There is currently a proposal before ISA to prevent blogging by the editorial members of ISA journals. While there are a few posts discussing how this is professionally problematic and limits some real discussion that is happening via blog, there is one other arena such a mandate would also hurt: My classroom. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I have been part of a teaching program at Boise State (Boise State Teaching Scholars) that aims to help early-career professors develop a more robust classroom while incorporating what we know from the scholarship on teaching and learning. Part of my work through Continue reading Incorporating Blog Consumption into the Classroom
A few years ago I wrote a blog post about a study that found a link between certain genes and interest in politics. Two new studies have come out since that go even further, and find a link between brain region size and genes, and political preference. I discuss them below. Brain Region Size and Ideology A new study by scientists at University College London has found a link between the size of certain areas of the brain and political viewpoints. In sum: "Scientists have found that people with conservative views have brains with larger amygdalas, almond shaped areas in the centre Continue reading Biology and Politics
I love lists and I hope you do too. Several lists have occurred to me recently, and I was going to ignore my itch to make them because there are probably lots of good end-of-year lists floating around now. But do any of them take a quantitative approach to list-making? I’m going to try the procedure. How to make an End-Of-Decade List of the most Significant Days of the Decade? Prelude: Several months ago there was a widely-circulated news story about “the most boring day in history”: the finger was pointed at April 11th 1954. William Tunstall-Pedoe’s computer program ‘True Knowledge’ Continue reading 2000 – 2010: End of Year/End of Decade Lists: Top Five Politically Significant Days of the Decade?
The three of us, along with Ray Carman, traveled to New York City for the weekend to enjoy a few hours of Eddie Izzard performing at Radio City Music Hall for this current "Stripped" tour. As such, the trip is still fresh in my mind as I return to work on a few projects involving asymmetric relationships; this clip from over a decade ago is begging to be included as an introductory quote to an article or chapter on imperialism: Second, for those of you who are design savvy (I am not), the Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science Continue reading A Few Non-Connected Thoughts and Links