The Language of Sexual Violence

The language we use to describe something can provide insights into how we think about it. For example, we all reserve words for close family members (“Mama” or “Papa”) that have special meaning and these words are often constrained by culture. And as elements of culture, there are times when the linguistic conventions can tell usContinue reading “The Language of Sexual Violence”

Cognitive Bias and the Gun Debate

I teach a course at my Canadian university on the Psychology of Thinking and in this course, we discuss topics like concept formation, decision making, and reasoning. Many of these topics lend themselves naturally to the discussion of current topics and in one class last year, after a recent mass shooting in the US, IContinue reading “Cognitive Bias and the Gun Debate”

The Unintended Cruelty of America’s Immigration Policies

It is well documented that the Trump administration is pursing a senselessly cruel policy of prosecuting migrants at the border, detaining families, and incarcerating them in large, improvised detention centres. This includes taking children away from their parents and siblings and housing them separately for an extended period. Pointlessly Cruel Jeff Sessions has pointed outContinue reading “The Unintended Cruelty of America’s Immigration Policies”

Presidential Power Pose

The president at work As much as I don’t want to write about US presidential politics, I was struck by a photograph that was released officially by the Office of the White House of the president hard at work during the government shutdown. As you can see, it is a staged photograph of the presidentContinue reading “Presidential Power Pose”