A couple of weeks back, we witnessed two quite different but intriguing cases of people laying claim to an African-American identity without having the lineage that we generally assume provides that identity – biological descent from African slaves in the United States. These two people were, in effect, asserting that … More >
Once upon a time, the list of behaviors that absolutely distinguished humans and non-human primates was clear and well defined. Tool use, language, organized group violence, some more debatable than others, but research on each of these has established that it no longer clearly defines a human leap forward.
Can we can … More >
I’m writing to you from the Othering & Belonging conference in Oakland, California, sponsored by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.
I wanted to attend because of the title: it’s rare that a conference will try to dialectically encompass both a problem and a solution in its own name. The … More >
That’s the beginning of the headline on an article in Britain’s The Guardian published on April 24. Alan Yuhas, the reporter from The Guardian, has done a super job in this report of balancing comments from specialists with an attempt to convey what is exciting here.
Since I ended up quoted rather … More >
Wednesday was the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death. It’s hard to spend too much time reflecting on Lincoln; I use the first thing he ever published, comparing two infrastructure projects in a local election campaign, as an example of policy analysis avant la lettre, and he just gets better … More >
The most recent scandal about avoidably erroneous reporting is symptomatic of a trend towards agenda-driven research and away from evidence-based research.
On 19 November 2014, the magazine Rolling Stone published a 9,000-word article alleging that on 29 September 2012 seven men sexually assaulted a fellow undergraduate student (pseudonym “Jackie”) at a … More >
At the most recent Oscars, the Academy recognized the talents of numerous Mexicans who worked on the acclaimed film Birdman. During his acceptance speech for the Best Director award, Alejandro González Iñárritu made two statements meant to resonate with Mexicans living on both sides of the Mexico-United States border.
Director … More >