What We Can Really Learn from the “One Third of College Men Would Rape” Study

In a recent study at the University of North Dakota, nearly one third of the men surveyed said they would force a woman to have sex, so long as they wouldn’t face any consequences. While there are a whole lot of truly disturbing findings in that study, there are also several misconceptions that need to be cleared up. Also, the researchers’ actual recommendations have been largely overlooked, yet they’re much more important for anti-rape education than the mere statistics are. Read More What We Can Really Learn from the “One Third of College Men Would Rape” Study

Texas Bigot: “Gays Should Know Better Than to be Out.”

This was something said to me last week on Facebook, when I said that I was unhappy that a gay couple in East Texas had been thrown out of a restaurant with the remark, “We do not like f**s.”

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Thinking Outside The Stanford-Binet, Part Two

In the first part of my analysis of IQ, I looked into the history of IQ and weighed both the positives and negatives of using IQ as a quantitative measure of intelligence. Some of the pitfalls spawned different ideas that attempt to patch in some of the holes found in using IQ. One of these is the theory of multiple intelligences. Read More Thinking Outside The Stanford-Binet, Part Two

Thinking Outside the Stanford-Binet, Part One

Not too long ago I participated in a discussion about IQ and it opened my eyes to the different relationships people have with it. Several people knew their scores, although many raised doubts as to the validity of this number that is theoretically supposed to tell you how intelligent you are. Read More Thinking Outside the Stanford-Binet, Part One

What’s Your Kind of Atheism?

Atheism is a deceptively complex concept. My understanding of it was always pretty straightforward – I didn’t believe in God and that was it. Done and dusted. For the vast majority of people I talk to about faith, religious and irreligious, that’s “it,” too. But the umbrella of beliefs we subsume under the banner of Atheism do not always strictly line up with each other. And where does Agnosticism fit in? What’s the difference between someone who professes no knowledge and someone who doesn’t care? And what the hell is Ignosticism? All these questions answered after the jump. Read More What’s Your Kind of Atheism?