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Crazy Ideas Thread: Part III : slatestarcodex
> The ultimate consequence of women having children and then raising their children immediately after being children themselves is that women progressively become more similar to children and less similar to men. That is, their roles, freedoms, and responsibilities become more and more limited as their experiences and competencies are limited. What's more, men are then necessarily limited to the roles that aren't or can't be filled by women. One consequence of this dynamic is less freedom of choice for individuals, and another consequence is a cultural divide and more challenging communication between men and women based on lack of mutual knowledge and experience. We have already seen the all the negative consequences of this default dynamic play out, because our civilization is only recently becoming able to afford more freedom of choice for individuals
gender  parenting  norms 
18 days ago by porejide
Men among men do not take norm enforcement seriously - ScienceDirect
> While there is ample evidence of a society-wide cooperation norm, it is not as clear who upholds this norm. In the present paper, we investigate whether there are gender differences with respect to norm enforcement. We let 1403 subjects play games of punishment and reward, individually or in groups with varying gender composition. Broadly, the results indicate that there are no clear gender differences: men are about as inclined as women to punish norm-breakers. However, behavior is context-dependent: men acting among other men are less inclined to uphold a cooperation norm than are women, or men in gender-mixed groups.
gender  cooperation  norms  psychology 
4 weeks ago by porejide
9 questions about Syria you were too embarrassed to ask
> The whole idea that there are rules of war is a pretty new one: the practice of war is thousands of years old, but the idea that we can regulate war to make it less terrible has been around for less than a century. The institutions that do this are weak and inconsistent; the rules are frail and not very well observed. But one of the world’s few quasi-successes is the “norm” (a fancy way of saying a rule we all agree to follow) against chemical weapons. This norm is frail enough that Syria could drastically weaken it if we ignore Assad’s use of them, but it’s also strong enough that it’s worth protecting. So it’s sort of a low-hanging fruit: firing a few cruise missiles doesn’t cost us much and can maybe help preserve this really hard-won and valuable norm against chemical weapons.
politics  2013  chemical_weapons  norms  syria  war  obama 
september 2013 by porejide
Relationships can alter work productivity | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University
> 64 percent of single men feel they are more productive at work when they are in a relationship. ... According to AOL Jobs, one reason why men could be feeling more productive once they are in a relationship is that they typically are the pursuers. All of their energy is focused on wooing women, so once they successfully land a relationship, their focus can go back to work.
norms  relationships  productivity  gender 
november 2012 by porejide
Review of Michael Sandel's book on econ -- Deirdre McCloskey: editorials
Tim Harford on Twitter says best book review he's ever read, WW RT's > To use the poverty of the man of modest means as a philosophical tool against markets you have to have a deeper argument than unanalyzed afford. ... Sandel does not answer why we Americans should ignore the desperation of people earning $1 a day in Chad, and attend instead to the "unfairness" of charging for Shakespeare tickets in Central Park. It is a moral failure of communitarianism that it weighs our fellow New Yorkers or Anglinos, our ommunity, so much more above other poor people in the world ... If charging tolls on congested highways is "unfair to commuters of modest means" (in Sandel's repeated formulation of his First Principle, p. 20), what is to stop us from concluding that charging for bread and housing and clothing and cable TV and Fritos is "unfair"? Nothing. ... Sandel claims repeatedly that "market triumphalism" is a novelty. But that's bad history
money  inequality  unfairness  professionalism  ethics  books  review  religion  norms  markets  regulation  eugenics  history  morality  examples  economics  philosophy  deirdre_mccloskey 
november 2012 by porejide
Christian Lorentzen reviews ‘Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story’ by D.T. Max · LRB 11 October 2012
> The ‘virtue’ of ‘normality’ is something Max seems very intent on pinning to Wallace, which is strange because Max’s thorough and conscientious reporting actually shows that he was a pretty weird man, who for most of his life lived in the quasi-monastic style of an academic gypsy, kept a room in his house painted entirely black, and for many years seems to have survived on a diet consisting mostly of blondies (a chocolateless variant on the brownie). Max’s fixation with ‘normality’ (‘Wallace’s childhood was happy and ordinary’) is part of a popularising mission. He wants to make Wallace a saint: ‘This hopeful, hurtful, energetic, angry, despairing, optimistic, shy product of the American Midwest,’ he writes in the preface to the UK edition, ‘for all the dark moments of his life, never stopped being a purer version of ourselves.’ But it’s not necessary to identify with someone to admire him. Saintliness, to the extent that he possessed it, was Wallace’s least interesting quality.
biography  interestingness  virtue  norms  normality  writing  david_foster_wallace  infinite_jest 
october 2012 by porejide
Andart: Playing God: because somebody has to
"A case in point is Clive Hamilton's criticism of geoengineering which seems to boil down to that we should be humble 'in the face of the superior power, complexity and enigmatic character of the earth'. But (as discussed at the link) this appears to either boil down to the commonsensical 'be careful when messing with complex and important systems' that doesn't carry much ethical weight (but some practical weight), or a very hubristic assumption that nature is guaranteed to be beyond us, a kind of claim that has historically failed again and again. It is hubris just when you fail, while success means it was just ordinary progress."
ethics  science  philosophy  robustness  future  norms  religion 
september 2011 by porejide
Eternal September - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Since that time, the dramatic rise in the popularity of the Internet has brought a constant stream of new users. Thus, from the point of view of the pre-1993 Usenet user, the regular "September" influx of new users never ended."
culture  internet  history  norms  time_series 
august 2011 by porejide
Language Log » Flash mobs
I was vaguely annoyed by this too but now I am just fascinated by the phenomenon... Liberman's erudition knows no bounds. "To forestall misunderstanding, I'm not making the argument that any sincere use of any word or phrase is ipso facto "right". Languages, standard and otherwise, have norms, and those who violate these norms are likely to judged for it. But what starts out as a specialization, extension, or plain mistake can become a new norm, if people take it up."
norms  evolution  meme  mark_liberman  culture  language 
august 2011 by porejide
Classroom Ethics 101
" an overestimation of the real amount of cheating can become an incredibly damaging social norm.  The trouble with this kind of inflated perception is that when students think that all of their peers are cheating, they feel that it is socially acceptable to cheat and feel pressured to cheat in order to stay on top. In fact, a few students have come to my office complaining that they were penalized because they decided not to cheat — and what was amazing to me was that they truly felt that there was some injustice done to them."
dan_ariely  cheating  education  norms  morality 
august 2011 by porejide
"I hate the word creepy. It seems so often a blunt weapon used to hurt anyone who has preferences even slightly out of the ordinary, or to make sure nervous introverted types are kept in their place. "
yvain  norms  language  introversion 
july 2011 by porejide
Dan Savage Versus Monogamy -
"By stripping away any common definition of the proper relationship between sex and marriage, and asking every couple to essentially rebuild the institution from the ground up, he would end up piling far more weight on the marital unit than any individual relationship can be reasonably expected to bear."
norms  marriage  ethics  fidelity  debate  ross_douthat 
july 2011 by porejide
In Part-Time Jobs, Women Out-Earn Men - Economix Blog -
As you can see, among workers who work at least 40 hours a week, men still significantly out-earn women. But as soon as you drop below that 40-hour-a-week mark, the reverse happens: Most women make more than men who work equivalent hours, with the exception of workers who put in fewer than five hours a week.
statistics  economics  gender  2010  norms 
july 2010 by porejide

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