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My Detainment Story or: How I learned to Stop Feeling Safe in My Own Country and Hate Border Agents* - On The Media
"Earlier this month, OTM producer Sarah Abdurrahman, her family, and her friends were detained for hours by US Customs and Border Protection on their way home from Canada. Everyone being held was a US citizen, and no one received an explanation. Sarah tells the story of their detainment, and her difficulty getting any answers from one of the least transparent agencies in the country. "
law  police  america  borders  immigration  security  fear 
october 2013 by tsuomela
Border Bias — Psychological Science
In this research, we documented a bias in which people underestimate the potential risk of a disaster to a target location when the disaster spreads from a different state, but not when it spreads from an equally distant location within the same state. We term this the border bias. Following research on categorization, we propose that people consider locations within a state to be part of the same superordinate category, but consider locations in two different states to be parts of different superordinate categories. The border bias occurs because people apply state-based categorization to events that are not governed by human-made boundaries. Such categorization results in state borders being considered physical barriers that can keep disasters at bay. We demonstrated the border bias for different types of disasters (earthquake, environmental risk) and tested the underlying process in three studies.
risk  perception  estimation  bias  geography  psychology  borders 
october 2010 by tsuomela
Uncertain Principles: Defining Science
One group is trying to define science so as to exclude things that they find objectionable. The other is trying to define the common elements of science, so as to include all the things that they like.
science  definition  limits  borders  rhetoric 
january 2009 by tsuomela

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