Monthly Archives: August 2015

Aziz Ansari, Helen Fisher, and others Discuss Romantic Love in Modern Times

Last June, comedian Aziz Ansari and sociologist Eric Klinenberg wrote a book together called Modern Romance.  The book discusses how technology has rapidly changed the way we view love and relationships such as breaking up over texts, emojis as ways of (mis)expressing … Continue reading

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today (Aug. 23, 2015)

Emotion Meditation can help encourage compassion and empathy. Gender A really good essay about how and why gender norms influence our daily social structure and behaviors. Health Adolescents who have sleep problems are more likely to self-harm. Humor Teenage Karl … Continue reading

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John Oliver on the Dismal Laws of US Sex ED

John Oliver delivers a top-notch video about what’s wrong with sex ed in America.

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Sentencing People to Crimes They Didn’t Commit Yet

In a very interesting article, Pennsylvania is considering to base criminal charges not just on what crime was committed, but also whether that person is more likely to commit a crime in the future.  How?  Judges could receive statistically derived tools … Continue reading

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Does being “born this way” have limitations?

Three new articles came out recently discussing same-sex attraction.  What really struck me on both articles is the idea that being “born this way” should be done with. The first article is a short interview of Lisa Diamond.  Lisa Diamond, … Continue reading

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Let’s See What’s in the News Today (Aug. 2, 2015)

Ethics The philosophy of jerks.  What is a jerk?  “the jerk culpably fails to appreciate the perspectives of others around him, treating them as tools to be manipulated or idiots to be dealt with rather than as moral and epistemic … Continue reading

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