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The Situationist

  • newThanksgiving as “System Justification”
    This post was first published on November 21, 2007. Thanksgiving has many associations — struggling Pilgrims, crowded airports, autumn leaves, heaping plates, drunken uncles, blowout sales, and so on. At its best, though, Thanksgiving is associated…
    - 1 hour ago, 26 Nov 14, 4:56am -
  • Jennifer Eberhardt Wins MacArthur!
    Congratulations to Situationist friend, Jennifer Eberhardt who is one of this year’s MacArthur Grant winners. Eberhardt investigates the subtle, complex, largely unconscious yet deeply ingrained ways that individuals racially code and categorize pe…
    - 69 days ago, 18 Sep 14, 1:04am -

Social Psychology Eye

  • When “The Black Sheep” Is White
    By: Megan E. Birney 2011 marks 10 years since the mixed-race category was added to the U.K.’s annual censes.  To commemorate this event, BBC Two has been running a series of programmes documenting the mixed-race experience both in Britain and ……
    - 17 Oct 11, 9:23pm -
  • Are you afraid to go to Mexico? Mental shortcuts may promote misperceptions about risk

    - 6 Oct 11, 10:26pm -
  • Untitled
    Social and Personality Psychology Compass © Blackwell Publishing Ltd Volume 5, Issue 10 Pages 694 – 823, October 2011 The latest issue of Social and Personality Psychology Compass is available on Wiley Online Library   Emotion Motivation Affiliat…
    - 5 Oct 11, 7:52am -
  • How Netflix just made a bad thing worse
    By Kevin R. Betts Netflix witnessed a storm of customer outrage and tumbling stock prices this month as they dramatically increased their price for subscription to the service. Early this morning, CEO Reed Hastings reacted with an email to customers.…
    - 19 Sep 11, 5:47pm -
  • Scholarly Content on the Impact of 9/11
    Navy videographer at Ground Zero In the 10 years since the events of September 2001 a vast amount of scholarly research has been written on the impact of 9/11. Wiley-Blackwell is pleased to share with you this collection of free book and … Contin…
    - 2 Sep 11, 10:21am -
  • Social Networking: Is my child going to become a narcissist!?

    - 7 Aug 11, 1:13pm -
  • Don’t be a hero! Benefits of the bystander effect
    By Kevin R. Betts I started reading a book this weekend titled, “The Perfect Swarm: The Science of Complexity in Everyday Life.” Author Len Fisher’s central idea is that understanding swarm intelligence can help us make better decisions. Swarm…
    - 1 Aug 11, 2:00am -
  • Truck driver… no wait a professor! Can glasses really change impressions of you?
    By Erica Zaiser I came across this cartoon recently from Obviously it is meant to be humorous but it also made me wonder:  Does having a trait like glasses change people’s initial impressions of you? And has there been … Continue r…
    - 26 Jul 11, 1:43pm -
  • The Pursuit of Happiness
    By: Megan Birney We all want to be happy.  It’s something we’ve learned to strive for and likely the primary motivator for trying to land that perfect job, find your soul mate, start a family, get that promotion or buy … Continue reading →
    - 24 Jul 11, 10:03pm -
  • Michele Bachmann gets God’s help for election
    By, Adam K. Fetterman Making appeals to religion is nothing new for American politics. Nearly every candidate makes statements such as “God bless America” or claims that their candidacy is a calling from God. However, on the other end of … Cont…
    - 12 Jul 11, 5:50pm -

Cognition and Culture Institute

  • Applications for PhD studentships in Cognitive Science at CEU, Budapest
    PhD studentships are available for the doctoral program in Cognitive Science at Central European University (CEU), Budapest, Hungary. Application deadline: February 1, 2015.The Department of Cognitive Science at CEU invites applications for doctoral…
    - 16 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 12:03pm -
  • Is probabilistic cognition universal?
    An interesting paper by Laura Fontanari, Michel Gonzalez, Giorgio Vallortigara, and Vittorio Girotto: "Probabilistic cognition in two indigenous Mayan groups", forthcoming in PNAS. Preprint available here.Abstract: "Is there a sense of chance sha…
    - 17 days ago, 9 Nov 14, 11:49am -
  • Another look at the two-systems model of mindreading
    Apperly and Butterfill (2009) and Butterfill and Apperly (2013) have proposed a two-systems model of mindreading. According to this model, humans make use of two distinct psychological systems in mindreading tasks. The model rests on three relate…
    - 32 days ago, 25 Oct 14, 3:50pm -
  • [extended deadline] Berlin Symposium on Reciprocity and Social Cognition
    The deadline for submissions to this symposium has been extended to November the 1st.A symposium on 'Reciprocity and social cognition' organized by Anna Strasser, Stephen Butterfill, Richard Moore, Olle Blomberg will take place at the Berlin School…
    - 56 days ago, 1 Oct 14, 1:05pm -
  • Cultural Evolution at the Santa Fe Institute
    Last May, Daniel Dennett gathered, at the Santa Fe Institute, a handful of people who have written about cultural evolution. The general impression was that (as he tweeted some time later) "the meeting revealed a lot of unexpected comon ground". The…
    - 84 days ago, 3 Sep 14, 7:59am -
  • Perspectives on Cultural Evolution, by Daniel C. Dennett
    These are Daniel Dennett's introductory remarks on the workshop on cultural evolution he conveyed in Santa Fe in May 2014. Click to see the summaries and comments by Blackmore, Boyd, Claidière, Godfrey‑Smith, Henrich, Morin, Richerson, Sperber,…
    - 85 days ago, 2 Sep 14, 8:01am -
  • Call for posters: Reciprocity and Social Cognition
    The Berlin School of Mind and Brain organizes a symposium on "Reciprocity and Social Cognition", from the 23rd to the 25th of March, 2015. Keynote speakers will be Richard Moran, Julia Fischer and Natalie Sebanz (Cognitive Science, CEU Budapest). The…
    - 92 days ago, 25 Aug 14, 6:48pm -
  • Has a decimal point error misled millions into believing that spinach is a good source of iron?
    A great cultural epidemiology story by Ole Bjørn Rekdal, "Academic urban legends,"  in  Social Studies of Science (2014, 44(4)) freely available hereAbstract: Many of the messages presented in respectable scientific publications are, in fact,…
    - 6 Aug 14, 5:05pm -
  • Random choice among the Kantu, swidden agriculturalists of Kalimantan
    An excellent post by Michael Schulson at Aeon magazine entitled "How to choose? When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark," showing, among other things, how rationality and expectati…
    - 19 Jul 14, 3:32pm -
  • Alberto Acerbi on cultural evolution
    Alberto Acerbi's excellent blog hosts a noteworthy discussion of Claidière, Scott-Phillips and Sperber's recent PTRS paper on cultural attraction. Alex Mesoudi, Thom Scott-Phillips and Dan Speber joined the discussion; Alberto concluded it.
    - 18 Jun 14, 8:49am -

Scienceblogs: Brain

  • Gotta love glow “worms”! [Life Lines]
    Jeff Cremer, a nature photographer, discovered mysterious tiny glow worms (~0.5 inches long) in Peru near the Tambopata Research Center a couple of years ago. Scientists still have not identified the species of these glow “worms”, but suspect the…
    - 4 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 10:52pm -
  • Ask The Experts: Epilepsy medication used to treat Alzheimer’s [Life Lines]
    I recently received the following question from a reader based on a prior blog entry on how a medication used to treat epilepsy also helps reverse memory loss with Alzheimer’s disease. You can see the original blog here Question: “I find it a li…
    - 6 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 6:43pm -
  • Do genes make you gay? [Greg Laden's Blog]
    Of course they do. To the extent that genes make you anything in particular, though the role of genetics in human behavior is pretty limited. You’ve probably heard about the newly reported research in which a genetic link was found to homosexuality…
    - 7 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 6:04pm -
  • New treatment for osteoporosis? [Life Lines]
      A recent review published by Dr. Graziana Colaianni (University of Bari, Italy) and colleagues in the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, has summarized recent research on the role of the hormone…
    - 11 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 11:40pm -
  • Ask the Experts: Growing new limbs [Life Lines]
    A reader sent me the following question: “How does a lizard grow a new tail?” This was a very timely question as new research has shed light on this very phenomenon. A team of experts at Arizona State University led by Dr. Kenro Kusumi and collea…
    - 12 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 11:19pm -

The Inquisitive Mind

  • Is social psychology ready for the big science revolution?
    In this blog post, I will describe perhaps the greatest challenge facing social psychology (and other social sciences) in the coming decades: The curation and increased accessibility of research findings. I describe several big science efforts that l…
    - 10 days ago, 15 Nov 14, 6:16pm -
  • Hot or cold morality? (Part 1)
    How do we make moral judgments? Are people cold, calculating Vulcans? Or are they affectively hot hedonists? Researchers often present morality as a war between vying ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ processes, but in this two-part blog post I argue that the…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 1:27pm -
  • Sorry, the relationship with your mother still matters for your achievement in life
    Play dates or homework? Piano lessons or TV? Mothers generally want the best for their children. However, what is ‘the best’? Happiness or academic achievement? And, how should parents go about raising their children in the ‘best’ way possibl…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 4:38pm -
  • Never give up: The persistence of misinformation effects
    Politicians, corporations, journalists and even scientists sometimes do it – they tell people things that later on turn out to be incorrect. Yet, getting rid of this so-called misinformation is often easier said than done as false beliefs are parti…
    - 25 days ago, 31 Oct 14, 9:19pm -
  • Does discrimination fit a prototype?
    In this blog post, I discuss what information people use to decide whether a behavior constitutes discrimination . Similar to the way people organize categories and identify objects, I review research showing that people rely on prototypes when decid…
    - 31 days ago, 26 Oct 14, 1:07pm -

Anthropology World News

  • Nature
    Lucy Discoverer on the Ancestor People Relate To
    - 5 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • Nature
    Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow
    - 5 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • ABC
    Ancient Aboriginal Rock Art Site Discovered in Suburban Sydney
    - 6 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • LiveScience
    Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered
    - 6 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 6:00am -
  • Science
    Barley Helped Ancient Tibetans Climb to 3400 Meters
    - 6 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 6:00am -


TED: Emily Balcetis: Why some people find exercise harder than others - Emily Balcetis (2014)
Why do some people struggle more than others to keep off the pounds? Social psychologist Emily Balcetis shows research that addresses one of the many factors: Vision. In an informative talk, she shows how when it comes to fitness, some people quite l…
- 14 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 4:06pm -
TED: Mark Plotkin: What the people of the Amazon know that you don’t - Mark Plotkin (2014)
"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of…
- 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 3:50pm -
TED: Rosie King: How autism freed me to be myself - Rosie King (2014)
“People are so afraid of variety that they try to fit everything into a tiny little box with a specific label,” says 16-year-old Rosie King, who is bold, brash and autistic. She wants to know: Why is everyone so worried about being normal? She so…
- 5 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
TED: Joe Landolina: This gel can make you stop bleeding instantly - Joe Landolina (2014)
Forget stitches -- there's a better way to close wounds. In this talk, TED Fellow Joe Landolina talks about his invention -- a medical gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. (Contains medical images.)
- 6 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 4:18pm -
TED: Nancy Frates: Meet the mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge - Nancy Frates (2014)
Remember the Ice Bucket Challenge craze this summer? Meet the mom who started it all. When Nancy Frates's son Pete hurt his wrist in a baseball game, he got an unexpected diagnosis: it wasn’t a broken bone, it was ALS, and there is no cure. In this…
- 7 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 3:55pm -
TED: Will Marshall: Tiny satellites show us the Earth as it changes in near-real-time - Will Marshall (2014)
Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster -- by getting smaller. He introduces his…
- 8 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
TED: David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings - David Grady (2013)
An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world’s businesses — and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it.
- 9 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 4:05pm -
TED: Vincent Moon and Naná Vasconcelos: Hidden music rituals around the world - Vincent Moon (2014)
Vincent Moon travels the world with a backpack and a camera, filming astonishing music and ritual the world rarely sees -- from a powerful Sufi ritual in Chechnya to an ayahuasca journey in Peru. He hopes his films can help people see their own cultu…
- 12 days ago, 14 Nov 14, 4:15pm -
TED: Leana Wen: What your doctor won’t disclose - Leana Wen (2014)
Wouldn’t you want to know if your doctor was a paid spokesman for a drug company? Or held personal beliefs incompatible with the treatment you want? Right now, in the US at least, your doctor simply doesn’t have to tell you about that. And when p…
- 13 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 4:05pm -
TED: Ethan Nadelmann: Why we need to end the War on Drugs - Ethan Nadelmann (2014)
Is the War on Drugs doing more harm than good? In a bold talk, drug policy reformist Ethan Nadelmann makes an impassioned plea to end the "backward, heartless, disastrous" movement to stamp out the drug trade. He gives two big reasons we should focus…
- 14 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 4:00pm -
TED: Michael Green: What the Social Progress Index can reveal about your country - Michael Green (2014)
The term Gross Domestic Product is often talked about as if it were “handed down from god on tablets of stone.” But this concept was invented by an economist in the 1930s. We need a more effective measurement tool to match 21st century needs, say…
- 15 days ago, 11 Nov 14, 3:55pm -
TED: Ramanan Laxminarayan: The coming crisis in antibiotics - Ramanan Laxminarayan (2014)
Antibiotic drugs save lives. But we simply use them too much — and often for non-lifesaving purposes, like treating the flu and even raising cheaper chickens. The result, says researcher Ramanan Laxminarayan, is that the drugs will stop working for…
- 16 days ago, 10 Nov 14, 4:17pm -
TED: Haas&Hahn: How painting can transform communities - Haas&Hahn (2014)
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there -- from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and…
- 19 days ago, 7 Nov 14, 4:29pm -
TED: Alejandro Aravena: My architectural philosophy? Bring the community into the process - Alejandro Aravena (2014)
When asked to build housing for 100 families in Chile ten years ago, Alejandro Aravena looked to an unusual inspiration: the wisdom of favelas and slums. Rather than building a large building with small units, he built flexible half-homes that each f…
- 20 days ago, 6 Nov 14, 3:51pm -
TED: Kare Anderson: Be an opportunity maker - Kare Anderson (2014)
We all want to use our talents to create something meaningful with our lives. But how to get started? (And ... what if you're shy?) Writer Kare Anderson shares her own story of chronic shyness, and how she opened up her world by helping other people…
- 21 days ago, 5 Nov 14, 4:20pm -
TED: Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: Humble plants that hide surprising secrets - Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (2014)
In this intriguing talk, biologist Ameenah Gurib-Fakim introduces us to rare plant species from isolated islands and regions of Africa. Meet the shape-shifting benjoin; the baume de l'ile plate, which might offer a new treatment for asthma; and the i…
- 22 days ago, 4 Nov 14, 4:03pm -
TED: Alessandra Orofino: It’s our city. Let’s fix it - Alessandra Orofino (2014)
Too often, people feel checked out of politics — even at the level of their own city. But urban activist Alessandra Orofino thinks that can change, using a mix of tech and old-fashioned human connection. Sharing examples from her hometown of Rio, s…
- 23 days ago, 3 Nov 14, 4:21pm -
TED: Jeremy Heimans: What new power looks like - Jeremy Heimans (2014)
We can see the power of distributed, crowd-sourced business models every day — witness Uber, Kickstarter, Airbnb. But veteran online activist Jeremy Heimans asks: When does that kind of "new power" start to work in politics? His surprising answer:…
- 26 days ago, 31 Oct 14, 3:15pm -

ScienceDaily: Anthro

  • Biopolitics for understanding social regulation and control
    People, as the biological beings that we are, can be socially regulated by mechanisms such as taxes, property or family relationships. This constitutes part of the social policy that the Roman government put into practice during its expansion through…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 5:51pm -
  • Breaking with tradition: 'Personal touch' is key to cultural preservation
    'Memes' transfer cultural information like rituals in much the way that genes inherit biological properties. Now a study provides insight into the building blocks of cultural replication and the different ways they're used to preserve traditional rit…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 3:32pm -
  • Recreating clothes from the Iron Age
    A few years ago, the oldest known piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway, a tunic dating from the Iron Age, was found on a glacier in Breheimen. Now about to be reconstructed using Iron Age textile techniques, it is hoped the tunic will inspire…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 12:48pm -
  • Out of India: Finding the origins of horses, rhinos
    Working at the edge of a coal mine in India, a team of researchers has filled in a major gap in science’s understanding of the evolution of a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos. That group likely originated on the subcontinent when it…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 1:17pm -
  • Were Neanderthals a sub-species of modern humans? New research says no
    Researchers have identified new evidence supporting the growing belief that Neanderthals were a distinct species separate from modern humans (Homo sapiens), and not a subspecies of modern humans.
    - 7 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 7:16pm -
  • Climate change was not to blame for the collapse of the Bronze Age
    Scientists will have to find alternative explanations for a huge population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age as researchers prove definitively that climate change -- commonly assumed to be responsible -- could not have been the culprit…
    - 8 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 9:41pm -
  • Family ties that bind: Having the right surname sets you up for life
    "Laws of inheritance" govern social status across generations, according to new research. If your surname reveals that you descended from the "in" crowd in the England of 1066 -- the Norman Conquerors -- then even now you are more likely than the ave…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 4:13pm -
  • Did men evolve navigation skill to find mates? Spatial ability, roaming distance linked to number of lovers
    A new study of two African tribes found evidence that men evolved better navigation ability than women because men with better spatial skills – the ability to mentally manipulate objects – can roam farther and have children with more mates.
    - 13 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 12:48pm -
  • Secrets in stone: Art historian cracks the code of an ancient temple
    For 13 centuries, the Virupaksha Temple in Pattadakal has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in Indian art -- a towering layer cake of elaborate, hand-carved friezes populated by a bevy of Hindu deities and symbols. Now a professor of Asian…
    - 13 days ago, 13 Nov 14, 1:26am -
  • Tools and primates: Opportunity, not necessity, is the mother of invention
    When food is scarce, tool use among non-human primates does not increase. This counterintuitive finding leads researchers to suggest that the driving force behind tool use is ecological opportunity -- and that the environment shapes the development o…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 1:59am -

Sociological Images

  • newGoogle Maps and the Relative Importance of Native American Reservations
    As we live our lives increasingly in the digital realm, the sights, sounds, and moving images of the internet impact our conception of the world around us. Take, for example, the many online mapping services.  What began as simple tools to find driv…
    - 16 hours ago, 25 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • U.S. Schools Teach Children That Native Americans Are History
    “They were coming to college believing that all Indians are dead,” said education professor Sarah Shear of her experience in the classroom. Her students’ seeming ignorance to the fact that American Indians are a part of the contemporary U.S., n…
    - 2 days ago, 24 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Just for Fun: Super Mario and the Communist Utopia
    A four minute introduction to Marxism, featuring Super Mario Bros., by Wisecrack: Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Faceb…
    - 3 days ago, 23 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Chart of the Week: Rich Kids More Likely to be Working for Dad
    A new paper by Martha Stinson and Christopher Wignall found that 9.6% of working-age men were working for their dad in 2010. The likelihood of nepotistic opportunism was related to class, generally climbing with the father’s income. This is just a…
    - 4 days ago, 22 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Excluding Blacks From The National Collective
    Flashback Friday. In a great book, The Averaged American, sociologist Sarah Igo uses case studies to tell the intellectual history of statistics, polling, and sampling. The premise is fascinating:  Today we’re bombarded with statistics about the…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Why Did Doctors Stop Giving Women Orgasms?
    In her provocative book, The Technology of Orgasm, Rachel Maines discusses a classic medical treatment for the historical diagnosis of “hysteria”: orgasm administered by a physician. Maines explains that manual stimulation of the clitoris was, f…
    - 6 days ago, 20 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Theories of the First Topsy-Turvy Doll
    Lisa Hix has written a really nice story, “Why Black Dolls Matter,” for Collectors Weekly. The history of the topsy-turvy doll really caught my interest. The one below is characteristic. Believed to be from the 1870s, it is the head and torso of…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • Happy Birthday, Zygmunt Bauman!
    Zygmunt Bauman (1925- ) is a Polish sociologist. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity and the Holocaust. Rather than a return to barbarism, Bauman argued the H…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 1:59pm -
  • That Catcalling Video: Research Methods Edition
    First, there were the accolades. More than 100 instances of street harassment in a two minute video, testifying powerfully to the routine invasion of women’s lives by male strangers. Then, there was the criticism. How is it, people asked, that th…
    - 8 days ago, 18 Nov 14, 2:00pm -
  • What Sociologists Can Tell Us About Serial Killing
    In 1897, sociologist Émile Durkheim published research arguing that suicide – something previously believed to be decidedly unsociological – could be understood as a social phenomenon. He pointed out that suicide rates are not evenly distributed…
    - 9 days ago, 17 Nov 14, 2:00pm -

ScienceDaily: Brain

Social Evolution

  • Carl Coon. One Step at a Time
    Evolution is a process that proceeds incrementally, one step at a time. One thing leads to another. This is true for all kinds of evolution. Living things evolve through natural selection, with small changes between generations leading to larger chan…
    - 5 days ago, 21 Nov 14, 3:16pm -
  • The Circumscription Model of the Egyptian State
    In Evolution of the Egyptian State: the ‘Managerial Model’ I looked at one of the functionalist theories of the Egyptian state. The Managerial Model advanced by Fekri Hassan is actually not that different from the now discredited Hydraulic Model…
    - 7 days ago, 19 Nov 14, 5:40am -
  • Evolution of the Egyptian State: the ‘Managerial Model’
    The previous blog set the framework for a discussion of the evolution of the state in Egypt, and promised that I would next consider some of the theories proposed by Egyptologists. First, though, let’s put this theoretical discussion in a broader c…
    - 10 days ago, 16 Nov 14, 12:24am -
  • Before the Pharaohs: Predynastic Egypt
    In my previous post I wrote about how the majority of Egyptologists (with a few important exceptions) have avoided using their knowledge to help us figure out how and why early states evolved. While eventually we will remedy this situation with the h…
    - 14 days ago, 12 Nov 14, 3:15am -
  • “The Cursed Discipline”
    Lately I’ve been preoccupied with events that happened more than 5 thousand years ago, in a region far, far away. Following a workshop that we ran on coding Egypt for Seshat last September in Oxford (I wrote about these workshops in this blog) I ha…
    - 18 days ago, 8 Nov 14, 3:12am -

Cultural Psychology

  • Recent
    Read my latest articles:Interview with a former CIA Clandestine Service officer - Pursuit MagazineWhy political difference shouldn’t threaten friendship – Huffington Post 
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  • Detecting Deception
    My newest article has been published in Pursuit Magazine on detecting deception during an investigative interview. For this article I asked three world class scholars of deception,  ”how do you catch a liar?” See it at:…
    - 2 Dec 13, 11:32pm -
  • News for November
    Hello! OK—so I still have a few dedicated subscribers; this message is for you. 1st I am now a Huffington Post blogger.2nd Pursuit Magazine (a publication for professional investigators) has asked me to become a regular contributor.3rd I’…
    - 18 Nov 13, 7:57pm -
  • Expanding Elijah Anderson’s Theory of Bling to the Board Room & Beyond
    Sociologist Elijah Anderson influenced criminology with his descriptive theory of the code of the street. In a nutshell the code contends that social economic conditions isolate poor inner-city neighborhoods giving rise to the code of the street—no…
    - 13 Nov 13, 3:09am -
  • The Virtual Criminal Underworld
    Nope, I haven’t disappeared but my personal blog is no longer a priority. Rather, I’m spending my free-time investigating stories worth telling and writing them well. My latest story is titled The Dark Net: The New Face of Black Markets and Organ…
    - 1 Oct 13, 8:52pm -

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