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Category Archive: Psychology

Apr 20 2014

Where the facts really stand

My two posts on Brendan Eich have attracted a commenter who wants us all to know he thinks homosexuality is a form of mental illness, and that therefore it is “tough love” to discriminate against them and deny their right to get married. He and I have been having a long back-and-forth discussion, in the …

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Jul 14 2013

Changing The Creepy Guy Narrative

Today’s must-read narrative, about one too many creepy guys on a subway. So a thing happened to me yesterday on the BART as I was coming home from work. (And no, it wasn’t a Sharknado…mores the pity.) Maybe I’m just rewriting history or trying to make a story fit in this the context of this …

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Nov 20 2012

A persecuted church

I thought this story might be an amusing look at yet another Christian group hypocritically claiming martyrdom and persecution. It isn’t. A decade ago, God spoke to Jane Whaley, and she says he told her to fight… “God told me, ‘Jane, you are at the beginning of a holocaust,’ ” Whaley says. “Before … we turned …

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Oct 11 2012

Counterfeminism

One of the things that really puzzles me is the number of women who are opposed to feminism. And not just reluctant, either. I’m talking hackles-raised, eyes-blazing hostility against the very people who are fighting to win them equal rights. It boggles my mind. But, as the saying goes, a boggled mind is of no …

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Aug 13 2012

Miracles and the power of suggestion

According to a story in the New York Times, the placebo effect isn’t just limited to a drug’s expected benefits. People can and do suffer negative side effects as a result of believing they are taking real drugs. It’s called the “nocebo” effect. In a curious study, a team of Italian gastroenterologists asked people with …

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