A few links to articles and blogposts that I think worth sharing
Laurie Penny has written a long-read article about not debating people: No, I Will Not Debate You
Civility will never defeat fascism, no matter what The Economist thinks.
Professor Julie Libarkin of Michigan State University has compiled a list of know harassers in academia
Rates of sexual abuse and harassment in academic science are second only to the military. It’s estimated that at least half of women faculty and staff face harassment and abuse and that 20 to 50 percent of women students in science, engineering, and medicine are abused by faculty. Those numbers are generally based on surveys, which are an important way of getting a handle on the problem and how it changes women’s career trajectories.
But when it comes to holding institutions accountable and making meaningful changes, naming perpetrators may be even more powerful.
Julie Libarkin has taken on the challenge of creating a database of harassers. She’s a professor at Michigan State University and she heads the Geocognition Research Laboratory. She’s compiled a list of some 700 cases of sexual misconduct in academia.
The human league: what separates us from other animals? by Adam Rutherford
You are an animal, but a very special one. Mostly bald, you’re an ape, descended from apes; your features and actions are carved or winnowed by natural selection. But what a special simian you are. Shakespeare crystallised this thought a good 250 years before Charles Darwin positioned us as a creature at the end of the slightest of twigs on a single, bewildering family tree that encompasses 4bn years, a lot of twists and turns, and 1 billion species.
Andy Slavitt described his article thus on twitter:
Do you notice this phenomenon where your MOC behaves differently in odd numbered years and even numbered years? My @USATODAY column this week explains.
This is very relevant to my earlier post about the need for a reform in the US judicial system.