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Denise Cummins
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Cognitive scientist, author, and blogger about thinking and deciding
Cognitive scientist, author, and blogger about thinking and deciding

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Insist the the Electoral College honor the popular vote! Clinton won the popular vote.


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In one of my favorite shows, the Big Bang Theory, Bernadette (a microbiologist who works in the pharmaceutical industry) is now pregnant...and hates it.

She not only hates being pregnant, she seems to hate the child she's carrying. All of her words, actions, and feelings scream "I hate this baby for interrupting my career!"

Meanwhile, Howard is spending all of his time at work developing a new invention because, hey, the father's role is to bring home the big bucks, not to provide companionship and support to his pregnant wife.

I hope Bernadette and Howard start putting aside money for baby Wolowitz's psychotherapy. What must it feel like to be born to parents who see you as a threat to their autonomy, to feel so unwanted?

The chatter on the web applauds her for being a champion of feminism, because feminism has now come to mean hating mothering or any other kind of nurturing. Women who want to have children or who want to nurture anything other than a career are considered "brainwashed", "deficient", and "traitors to the cause."

What have you done to my movement, Millennials?

http://www.sheknows.com/entertainment/articles/1128749/bernadette-the-big-bang-theory-season-10


"Someone has to be the bottom at some point. That is the nature of the system." 6th graders are mercilessly bullied in middle school, according to scientists. Their recommended solution? Go back to K-8 and eliminate middle school. How about this instead:

A crucially important lesson that needs to be taught and continually reinforced in K-12 is that people at the bottom of a hierarchy have the right to be treated with dignity and respect--that being "top dog" doesn't give you license to torment and bully others.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/09/19/494232646/sixth-grade-is-tough-it-helps-to-be-top-dog?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=news

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Professors believe they should be able to do and say anything they want in the classroom. Actually, anyone who thinks they can say and do anything they want (and damn the consequences to others) is the one acting childish.

Safe spaces and trigger warnings a threat to academic freedom? Don't think so. In this PBS article, I point out the challenges that students now face, challenges that their professors didn't face as students and don't face now.

"In short, college students today perhaps are not less resilient than students of the past. Perhaps they are instead showing the strain that comes from grappling with serious threats and challenges that their predecessors did not face — ruinous student debt, poor job prospects and college campuses in which they feel foreign and unwanted."

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