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Chana Messinger
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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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This is why computational economics is so cool. Reality-based politics. +Watson Ladd

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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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Are you freaking kidding me?!??

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This is really interesting. Ben Goldacre does not pull punches about stupid uses of statistics, especially in academia. +Daniel Messinger

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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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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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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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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