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Best of the Web, August 13 2017

Politics / Foreign Policy The Alt-Right’s Chickens Come Home to Roost David French, National Review  The Liberal Crack Up Mark Lilla, The Wall Street Journal Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Face Off Raising Possibility of Accidental War John Kehoe, Australian Financial Review Why Are the Media Sympathetic to the Women of ISIS? Mitchell Blatt and Sumantra Maitra, National Review Science The Google Memo: What Does the Research Say About Gender Differences? Sean Stevens and Jonathan Haidt, The Heterodox Academy Culture Why Google Was Wrong Peter Singer, NY Daily News  From College Indoctrination to Corporate Intolerance Jonathan Anomaly, The James G Martin Center for Academic Renewal

The Google Memo: Four Scientists Respond

Lee Jussim Lee Jussim is a professor of social psychology at Rutgers University and was a Fellow and Consulting Scholar at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (2013-15).  He has served as chair of the Psychology Department at Rutgers University and has received the Gordon Allport Intergroup Relations Prize, and the APA Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology.  He has published numerous articles and chapters and edited several books on social perception, accuracy, self-fulfilling prophecies, and stereotypes. His most recent book, Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Bias and Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, ties that work together to demonstrate that people are far more reasonable and rational, and their judgments are typically far more accurate than social psychological conventional wisdom usually acknowledges. You can follow the twitter account: @PsychRabble for updates from his lab. The author of the Google essay on issues related to diversity gets nearly all of the science and its implications exactly right. Its main points are that: 1. Neither the left nor the right gets diversity completely right; 2. The social …

Best of the Web, 6th August 2017

Culture In Defence of the Bad, White Working Class Shannon Burns, Meanjin Gender Imbalances are Mostly Not Due to Offensive Attitudes SlateStarCodex Engineering Education: Social Engineering Rather than Actual Engineering Indrek Wichman, James G Martin Center for Academic Renewal Science National Identity Eases Cross-Cultural Trust Problems Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution Have Smartphones Destoyed a Generation? Jean Twenge, The Atlantic So Many in the West are Depressed Because They’re Expected Not to Be Brock Bastian, The Conversation The Meditation Cure Robert Wright, The Wall Street Journal Politics / Foreign Policy Only the Truth Will Prevent Harm Sarah Haider, Free Inquiry Racists Can be Left-Wing Too Ahmad Mansour, International Politics and Society Rethinking the Population Control Taboo Peter Singer, Project Syndicate Russia’s Trump Per Leander & Alexey Sakhnin, Jacobin

Best of the Web, 28th July 2017

Culture A Secularist vs. the Progressive Faith Tom Wilson, Commentary Liu Xiaobo and Twitter’s Theatre of Radical Cruelty Jamie Palmer, Tablet Magazine Science Don’t Believe in God? Maybe You’ll try U.F.Os Clay Routledge, The New York Times First Human Embryos Edited in U.S. Steve Connor, MIT Technology Review  How Species Originate Thomas Near, The Economist Ketamine Breakthrough for Suicidal Children Jack Turban, Scientific American Out of All Major Energy Sources, Nuclear is the Safest Hannah Ritchie Our World in Data  The Polygamous Town Facing Genetic Disaster Zaria Gorvett, BBC Future Politics and foreign policy Burke to the Future: The Evolution of Conservatism Emily Jones, History Today Unraveling the Mystery of Putin’s Popularity Jay Ogilvy, Stratfor Worldview Like Rome, America Could Be Ripe for Tyranny Robert W Merry, American Conservative

Best of the Web, 22nd July 2017

Culture Richard Dawkins deplatformed at a book talk in Berkeley for “abusive speech” about Islam on Twitter Jerry Coyne, Why Evolution is True Why it’s a Bad Idea to Tell Students that Words are Violence Jonathan Haidt & Greg Lukianoff, The Atlantic Aliens, Antisemitism and Academia Remi Adekoya & Landon Firm, Jacobin Science Two minds: the cognitive differences between men and women Bruce Goldman, Stanford Medicine Are we all racists deep in side? Michael Shermer, Scientific American Why Brilliant Girls Tend to Favor Non-STEM Careers Lee Jussim, Psychology Today The sex robots are coming. Do not fear them Debra Soh, The Globe and Mail Politics and foreign policy The Passion of Liu Xiaobo Perry Link, The New York Review of Books Is it racist to say Africa has civilizational problems? Remi Adekoya, Foreign Policy Russia’s Global Anti-Libertarian Crusade Cathy Young, Reason Magazine The Myths of 1953 Ray Takeyh, The Weekly Standard I’ve Worked with Refugees for Decades. Europe’s Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling Cheryl Benard, National Interest

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News in Brief: Orlando Aftermath, Assassination in Britain

Orlando Aftermath On June 12, 49 people were killed in a mass-shooting terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Florida. The event has sparked a revival of the gun control debate in the U.S. as well as concerns about homegrown Islamist terror attacks. The tragedy has also drawn attention to homophobia and hate crime. The debate over which concern deserves most attention: gun control, Islamist terror or homophobia, appears to have created a new level of division in an already divided society. Read more about how motivated reasoning has contributed to the reactions to Orlando here and here. British MP Jo Cox Assassinated A British MP, Jo Cox, was murdered on Thursday by a 52 year old man, Thomas Mair. Vigils have been held across the UK which have been led by the leaders of both the Labour and Conservative parties. Police have indicated that Thomas Mair’s links to far-right groups will be a priority line of inquiry and they have also indicated that they will be investigating his history of mental ill-health. The …

News in Brief: Cancer Vaccine, the Blockchain in Central Banks & Overcoming Antibiotic Resistance

Universal cancer vaccine breakthrough A research team from Germany and the Netherlands have published work in Nature regarding a nanoparticle RNA vaccine which takes advantage of the immune system’s response to viral infection and refocuses it to fight cancer. It has been found to induce anti-tumour immune responses in mice and three human patients with advanced melanoma. This breakthrough possibly represents a step towards a universal vaccine for all (or some) cancers. Read the original study here. Central bankers meet with blockchain start-up CEO Central bankers and Chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve Janet Yellen met with the CEO of Chain a San Francisco blockchain and bitcoin start-up. Blockchain and bitcoin represent a true paradigm shift in technology and the way in which money and transactions are handled. Read more about bitcoin and blockchain in the talk that was given at the event here. ‘As long as we study life, it will be read’: the Selfish Gene turns 40 Science writer Adam Rutherford in The Guardian has composed a tribute to Richard Dawkins’ The Selfish …