articles of interest - Nov 20


It's time to add quantum technology to the intellectual toolkit of today’s national security policymakers and analysts: here's a quant tech primer for national security pros  War on the Rocks

A twist on neural networks intended to remedy a weakness of today’s machine learning systems: the possibilities of Capsule networks  Wired

An AI ready to argue with you based on your morals MIT

We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability  New York Times  

The Pentagon scraped 1.8 billion social media posts over 8 years as part of a global surveillance program-then dumped it on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server-thanks to a defunct government contractor named VendorX reports  Upgrade 

Free O’Reilly ebook on how to build real-time data pipelines with Kafka and Spark  Memsql and O'Reilly

A simple explanation and comparison of the Apache Spark platform for large-scale SQL, batch processing, stream processing, and machine learning  IT World

NSA: shaken to the core by security breaches and spilled secrets: America’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency had been deeply infiltrated says NYT  New York Times


Uptick In Teen Depression Might Be Linked To More Hours  NPR

How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaces  Smithsonian Magazine

Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries  MIT Technology Review

What Your Twitter Says About You & Your Mental Health, According To New Research  Elite Daily

Facebook adds trust indicators to news articles in an effort to identify real journalism  The Verge

How One Woman's Digital Life Was Weaponized Against Her  Wired

How Brands are Experimenting with Video on Instagram Stories  Video Strategist


Publishers are wary of Facebook and Google but must work with them - It’s complicated  Economist

Not every article needs a picture: It is dumb to keep forcing images into every story online  The Outline 


Tim Berners-Lee on the future of the web: 'The system is failing'  The Guardian

Spam is Back  The Outline


FCC votes to loosen media ownership rules  CNBC

Entercom Finalizes Merger With CBS Radio, Becoming No. 2 Radio Operator in US  Bliiboard

Bad news from Mashable, BuzzFeed, and Vice shows times are rough for ad-supported digital media  Nieman Journalism Lab


The Washington Post’s new feature Counterpoint will use AI to show you opinion articles with a different perspective than the one you are reading  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Do Facebook and Google have control of their algorithms anymore? A sobering assessment and a warning  Poynter

The Washington Post on Reddit surprises users with its non-promotional, ultra helpful presence  Harvard’s Nieman Lab

Journalism Made Possible Because of the Freedom of Information Act-here’s our strange attempt to get you to care about it  Propublica 

‘Plagiarism-Infested Sports Section’ discovered at California newspaper  iMediaEthics

Welcome to your local library, which also happens to be a newsroom  Poynter

Reporters Committee appeals to D.C. Circuit Court for information on FBI impersonation of journalists, arguing FBI's initial search for relevant records was inadequate  Reporters Committee For Freedom of the Press


The Washington Post Is A Software Company Now  Fast Company

After Roy Moore threatens to sue, the publisher puts him on notice to preserve all documents for their countersuit  BongBong


Why We Need to Teach More Business Skills in the J-School Classroom  PBS Media Shift


Drudge Linked regularly to Russia propaganda in 2016  Washington Post

Russian troll describes work in the infamous misinformation factory  NBC News

Fixing Misinformation is a Misguided and Insufficient Strategy  Medium

Should Facebook Notify Readers When They’ve Been Fed Disinformation?  Fast Company

Today’s biggest threat to democracy isn’t fake news—it’s selective facts  Quartz

Journalists share tips for discerning which news is 'fake'  The Daily Times 

'Way too little, way too late': Facebook's factcheckers say effort is failing  The Guardian

‘Breakthrough’ for enlarged prostates? Northwestern’s aggressive PR pitch lacks data and context  Health News Review

At Snopes a Peek Down the Right Wing Rabbit Holes  The Daily Beast


I Used to Be a Human Being  Becoming (my blog)

Yes, You Have Implicit Biases, Too (opinion)  The Chronicle of Higher Education


'OK’ Is a 4-Letter Word  The Chronicle of Higher Education

‘The Right to Tell People What They Do Not Want to Hear’  The Chronicle of Higher Education


Mon Dieu! Ma Déesse!  The Chronicle of Higher Education


Q&A: AP’s new race reporter on how her beat is everywhere  Columbia Journalism Review

Evaluating Job Satisfaction of Latino Journalists in Multimedia Newsrooms  University of Texas, El Paso 

Homeland Security official resigns after comments linking blacks to ‘laziness’ and ‘promiscuity’ come to light  Washington Post

This Is Where Hate Crimes Don’t Get Reported (visual graphics)  Propublica


Sheriff threatens to bring disorderly conduct charges against the driver of a truck displaying a profane anti-Trump message   Houston Chronicle

A University’s Free-Speech Committee Pledges Transparency — Then Closes Its Meetings to the Public  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Williams College president: Don’t ignore the real threats in the debate over free speech  Washington Post

On overseas satellite campuses, academic freedom is more often promised than practiced   The Fire


‘The Slants’ trademark registered today, six years after the application was first filed  Washington Post

Trump's Tweets Could Undercut Feds' Silence in Public Records Case: In a FOIA case about the "Russia dossier," Judge is considering what President Trump may or may not know when he tweets  National Law Journal

The newspaper ad that changed everything  CNN


A New Gene-Editing Therapy Would Benefit Kids Most—Here’s Why They Won’t Get It Yet  MIT Technology Review

UC Berkeley professor's eerie lethal drone video goes viral  San Francisco Gate


The Enduring Appeal of Creepy Christianity  National Review

Ex-members say church uses power, lies to keep grip on kids  Associated Press

Newsmax's 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America  News Max 

A bisexual Christian man is suing Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission after it refused to hire him because of his sexual orientation  Seattle Times

Assaults against Muslims in U.S. surpass 2001 level  Pew Research Center

'We are heavily armed,' Tampa church warns  Fox 13

Amy Julia Becker: I'm a Christian, but please don't call me evangelical  Tulsa World

University chaplain, 46, becomes the Methodist Church's first transgender minister after hiding her true identity for more than 40 years  Daily Mail 

Victims 'told not to report' Jehovah's Witness child abuse  BBC


Washington Post Magazine's in-depth profile of televangelist Paula White and her role as pastor to President Trump  Washington Post

Church leaders hold a rally in Alabama against Roy Moore’s candidacy for US Senate  Daily Mail

Poll: Majority Of Evangelicals Would Support Satan If He Ran As Republican Candidate  BabylonBee

86 Alabama Baptist pastors sign letter against sex abuse

A diverse group of Christian theologians release a Declaration to challenge the corruption of Christians in the US  Religious News Service


$500-million Museum of the Bible opens amid controversy  Tulsa World

How to go to the Museum of the Bible: Tickets, transportation and all the info you need Washington Post

D.C.’s Newest Museum Has a Provenance Problem  The Chronicle of Higher Ed

D.C.’s new Bible museum says it wants to avoid politics. But its opening gala is at the Trump hotel  Washington Post


89-Year-Old Japanese Grandma Discovers Photography, Can’t Stop Taking Hilarious Self-Portraits Now  Japan Inside

Aesthetics & the Sciences of Mind  Philosophy Now 

Can a Social-Justice App Be Art?  The New Yorker


A simple twist of faith: Reconsidering Bob Dylan’s “Christian period”  Salon

8 Famous Guitar Tones That Were Recorded Straight Into  Reverb News

An Interactive Map of Every Record Shop in the World  Open Culture

Charles Manson was not a good songwriter  BongBong


A twitterbot that generates hypothetical Hallmark holiday movies  BongBong


Ohio State isn’t the first college where students are accused of cheating via GroupMe  Inside Higher Ed

Student sues university for ADA violations over service dog in sorority house  CNN

Grad Students Are Freaking Out About the GOP Tax Plan  Wired

7 Tips For Dating Outside of Your Political Preference  Study Breaks


He quit JetBlue by sliding out of a plane. Now he has advice for the rogue Twitter employee  Washington Post

How making other people’s coffee prepared me for a job in PR  MuckRack

News internships (Summer 2018), Associated Press

Summer 2018 Intenrship  Institute on Political Journalism in Washington, DC.


What the Weinstein Effect Can Teach Us About Campus Sexual Assault  New York Times

Notre Dame’s new practice of allowing “alternative resolutions” instead of the traditional Title IX hearings has worried campus advocates for survivors  Inside Higher Ed

Student speaks out following rape investigation at Hudson Valley Community College  News 10

Sexual Harassment and Assault in Higher Ed: What’s Happened Since Weinstein   The Chronicle of Higher Ed

A new website generates too-real “apologies” for men accused of sexual misconduct  Vox


CJR Survey: Reporting Sexual Misconduct in Newsrooms  Columbia Journalism Review

New York Times suspends top White House reporter amid investigation into sexual harassment allegations  AOL News


Why Some Survivors Of Sexual Harassment And Assault Wait To Tell Their Stories  NPR

Pentagon discloses data on sexual assault reports on military bases  Reuters

Supreme Court Ruling Could Limit Workplace Harassment Claims, Advocates Say  NPR

The myth of the male bumbler  The Week 

When It Comes To Sexual Harassment Claims, Whose Side Is Human Resources On?  NPR

Reckoning With Sexual Harassment  NPR

They were sexually harassed at work. They reported it. Here’s what happened  Washington Post

Social Media Posts May Complicate Prosecution Of Sexual Assault  NPR


They’re probably taking your blood Pressure Wrong  NPR 

‘Breakthrough’ for enlarged prostates? Northwestern’s aggressive PR pitch lacks data and context  Health News Review

Skipped breast cancer treatments common  HarvardKennedy School Shorenstein Center


Flat Earthers Now Have Their Own International Conference Because Science And Logic No Longer Matter  Digg

Why Stupid Things are Smarter Together  Digg 


The Serial-Killer Detector  The New Yorker


To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated  Arstechnica

Get Students to Reflect on the Logical Fallacies in Arguments  Teacher Boot Camp


Tech has a big talent gap, and companies are hiring philosophy majors, says the CEO of CA Technologies  CNBC

Why philosophy is so important in science education  Quartz


An AI That Argues With You Based On Your Morals  MIT

A Note About Racked’s Ethics Policy  Racked

More than 50 tech ethics courses, with links to syllabi  BongBong


Survey finds high levels of research misconduct in Middle East  Times Higher Ed

Need a paper? Get a plug-in: A collection of web-browser plug-ins is making the scholarly literature more discoverable  Nature

Reviewer bias in single- versus double-blind peer review  PNAS

The Replication Crisis in Economics  Wired

Impact of Social Sciences – Metrics, recognition, and rewards: it’s time to incentivise the behaviours that are good for research and researchers  The London School of Economist and Political Science

You’re a Researcher Without a Library: What Do You Do?  Medium

Scientist puts his dog on the editorial boards of seven predatory journals as proof of their negligence  BongBong


Higher ed's nuanced strategy gives it options for navigating tax reform debate  Inside Higher Ed 

We urgently need an academic institute focused on algorithmic accountability  New York Times

Are Academics ‘Asleep at the Wheel’? Op-Ed on Tech’s Influence Draws Scholars’ Fire  The Chronicle of Higher Education

For-profit colleges in America relaunch themselves as non-profits  Economist

Wheaton’s endowment reaches $450 million, avoids potential new tax  Wheaton

Still no word from San Diego Christian; inewsource responds anyway inewsource

Moody Bible to Close Spokane Campus, Cut Chicago Faculty Christianity Today


How the Humanities helps our veterans  The San Diego Union-Tribune

Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom  The Chronicle of Higher Education

How studying humanities can help you get a job  The Week


Do Professors Need Automated Help Grading Online Comments?  Inside Higher Ed

Yagoda on Last-Naming Professors  The Chronicle of Higher Education


Faculty Members at One More University Push Back at Online Programs  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Another Bad Year for History Jobs  Inside Higher Ed

Students do not trust teaching by foreign lecturers who speak English with unfamiliar accents  Inside Higher Ed

The Dangers of Tweeting at Conferences  The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professors are losing academic freedom  Washington Post

This Transgender Professor Just Won A $1 Million Jury Verdict In A Major Case Against a University  BuzzFeed


I Used to Be a Human Being

In the last year of my blogging life, my health began to give out. Four bronchial infections in 12 months had become progressively harder to kick. Vacations, such as they were, had become mere opportunities for sleep. My dreams were filled with the snippets of code I used each day to update the site. My friendships had atrophied as my time away from the web dwindled. My doctor, dispensing one more course of antibiotics, finally laid it on the line: “Did you really survive HIV to die of the web?”

But the rewards were many: an audience of up to 100,000 people a day; a new-media business that was actually profitable; a constant stream of things to annoy, enlighten, or infuriate me; a niche in the nerve center of the exploding global conversation; and a way to measure success — in big and beautiful data — that was a constant dopamine bath for the writerly ego. If you had to reinvent yourself as a writer in the internet age, I reassured myself, then I was ahead of the curve. The problem was that I hadn’t been able to reinvent myself as a human being.

Andrew Sullivan writing in New York Magazine

I Know because the People around me Think they Know

If I think I understand because the people around me think they understand, and the people around me all think they understand because the people around them all think they understand, then it turns out we can all have this strong sense of understanding even though no one really has any idea what they're talking about.

Everyone has a compulsion to be right, meaning that they want the people around them to think they're right, and this is easily achieved by mouthing the things that the people around you say. And people who are more capable tend to be better at finding ways to interpret new facts in line with their community's preconceptions.

I like to live in communities that put a premium on getting things right even when they fly in the face of social norms. This means living with constant tension, but it's worth it.

Steven Sloman quoted in Vox

articles of interest - Nov 13


Journalists boycott Disney films in solidarity with the L.A. Times  CNN

Public radio rethinks its approach to journalism  Columbia Journalism Review

Disney Backs Off L.A. Times Ban Following Backlash  Hollywood Reporter

Unusual experiment reveals the power of non-mainstream media: Scholars found that small media outlets have a big effect on Twitter discussions  Arstechnica

Here's why your local TV news is about to get even worse  The Conversation


Trump wants to punish CNN by breaking up the AT&T/Time Warner deal  Recode

Gannett announces management reorganization  Talking New Media


One Way to Fight Fake News: reading laterally  Chronicle of Higher Ed

When fake news will be made by pros  Monday Note


What should this student do? His bosses want him to p-hack and they don’t even know it!  Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

What should this student do? His bosses want him to p-hack and they don’t even know it!  Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

How a data scientist protects his children from the dangers of the tech world  The Next Web

Chances are good that classic machine learning will get you where you want to go. And if it can't, the deep learning door is always open  House of Bots

How to Invest in AI with few pure-play options and high valuations? And what actually qualifies as an AI stock?   Morningstar

Discussion of why Ethics in AI is still a mess, and what practical steps might change the picture  Wired

How to Invest in Artificial Intelligence: While there are few pure-play options and valuations are high, experts say it’s wise to pick your spots now  Morningstar


Apple (AAPL) revealed which emoji Americans use the most  Quartz

Snapchat redesign is in the works amid weak growth in users and ad sales  LA Times

ESPN will produce a daily version of SportsCenter exclusively for Snapchat  Recode


In $25 billion video game industry, voice actors face broken vocal cords and low pay  The Washington Post

Instagram is also a huge source of Russian propaganda on social media (Pinterest’s not safe either)  Nieman Journalism Lab

Trump's Official Portrait and the Language of Lighting  Petapixel


How to Spot a Liar  Becoming (my blog)

Why Canceling Plans is So Satisfying  The Cut


Ph.D.s Are Still Writing Poorly, Part 1  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Does English Grammar Allow you to use an Accusative as part of the Subject of a Sentence? (“me and [name]”)  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Would language be better if it were polished to perfection?  Chronicle of Higher Ed


For Dostoevsky, epilepsy was a matter of both life and literature  PBS

How a young Ernest Hemingway dealt with his first taste of fame  The Conversation


The Perpetrators Of America's Worst Mass Shootings Have One Glaring Thing In Common  Digg

Study finds male Ph.D. candidates submit and publish papers at significantly higher rates than female peers on the same campus  Inside Higher Ed

Transgender issues sharply divide Republicans, Democrats  Pew Research Center

Gender and citation impact in management research  Science Direct


On diversifying data journalism  The Bureau Investigates

To Help Combat Racism, Kansas State U. Will Cancel Classes (for 2 Hours)  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Survey suggests students aren’t the only ones who may have difficulty with free expression on campus. It turns out the public -- across party lines -- is conflicted as well  Inside Higher Ed

What’s Fueling the Free-Speech Wars?  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Court demands that search engines and internet service providers block Sci-Hub  Science Magazine

Taylor Swift's Attorney Rebuked Over Letter Demanding Article's Retraction  WBGO

The History and Philosophy of Copyright (video)  PetaPixel

Court Rejects Gossip Site’s Fair Use Defense  Technology & Marketing Law Blog

A $10 million defamation suit filed by a Stanford University professor against a critic and a journal  Retraction Watch

Lisa Bloom Says Bill O'Reilly Is Libel-Proof   Hollywood Reporter

Facebook Defeats Lawsuit By User Suspended Over ‘Bowling Green Massacre’  Technology & Marketing Law Blog


Religious Employers May Not Be Able to Take Away Your Birth Control After All Life Hacker

Here's why this Houston megachurch is flying Russia's flag outside  Houston Chronicle

Clergy spouses: Privacy, isolation concerns abound  Times Record News

Religion a part of national identity in Central, Eastern Europe  Pew Research Center

Key takeaways about Orthodox Christians  Pew Research Center

New Museum Invites Visitors To 'Engage' With The Bible  NPR

Tennessee Baptist church fights conference shunning over hiring of female pastor  USA Today

Buddhism Is More ‘Western’ Than You Think  New York Times

A suggestion for younger evangelicals: Lose the label (commentary)  Religion News

Baptist convention denounces racism, but not the Confederate flag  Baptist News


Praying In Response To Mass Shootings  NPR

Churches Rethinking Security in the Wake of Texas Shooting  NPR


No, Christians Don't Use Joseph and Mary to Explain Child Molesting Accusations (opinion)  Christianity Today

Roy Moore's alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles  LA Times


What music do psychopaths like? More Bieber, less Bach  Washington Post 


A Link Between Alcohol and Cancer? It’s Not Nearly as Scary as It Seems  New York Times

Genetically Altered Skin Saves A Boy Dying Of A Rare Disease  NPR

The Gross Inequality of Organ Transplants in America  New Republic

How Conjoined Twins Are Making Scientists Question the Concept of Self  The Walrus

Why Working Women With Migraines Suffer in Silence  Splinter News


Christmas Music Could Harm Your Mental Health  IFL Science

Psychology's Renaissance  Annual Review of Psychology 

Brain Scientists Look Beyond Opioids To Conquer Pain  NPR


The Examined Life: Know Thyself #1  Wireless Philosophy 

How Philosophy Makes Progress  Daily Nous

On Putnam's Regulative Ideal of Decency  Digressions Impressions 


Naming abusers online may be “mob justice” but it’s still justice  Quartz


Dealing with error and bias in academic research  PsyArXiv

Academic journal publishing is headed for a day of reckoning  The Conversation

'Null' research findings aren't empty of meaning. Let's publish them  Stat News

Why developing countries are particularly vulnerable to predatory journals  The Conversation

Publish and perish and buyer beware  Otago Daily Times Online News

Reviewing Better  Medium


UW-Superior Suspends 25 Programs: Faculty Say They Were Not Consulted Before Programs Were Suspended  Wisconsin Public Radio

Congressional committee discusses bill designed to define anti-Semitism; some say it is too broad to be effective on college campuses  Inside Higher Ed

When College Classrooms Become Ideologically Segregated, Everyone Suffers  NBC News

How Student Concentrations Are Changing at Harvard  The Crimson


Will They Remember Writing It? Helping instructors design a meaningful writing assignment  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Syllabus at Duke barred staffers of campus paper from class on hedge funds  Inside Higher Ed

The rise of the campus meme  Daily Californian

Tips For Writing Your College Admissions Essay  The Onion 


After 10-Hour Hearing, Clemson U. Students Vote Not to Remove Black Leader  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Survey shows declines in new international students after years of growth  Inside Higher Ed

OSU students caught cheating via "GroupMe" app  Local 12


Paid journalism internships with December deadlines  Student Press Law Center

Program to bring interns of color to nonprofit newsrooms


Trainers, Lawyers Say Sexual Harassment Training Fails  NPR

College let teachers quietly leave after alleged sex abuse, and pushed students for silence  Boston Globe

Profile of advocate against campus sexual assault who hopes to change the culture of college athletics  The Ringer


What’s to be done about the numerous reports of faculty misconduct dating back years and even decades?  Inside Higher Ed


How to Spot a Liar

When an international team of researchers asked some 2,300 people in 58 countries to respond to a single question — “How can you tell when people are lying?” — one sign stood out: In two-thirds of responses, people listed gaze aversion. A liar doesn’t look you in the eye. Twenty-eight percent reported that liars seemed nervous, a quarter reported incoherence, and another quarter that liars exhibited certain little giveaway motions.

It just so happens that the common wisdom is false.

Why do we think we know how liars behave? Liars should divert their eyes. They should feel ashamed and guilty and show the signs of discomfort that such feelings engender. And because they should, we think they do.

The desire for the world to be what it ought to be and not what it is permeates experimental psychology as much as writing, though. There’s experimental bias and the problem known in the field as “demand characteristics” — when researchers end up finding what they want to find by cuing participants to act a certain way. It’s also visible when psychologists choose to study one thing rather than another, dismiss evidence that doesn’t mesh with their worldview while embracing that which does.

Maria Konnikova writing in the New York Times

Desensitized to Lying

When you’re exposed to a strong smell, at first the smell is extremely noticeable, but eventually you stop noticing it as much. With time, any stimulus — a loud noise, a strong perfume, etc. — is likely to provoke a smaller response. The same goes with lying.

We get desensitized to our own lying as the areas of our brain that correlate with negativity become less active. This makes it easier for us to lie in the future.

“The first time you cheat — let’s say you’re cheating on your taxes — you feel quite bad about it,” Tali Sharot, a University College London neuroscientist. But then the next time you cheat, you’re less likely to get that negative feeling. That makes it easier to lie again. And the cycle escalates from there.

Brian Resnick writing in Vox


Fearing Outsiders

"It’s what we call an over-exclusion bias," Mina Cikara, a Harvard psychologist who studies intergroup conflict, said. When you start fearing others "your circle of who you counted as friends is going to shrink. And that means those people outside of the bounds get less empathy, get fewer resources." It also means you become more vigilant and obsessed with marking who is an insider and who is not. "You want to draw those boundaries brighter, so you don’t make any mistakes about who you want to share your resources with or who you want to trust," she says.

Brian Resnick writing in Vox

articles of interest - Nov 6


Why I Believe in the Future of Journalism as a 10-year-old Reporter  Newsweek

Miami demands media stop showing photos of firefighters fired in noose incident  Miami Herald

Why it's important to name the shooter  Poynter

Plaintiff in Russia dossier suit argues BuzzFeed isn't a real news organization  Money Magazine

More in U.S. getting news from multiple social media sites  Pew Research Center

It's a journalist's duty to keep collected information safe. Here are some ways to get started  Poynter


Learning To Spot Fake News: Start With A Gut Check  NPR

Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says  Bloomberg

Dilbert vs. Trump: Why False Facts Have Power  Tech News World


How On Earth Did Email Newsletters Become Popular Again?  Medium 

How Vimeo Is Preparing For The Future Of Video Storytelling  Fast Company


Particle physics reveals there is more to wonder about one of the Seven Wonders of the World  Science News

Who’s the 2017 World Series champ? Big Data! What the Astros did to win the analytics arms race  Tech Republic

Intelligence collection and analysis is a mess in the US intelligence community  The Hill

What the founding fathers of Apache Spark are saying and doing about its future   ZD Net

The Kaggle 2017 State of Data Science and Machine Learning report  Kaggle

A new system that automatically produces code optimized for sparse data  MIT


Do social media threaten democracy?  Economist

Representatives From Facebook, Twitter And Google Testify About Russia's Election Influence  NPR

Once considered a boon to democracy, social media have started to look like its nemesis  Economist

Why Is the U.S. So Susceptible to Social-Media Distortion? (opinion)  New Yorker

How Russia Weaponized Social Media With 'Social Bots'  NPR


Our attitudes are shaped much more by our social groups than they are by facts on the ground  Becoming (my blog)

Why we pretend to know things  Vox

This Is Why We Default To Criticism (And How To Change)  Fast Company


7 Pieces of Expert Writing Advice  Daily Jstor


The Randomness of Language Evolution  The Atlantic

Why You Still Should Learn a Language in the Age of Pixel Buds  Daily Jstor


Looking For A Home When Your Name Is Hispanic And Finding Discrimination Instead  NPR

Pop Art Posters Celebrate Pioneering Women Scientists: Download Free Posters of Marie Curie, Ada Lovelace & More  Open Culture

Gender Bias in Peer Review  Scholarly Kitchen

Orange County High-School Students Rebel Against Confederate Mascot  The Daily Beast  


Rethinking free speech on campus - Free to be crude and mean  Economist

University of Oregon president pens powerful reflection on being shouted down  The FIRE

Free speech at American universities is under threat  Economist


Taylor Swift’s Team Issued a Defamation Threat Against a Website With 76 Twitter Followers  Spin

'Cosby Show' Producer Sues BBC for Using Clips in Bill Cosby Doc  Hollywood Reporter


Professor's artwork uses US flags to make KKK-style hoods  CNN


FCC Releases Proposed Order to Modify Media Ownership Rules  Comm Law Blog


The NFL Allows Churches To Show Regular Season Football Games: Understanding when and how you can show NFL games in your church  Plagiarism Today 

Meet the Woke Young People Trying to Make Christianity Cool Again  Vice

'It's Our Right': Christian Congregation In Indonesia Fights To Worship In Its Church  NPR

The racism in Gen. Kelly’s Civil War comments runs deep in the strand of evangelicalism that helped elect Trump (opinion)  Religious Dispatches

What does the revival of Protestantism Mean for the Developing World  Economist

Church shootings are so common that there’s a database for them  Quartz

Religious leaders and former gang members join forces to reduce crime  CBS News

Why evangelicals are deeply skeptical of gun control laws (opinion)  Chicago Tribune

Younger evangelicals have never been in a moral majority. This changes how they see politics  Economist  


How Bob Dylan found God, and his fans found another boxset to buy  ABC News (Australia)

Review: Thinking Twice About Bob Dylan's Gospel Phase With New Bootleg Box  Rolling Stone


Can We Still Rely On Science Done By Sexual Harassers?  Wired

How Human Resources Handles Sexual Misconduct  NPR

Finding the Words We Need to Talk About Sexual Assault and Harassment  Daily Jstor

Sexual harassment: Who suffers, and how  Journalism Resources


The Limits of Behavioral Economics in Medicine  New York Times


There is “much more to scientific impact than citations”  Nature

How To Win An Argument According To Science  Daily Jstor


Carl Jung Psychoanalyzes Hitler  Open Culture

“Psychologists really are trying to turn their field around  Science News

How One Psychologist Is Tackling Human Biases in Science

Sleep protects against learning fear  The Naked Scientist 

What eyes and odours reveal about sexual attraction  Economist


The work of 213,284 kids was analyzed. These are the writing and critical-thinking skills that stumped students  Washington Post

5 Tips for Critical Thinking: What can you do to critically think better in day-to-day situations?  Psychology Today

How to Develop Critical Thinking Skills: Use these tips to walk into any situation with the tools needed to set aside intense emotions and make insightful decisions


Death: A Free Philosophy Course from Yale Helps You Grapple with the Inescapable  Open Culture

How Alvin Plantinga Paved the Way for Christian Philosophy's Comeback  Christianity Today


Google Calendar on the web gets a fresh new look  Tech Crunch 


Dealing with Unethical or Illegal Conduct in Higher Education  The Scientist

Tiny human brain organoids implanted into rodents, triggering ethical concerns  Stat News


Prominent scientist sues critic of his work for $10 million  Mashable

Do We Need An Adoption Service for Orphan Data?  Discover Magazine

Who owns patient data in clinical research?  Collabrx

Academic journal publishing is headed for a day of reckoning  The Conversation


As ed-tech companies gather more data, they struggle to find its best uses  Inside Higher Ed

Evaluating the evidence on micro-aggressions and trigger warnings  Economist

Can Design Thinking Redesign Higher Ed?   Chronicle of Higher Ed

The Surprising Revolt at the Most Liberal College in the Country  The Atlantic

GOP tax overhaul would eliminate tax breaks used by colleges and students  Inside Higher Ed

College apologizes for ‘House of Cards’ email   Columbia Tribune

200 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list  Quartz

Christian Writer Banned From Liberty University Campus After Criticizing Trump Ally  NPR

Anthony Scaramucci spoke at Liberty University  Salon


‘Digital’ Is Not the Opposite of ‘Humanities’ (opinion)  Chronicle of Higher Ed

The STEM job opportunities are in computing technology, not the physical or life sciences (CS is the only STEM field where more than half of graduates are employed in their field)  New York Times

There Is No Such Thing as ‘the Digital Humanities’ (opinion)  Chronicle of Higher Ed

Study English Lit to acquire 'marketable' skills? That's a bad argument (opinion)  LA Times


How students to steal professors’ passwords on campus and to change grades  Inside Higher Ed

In a Volatile Climate on Campus, Professors Teach on Tenterhooks  New York Times

Dropping The F-Bomb In Class? Teachers Weigh In  NPR


Student Newspaper publishes Letter from the Editor in Protest of Treatment by Administrators  Indiana Daily Student


Georgetown students vote not to take action against pro-heterosexual-marriage campus group   Washington Post

Six Myths About Choosing a College Major  New York Times


Many Academics Are Eager to Publish in Worthless Journals: “The rewards for publishing in predatory journals were greater than for publishing in legitimate ones”  New York Times

Senior faculty members on three campuses face disciplinary action or resign over harassment allegations  Inside Higher Ed

Professional Development beyond Citations and the Standard Process  Scholarly Kitchen

After threats of dismissal, a tenured professor is cleared of plagiarism charges  Durango Herald

Abusers and Enablers in Faculty Culture  Chronicle of Higher Ed


Social Groups rather than Facts Shape our Opinions

Our attitudes are shaped much more by our social groups than they are by facts on the ground. We are not great reasoners. Most people don't like to think at all, or like to think as little as possible. And by most, I mean roughly 70 percent of the population. Even the rest seem to devote a lot of their resources to justifying beliefs that they want to hold, as opposed to forming credible beliefs based only on fact.

Think about if you were to utter a fact that contradicted the opinions of the majority of those in your social group. You pay a price for that. 

I live in a very limited universe, and so I have to depend on the beliefs and knowledge of other people. I know what I’ve read; I know what I’ve heard from experts. In that sense, the decisions we make, the attitudes we form, the judgments we make, depend very much on what other people are thinking.

Steven Sloman quoted in Vox

Matching your tasks to your Energy

When considering how to best match your tasks to your energy it’s helpful to consider all the different kinds of work you do, and when would be the best time to do them. Even if you know that you’re naturally a morning person, for example, that alone may not help you best arrange all of your activities, since you can’t do everything first thing. Are you writing? editing? coding data? researching citations for a literature review? creating slides? preparing lecture notes for class? For each activity, consider when you would be best able to do that work well.

You might not know the answers to all those questions yet — so simply observing when you are intuitively drawn to do certain kinds of work, and how difficult or easy it is to complete the task at different times of day, can help you design your schedule to better match your tasks to your energy.

Natalie Houston writing in the Chronicle of Higher Ed