Do You Think Like a Scientist?

Study Finds Gaps Between Scientists’ and Public’s Views on Key Issues While 87 percent of scientists believe that global warming is attributable to human activity, just 50 percent of US adults do. A study by Pew Research Center, which surveyed a representative sample of US adults and members of the American Association for the Advancement of… Continue reading Do You Think Like a Scientist?

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Culture Jamming for Social Change

Why Shaking Up Everyday Life is a Useful Protest Tactic Culture jamming is the practice of disrupting the mundane nature of everyday life and the status quo with surprising, often comical or satirical acts or artworks. The practice was popularized by the anti-consumerist organization Adbusters, which often uses it to force those who encounter their… Continue reading Culture Jamming for Social Change

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How to Have a Feminist Valentine’s Day

Heteronormative, Sexist, and Consumerist Traditions to Avoid This year, about 62 percent of US adults will celebrate Valentine’s Day. When it’s all said and done, they will spend over $13 billion on the holiday, for an average of $116 each.  Noted Yale sociologist Jeffrey Alexander points out that Valentine’s Day is so widely celebrated because rituals are… Continue reading How to Have a Feminist Valentine’s Day

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Why Are US Millennials More Optimistic Than Those in Europe?

On Economic and Cultural Factors In 2014 the Pew Research Center found that great differences exist between American and European Millennials’ attitudes toward hard work, success, and the influence of outside forces on the trajectories of their lives. European Millennials are far more likely to believe that success is out of their hands than are American… Continue reading Why Are US Millennials More Optimistic Than Those in Europe?

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The Big Sexist Problem With Student Evaluations

It’s Time to Reconsider the Value of this Practice Sexism and gender discrimination are well documented in the US. They lead to an unjust pay and wealth gap, to unequal access to educational resources, and even to an orgasm gap. Now, they’ve been clearly documented in student evaluations of college and university faculty. Dr. Benjamin… Continue reading The Big Sexist Problem With Student Evaluations

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What You Need to Know About the DOJ Report on Ferguson

Systemically Racist Police and Judicial Practices Found On Wednesday, March 4, 2015, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) released two reports following investigations into the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by Ferguson, MO police officer, Darren Wilson; and a general investigation into whether race plays a role in policing and the judicial system in the… Continue reading What You Need to Know About the DOJ Report on Ferguson

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Are Women More Productive Than Men in the Senate?

Study Finds Women Introduce More Bills and Do More Bipartisan Work Unequivocally, yes. A study of publicly available legislative, data conducted by Quorum, a political analysis firm launched by Harvard students, found that women senators introduce more bills, make more bipartisan deals, and pass more legislation than their male counterparts. To conduct this study, Quorum… Continue reading Are Women More Productive Than Men in the Senate?

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