This blog is over. I’ll be taking it down soon. My ambitions outstripped my skills. For a professional type blog, versus just a ‘what I’m up to’ blog, you really need rather good journalism skills. Both in writing and researching. And oh yeah it takes a huge time commitment. So I’m going to spend my time on actual work pursuits now. Bye-bye.
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I been saying all of these things in my head during newscasts for the last several years. Thanks to lough try for articulating them so well.
Strange things are happening in British universities. This one is about an onslaught of UltraLeftism. Critiqued by an excellent feminist blogger.
I grew up in a household in which there were a lot of rules. Not just the usual ones – don’t fight, brush your teeth, do your homework. There were others: don’t nudge the furniture “off position.” Don’t touch the newspapers or remote control. Don’t unlock the back door. Don’t do anything that makes me feel unsafe. These rules were subject to change without notice. If you broke them, the consequences were severe. Tantrums, shouting, worse. Sometimes you’d end up barricading yourself in your room, wishing you’d just not bothered to move at all. It was unbearable. But then again, if someone is anxious and says they feel unsafe, what can you do? Especially if their anxiety is presented as unknowable and resistant to change. You have to do what they want, regardless of your own desires.
After all, how hard can it be not to touch a newspaper? Not…
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What’so up with this 50 Shades of Grey crap? (Not to mention the repellent but also incompetently written Outlander.) I think this post hits the nail on the depressing head.
While much of the sex in Fifty Shades is as cruel and sadistic as in mainstream porn, it is expertly packaged for women who want a “fairy tale” ending. In male-targeted porn, the woman is interesting only for as long as the sex lasts. Once done with her, the man is onto the next, and the next, and the next. … She is disposable, interchangeable, and easily replaced. No happy ending here for women.
In Fifty Shades, however, the naïve, immature, bland Anastasia is, for some unfathomable reason, the most compelling woman our rich, sadistic, narcissistic hero has ever met, and he not only kisses her during sex (something you rarely see in Internet hardcore porn) but he doesn’t move on to the next conquest once he has had his wicked way with her. In fact, he actually marries her and confesses undying love. As one of the female fans…
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I changed the name of this blog from Medical False Knowledge to The Brain Science Critic a couple months ago and am retooling it. There have been nothing but delays since then. First I was sick, then I was cutting the cable and had to get a new TV… And of course the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Funny how a massacre, even that one is not directly involved in, can alter your schedule. So in the meantime I have been re-blogging. I think you’ll find them very interesting although they’re not about brain science. My brain science critique is coming. The plan is to take my time, and to write it up in proper little essays. I take up all the issues, methodological and conceptual, that I and I know many others find problematic in brain science today. (Whether you call it neuro this neuro that.)
This is very “nice”, as in apt, or a “nice” fit. 😊 And not meaning at all soppy or compliant.
What is a woman, anyway? This question has been asked time and again, and still we don’t have a definitive answer. Why would that be? I have a theory: because under a system – patriarchy – which is invested in dehumanising females, the obvious response – “a female human” – would give the game away. Conscious of their own humanity, women might get uppity and stop letting men objectify their bodies, exploit their labour and generally piss about being violent. This would never do. Hence “woman”, unlike “man”, has to be really, really hard to define (so hard that you need a super-clever brain – the kind of brain that shares a body with a penis – to get it just right).
Mount Holyoke’s cancellation of its yearly production of The Vagina Monologues has given rise to a great deal of pseudo-philosophical babble regarding “reductive” and “exclusive” definitions of womanhood…
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If you are sick of the apologists for the Charlie Hebdo murderers, but also tired of having to think about that, read this and then you will be all done. It is superb.
By David Paxton (@canyouflybobby)
Part 1 is here.
If you’re on Facebook you might know the feeling. Somebody you know socially, somebody you like, generally intelligent and sound, has freshly planted on their Facebook page the latest effusion of Greenwald or Hasan, Francois-Cerrah or Self. This can be tough to take. As it floats there like a turd in a swimming pool the ethics of whether or not to clean it up in public can weigh heavy. You might well restrain yourself until you see the depressing number of ‘shares’ and ‘likes’ and you read the ghastly comments underneath. This is something up with which you will not put.
If the person actually knew how stupid or dishonest it was they surely wouldn’t have posted it, but can you put your finger on exactly why it is stupid beneath the facade of nuance and balance?
There are experts…
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Executive producer of Al Jazeera English blows his cover, shows distress over widespread support for Charlie Hebdo victims
Leaked Al Jazeera English email! So, concerted propaganda after all. How surprising.
The National Review has published a leaked email from Al Jazeera executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr to his anchors and news correspondents. If you had any notion that Al Jazeera was an “objective” source of news about the world in general or the Middle East in particular, have a gander at this. I’ve bolded bits of it, but what it says is that the newsroom should play up the notion that the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists were racists and that killing them was not an attack on free speech, that the purpose of the cartoons was not to make a point about religion but just to insult Muslims, and that the paper should discourage further publication of the cartoons (thus giving terrorists the victory they wanted). It’s disgusting, but gives a rare inside look at how “moderate” Muslims try to whitewash the extremist perfidies of the faith.
Thursday, January 08, 2015
Subject: AJ coverage…
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This kicks ass. “Inverser Imperialism”, this fellow’s term for when I call The Third World Ideology. So another reblog about that phenomenon of wanting to squeeze every political thing into the rubric of “anti-imperialism”. A very throwback to the 1970s thing. That like toe socks we should abandon.
A set of attacks happen in close proximity to your neighbourhood, and initially your response is emotive. Initially emotive and then analytical. You try to adduce from these attacks the reasoning that underpins them. You try to explain the casus belli of these horrendous atrocities. In reaction to the mainstream declaration that these admittedly atrocious acts are “acts of terror”, you investigate the meaning of the word ‘terror’- its functional significance. As a righteous opponent of the establishment, you feel obligated in trying to understand the intentions of these acts. This, in reaction to the establishment’s pronouncement that these acts are the acts of primitive, unconscionably savage bedouins. You side with the oppressed in reaction against their oppressors, you understand their reaction to be oppressed in reaction against their oppressors condemning their reaction, and continuing to oppress them. You are in essence an anti-imperialist, an unflinching critic of a nefarious…
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This is an excellent post about Charlie Hebdo and the culture of self-censorship, and what Pascal Bruckner and others call “the racism of the anti-racists” and that annoying insistence by some people on the left and liberals that darker skinned people can somehow never be villains. Including that having that attitude both excuses crimes like the Charlie Hebdo massacre and assumes that all Muslims are reactionary.
‘Je suis Charlie’. It’s a phrase in every newspaper, in every Twitter feed, on demonstrations in cities across Europe. The expressions of solidarity with those slain in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices are impressive. They are also too late. Had journalists and artists and political activists taken a more robust view on free speech over the past 20 years then we may never have come to this.
Instead, they have helped create a new culture of self-censorship. Partly, it is a question of fear, an unwillingness to take the kind of risks that the editors of Charlie Hebdo courted, and for which they have paid such a heavy price. But fear is only part of the explanation. There has also developed over the past two decades a moral commitment to censorship, a belief that because we live in a plural society, so we must police public discourse about different…
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