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Paul Bloom: The Case Against Empathy : The New Yorker

http://m.newyorker.com/arts/critics/atlarge/2013/05/20/130520crat_atlarge_bloom?currentPage=all Empathy is important in forming and sustaining social relationships.  Yet,  as Paul  Bloom explains, for all the concern about “empathy gaps”,  empathy does not help us solve all of our more dilemmas.

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Media Violence and Violent Behavior

The NRA’s Wayne LePierrer made numerous empirically questionable statements. One of them is that media (television, music, film, and video game) violence is in part to blame for mass shootings. I briefly want to address the empirical evidence for the role of media violence on violent behavior because on the right and left alike, and […]

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What Money Can’t Buy & The Case of Therapy

What Money Can’t Buy  I recently read Michael Sandel’s “What Money Can’t Buy.” This book makes an appeal to readers that the be wary of the spread of markets to areas of our lives not traditionally placed in the realm of commodity exchange. Sandel uses over one hundred examples to give readers a sense of […]

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Consensus on Digital Piracy?

Consensus on Digital Piracy?

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A humorous answer to the frequent questions, ‘why do police harass people?’

There is a great deal of police humor available on the web. The following email has been circulating and gathering attention in part because it deals with the tension between citizens feeling like they have been singled out for enforcement actions or are being harassed. I believe that most citizens, most of the time understand that […]

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The Truth Behind Stop-and-Frisk – NYTimes.com

The Truth Behind Stop-and-Frisk – NYTimes.com. Some new case may be in the making regarding search and frisk.

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Future Tech Jobs: We Need Social Science Graduates – Rawn Shah – Connected Business – Forbes

Future Tech Jobs: We Need Social Science Graduates – Rawn Shah – Connected Business – Forbes.   While this article is certainly not how I would define the importance of sociologists to the future job markets, it least it is something on the topic in Forbes. Certainly, sociologists bring more to the table than social […]

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Going Vagabond

  Preparing for the next bought of fieldwork—this time domestically as a ronin sociologist-program manager. Instead of up-armored vehicles in the Stan, I will be riding my Honda Shadow to my new field-sites.  Next week off to Cali and Washington to finalize field-sites and begin the next vagabond journey into the world of  “tact and […]

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A Methodological Policy?

While I was in Afghanistan I came across two statements that I thought made  for good research policies while trying to understand social action: “One should take the doer back into the deed after having conceptually removed the doer and thus emptied the deed. … one should take doing something, the ‘aim,’ the ‘intention,’ the […]

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