Posts tagged “sociology”


There’s a fascinating article at the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology called Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties in Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-Assessments. This is the sort of essay that makes you wonder about yourself. Just in case you weren’t already wondering. Or in case you thought you were

Okily Dokily

How could anybody not love Ned Flanders?

Island Fever in Indonesia

Indonesia’s Island Fever “The prosperous newcomers tend to think of the Dayaks as stupid and lazy. The powerless Dayaks see the Madurese as greedy and arrogant … “

sociology and the Smurfs

On Smurfette “She is, in short, bad and wrong, as patriarchal cultures have viewed women for centuries.” I don’t know if I’d put it that way exactly. I always thought she was pretty cute. Of course I’m a pushover for a flirt.

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