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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.


-Gabor Maté. When the Body Says “No”. p.257


Filed under: Social Science Tagged: Dr.Gabor Mate, Quote of the Day

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 back to my promised anecdote.

This happened not even a week ago – I do my blogging on the weekends, and schedule a week’s worth of posts in a batch – so really this happened today, but in the past when you, gentle readers, (Read more…)

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, energy and authentic connection with the person you are communicating with.

Filed under: Social Science Tagged: Empathy, RSA, Sympathy

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.

What happens is each contestant is given two golden balls, within each ball there is a little sign that says ‘split’ or ‘steal. That gives us three possibilities…

1. Split – Split = contestants split the pot.

2. Split – Steal = (Read more…)

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 one another.

Are today’s youth doomed to be nothing but cloistered vid-heads who only know nature through what they have seen on the screens of their tablets? Possibly but I’m thinking that much of the fuss we see about losing out youth (Read more…)

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, more importantly completely wrong.

The methodology we base the current “War on Drugs” and how we treat people who are addicted is based on poor experimental design. When we control for environmental factors – addiction mostly disappears.

This TED talk (Read more…)

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 the atomization and rampant consumerism in society that causes the addictions we see today.

“Drugs are not what we think they are. Addiction is not what we think it is. The drug war is certainly not what we’ve been told it is. And (Read more…)

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 rates plummeted as well. It has been almost 15 years since Portugal started their non-prohibition experiment, with revolutionary results, and yet other countries still refuse to let go of their self-defeating War on Drugs.

I have recently read a fantastic interview with Johann Hari, on Sam (Read more…)

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. Care and affirmation, the opposite of abuse and humiliation, are the foundation of love. no one can rightfully claim to loving when behaving abusively. Yet parents do this all the time in our culture. Children are being told that (Read more…)

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.

“Hardcore drug addicts, whose lives invariably began under conditions of severe stress, are all too readily triggered into a stress reaction. Not only does the stress response easily overwhelm the addict’s already challenged capacity for rational thought when emotionally aroused, but also (Read more…)

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

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 just isn’t very helpful.


Filed under: Social Science Tagged: Blame, Brene Brown, RSA Animate

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

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, when you add them together, at best makes it impossible for their conclusion to be false (deductive argument), or at least makes it much more likely that their conclusion is true (inductive argument).

If you want to show that somebody’s argument is wrongity wrong, there (Read more…)

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

Dead Wild Roses: Capitalism – “Breaking” Cultural Norms (Ochobo) by Reinforcing Them.

From Sociological Images Micheal Lozano -


[...] Japanese fast-food has found a way to bypass the cultural stigmas that impede their profits. One food chain noticed many women would not buy their biggest-sized burgers. The culprit was ochobo, a Japanese custom that prevents women from opening their mouth widely in public. Small mouths are considered beautiful and opening them widely is considered “ugly” and “rude.” The restaurant concluded that it would get into the business of “freeing women from the spell of ‘ochobo.’”

Face Veil, so liberating! much burger! noms tasty!



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