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Eric Charles
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Attended Bucknell University
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The academic job market has gotten harder, very recently
There have been many stories recently about the "overproduction" of Ph.D. students in science, and about the increasingly competitive job markets. This isn't going to be a comprehensive post about that, but rather a highlight of a short, but significant pap...
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Hey white people, listen up! This is what conversations about "racism" are about
So, after spending a long time in conversations about racism --- some time talking, but mostly listening --- I pressed those involved about on the "now what?" question. In response, I have been informed that it is my duty to go out and educate other white p...
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Alright, let’s get this out of the way in the first sentence: When I say that victim blaming “makes sense” I do not mean that it is right, or morally justified, or anything like that. What I mean is the behaviors associated w...
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Find below the text of an e-mail to Fairfax County Police about using the Flower Shot (linked) product, and their reply.  I have removed the individual officer's specific information because this IS the internet, after all.  ...
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Today is the new 114th Congress' second day on the job.  As you know, the mid-term elections improved the Republican's majority in the House, and gave them the majority in the Senate.  Just in case it hasn't been made clear t...
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Stats Help Part 2: Null and Alternative Hypotheses
Many struggle with discussions of null and alternative hypotheses. The logic behind phrasing research questions in that way can be a bit unintuitive. The logical involves what you can or cannot prove given an if-then statement, and I'll put a paragraph abou...
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Stats Help: Dependent vs. Independent Variables - Understanding the Difference
The terms Dependent and Independent can be a bit unintuitive, and many stats students struggle with them. The easier term should be "dependent", and that term is easiest to understand in an experimental context. The dependent variable is what you measure at...
The terms Dependent and Independent can be a bit unintuitive, and many stats students struggle with them. The easier term should be "dependent", and that term is easiest to understand in an experimental context. The dependent variable is what you measure at the end of an experiment.
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Explaining the "Gay Marriage" controversy in the U.S.
Many of my friends and colleagues in other parts of the world are having a really hard time wrapping their head around the continued controversy in the U.S. regarding "gay marriage." And by that, I mean, "marriage" open to same sex couples, not some new mag...
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Why Victim Blaming Makes Sense
Alright,
let’s get this out of the way in the first sentence: When I say that victim blaming “makes sense” I do not mean that it is
right, or morally justified , or anything like that. What I mean is the
behaviors associated with victim blaming follow a log...
Alright, let’s get this out of the way in the first sentence: When I say that victim blaming “makes sense” I do not mean that it is right, or morally justified, or anything like that. What I mean is the behaviors associated w...
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I've been an atheist on the internet almost as long as there has been an internet.  I have written, literally, hundreds of thousands of words on the subject of religion, god, and morality.  Online discussion forums, chat room...
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Well said.  I think the key to the epithets lies in the realization that everyone (especially on the internet) is wrong about so many things, any person who constantly, consistently, untiringly, harps on a single issue is not merely irritating.  They're either disabled or a jerk.

So, my advice to internet atheists is to give that issue a rest once in awhile.  Pepper criticism amongst the billions of other things people are wrong about.  Let the religion thing go for a decade or so.  After all, we're winning and can spend a little less time on that issue these days.

(Yes, I'm a hypocrite.  I argue about religion a lot, on and off the internet. ;-)
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What's Congress up to? 114th Congress edition, volume 1
Today is the new 114th Congress' second day on the job.  As you know, the mid-term elections improved the Republican's majority in the House, and gave them the majority in the Senate.  Just in case it hasn't been made clear this is NOT my preferred state of...
Today is the new 114th Congress' second day on the job.  As you know, the mid-term elections improved the Republican's majority in the House, and gave them the majority in the Senate.  Just in case it hasn't been made clear t...
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Lab Manager, Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning
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  • American University
    Lab Manager, 2013 - present
  • Penn State, Altoona
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, 2008 - 2013
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