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The Politics of the Professoriat: Political diversity on campus | CBC Radio
"We've created a hostile climate for people who don't fit in intellectually. We've marginalized them. We've made it clear they don't belong; they're not welcome. And then the really smart ones among them don't apply! And what we're left with is a politically homogeneous field of inquiry, which therefore has problems studying anything that is politically valenced."
– Jonathan Haidt

Why does a "political monoculture" hurt social science research?

ophobophobia = fear of being branded Islamophobic, homophobic, etc. For example, to address poverty/inequality, three factors are critical in why certain groups or individuals do better than others:

1) Whether parents are married (even if you're poor)
2) Subculture that emphasizes importance of education and/or delayed gratification
3) IQ

But though these are the most important determinants, we have not made progress in research, because of ophobophobia: "no one dares address these major factors"; instead, more focus on structural racism, etc. And this issue of poverty/inequality must be solved. But ophobophobia rules out 90% of the causal factors.

"Students and professors know, he adds, that 'if you step out of line at all, you will be called a racist, sexist or homophobe. In fact it’s gotten so bad out there that there’s a new term—‘ophobophobia,’ which is the fear of being called x-ophobic."

"Human beings are tribal creatures. We evolved for small religions....We're really good at making something sacred and trusting each other....You can see this easily with fundamentalist Xians. Some of the them will deny evolution -- seems silly from the outside. You can see the same thing on college campuses. The causes of college campuses are laudable, but we should pursue them practically, pragmatically, and rationally. But "when we make them into a religion, that's when we activate all of our 'religious software', which is a set of mental concepts that include blasphemy, heresy, burning at the stake, witch hunts. The basic language is one of sin, and blasphemy, and punishment. No one speaks up for anyone because then they'll be called a witch.

But there is NO ROLE for religion in the classroom in intellectual matters. There we need communities in which NOTHING is sacred. Now there so much that is sacred on campus, can't be said."

The Religion of Social Justice. Justice is a good thing, but when Social Justice becomes a religion...

IGen believes in the concept that "words are violence".
politics  Podcast  sociology  education  race  inequalities  religion  Speech 
september 2018 by oripsolob
Street photography: A right or invasion? - The New York Times
When Erno Nussenzweig, an Orthodox Jew and retired diamond merchant from Union City, New Jersey, saw his picture last year in the exhibition catalogue, he called his lawyer. And then he sued diCorcia and Pace for exhibiting and publishing the portrait without permission and profiting from it financially. The suit sought an injunction to halt sales and publication of the photograph, as well as $500,000 in compensatory damages and $1.5 million in punitive damages.

The suit was dismissed last month by a New York State Supreme Court judge who said that the photographer's right to artistic expression trumped the subject's privacy rights. But to many artists, the fact that the case went so far is significant.

The practice of street photography has a long tradition in the United States, with documentary and artistic strains, in big cities and small towns. Photographers usually must obtain permission to photograph on private property - including restaurants and hotel lobbies - but the freedom to photograph in public has long been taken for granted.
photography  privacy  constitution  religion 
august 2018 by oripsolob
Quote by Frederick Douglass: “I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, wom...”
“I therefore hate the corrupt, slaveholding, women-whipping, cradle-plundering, partial and hypocritical Christianity of the land.
history  Books  religion 
june 2018 by oripsolob
What If Heaven Is Not For Real? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
Even though none of us existed 1,000 years ago, you don't find many people worrying about their nonexistence during the Dark Ages. Our not-being in the past doesn't worry us. So, why does our not-being in the future freak us out so much?
religion  npr 
january 2015 by oripsolob
Free Speech, Context, and Visibility: Protesting Racist Ads
On Tuesday, Egyptian-American activist Mona Eltahawy was arrested for "criminal mischief" - or "the willful damaging of property" - when she responded to disturbingly racist ads that were posted in the New York City subway system with spray paint.
religion  2012  constitution  video  AIS  speech 
september 2012 by oripsolob
On the Media's God No!
No longer content to silently disavow religion, the so-called New Atheists are on the offensive. Borrowing tactics from the faithful, nonbelievers have taken to proselytizing in books and in the media. And yes, they’re even in foxholes.
religion  media  books 
march 2011 by oripsolob
Test Your Savvy on Religion - NYTimes.com
An interesting spin on the Pew Research Poll
religion  history 
october 2010 by oripsolob
Book Burning by Susan Estrich
Her rationale why we should not permit the burning of the Koran (with regard to the safety of the troops)
politics  speech  constitution  religion  books  war 
september 2010 by oripsolob
On the Media's The Great Moon Hoax
August was the 175th anniversary of the New York Sun ’s Great Moon Hoax, when Richard Adams Locke created a sensation by writing a series of satirical articles, taken seriously by the public, about life on the moon. Penny Papers reference
media  literacy  history  ais  religion 
september 2010 by oripsolob
We've Seen This Movie Before
Stanley Fish on the "Ground Zero Mosque" / Comparisons to Timothy McVeigh
politics  ais  culture  writing  religion 
august 2010 by oripsolob
Why Religion May Not be Hard-Wired | Newsweek Voices - Sharon Begley | Newsweek.com
Countries with the lowest rates of social dysfunction—based on 25 measures, including rates of homicide, abortion, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, unemployment, and poverty—have become the most secular.
religion  history  modern  sociology  psychology 
august 2009 by oripsolob
Onward, Christian Soldiers
Previously classified documents from Rumsfeld Pentagon mixed religion and war
politics  war  religion  iraq  bush  ais 
july 2009 by oripsolob
The First Amendment in Our Daily Life
Downloadable .pdf! Used for the first year of "Perilous Times" unit. Has more questions that could be added to the Perilous Times PPT. Has other 1st Amendment lessons as well.
AIS  speech  religion 
october 2007 by oripsolob
The First Amendment In Public Schools - A Curriculum Unit
Downloadable .pdf: Separate lessons on each aspect of the 1st Amendment
Political cartoons, surveys, reflections, etc
AIS  speech  religion 
october 2007 by oripsolob
The Mormons . Frequently Asked Questions | PBS
Most interesting: while women must be "unsealed" from their ex-husbands before remarrying, men can be sealed to more than one woman. So much for the end of polygamy.
AIS  religion  psychology  sociology 
june 2007 by oripsolob
LDS - Style Guide
The official guide to the naming conventions of the Mormon church
religion  AIS  psychology  sociology 
june 2007 by oripsolob
THE WORLD QUESTION CENTER 2007
Asked 150 scientists: "What are you optimistic about for 2007?"
AIS  opinion  psychology  sociology  religion  politics  2007  science 
january 2007 by oripsolob
Counterbalance Foundation
Interview with David Myers on Psychology of Faith
psychology  sociology  religion 
october 2006 by oripsolob

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