Tag Archives: social sciences

Cruel and Unusual Punishment


Return to the Snake Pit Long have we condemned the mentally ill in our society to counter-therapeutic residence in prisons.  Those unable to cope with living in society are subjected to dehumanizing captivity in prisons designed to punish the defenseless … Continue reading

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Cultural Anthropology and Sex: What’s your Pleasure?


ha The Lustful Human Animal: Cultural Differences in Sexual Harm and Consent Jesse Bering, October 6, 2013, A research psychologist’s curious look at human behavior Bronisław Malinowski with Trobriand Islanders, ca. 1918 Most of us are convinced that we excel … Continue reading

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Origins of the Second Amendent: Runaway Slave Patrols


It doesn’t take much of a stretch of the imagination to see that an enslaved population of blacks weren’t all singing spirituals while they worked like Hispanic stoop laborers who are a common sight seen everywhere there is agriculture.  Field … Continue reading

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Are the Disabled Less than Human?


The western treatment of disabled people is considered enlightened with ramps so that the disabled can shop or travel by bus.  However, this is a limited vision of the needs of the disabled.  This short film deals with another dimension … Continue reading

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Private Prisons Profit From Economies of Scale and Relieve the State of Problems


Depriving someone of their civil rights is a serious thing.  Whether it is a capital crime or a year in prison it is a conscious act of the state and should remain a state responsibility.  We would not likely outsource … Continue reading

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DSM-V: Disquiet in the Ivory Tower


For all of us who seek a rock on which to base our beliefs the new DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual)  has all the solidity of a sponge in a storm.  The DSM is used or relied upon by clinicians, … Continue reading

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Why Critical Thinking Can Be So Difficult


In the world we see differences between cultures through the lens of our own cultural formation.  We are subject to biases against practices we do not observe in our own universe of experience.  We have to leave to leave the … Continue reading

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