Beiträge vom November, 2011

small thoughts 2011-11-20 (my week in twitter)

Sonntag, 20. November 2011 7:59

  • Gaslighting“ sad that it happens but fascinating concept, with important implications for working with abuse survivors #
  • Glad to get good news about the #OWS library and relations with police after the crackdown at Zuccotti Park #
  • Schlechte Nachrichten vom Strom-Kartell und Atomendlager, gute zum Ende von Kohlestrom und Ökostrom-Nutzung der Zechen #
  • Awesome visualization of how „Western Dance Music“ evolved, with global influences sadly US-UK-centric #

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Avoiding Bad Love — Reality, Respect and Misunderstood Romance

Montag, 14. November 2011 20:30

A combination of personal experiences, conversations with friends and reading feminist blogs (more serious thoughts on the Nice Guy™ concept I encountered there coming soon) have tempted me into writing a little guide to avoiding bad love, in basically two sections: Reality and Respect, with Misunderstood Romance as an overarching theme holding them together.


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Brazil 2: WWOOFing on the Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza

Montag, 14. November 2011 20:07

In the spirit of a rainy Sunday (now that my free time is mostly concentrated on the weekend, that really sucks) I’m catching up with my blogging. So these are almost real-time pictures from my current life and work on the Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza as a WWOOFer (these are the Brazil farms, mine is BRA108). Their main product is Bob-o-link Coffee, but they also have a range of „micro-lot“ coffees, specific beans in small quantities. And there’s a café in Freiburg using their coffee: „Elephant Beans“ in Basler Straße near Johanneskirche (for the locals ;) ), run by Jörg Volkmann who I had the pleasure to briefly talk to on Skype. Oh how the world is small!


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small thoughts 2011-11-13 (my week in twitter)

Sonntag, 13. November 2011 7:59

  • While press raises worry about „Sharia“ in the new Libya, it is unquestioned in „liberated“ Iraq and Afghanistan #
  • Berlusconi zeigte, wie Anti-Parteien-Impulse antidemokratisch werden können und ein heimlich autoritäres Regime #
  • XKCD „Missile Launch Web Interface“ Which mistakes are important — also hover mouse on image and read. #
  • Science tattoos. Many are nerdy, but love the finks and Strebe Projection world map #
  • Tribal Bonds“: Sometimes refreshing to see the positive sides of our species pointed out how pro-social we really are #
  • I didn’t think Daylight Saving Time could ever make me laugh. Can, if dogs and food come into play #

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Thor vs. Jesus and Social Science

Mittwoch, 9. November 2011 16:45

This little comic comparing different gods‘ achievement made me laugh twice — first because the comparison is so sweet, and second when I talked about it with a friend who pointed to some methodological flaws in the conclusion. So I can’t resist sharing it here, and commenting on how it illustrates some problems in (especially) social science research on intervention effects.


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Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism — Empiricism meets Constructivism

Montag, 7. November 2011 0:31

Following some of the feminist blogosphere since some time now, I frequently come across criticisms of „Evolutionary Psychology“. Discussing some of that with a friend who works in the field revealed that there is a lot of discontent and a feeling of being misunderstood among scholars there. A reply from an evolutionary psychologist that he referred me to disappointed me (I want to respond in detail to that later), as well as a recent journal publication with a very promising title (David M. Buss & David P. Schmitt (2011). Evolutionary Psychology and Feminism [pdf]. Sex Roles. doi:10.1007/s11199-011‑9987-3). Both show that they are at least as ignorant of what the critique is all about as their critics are of Evolutionary Psychology. I’m going to try to fill in some of these gaps in both directions, and explain why I mostly side with „the feminists“ at the end. This is at the same time part of a thought process of mine concerning epistemology („what and how can we know about the world“) and the role of science in a much more general sense. I didn’t really feel ready to write about that yet, but I might not anytime soon, and this kind of discussion arises so often that I decided to share my preliminary thoughts. I’m aware there will be holes and inconsistencies and look forward to criticism.


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small thoughts 2011-11-06 (my week in twitter)

Sonntag, 6. November 2011 7:59

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