Editor’s Selections: Effects of Quality of Life, Google and Memory, Language, and Bears

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By Krystal D'Costa

Krystal D'Costa Krystal D’Costa selects interesting and notable ResearchBlogging.org posts in the social sciences, including anthropology, research, and philosophy. She blogs about anthropology, technology, and urban life at Anthropology in Practice.

Who said the summer is a slow time for blogs? There was no shortage of posts to choose from on ResearchBlogging.org this week. The hard part was whittling it down. Here are the picks for this week:

  • Is there a connection between quality of life and atheism? At Evolving Economics, Jason Collins discusses a paper that examines superstition and uncertainty in some interesting examples (e.g., “men and women become more religious when they view pictures of attractive same-sex mating competitors, another possible case of uncertain outcomes”), leading to the conclusion that rates of atheism will rise as developing countries establish themselves and uncertainty about daily life decreases.
  • While we seem to be sure that our relationship with technology will have resounding effects, we’re still trying to determine what those effects will be and how they will unfold. To this end, the Neurocritic expertly dissects a study on memory in a Google-centric world. While it ultimately seems to offer commentary on our attention spans more so than memory, it illustrates just how complicated our relationship with technology is.
  • At Language on the Move, Ingrid Pillar takes issue with a campaign to encourage migrants to learn German. The campaign takes a derogatory tone and implies that “laziness” is the reason why migrants in particular have a hard time with German. Ingrid shares with readers some of the reasons why language can be difficult to acquire in a migration setting and emphasizes the need for bilingual tolerance.
  • Do bears need paternity tests? Kevin Zelnio of EvoEcoLab uses this question to generate a discussion about making research relevant to everyone. As concerns about funding for research grows, it’s more important than ever to encourage a more general understanding of and interest in science.

I’ll be back next week with more from the social sciences.

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