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  • The article Science Magazine doesn't want you to read

    02/25/2006 1:56:39 PM PST · by Coleus · 41 replies · 1,934+ views
    CERC ^ | 02.16.06 | PETER A. LAWRENCE
    An academic controversy recently erupted over the decision of Science Magazine editors to refuse publication of an article about gender difference by British biologist Peter Lawrence. Though the prestigious journal had given Dr. Lawrence a publication date and article proofs, Science editor-in-chief Donald Kennedy abruptly notified the author that the piece could not be published because it did not offer "a strategy on how to deal with the gender issue." The article, in edited form, is reproduced below. Some have a dream that, one fine day, there will be equal numbers of men and women in all jobs, including those...
  • Designer trouble: Darwinism has had it all its own way for too long (Warwick Univ. Sociologist)

    02/01/2006 10:30:10 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 3 replies · 204+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 01/31/2006 | Zoë Corbyn
    Darwinism has had it all its own way for too long, Warwick's controversial sociologist tells Zoë Corbyn Guardian In 1981, in a courtroom in Little Rock, Arkansas, Michael Ruse testified that "creation science", the faith-based explanation of life's beginnings, was not science at all. "In my opinion," Ruse told the court, "creation science is religion." It was the first time in America's fraught struggle over evolution that a philosopher of science had taken the stand and his words made a big impression on Steve Fuller, then a 22-year-old PhD student. "It set a precedent because, up to that point, the...
  • Intellectuals, immigration and multiculturalism

    01/17/2006 12:00:59 AM PST · by Fair Go · 2 replies · 283+ views ^ | 2004 | Keith Windschuttle
    Sociology is an academic discipline that has had an unhappy history since its founding in France in the nineteenth century. It has never had a consistent methodology and has been racked by competing theories. The grandiosity of much sociological theory has been matched only by its incoherence. Although the subject has been taught at Australian universities for more than fifty years, its practitioners have shown little concern about de­scribing the country to itself and far more interest in denounc­ing it for its failings. This is especially true in race rela­tions. For the past twenty years most sociologists of race have...
  • Twigs Bent Left or Right

    01/02/2006 12:08:45 PM PST · by posterchild · 19 replies · 725+ views
    Harvard Magazine ^ | Jan-Feb 2006 | Erin O'Donnell
    Understanding how liberals and conservatives differ, from conception on At Harvard and elsewhere, researchers in political science, sociology, psychology, and even genetics are attempting to assay this mysterious chemistry. These are particularly important questions right now. “When Goldwater ran in 1964, he said there wasn’t ‘a dime’s worth of difference between the two big parties,’” says Radcliffe Institute fellow and associate professor of government J. Russell Muirhead, who is working on a forthcoming book, Left and Right: A Defense of Party Spirit. “It used to be that most major legislation was passed by whopping bipartisan majorities, and lawmaking was characterized,...
  • Composite U.S. Demographics

    12/29/2005 8:38:22 PM PST · by doug from upland · 29 replies · 1,045+ views ^ | Dec. 2005
    < Return to homepage Composite U.S. Demographics Introduction This table lists some major demographic groupings in the United States. Race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and other factors are factors in personal and group identity. This table is unusual in that it presents a merged list of these factors. This more accurately reflects actual American society, in which most people belong to more than one group. All individuals can be classified into multiple groupings below. This list is not comprehensive. Please write to suggest additional groups. Group Number Percent ofU.S. population Total 1 284,800,000 100.0 % English-at-home speakers 6 245,497,600 86.2...
  • The radical loser (Good opinion from Germany)

    12/01/2005 7:38:33 PM PST · by dennisw · 17 replies · 1,262+ views
    signandsight ^ | 2005-12-01 | Hans Magnus Enzensberger
    2005-12-01 The radical loser Hans Magnus Enzensberger looks at the kind of ideological trigger required to ignite the radical loser - whether amok killer, murderer or terrorist - and make him explode I. The isolated individual It is difficult to talk about the loser, and it is stupid not to. Stupid because there can be no definitive winner and because each of us, from the megalomaniac Bonaparte to the last beggar on the streets of Calcutta, will meet the same fate. Difficult because to content oneself with this metaphysical banality is to take an easy way out, as it ignores...
  • Full Time Motherhood?, How Selfish

    11/05/2005 7:45:30 AM PST · by kalee · 135 replies · 4,327+ views
    Hartford Courant ^ | 11/05/05 | Julie Shiller
    Full-Time Motherhood? How Selfish November 5, 2005 BY JULIE SHILLER Across the nation, privileged young women are seeking to be competitive candidates to gain admittance to prestigious universities. Impressive SAT scores, awards, grades and extracurricular activities are of the utmost importance for college-bound high school students and their families. The priorities of many of today's elite young women, however, are surprisingly conventional, according to one survey. The most fortunate and educated women say they will conform to traditional gender roles after completing their Ivy League degrees. They are choosing careers as full-time mothers and expect to be supported financially by...
  • Up For Grabs: Sociologists Question How Much Looting And Mayhem Really Took Place In New Orleans

    09/12/2005 6:13:03 PM PDT · by steve-b · 90 replies · 2,234+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 9/11/2005 | Christopher Shea
    By now the images and stories of looting and mayhem in New Orleans--the residents "shopping" for nonessentials in an abandoned Wal-Mart, alleged rapes in the Superdome, a shot fired at a rescue helicopter -- have been burned into the brain of every television watcher and newspaper reader in America. But do they give us an accurate picture of the aftermath of the flood? In fact, if criminal violence were indeed rampant in New Orleans after Katrina hit (setting aside the taking of food, water, bandages, and other necessities of survival), that would contradict much of what sociologists have learned in...
  • Largest, US Sexuality Survey In History Shows Gays Far More Likely To Engage In Criminal Activities

    06/14/2005 8:21:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 89 replies · 6,810+ views
    LifeSite ^ | June 13, 2005
    COLORADO SPRINGS, CO., June 13, 2005 ( – A forty-eight page study to be published two weeks from now in the peer-reviewed journal, Psychological Reports, compares extensive and newly released Center for Disease Control (CDC) data, concluding that homosexuals are far more likely to engage in illegal and socially dangerous behaviour than heterosexuals. In fact, according to the study, homosexuals are over 12% more likely to have been booked for illegal activity than heterosexuals.Dr. James Cameron of the Family Research Institute led and penned the report, which is based upon data gathered in 1996 by the CDC. The National Household...
  • Social Marxist Moves Up University Ladder - (teaches that "faithful are ugly, violent lot..")

    06/09/2005 2:46:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 19 replies · 669+ views
    A radical left-wing professor will now exert even more influence upon students at Brooklyn College in New York. According to the Christian news outfit, Agape Press, Dr. Timothy Shortell was recently elected by his colleagues to chair Brooklyn College’s Sociology Department. Why should his promotion concern you? Professor Shortell, a raging social-Marxist, refers to religious people as “an ugly, violent lot,” “moral retards,” and compares faith to “a child-like rationality.” These statements were written by the professor and appeared on a website called On Dr. Shortell’s own website he says, “I am proud to be among a group of...
  • Professor Who Belittled Believers Drops Bid To Head Up a Department

    06/08/2005 6:38:30 AM PDT · by veronica · 24 replies · 817+ views
    NY Sun ^ | June 8, 2005 | Jacob Gershman
    A Brooklyn College professor who described religious people as "moral retards" said he is dropping his bid to become chairman of the department of sociology after the college's president expressed outrage over his views. Timothy Shortell, an associate professor in the sociology department at the CUNY senior college, sent a bitter e-mail on Monday to several departmental heads saying he had decided to step down as chairman-elect and claiming he was a victim of a political attack.Yesterday, the college's administration, led by the president, Christoph Kimmich, announced that Mr. Shortell declined the appointment but would be consulting on the future...
  • Dig those lifestyle trends of years ago! (Archaeological Dig in Coventry)

    03/27/2005 5:00:02 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies · 447+ views
    icCoventry ^ | Mar 24 2005 | Samantha Clarke
    A team of archaeologists is hoping to unearth evidence of medieval Coventry's haves and have-nots. The 12-strong team from North-amptonshire Archaeology is heading a four-month dig looking at the city's past ahead of the multimillion-pound Belgrade Plaza regeneration scheme. The development is set to include new apartments, retail and leisure space, as well as hotels and a casino. Work on the improvement and expansion of Leigh Mills car park has already been started by developer Oakmoor Deeley but the archaeological survey needs to be carried out before work begins on the new plaza. Iain Soden, senior project officer for Northamptonshire...
  • 'What's the Matter With Kansas?': Heartland Security

    02/24/2005 10:32:16 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 541+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 13, 2004 | JOSH CHAFETZ
    June 13, 2004 'What's the Matter With Kansas?': Heartland SecurityBy JOSH CHAFETZ WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH KANSAS? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America. By Thomas Frank. 306 pp. Metropolitan Books/ Henry Holt & Company. $24. IKE the most vitriolic of right-wing pundits (Ann Coulter springs unbidden to mind), Thomas Frank has a distinctly Manichean worldview. The political universe, for him, is divided between the good guys and the conservatives. The conservatives are further divided between the fools and the knaves. The fools are ''the true believers, the average folks who have been driven into right-wing politics by what...
  • Excerpts Family Therapy Textbook(AKA The Communist Manifesto meets DNC Talking Points)

    02/22/2005 6:19:24 PM PST · by Ragnorak · 17 replies · 883+ views
    My mother is a teacher and has started working on her Masters Degree. One of her courses is on Family Therapy and she has to plot out her extended family as part of the course work. "Family Themes" was one of things she needed to write down so she asked me for ideas about some of our family themes. I started to look through her textbook to get a better idea of exactly what they wanted. Here is just some of what I found: The Expanded Family Life Cycle Individual, Family, and Social Perspectives Third Edition Edited by Betty Carter...
  • Our Cell Phones, Ourselves < Cell Phones and "Absent Presence" - Is This You >

    12/28/2004 4:17:54 PM PST · by Helms · 57 replies · 2,067+ views
    The New Atlantis ^ | 12/01/2004 | Christine Rosen
    'Hell is other people,”- Sartre A new generation of sociologists has begun to apply Goffman’s insights to our use of cell phones in public. Kenneth J. Gergen, for example, has argued that one reason cell phones allow a peculiar form of diversion in public spaces is that they encourage “absent presence,” a state where “one is physically present but is absorbed by a technologically mediated world of elsewhere.” You can witness examples of absent presence everywhere: people in line at the bank or a retail store, phones to ear and deep into their own conversations—so unavailable they do not offer...
  • Muhammad is the most popular name for boys born in Israel

    09/27/2004 10:00:58 PM PDT · by geros · 20 replies · 1,179+ views ^ | 9/27/04 | Donna Rosenthal
    THE ISREALIS: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land by Donna Rosenthal. Israel: CNN has its perspective, Al Jazeera theirs. The BBC has its versions; the New York Times theirs... But how does Israel look to Israelis? Who are these people who order Big Macs in the language of the Ten Commandments? Are they the Sabras (native born Israelis) who believe only sissies wait in line and obey "No Parking" signs? The Ethiopian immigrant children who sing reggae in Hebrew? Or the entrepreneurs who invent everything from the world's most popular computer chips to the latest cancer and heart breakthroughs? The...
  • Teacher to class: 'F--- God'

    08/26/2004 5:43:11 AM PDT · by antifem · 42 replies · 2,724+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8/26/2004
    BRAVE NEW SCHOOLS Teacher to class: 'F--- God' College says professor owes Christian student apology -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: August 26, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 Does academic freedom allow college professors to offend their students with profanity? The question is coming up in Illinois, as an instructor is under fire for displaying the message "F--- God" to his class. Bruce LeBlanc, shown here in 2002, allegedly used his blackboards for profane message (photo: Moline Dispatch) According to the Moline Dispatch, Bob Stotler, a 30-year-old student at Black Hawk College, filed a complaint after his sociology teacher, Bruce LeBlanc, displayed...
  • US sociologists are finally challenging the intellectual stranglehold of economists

    08/23/2004 6:55:26 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 13 replies · 520+ views
    Guardian ^ | 08/24/04 | Jonathan Steele
    Four days in California US sociologists are finally challenging the intellectual stranglehold of economists Jonathan Steele in San Francisco Tuesday August 24, 2004 The Guardian In the ocean-fed air and mild August sunshine of America's most beautiful city, optimism flows easy. But the real mood-lift these past few days was in the windowless conference rooms of two downtown mega-hotels. More than 5,000 American sociologists, plus a few foreign scholars, held their largest and, many said, most vibrant annual convention for years. Bush and Kerry were campaigning through nearby states. Their soundbites were rarely mentioned, but the lack of serious debate...
  • Sociologist Blasts Leftis Bias in Field ["BCCC Prof Publishes Controversial Book]

    08/20/2004 5:26:57 AM PDT · by Libertyguy · 7 replies · 561+ views
    Bucks County Courier Times | 8/19/04 | Sean Kerrigan
    Myles Kelleher, a professor who teaches sociology at Bucks County Community College, has published a controversial new book on the free market solution to social problems. Kelleher's new book, "Social Problems in a Free Society: Myths, Absurdities, and Realities," offers an alternative to what he sees as a one-sided debate on social problems and how to deal with them. In his book, Kelleher says the field of sociology today is run by decidedly left-wing socialists, both in academic publications and on teaching staffs. Kelleher, who has been teaching sociology at BCCC for 35 years, said there is not a single...
  • Fifth U.S. Congressional Republican Primary Headed For Runoff (Vernon Robinson vs. Virginia Foxx)

    07/29/2004 9:17:27 AM PDT · by thepackn83 · 29 replies · 1,027+ views ^ | July 29, 2004 | Associated Press
    Foxx calls for runoff in 5th District. Runoff election is August 17.
  • Secret History of the Flying Carpet

    07/22/2004 11:26:33 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 27 replies · 8,561+ views
    Iranian Cultural Heritage ^ | 7/21/04 | Iranian Cultural Heritage
    LONG before the broomstick became popular with witches in medieval Europe, the flying carpet was being used by thieves and madmen in the Orient. Factual evidence for what was a long-standing myth has now been found by a French explorer, Henri Baq, in Iran. Baq has discovered scrolls of well-preserved manuscripts in underground cellars of an old Assassin castle at Alamut, near the Caspian Sea. Written in the early thirteenth century by a Jewish scholar named Isaac Ben Sherira,' these manuscripts shed new light on the real story behind the flying carpet of the Arabian Nights. The discovery of these...
  • Sex Matters

    07/13/2004 6:21:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 1,094+ views (WSJ) ^ | July 13, 2004 | JAMES Q. WILSON
    Will too many boys make China and India aggressive militarily? Our country is preoccupied with terrorism. But looking ahead, terrorism may be only one of our problems. China and India between them have 2.3 billion people. Although both nations have embraced some aspects of a market economy, one of them, China, is ruled by autocrats who manage a large military establishment. The People's Republic wants to control Hong Kong more than Hong Kong wants to be controlled and harbors aggressive tendencies toward Taiwan. Both India and Pakistan, though engaged in diplomatic talks, wish to control Kashmir, and each country has...
  • The Ford Foundation's Proxy War with the Roman Catholic Church

    05/07/2004 5:15:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 332+ views ^ | May 7, 2004 | Joseph D'Hippolito
    In promoting its political agenda, one of the world’s largest philanthropic agencies has made itself the biggest single financial contributor to a self-described Roman Catholic group dedicated to vigorously fighting the Roman Catholic Church’s opposition to abortion and birth control. For more than 20 years, the Ford Foundation and Catholics For A Free Choice (CFFC) have forged a strong political and financial alliance that sacrifices the lives of the unborn to a discredited view of international economic development.[1] Founded in 1973, CFFC has been led since 1982 by Frances Kissling, a feminist who has actively promoted abortion for more than...
  • Comparing Dirkhime's Sociology lesson to Dems & Reps then using Newsmax's 2000 election map

    02/23/2004 9:56:32 AM PST · by april15Bendovr · 5 replies · 218+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 12/18/00 | Emile Dirkshime and Carl Limbacher
    The German sociologist Ferdinand Tonnies (1855-1936) was a major contributor to theory and field studies in sociology. [1] He is best remembered for his distinction between two basic types of social groups. [2] Tonnies argued that there are two basic forms of human will: the essential will, which is the underlying, organic, or instinctive driving force; and arbitrary will, which is deliberative, purposive, and future (goal) oriented. Groups that form around essential will, in which membership is self-fulfilling, Tonnies called Gemeinschaft (often translated as community). Groups in which membership was sustained by some instrumental goal or definite end he termed...
  • The Myth of Socialization (Home-Schooling Alert)

    01/11/2004 12:47:40 PM PST · by handk · 45 replies · 1,883+ views
    Steel On Steel ^ | September 13, 2002 | John Loeffler
    The Myth of Socialization by John Loeffler, Steel on Steel Radio Program September 13, 2002 Every time I run into a public school teen it happens. "Hi, Ryan." Unintelligible grunt response. "Whatcha doing?" "Nuthin'." "Anything happenin'?" "Naw." Whereafter Ryan hurries off to pursue his active life of nothing happening with his friends and I check to see if I have acquired dengue fever without knowing it. So tell me, where is this socialization the government school crowd always promotes as a reason for not home schooling? When home schooling took on serious momentum two decades ago, educrats chanted the...
  • What You Can't Say

    01/04/2004 4:15:52 PM PST · by Eala · 56 replies · 7,862+ views
    Paul Graham ^ | January 2004 | Paul Graham
    (This essay is about heresy: how to think forbidden thoughts, and what to do with them. The latter was till recently something only a small elite had to think about. Now we all have to, because the Web has made us all publishers.) Have you ever seen an old photo of yourself and been embarrassed at the way you looked? Did we actually dress like that? We did. And we had no idea how silly we looked. It's the nature of fashion to be invisible, in the same way the movement of the earth is invisible to all of us...
  • Two Sociologists

    12/24/2003 10:51:28 AM PST · by siunevada · 95+ views
    Catholic Analysis ^ | December 24, 2003 | Oswald Sobrino
    Wednesday, December 24, 2003 A Tale of Two Catholic Sociologists: One Incisive, the Other Delusory Bright Promise, Failed Community is a small book, but it has the effect of dynamite. The title refers to the bright promise of an American Catholic Church poised in the nineteen fifties to influence American culture through the natural law philosophy of Catholicism. But the title also refers to the failure of translating that promise when, with the 1960 election of John F. Kennedy, the apparent political success of American Catholics ironically became a death sentence for Catholic influence in American culture. Here is how...
  • Need immigrant volunteer to interview for an school project (vanity).

    09/10/2003 1:48:15 PM PDT · by NonValueAdded · 8 replies · 217+ views
    September 10, 2003 | NonValueAdded
    Please help a fellow FReeper. For a school project, I need to interview someone who has immigrated to the United States. Just simple questions - what was life like back home, why did you come, cultural differences experienced, etc. This is for a college level sociology class.
  • Professor: Vast changes since [9/11] attack mostly negative

    09/05/2003 4:01:17 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 30 replies · 717+ views
    Middletownpress ^ | September 5, 2003 | GREGG M. MILIOTE
    Vast changes since attack mostly negative FALL RIVER -- Nancy Lee Wood, chairwoman of the Bristol Community College Sociology and Psychology Department, believes much has changed culturally since Sept. 11, 2001. But she says the changes almost entirely have been negative. "There have been vast changes in the political culture of America, and they are not for the better," the doctor of Sociology said. "The Patriot Act alone has unraveled 200 years of constitutional legitimacy and we the public are not recognizing this. "An enormous transformation has taken place." She said the political elite and the corporate media are not...
  • A Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan's Island

    08/25/2003 12:46:11 AM PDT · by zarf · 60 replies · 13,700+ views
    Fight The Bias.Com ^ | 9/24/2003 | Lewis Napper
     Here On The Island - by Lewis NapperA Scholarly Critique of the Style, Symbolism and Sociopolitical Relevance of Gilligan's Island  Great works of literature often attempt to confront us with the obvious in such a way as to call the inevitable into question. Some strive to explain through metaphor that which is too complex or too abstract to state literally. Other forms seek only to capture some moment in time so that future generations may experience and learn from what has gone before them.  All of these qualities are ambitiously gathered in Sherwood Schwartz's masterwork, "Gilligan's Island." Through a...
  • Deviant Deception: A dying study

    08/11/2003 1:19:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies · 313+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 11, 2003 | Katrhyn Jean Lopez
    The Politics of Deviance by Anne B. Hendershott (Encounter Books, 2002), 194 pages Most sociologists today deem the study of deviance an academic irrelevancy. In The Politics of Deviance, Anne B. Hendershott, a professor of sociology at the University of San Diego, seeks to put it back in the curriculum. "[F]or the majority of sociologists today," Hendershott writes, "the only reason to study deviance is to dissect a long-dead discipline in order to understand why so many sociologists once deemed it important." "Most of the sociology textbooks today," the author continues, "are critical of the notion of defining deviance and...
  • Research Shows Similarities Between Infants Learning To Talk, Birds Learning To Sing

    06/03/2003 10:53:06 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies · 90+ views
    ScienceDaily Magazine ^ | 2003-06-03 | Indiana University
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- How infants respond to their mother's touches and smiles influences their development in a manner much like what young birds experience when learning to sing, according to a research project involving the Department of Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington and the Biological Foundations of Behavior Program at Franklin and Marshall College. An article on the research, titled "Social interaction shapes babbling: Testing parallels between birdsong and speech," will be published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The Web site for the journal...
  • 'Culture lag' catches up to America

    05/12/2003 4:17:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 7 replies · 443+ views
    The events of Sept. 11 loom so large in our public and private consciousness that they now form the context in which everything else takes place. They altered the course of history; they altered how we see the world around us. And they will alter the future just as surely as they have altered the past.
  • Programs to raise self-esteem fall woefully short

    04/18/2003 6:11:30 PM PDT · by MikalM · 12 replies · 308+ views
    <p>AT THE ANNUAL meeting of psychology researchers in Boston three years ago, two scientists weighed in on a question that seemed to be as much in need of investigation as whether the sun rises in the east.</p> <p>The pair had asked a professor to send weekly e-mail messages to students of his who had done poorly on their first exam for the class. Each missive included a review question. In addition, one-third of the students, chosen at random, also received a message -- advice to study, for example -- suggesting that how well they did in the course was under their own control. The other third received the review question plus a "You're too smart to get a D!" pep talk aimed at raising their self-esteem, which everyone knows boosts academic performance.</p>
  • Schools Embrace 'Full - Service' Idea [medical care, exercise, counseling and wedding receptions]

    11/15/2002 12:21:31 PM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 8 replies · 251+ views
    Associated Press via New York Times ^ | November 15, 2002 | AP
    BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Wander down a certain hallway at Molly Stark Elementary School, and before you see it your nose will know it's there: The air is sweet, antiseptic, a bit minty. It's ... a dentist's office? In this sleepy southern Vermont town, nearly half of the school's 400 students visit dentist Michael Brady regularly. ``They go to gym, they go to reading, they go to the dentist -- it's all the same to them,'' Brady said. At a time when schools are being asked to focus on academic essentials more than ever, a small but growing number are...