Sociology

The Apple Special Event, which is supposed to go "Back to the Mac" is about to start, so I figured I'd put down a few of my hopes for the new Mac OS, which, based on the picture sent out with the invitation, will likely...

Good piece in the NY Times about recent research on study habits that essentially vindicates the way I have approached my studies for a long time (that is, violating many aspects of "received wisdom" for what intuitively seemed to work better). One thing I'd emphasize...

Language indeed shapes the way we think, says Lera Boroditsky's article in the Wall Street Journal. For anyone with any common sense (or language training), this shouldn't be especially surprising, but it is an interesting read nonetheless, exploring how the latest cognitive research demonstrates testable...

An old song randomly came up on my iPhone the other day that brought my attention to an extremely common mistake, one I have heard repeated even by those who should know better: the idea of a "dowry" as a price paid by the bridegroom...

A few days ago, CNN posted a brief report (via health.com) on "new research" that shows cutting saturated fat from one's diet isn't necessarily helpful for heart health. Of course, this isn't news at all; the last 20+ years of research has shown that saturated...

I finally got a chance to watch Avatar in 3D the other night—strictly business, of course, since I had assigned it to the Sociology of Religion class for which I am guest-lecturing this evening on the nature and definition of religion, using Avatar as a...

Michael Bird has come out of the closet with pride, revealing that he is indeed an introvert (an INTJ, in fact). As another (prototypical) INTJ (if you want to see a near-perfect description of me, go here and here), I fully identify with his post;...

Atlanta Fest 2009 was immensely enjoyable—camping out with five very good friends at Stone Mountain and hearing numerous concerts was a blast. In addition to being able to catch Skillet (one of the best shows in music today) on the main stage, it was great...

Stanley Fish has penned one of the best op-eds I've read in some time, responding to critics of his last op-ed on religion. Fish eloquently and gracefully explains that everything—including science—is founded on the foundation of faith. We cannot reason or observe anything in a...