parental optimism is cruel when your kid is destined for stigma

Counterpunch linked me to this abstract: Scholars call for more attention to how marginalization influences the development of low-income and racial/ethnic minority youth and emphasize the importance of youth’s subjective perceptions of contexts. This study examines how beliefs about the fairness of the American system (system justification) in sixth grade influence trajectories of self-esteem and…

without intermediate algebra, we are doomed

Saw this in the newspaper: If you’re one of those students who dreads math — especially algebra — you’ll soon get a bit of a break at the California State University system. For years, intermediate algebra had been a prerequisite for the system’s general math classes, meaning even students who weren’t majoring in math or…

ted kaczynski on the psychology of leftism

No doubt inspired by the commercial success of Mr. Robot, apparently the Discovery Channel has made a Unabomber documentary. Me and the Unabomber go way back. I read Industrial Society and Its Future over dial-up back when you had to pay by the minute. I made a debate file out of it, and also remember…

love is dead and marketing killed it

I saw the following clickbait on Psychology Today and had to see what I’d find: How the Science of Love Can Make You a Smarter Marketer. I knew it was going to be what Bill Hicks is talking about here: Over the past few decades, social scientists have made extraordinary advances in understanding the dynamics…

we have to force liberals to finally pick sides

The Atlantic purports to tell us Why the Left is Losing Ground, as if we were calling the shots about anything. The problem is that we have principles and complain when they’re violated, obviously. I’m a bit annoyed that I got a lot out of Rorty and thinking about epistemological pragmatism, and now The Atlantic…