by contrast, was tall and smartly outfitted in pointy-toed pumps, slim-cut jeans, a cropped jacket revealing a toned midriff (Yoga? Pilates?...
  • Swedish tax collectors organized by apes

    07/23/2007 11:40:39 AM PDT · by WesternCulture · 26 replies · 920+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 07/23/2007 | TT/The Local
    A reorganization of workers at the Swedish Tax Authority is partly shaped on studies of apes, according to a leaked internal report. Employees are not flattered by the comparison. The tax authority is currently undergoing its largest reorganization for many years. One of the foundations of the restructuring plan is a report which says that studies of apes show that people work best in groups of 150. The reorganization was announced earlier in the summer. Work is being moved from small towns to larger towns and cities. Around 1,350 people are affected by the move. Economies of scale are a...
  • Not in my backyard, either

    07/10/2007 9:34:33 AM PDT · by GMMAC · 13 replies · 1,784+ views
    National Post - Canada ^ | Tuesday, July 10, 2007 | Barbara Kay
    Not in my backyard, either Barbara Kay, National Post Published: Tuesday, July 10, 2007 MONTREAL -If you live in Montreal, and an acquaintance tells you she lives in Outremont, you may ask her with a wink -- the question is not perceived as anti-Semitic--if she lives in Outremont ma chere or Outremont kaschere. In Outremont, Montreal's most beautiful neighbourhood, one enclave, the aforementioned Outremont kaschere, is home to thousands of Hasidic Jews, who live peacefully but separately, very separately, from their neighbours. As in any Hasidic quarter, you can walk about there in assured physical security, although you may...
  • Racial preferences in the dating world

    05/11/2007 9:18:14 PM PDT · by teldon30 · 308 replies · 11,480+ views
    http://www.seacoastonline.com/ ^ | May 11, 2007 | Steve Penner
    One of the more delicate areas I dealt with while running a dating service for more than two decades was the issue of race, and more specifically racial stereotyping by prospective members. Stereotyping in itself is a volatile issue, and at some point during intake interviews, I often repeated the phrase While there is some truth to all stereotypes, there are certainly many exceptions to every single one. However, when one is dealing with a sample of more than 20,000 single, divorced, and widowed men and women, I feel confident and comfortable making certain statements in a column titled The...
  • Boy Executioner Video Outrages Afghans, World

    04/24/2007 11:13:42 AM PDT · by KeydetSocrates · 53 replies · 3,753+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | April 24, 2007 | Farangis Najibullah
    April 24, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- A disturbing video of a young boy beheading a Pakistani hostage has shocked and angered the Afghan public and international observers since it began circulating several days ago. Rights activists condemned the use of a child in the execution as "new low" -- even for an extremist group like the Taliban. In Afghanistan, it is unclear what effect the grisly video might have on militants' efforts to recruit sympathizers. more
  • Twilight of Sociology

    02/06/2007 2:23:40 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 28 replies · 793+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 2 February 2007 | WILFRED M. MCCLAY
    This short essay begins with noting the recent death of Seymour Lipset as well as the previous deaths of Phillip Reif and David Reisman. The author then wonders why there are no new leaders. "...Of course, sociologists are still being trained, books are being published, and university departments of sociology show no sign of going out of business. But the sense of free-wheeling inquiry that drew some of the best minds of the 1950s and 1960s into sociology -- in what appears now to be its golden age -- is no longer in evidence. Seymour Martin Lipset explored the social...
  • A Nation of Wimps

    07/29/2006 8:43:38 PM PDT · by tbird5 · 72 replies · 2,813+ views
    psychology today. ^ | 5 Jul 2006 | Hara Estroff Marano
    Maybe it's the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path... at three miles an hour. On his tricycle. Or perhaps it's today's playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And... wait a minute... those aren't little kids playing. Their mommiesand especially their daddiesare in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching. Few take it half-easy on the perimeter benches, as parents used to do, letting the kids figure things out for themselves. Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their...
  • Another Emancipation Proclamation

    06/30/2006 9:06:11 AM PDT · by JSedreporter · 2 replies · 334+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 29, 2006 | Katherine Duncan
    Today is Juneteenth, Dr. Carey Stronach states in the small, crowded blue room of the Rayburn House Office building on Monday, June 19 at the Survivors of the Academy Luncheon. The day that slavery ended, 151 years ago. I bring this up, Stronach, 65, continues, because, recently, certain freedoms have been violated at Virginia State University (VSU). The caucasian Dr. Stronach, who has been a physics professor at VSU for forty years, recently retired two years early from the historically black college because he was sick of the mistreatment of the faculty and staff by a highly politicized administration. Along...