Baruch Dayan Ha’Emet: Andrew Greeley

Andrew Greeley, a priest, sociologist, novelist, public intellectual, lifelong Chicagoan, and all around gadfly, is dead after a long and productive life.

Social Construction and Little Else

…So basically I think it’s actually, like, socially constructed.

“Global Climate Change” and Peer Review

“I searched the Web of Science for peer-reviewed scientific articles published between 1 January 1991 and 9 November 2012 that have the keyword phrases “global warming” or “global climate change.” The search produced 13,950 articles. […] By my definition, 24 of the 13,950 articles, 0.17% or 1 in 581, clearly reject global warming or endorse a cause other than CO2 emissions for observed warming. […] The 24 articles have been cited a total of 113 times over the nearly 21-year period, for an average of close to 5 citations each.”

Anarchists and Academics

James C. Scott has a new book called Two Cheers for Anarchism. What would a reading list for an anarchist informed course called “The Art of Not Being Governed” look like in the social sciences? Unofficial title would be “Say Fuck No to Rules, Man.”.

The Depths of North Korea and the Limits of Words

“One challenge I always have when I speak about North Korea is I run out of adjectives for how bad things are […] And the challenge with North Korea in particular is that things are so bad on such a scale and scope that it sounds fake. It sounds unfathomable, it’s impossible to really comprehend […] To go through that much risk, whatever you’re escaping from back home has to be pretty bad. Extraordinarily bad. Far worse than whatever you’re facing to get out of that place. So North Korea is that thing. It is that bad.”

“What If” Questions, Bond Villains, and Depressing Data about Durable Inequalities

A look at what if questions: What if Yoda were real, how much energy could he produce with the Force? What if James Bond villains’ schemes a) succeeded and b) happened in the real world? What if racism disappeared, how long would it take for blacks and whites to be equal?

Romney Tattoo

I thought was worth reposting  this Scatterplot post by Jeremey Freese (professor and chair at Northwestern’s Sociology Department) in its entirety because, well, it’s pretty amazing. in appreciation Summary from the Daily Beast: “I’m the guy who has egg all over his face,” Eric Hartsburg tells Politico. “But instead of egg, it’s a big Romney/Ryan … Continue reading

Sociology and Actually Existing Cloaks of Invisibility

There’s news that allegedly the “first functional invisibility cloak” has been developed by a lab at Duke University.  (side note: umm AWESOME!)  While I’ll leave the scientific details of the “functional invisibility cloak” part of that claim to more qualified people, it is an opportune moment to share a Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic which give … Continue reading

An AP photo used under fair use?

Slow restart

This is one of the best ledes to a story I’ve ever read: “Sudan has been doing some saber-rattling in the general direction of Israel since a weapons factory in Sudan was mysteriously bombed. Earlier this week, the Yarmouk complex, a state-owned weapons manufacturing complex in Khartoum and potentially a great name for a novel, met with an unfortunate accident when, according to Sundanese officials, four planes bombed it to pieces.”

Jokes, Group Dynamics, and “Thick” and “Thin” Religion

I have managed to come back to America, safely, but have been six cities in the past two weeks (Kayseri, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, New York, Boston, San Diego), and am traveling more or less constantly until school restarts after Labor Day (September 3rd, for your non-Americans).  I have several half written posts that I’ll try … Continue reading