Measured Against Reality

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Linky-links and State of the Blog

I've built up enough "I should blog about this" links that I thought, well, I should blog about them.

The first is "Why Do Racists have Low IQs?" It's pretty much what you'd expect, an analysis of studies of racists, finding that they have lower IQs, less education, and their parents have less education. Racists are more likely to have a degree (if they have one) in liberal arts than sciences (woo! go sciences!) They're also more likely to be "conservatives, conformists, Republicans, and hypochondriacs", which also isn't very surprising (it's hard to be a liberal progressive if you want to keep entire races down). Although that hypochondriac thing is pretty weird, the author of the page makes some speculations about it, but it's still odd.

Anyway, I found myself wondering if the same stuff is true for anti-gay bigots, and I wouldn't be surprised if it were.

Next up is Intelligent design to feature in school RE lessons. It's in Britain, but guess how I feel about it. Well, you're probably wrong, I'm elated. Intelligent design is being talked about in Religious Education, where it belongs. The God Delusion is also on the reading list, which is cool. But the most important thing is that children are being taught comparative religion, which is (in my experience) one of the most surefire ways to make a bunch of atheists. At the very least it should make people less fundamentalist and give them a better understanding of other cultures, which is never a bad thing.

Finally, we have Do You Believe in Magic? This is a pretty good overview of why people believe silly things (like superstitions). It's not particularly new to me, but you should read it anyway.

State of the Blog: I'm going to start reviewing books that I have liked (first up is the Dalai Lama one). I'll give links through my Amazon Associates thingy. I wanted to disclose that so you knew that if you're interested in a book I review, buying it from my page will make me (a small bit of) money. I'd feel dirty if I didn't disclose that somewhere. However, this will not bias my reviews. They will, mostly, be books I loved enough to drag 2,800 miles with me, and books are heavy so that's saying something.

Other than that it should continue with business as usual. I've been writing less because I just haven't had much to write about. When reading other blogs almost everything they write is in response to something someone else wrote, or a review of something (even if it's a scientific paper), or just a collection of links. If you look at actual new content that they've come up with all on their own, there's just not much. I could try to do what they do, but I find it rather uninspiring, so I'll just keep up with the more seldom posts.

Not that anyway really cares, but I thought I should say it.


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