This goes well with my post of a month ago. I have been working feverishly to move our non-profit EMC2 the World – Globalwise Communities off the ground the last month. In every discussion we have about our organization and programs we talk about recognizing shared humanity and not dehumanizing those whom are different from us. This article I read in Salon.com today about why and how we dehumanize others is a must read about why this is such a vital topic. Talking about diversity, inclusion, social justice, awareness and global competence is not enough if we don’t do anything to overcome this type dehumanization.
The only area I disagree with the author is on the mix of recognizing the mind versus empathy. In my experience sometimes recognizing the mind of another is not enough to overcome the us/them fact of human existence. Sometimes we need to feel an emotional connection, to be able to genuinely put ourselves in the others parties emotional shoes or have a shared experience that bonds us. Overall I am glad to have read this snippet from the book Mindwise by Nicholas Epley.
I like this little piece at Salon about kids learning intolerance. This is well worth the read. As I read this two points struck me that are worth sharing. First, this is another in a long line of examples that kids learn from their environment as much or more than what they are specifically taught. They do what they see their parents doing, not what they are being told to learn. Modeling a behavior is so much more powerful than giving it lip service (in both negative and motive contexts). Second, we know adults can unlearn many of these traits. However, it is exponentially harder the more ingrained these traits become. That is why schooling age 3-8 is really the most important time for a family to put all hands on deck!
Published January 13, 2014
Cool Stuff , Science
Good write-up of a new study here at i09. Basically plants may actually transfer energy during photosynthesis by quantum entanglement between two atoms!
This wonderful article by Miles Kimball at Quartz highlights how Gay Marriage is all about Freedom of Religion, just not in the way you hear about it typically. If we truly believe in religious pluralism and freedom of religion in our country, then we should not let our religious tenants restrict others from following their believes. We can disagree with them and we can choose not to participate, but it is nothing more than a bias to try and restrict marriage based on one set of beliefs only.
Published January 13, 2014
Here are some interesting studies and science facts for the week with a bit of humor attached.
100 Years of Smoking Studies. Also known as money trumps science.
Global Warning Science is Statistically Unanimous. Also known as folks still believe what they want bio matter what science says.
Young Australian of the Year Marita Cheng. Good on ya, Mate. We need more people like Marita in science!
Car to Car Communication. Are we ready? Will cars be better at than humans?
Breeding for Output of Milk Lowered Output of Calves. Also known as Law of Unintended Consequence.
Voter Laws Not Really About Voting Integrity. Anyone who did not know this was already filterpreting out the data right in front of them.
A quote from the LA Times about FIFA from today. Those who know me well, understand how much this makes me smile. “FIFA, the soccer’s world governing body, has generally displayed a unique grasp on reality that often differs from the world the rest of us live in.”
Over at the Last Word on Nothing, Michelle Nijhuis talks about changing gender roles in stores she reads to her daughter. I started this when singing Old MacDonald to my girls and try to do it in stories whenever they let. Reading her article, I think I need to try to do it more often.
NPR website recently had this blog post about language influencing our worldview. I have read a good deal on this subject across academic fields and wish we could get someone to sit down and actually compare all of the research. It seems to me that we have the answers based on what Psychologists, Anthropologists, Applied Linguists etc., have already published. If only we could get them to share…..
For those who may be wondering, I fall firmly on the side that language definitively impacts how we view and perceive our reality.