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Religious Knowledge, Religious Feeling

September 10, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Robin Hanson has a “it isn’t about” list (here). It begins Food isn’t about Nutrition Clothes aren’t about Comfort Also on the list is Church isn’t about God Maybe church isn’t about religious ideas either.I was reminded of this recently when I followed a link to a Pew quiz on religious knowledge (here). Show More Summary

Does Homogamy Matter? A Query by OKCupid

In general, married couples are homogamous.  That is, they are more likely than not to match on a whole host of characteristics: age, income, education level, race, religion, immigration history, attractiveness level, and more. But, does homogamy really translate into compatibility?  Or, do we just think it does? OKCupid set about to find out.  This is the second […]

British Trotskyism and Scottish Independence

Were I still a Trotskyist, my position on the Scottish independence referendum would be determined by this set of questions: 1. As America's lapdog, key prop of international neoliberalism, meddler in foreign affairs, and cheerleader for market fundamentalism with the EU; would an independent Scotland severely diminish the UK's influence? 2. Show More Summary

new computational sociology opportunity at facebook

Facebook has a new fellowship for PhD students. $37k, tuition/fee support, and visits to FB HQ. It’s awesome. Check it out. Thanks, Mark. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power

Kia’s Horny Hamster Ad Makes Me Go Sigh

This ad for the 2015 Kia Soul featuring hamster people is… charming. It’s also a very good example of advertising that just up and shrugs and admits that its target is primarily men.  The scientists and engineers are all male and the audience is intended to identify with them.  The females are sexual objects that exist […]

what, exactly, are the police maximizing?

Last week, discussed how police interact with urban communities and the hypothesis that police are rewarded for focusing on the drug trade and they are less rewarded for just keeping the peace. Once commenter asked: what are the goals of the police? What are they trying to maximize? Upon reflection, I realize that I had […]

Streets of Rage 2 for the MegaDrive/Genesis

Here we go, Streets of Rage 2. Be warned, the following statement may be flecked with nostalgia. This 1993 title for the Sega Genesis/MegaDrive is one of the best video games ever made. It is easily the greatest side scrolling beat 'em up of its console generation and it's arguable whether it's ever been surpassed. Show More Summary

When Wild Animals Use Human Technology… and the End of Times

Forgive me, because this is probably better left to Cyborgology, but something amazing is happening here. In the video below, nesting swallows become trapped in a building when they add doors. The birds soon learn, though, that they can get the doors to automatically open by triggering the motion sensors. This is a story, obviously, of how smart […]

What is “Affordable” Housing?

By Teresa Irene Gonzales On July 21, 2014 Inae Oh published an article at the Huffington Post that discussed the New York City Council approved development of a condominium high-rise at 40 Riverside Boulevard on the Upper West Side of...

steven pinker, do you want a meritocracy? YOU CAN’T HANDLE A MERITOCRACY!!!!

In case you’re wondering, I’m obviously Tom Cruise and Steven Pinker is Jack Nicholson. Recently, Steven Pinker wrote a response to William Deresiewicz’ recent article/book, which claims that the Ivy League is a horrible soulless place. Overall, I concur with Pinker’s retort. Deresiewicz doesn’t offer evidence to show that careerism has gotten any worse, he makes […]

Politics Before and After the Referendum

Some sense impressions about the Scottish referendum and its consequences. If no wins on the 18th, it will be of the slimmest of margins and in spite of the politics of Better Together. The two debates between Salmond and Darling illustrated BT's problem perfectly. Show More Summary

Sunday Fun: Fear of Widths

Snapshots, by Jason Love. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

New Blogs July/September 2014

New blogs. Let's 'ave 'em. 1. Econ Autodidactic (Unaligned) (Twitter) 2. Emma Ann Hardy (Labour) Twitter) 3. For a Fair Society (Labour) (Twitter) 4. IWANTEDWINGS (Unaligned/feminist) 5. Luke Nightingale (Unaligned) (Twitter) 6. NAPO General Secretary's Blog (NAPO) (Twitter) 7. Show More Summary

confessions of a former optimist

I have always been an optimist. Or perhaps I should say I was always an optimist until the last few years. This has little or nothing to do with my personal life experiences. I maintained an optimistic outlook during unemployment, poverty,...Show More Summary

soy califa

Personally, I prefer the version on The Other Side of Round Midnight. But hey, it’s Dex. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power  

Happy Birthday Jane Addams!

Jane Addams was a sociologist, suffragist, social justice worker, and peace activist during the Progressive Era. Thanks to her concern for and advocacy on behalf of mothers and children, she is widely considered the mother of social work. She was also the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize. Source: Chicago Mag. Have a […]

Now is the Time for Canada to “Commit Sociology”

In the wake of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing and a foiled plot to attack a Via Rail train, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told citizens now is not the time to “commit sociology.” Rather than look for the underlying causes of problems like homegrown terrorism, he stressed the power of law enforcement agencies to […]

Saturday Interview: Sam Hale

At 21, Sam Hale is the youngest Labour prospective parliamentary candidate in the country. His opponent is 'Kaiser' Bill Cash, noted europhobe and long-serving Conservative MP for Stone. Sam lives in Cheadle and recently graduated from Lancaster University. Show More Summary

Reality Football

September 5, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Over at Scatterplot, Jeremy Freese posts this excerpt from Season of Saturdays, by Michael Weinreb, a sports writer. Maybe you don’t understand at all: Maybe you attended a liberal arts college...Show More Summary

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