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  • June 1, 2010
  • 08:00 AM

Will the Public Accept Laws that Prohibit Weight Discrimination?

by Arya M. Sharma in Dr. Sharma's Obesity Notes

Regular readers of these pages will be well aware of the very real problems caused by weight-bias and discrimination.
As noted previously, anti-fat prejudice has direct implications for the health of those struggling with excess weight as it can increase vulnerability for depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, suicidality, maladaptive eating behaviors, avoidance of physical activity, poorer outcomes [...]... Read more »

  • May 19, 2010
  • 12:00 AM

Evidence-Based Health Law Calls for Measured Laws

by Paul Statt in Paul Statt Communications

How can you measure the impact of a law? The Obama administration, for example, recently called for an “evidence-based” approach to the writing of laws and policies that affect the public’s health in matters of drug abuse. But applying the scientific method to an evaluation of a law’s impact requires a rigorous approach to measurement. In “Measuring Law for Public HealthEvaluation Research,” published in the June 2010 Evaluation Review, Charles Tremper, Sue Thomas and Alexander C. Wa........ Read more »

Tremper, C., Thomas, S., & Wagenaar, A. (2010) Measuring Law for Evaluation Research. Evaluation Review, 34(3), 242-266. DOI: 10.1177/0193841X10370018  

  • April 18, 2010
  • 01:53 AM

Transparent, Accountable Corporatocracy

by Vahid Motlagh in Ideas for a deeper sense of life

Jim Dator, Jake Dunagan, and Stuart Candy (within the framework of the Manoa School’s Continued Growth scenario) have posited that "corporations in 2050 would be able to run for elected office as candidates."It seems that a weak signal has been recently detected, which as a signpost, may herald such a scenario. Forum for the Future reports that a small start-up has declared it will be running for office. "After the Supreme Court declared that corporations have the same rights as individuals wh........ Read more »

  • February 28, 2010
  • 08:30 PM

Book reviewing and academic freedom

by Ingrid Piller in Language on the Move

I have served as book review editor for Discourse and Society for ten years and recently resigned from my roles as book review editor for Discourse Studies and Discourse and Communication because the workload had become too much for one person. In all those years I have thoroughly enjoyed my role as book review editor [...]... Read more »

Joseph H.H. Weiler. (2010) Editorial: Book Reviewing and Academic Freedom. European Journal of International Law, 20(4), 967-976. DOI: 10.1093/ejil/chp114  

  • February 12, 2010
  • 04:42 PM

Fathers' Rights, Children Wronged

by Ultimo167 in Strong Silent Types

Reflections on Michael Flood's (2010) article on the challenges posed by the fathers' rights movement in Australia.... Read more »

  • January 27, 2010
  • 07:46 PM

Finding Fair Lineups

by Daniel Hawes in Ingenious Monkey | 20-two-5

You might never find yourself in the situation (although I might for not being able to figure out posting), but in case you were wondering how to make lineups fairer for suspects with distinct features, here's the deal...+find the anagrams... Read more »

Zarkadi T, Wade KA, & Stewart N. (2009) Creating Fair Lineups for Suspects With Distinctive Features. Psychological science : a journal of the American Psychological Society / APS. PMID: 19883492  

  • January 9, 2010
  • 02:55 PM

Crime and Public Health: Plumbum Causa

by Ryan in Evidence-Based Public Health

There is a distressingly myopic tendency among our existing social programs. Health departments ignore crime, and miss a valuable opportunity to improve social well-being.... Read more »

  • August 19, 2009
  • 08:00 AM

Digital Privacy Concerns

by sciencebase in Sciencebase Science Blog

I’ve discussed the risk of losing your job because of blogging previously. Recently though there was a case of summary dismissal by Facebook of a young British woman who debased her employer’s good character via her Wall has gained several column inches in the popular press.
And, of course, we have all heard about the accommodation [...]Digital Privacy Concerns is a post from: Sciencebase Science Blog
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Anagnostou, M., & Lambrou, M. (2009) Privacy now and in the age of ambient intelligence. International Journal of Electronic Security and Digital Forensics, 2(4), 355. DOI: 10.1504/IJESDF.2009.027668  

  • June 8, 2009
  • 10:31 AM

Democracy May Support Stability and Sustainability

by Randy Borum in Science of Global Security & Armed Conflict

Interested in building healthy, sustainable communities? Consider the value of democratic governance. Democracy may not be perfect, but perhaps it's the best imperfect system of government available.New research supports this conventional wisdom in a study of 45 African countries and 18 Latin American states over the time period 1996–2004. "While controlling for the material wealth of a country, education, population, armed conflict, ethnic tension, and debt, this pooled timed series analysi........ Read more »

  • June 7, 2009
  • 11:54 AM

Indigenous Peruvians and police in deadly clashes at oil and mining protests

by Benno Hansen in Ecowar

Sometimes researchers are blamed of being alarmists stirring up fears of a fictional dystopia by the business-as-usual crowd. But it seems a forewarning of conflict over oil in Peru is proceeding according to exactly such a warning. The news first...... Read more »

  • March 10, 2009
  • 04:53 PM

The Tarasoff Case and what it means for confidentiality

by Danny McCaslin in The Phrenologist's Notebook

It’s a sad case, really. In 1969 Prosenjit Poddar, a student at UC Berkeley, sought psychiatric counseling with Dr. Moore, a psychologist employed by the university. Poddar had become enamored with another student, Tatiana Tarasoff, and started stalking her when she rejected his advances. In the 9th session Poddar threatened to kill Tarasoff. Moore discusses [...]... Read more »

Yvona L. Pabian, Elizabeth Welfel, & Ronald S. Beebe. (2009) Psychologists' knowledge of their states' laws pertaining to Tarasoff-type situations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(1), 8-14. DOI: 10.1037/a0014784  

  • February 15, 2009
  • 03:29 PM

Ecstasy vs. Horseriding

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Which is more dangerous, taking ecstasy or riding a horse?This is the question that got Professor David Nutt, a British psychiatrist, into a spot of political bother. Nutt is the Editor of the academic Journal of Psychopharmacology. He recently published a brief and provocative editorial called "Equasy".Equasy is a fun read with a serious message. (It's open access so you can read the whole thing - I recommend it.) Nutt points out that the way in which we think about the harms of illegal drugs, ........ Read more »

  • February 1, 2009
  • 11:35 AM

Lies, Libel and Love Detection

by Neuroskeptic in Neuroskeptic

Via Mind Hacks, we learn about the case of Francisco Lacerda, a University of Stockholm academic who's been threatened with legal action by the sinister-sounding Nemesysco company. Nemesysco sell software which, they claim, can detect deception and emotions by analyzing the sound of people's voices - lie detection, in other words. (In fact it turns out that it can also be used to detect love, or at least, so they say - see below...)The legal dispute surrounds a 2007 paper authored by Lacerda and........ Read more »

Anders Eriksson, & Francisco Lacerda. (2008) Charlatanry in forensic speech science: A problem to be taken seriously. International Journal of Speech Language and the Law, 14(2). DOI: 10.1558/ijsll.2007.14.2.169  

  • December 29, 2008
  • 12:00 AM

Go on, marry your cousin

by Bjørn Østman in Pleiotropy

Not that I was ever thinking about it, but should I marry my cousin? Should anyone? Is it such a bad idea that there should be laws against it? You may not know that there are laws prohibiting first cousins from marrying in most US states. In this picture the white colored states are the ones that do not.... Read more »

  • December 17, 2008
  • 10:46 PM

Crime, Punishment, and Jerry Springer

by The Neurocritic in The Neurocritic

RT @Dostoyevsky Realists do not fear the results of their study."Good God!" he cried, "can it be, can it be, that I shall really take an axe, that I shall strike her on the head, split her skull open... that I shall tread in the sticky warm blood, blood... with the axe... Good God, can it be?"- Fyodor Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment, Ch. 5A new fMRI paper in Neuron (Buckholtz et al., 2008) claims to have discovered the neural correlates of evaluating another person's crime and deciding on the ........ Read more »

J BUCKHOLTZ, C ASPLUND, P DUX, D ZALD, J GORE, O JONES, & R MAROIS. (2008) The Neural Correlates of Third-Party Punishment. Neuron, 60(5), 930-940. DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2008.10.016  

  • October 13, 2008
  • 10:53 AM

Of cabbages and kings and laws and asses

by Jeremy in Agricultural Biodiversity Weblog

This is a heartwarming tale of a group of farmers, isolated from the mainstream, seeking new products for a growing market, realizing that they have lost some of their traditional knowledge and their traditional varieties, and working closely with scientists in a participatory plant breeding effort to get what they need.

So far, so familiar.

The kicker [...]... Read more »

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