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Dead Wild Roses: Trees and Crime

    Trees on streets and boulevards reduce crime.  Do we know the how or why of this particular correlation, nope.  But we do know that trees on private lots also tend to reduce criminal activity, with the proviso that they are over 42 feet high.  The studies linked are quite fascinating and most definitely worth […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Trees and Crime

Dead Wild Roses: Your Brain Makes You A Sucker – Cognitive Biases We All Share

Don’t feel bad about this, we are all in the same boat when it comes to making bad decisions or being unduly influenced. The science behind advertising and persuasion has come a long ways, and knowing how they manipulate you and the rest of the public is valuable knowledge. James Garvey lists three of the […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Your Brain Makes You A Sucker – Cognitive Biases We All Share

Dead Wild Roses: Mechanical Bike Doping – We Compete, We Cheat.

The competitive cycling world is being shaken as riders during competitions have be discovered using mechanical assists to help them perform better. From the AP: “Caught using a hidden motor at a world championship race, cyclo-cross rider Femke Van Den Driessche of Belgium has been banned from cycling for six years.The sanction imposed Tuesday […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Mechanical Bike Doping – We Compete, We Cheat.

Dead Wild Roses: Lateral Discrimination Or, “No No No, take your other left!”

Lateral awareness, or the ability to discriminate left from right is an acquired skill. Most people have it by age 10 and most people start to lose in after age 50 (good times). Lateral awareness, of course, falls on a spectrum and here are the results so far: “A recent survey of 800 people […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Lateral Discrimination Or, “No No No, take your other left!”

Dead Wild Roses: Socialization & Patriarchy

Tatsuya Ishida creates the internet comic Sinfest. Sometimes his insight hits the proverbial nail on the head.   Filed under: Culture, Social Science Tagged: Gender Roles, Patriarchy, Sinfest, Socialization . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Socialization & Patriarchy

Dead Wild Roses: “Eloquence” is, essentially, Code for Values Associated with Masculinity.

-“We harbor an ideological bias against the feminine voice, rooted in positive primal associations with masculinity.” Some highlights from the JSTOR article On Men and Women’s Public Speech. “Gunn uses speeches delivered by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in their 2008 contest for the Democratic nomination to illustrate how gendered norms about speech create a […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: “Eloquence” is, essentially, Code for Values Associated with Masculinity.

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Writing & Reflection Post – Adolescence and Socialization

Greetings fair readership, it is time for a new foray here at DWR. A recent comment by JZ and gentle prod by RoughSeas are the inspirations for this post. The idea that JZ had was that a comparative essay looking at the differences and similarities between adolescent experiences would be an interesting read. I […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Writing & Reflection Post – Adolescence and Socialization

Dead Wild Roses: Ruth Hubbard – The Political Nature of Human ‘Nature’

Clearing up some of the confusion about socialization and being ‘born that way’, Ruth Hubbard in this excerpt tackles the nature/nurture question head on. Read the whole article here. “We can visualize this kind of interaction or transformation by thinking about the interplay between biological and cultural factors that affects the ways boys and girls grow up […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Ruth Hubbard – The Political Nature of Human ‘Nature’

Dead Wild Roses: Addiction – Now with Animation.

Here at DWR we’ve already talked about how our theories about addiction are quite flawed. However, this is such an important topic that we’ll cover it again, but now in an animated format that is quite appealing and easy to understand.   Many social problems can be addressed by ‘changing the cage’, however, recognizing that […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Addiction – Now with Animation.

Dead Wild Roses: The Gendered Viewing of Dirt

Think you’re immune to social constructs? Think again.   “Let’s examine that a bit. “Men don’t see dirt the way women do.” That’s a pretty common assertion. And it’s bullshit. Vision problems aside, we’re all seeing the same dirty house; we’re just interpreting it differently. You and your boyfriend both walk in, see the pile […] . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Gendered Viewing of Dirt

Dead Wild Roses: On Resentment – Gabor Maté

“A therapist once said to me, “If you face the choice between feeling guilt and resentment, choose the guilt every time.” It is wisdom I have passed on to many others since. If a refusal saddles you with guilt, while consent leaves resentment in its wake, opt for the guilt.

Resentment is soul suicide.

 

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Dead Wild Roses: On Blame – Another RSA Short by Dr. Brené Brown

This sorta stuff is what makes or breaks relationships. Have you ever caught yourself doing the actions they just mentioned in a video like this? I just did.

Let me tell you a story, but first watch the video .

 

Pretty high on the useful emotional educational chart if you ask me. But . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: On Blame – Another RSA Short by Dr. Brené Brown

Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Vs. Sympathy – An RSA Short by Dr. Brené Brown

I’m in complete agreement with this animated short. I can see from my own personal experiences the vastly different feelings I get between someone sympathizing with me versus someone who empathizes with me.

 

I can see why empathy is less common – it is waaaaaay harder to achieve because being empathetic requires time, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Empathy Vs. Sympathy – An RSA Short by Dr. Brené Brown

Dead Wild Roses: Winning on Golden Balls – Is it Game Theory or just How much of an As*hole are you?)

This is what happens when you combine game theory, psychology and sociology on a gameshow you get the phenomena called Golden Balls. I have not watched an entire episode, but merely some outcomes of the final decision in which two people are given three possible outcomes for splitting, usually, a large sum of money.

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Dead Wild Roses: Our Families, Technology and Having the ‘Right’ Experience

We can lump this video in with the others that attempt to shed light on issues in society that matter while discreetly hawking their wares in the background. The best form of advertising? I’m not sure, but the commercial makes space for some thinking about how generational experiences are becoming increasingly stratified and foreign to . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Our Families, Technology and Having the ‘Right’ Experience

Dead Wild Roses: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

Recently I posted a quote from John Hari on addiction. See it here. I’ve also updated the post to include the video below as well. What is detailed in this TED talk is idea that we should punish and isolate addicts from society. This idea, according to Hari is about 100 years old and also, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection

Dead Wild Roses: John Hari on Addiction – Isolating Addicts is not the Answer

This is taken from the interview titled: Does Capitalism Cause Drug Addiction? The piece that I am going to excerpt is about how we view addiction in society. If we are to believe Hari, it isn’t about a failure in moral rectitude or falling into a drug laden trap of compulsion; but rather it is . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: John Hari on Addiction – Isolating Addicts is not the Answer

Dead Wild Roses: War On Drugs Still a Losing Battle

Why are drugs still illegal? I wrote a while ago about the success of Portugal, where all drugs were legalized, and the money previously used to enforce drug laws were instead used to fund social programs to help those with drug problems. Not only was Portugal’s drug abuse problem significantly reduced, but HIV and crime . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: War On Drugs Still a Losing Battle

Dead Wild Roses: All About Love: bell hooks.

Just started reading Hooks’ treatise on Love. Only twenty two pages but already word-gold is present:

One of the most important social myths we must debunk if we are to become a more loving culture is the one that teaches parents that abuse and neglect can coexist with love. Abuse and neglect negate love. . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: All About Love: bell hooks.

Dead Wild Roses: Trauma, Stress, Addiction – Gabor Maté

Reading Mate’s book called In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts. I’ve been unable to put this book down as his research and insight into addictions and associated behaviours dovetails snugly with the clientele I work with most days. Here is a brief excerpt from the chapter titled Trauma, Stress and the Biology of Addiction.

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Dead Wild Roses: Michael Kimmel – On Gender and Privilege

I’m reading Kimmel’s book GuyLand and I shudder to think of what I would be if I had engaged in the sort of crap that constitutes the typical male maturation process.

 

Filed under: Social Science Tagged: Gender, Privilege, Sociology

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Dead Wild Roses: On Blame – A Barrier to Accountability

Let’s just add this to the list of things to be mindful of when dealing with the important and not so important people in our lives. How often does it happen to you? Does it happen to you?

In hindsight, I can see that sometimes I do this and really, as the video says, it . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: On Blame – A Barrier to Accountability

Dead Wild Roses: RSA Animate – The ABC’s of Persuasion

We have not featured an RSA animate here at DWR like forever, so here we go a quick hit in the qualities of persuasion you should have.

Filed under: Social Science Tagged: ABC’s of Persuasion, RSA Animate, Sociology

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Dead Wild Roses: Logic: How to PWN an argument, without getting the RPOJ

If you want to take down somebody else’s argument, a certain familiarity with the nature of intellectual or philosophical (as opposed to playground) argument is required, so that you can construct your own counter-argument. In an intellectual argument, the person putting forth an argument sets out a number of premises (statements of facts), which, . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Logic: How to PWN an argument, without getting the RPOJ

Dead Wild Roses: Social Maps of Cities – David Troy

Interesting vid from TED about the social composition of cities. I would have liked David to get into a little more detail about the methodology used to create his pretty maps.

Filed under: Social Science Tagged: Maps, Sociology

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