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  • May 8, 2016
  • 02:33 PM

The Brexit debate: no matter what, don’t mention the war!

by Sergio Graziosi in Writing my own user manual - Sergio Graziosi's Blog

There is something deeply troubling about how the debate about the UK’s EU referendum is unfolding. Deeply troubling and, dare I say, a little bit disgusting. Most opinion articles/interventions that I could find will start along the lines of “the…Read more ›... Read more »

Anastasiou, H. (2007) The EU as a peace building system: deconstructing nationalism in an era of globalization. International Journal of Peace Studies, 12(2), 31-50. info:other/

  • September 21, 2012
  • 09:44 AM

Edward Maibach on the Sticky Problem of Misinformation

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

“When it’s really important to educate the public about an issue, the most reliable means we have is simple, clear messages repeated often by a variety of trusted sources,” says ... Read more »

Lewandowsky, s., Ecker,U. K. H. Seifert,C.M., Schwarz,N., and Cook, J. (2012) Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 13(3), 106-131. DOI: 10.1177/1529100612451018  

  • June 20, 2012
  • 12:00 PM

Will Partisan Polarization get in the way of Obama’s Second Term?

by Rense Nieuwenhuis in Curving Normality

I just realized that Obama’s chances of being re-elected might be seriously compromised. Not because of any of the policies he did (or did not) implement, but because of polarization of America Public opinion. The New Yorker has a piece of his re-election, describing all (recent) presidents that were re-elected for a second term.... Read more »

Carmines, & Woods. (2002) The role of party activists in the evolution of the abortion issue. Political Behavior, 24(4), 361-377. info:/

  • May 17, 2012
  • 01:02 AM

Where Has Our Capitalist Spirit Gone?

by Jason Carr in Wired Cosmos

The Source of Consumption and Commodity Max Weber was concerned, sociologically, on the effects of class, status, party, and the bureaucratic nature of the struggling lower classes in everyday life. He, too, spent much time contemplating religion (since it has been known to shape party), status, and the daily life of citizens, as well as effecting attitudes [...]... Read more »

  • October 12, 2011
  • 09:02 AM

The Paradox of Protesting Democratic Wars

by Eric Horowitz in peer-reviewed by my neurons

When the Iraq war eventually came to its vague conclusion, much credit was given to the large anti-war protests that swept the nation (and deservedly so). However, a new study by researchers as the University of Geneva reveals that when it comes to the "bad PR" caused by war, protests are a mixed blessing because they make the war appear more illegitimate to other countries.... Read more »

Falomir-Pichastor, J., Staerkle, C., Pereira, A., & Butera, F. (2011) Democracy as Justification for Waging War: The Role of Public Support. Social Psychological and Personality Science. DOI: 10.1177/1948550611420172  

  • April 6, 2011
  • 03:27 PM

No Such Thing as Clean Politics

by APS Daily Observations in Daily Observations

Who knew we subconsciously relate cleanliness with conservatism? A study published in Psychological Science found that people who are reminded of physical purity report being more politically conservative and had ... Read more »

  • March 16, 2011
  • 06:28 PM

A basic psychological link between religion and right-wing politics

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Humans are fine tuned to spot coincidences. Take, for example, an experiment done a few years ago by Paola Bressan and Peter Bramer, psychologists at the University of Padova in Italy. They asked their subjects to watch a computer screen, where dots would appear either above or below a pair of words. They had to press one of two keys on the keyboard, depending on where the dots appeared.

After 32 rounds of this, one of the words, unexpectedly, appeared as white on black (Trial 33 in the picture........ Read more »

  • November 9, 2010
  • 04:30 AM

Bombers wearing suicide vests can be detected from a safe distance

by SAGE Insight in SAGE Insight

Sensing and identifying the improvised explosive device suicide bombers: people carrying wires on their body From The Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation: Applications, Methodology, Technology Terrorist threats from small devices continue to be a very real global concern. A reminder of the persistent danger from such weapons was flagged just last week as Federal [...]... Read more »

  • August 19, 2010
  • 05:33 PM

Young evangelicals are greener... but no more liberal

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

During the last US presidential campaign, there was a flurry of excitement when pundits caught hold of the idea that some young Christian evangelicals might possibly vote for Obama (despite the fact that he is, apparently, a Muslim, or perhaps not even a Christian, or something). This would not be so surprising. After all, there is nothing set in stone about what the political and even moral beliefs of an evangelical should be. There would be nothing in principle to stand in the way of a bit of ........ Read more »

Smith, B., & Johnson, B. (2010) The Liberalization of Young Evangelicals: A Research Note. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 49(2), 351-360. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2010.01514.x  

  • October 28, 2008
  • 06:45 PM

How religion makes people vote right-wing

by Tom Rees in Epiphenom

Apparently there's some sort of election going on over in the US, so here's a topical question: why is it that religion encourages the poor to vote for right-wing parties? By 'right wing' here I mean 'fiscally conservative' - the sorts of parties that are against government social welfare programmes. Now, there are all sorts of arguments for and against wealth redistribution, which I'm not going to get into. But the fact remains - and it's one that's relevant to understanding the US elections - ........ Read more »

  • September 8, 2008
  • 04:00 AM

U.S. Presidential Abortion Debate

by Rense Nieuwenhuis in Curving Normality

With the U.S. Presidential election campaigns gaining momentum, the important issues are becoming more and more clear. One such issue that might make or brake a candidate, is their stance on abortion. McCain and Palin strongly objecting against the possibility of women having an abortion, Obama and Biden take a pro-choice stance. More interestingly, though, Obama and Biden explicitly state on their site that it is their goal to protect the Roe vs. Wade ruling, whereas McCain-Palin explicitly sta........ Read more »

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