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New blog post: No Shave November, Sexism and what to do about it:
Breaking News: There is Sexism on Twitter. (cross posted on the GALS blog). “Gross”, “disgusting”, “nasty”. “Get away from me”. What could the internet have found so revolting? You'd think the sub...
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This is why computational economics is so cool. Reality-based politics. +Watson Ladd
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Okay, I will definitely try to plan on going to Skepticon. So for 2 I would argue something along the lines of the Fisher Separation Theorem: all firms attempt to maximize present value regardless of ownership. So Goldman Sachs isn't going to get a firm it owns to act differently then it otherwise would. The concentration of wealth might mean more lobbying, but one man with a million to spend on lobbying is the equal to ten with a hundred thousand.
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Are you freaking kidding me?!??
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This is interesting. I can understand China wanting to avoid UN legitimation of human rights, but Russia seems to be engaged in this for geopolitical reasons. What does Syria have for Russia that they can't get elsewhere?
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A real education takes place, not in the lecture hall or library, but in the rooms of friends, with earnest frolic and happy disputation.
— Stephen Fry

At UChicago, it takes place everywhere.
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Except the A-Level
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I went to the Secular Student Alliance 2011 Annual Conference, and here's one thing I came away with: Male atheist feminists are great!
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True that. I've known so many guys who espouse feminist values, but then decline the title because they don't like the connotation.
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Not fully in agreement by any means, as I think taking this analysis too broadly risks demonizing all sexual attraction, which is not in and of itself problematic, but it feels so good to have someone point out how problematic it is not only to have women subjected to this but also to belittle and dismiss their accounts of it.
What's Wrong with Catcalling Women? Recently a young woman asked me, “How do you explain to guys how frustrating it is to be hit on all day long? Whenever I tell them to imagine what it would be l...
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Agreed.
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Well this is clever. It's like the MIT/CalTech rivalry T-shirt incident, but political and with possible real-world consequences. Hopefully for the better.
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Well that's interesting. I mean, who really LOOKS at the t-shirt after they've gotten it. If it's similar enough in color and pattern, then they may just put it on and go about their day.;)
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I posted a rationality quiz a few weeks ago and got some really interesting answers. This is the answer key with plenty of great explanations. If you want to take the quiz, you and find it through this link, and if you don't, you'll learn a lot anyway. Thanks for checking me out!
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I'm not sure who exactly thought this wasn't the case, but this is simply more evidence for the incredible robustness of science as a social and epistemological process.
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well now they change to "Are we causing it?". So long as the money is on the side of FUD, expect more of it.
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This is really interesting. Ben Goldacre does not pull punches about stupid uses of statistics, especially in academia. +Daniel Messinger
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I agree completely. It is a widespread error.
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This is a really interesting analysis of the problems with assuming that women's equality is just something that can be added post hoc to a sexist infrastructure. Matt Yglesias hits it on the head.
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Agreed.
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My feelings about my own labels have shifted a lot in a year. Instead of just being frustrated by people who don’t understand these labels, I step back, let the frustration pass, and focus on what to do in order to educate and empower those people. If I could talk to the person who wrote that blog entry a year ago, I would say, “You are right. Your peers are overthinking themselves into an identity-based paralysis. That’s frustrating. You’re smart. You’re proud. You’re fierce. But you’re also naive. You’re impulsive. You aren’t doing enough to empower the people who don’t have the same intellectual vocabulary you do. They haven’t been given the tools to build their identity the way you have. What are you going to do about it?”

- via http://whereisyourline.org/2011/08/badass-activist-friday-presents-marilla-li/

I have been coming to these conclusions as well, and I'm proud and happy to see other feminists doing the same. There is always room for righteous anger and truth-telling, but there is also room for nuance and understanding and, well, frankly, even though it tends not to be as inspiring, rationalism. Because feminism is rational, because it's right, and it shouldn't shy away from that.
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I so do love you, +Chana Messinger
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