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Divide and conquer. How segmenting the population into different groups and then describing the same behavior with distinct vocabularies for each group, changes our perception of each group's behavior and our reaction to it (whether or not we are sympathetic).
#language #euphemism #pathologizing
From the article... "(1924) Keane and her co-workers at Waterbury Clock Co., all young women, were told they could paint faster if they dipped their brushes into the radium-laden paint and then sharpened the bristles with their lips."
"Keane recalled learning of radium's deadly affects when her co-workers from that summer began to die in 1927. Later, a friend warned her not to have a tooth pulled because her mouth would never heal."
"About 15 of the young dial painters in Waterbury died from radium poisoning during the 1920s and '30s. Scores of women died later after suffering for years from crumbling bones and rotted jaws."
"The case of the radium girls eventually led to federal law that placed industrial diseases under workers' compensation rules."
APD cracks down on dangerous blonde joggers. I feel safer already.
It is Curious, as to what subjectively we each interpret initial findings, to deduce an absurd or arbitrary (Non-scientific) conclusion!
I have never had any desire to play Grand Theft Auto...until now. The idea of walking around slapping people so involved with their gadgets that they ignore the view is almost irresistibly appealing. However, I think my final assessment would be quite similar to Coco Peru's.
From the article, "...same-sex marriage opponents are unique in the depth of their misunderstanding of the issue. Because they skew strongly conservative and deeply religious, this may be a manifestation of what Andrew Sullivan has termed "epistemic closure." Think of this as an extreme case of confirmation bias -- that tendency of people to filter out information that challenges their beliefs and preconceived notions."
"The PRRI survey data show that among much of the GOP base, epistemic closure is still very much alive and well. And this fact is crucial to understanding the "religious freedom" legislation cropping up in places such as Kansas and Arizona. On the surface, it makes little sense to codify discrimination into law when public opinion has shifted dramatically toward equality and the courts are following suit."
"But by and large, this is not the reality same-sex marriage opponents are living in. In their understanding, public opinion is on their side..."
via #statistics #marriageequality
Although influenced by nature and nurture, we are not slaves to circumstance. We possess free will.
People who excuse their behavior by saying "I couldn't help myself" are not full-functioning adults. They should be kept under strict supervision, like small children or wild dogs, so that they cannot harm themselves or others.
From the article...
"Of course, there’s also a third ingredient, in addition to genetics and environment: free will. “Since finding all this out and looking into it, I’ve made an effort to try to change my behavior,” Fallon says. “I’ve more consciously been doing things that are considered ‘the right thing to do,’ and thinking more about other people’s feelings.”
But he added, “At the same time, I’m not doing this because I’m suddenly nice, I’m doing it because of pride—because I want to show to everyone and myself that I can pull it off.”
I don't believe in vengeance or vindictiveness. I certainly don't believe in the abuses of America's privatized prison system which has very little to do with punishment, justice, or rehabilitation.
Do criminals choose to do evil? When I was a child, I remember reading an old Lil Abner cartoon in which his mammy said, "You can be good just for the sake of being good but you can't be bad just for the sake of being bad. There's always some underlying motive, benefit, or pleasure."
I don't know if that's true but it's something I've thought about ever since. Certainly I think we deceive ourselves with the comfort that crimes are committed by "bad" people. We make monsters out of the "other" because it helps us distance ourselves from acts we may be capable of doing ourselves.
From the Drake Bridge looking west. Walking home from the movies.
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