Posts

March 31, 2015

+
9:15 PM | Religious authority increases the number of donations but decreases the value
In a run-down market place in Kabul, Afghanistan, groups of men hang around hoping that someone will offer them a job for the day. But today is different. Today they get an unusual offer. Somebody is willing to pay them a whole days wage (about $9) just to fill out a survey. Of course, many [Read More...]

March 25, 2015

+
12:24 AM | Sondas espaciales activas
http://spaceprob.es/via: Microsiervos

March 24, 2015

+
9:40 PM | Did belief in ghosts help kick-start civilization?
In a remote highland region of south-eastern Turkey lies the remains of what is possibly the world’s old temple. Dating to 11,000 years ago, it predates even the rise of agriculture – as far as we can tell, it also predates the first complex societies. Now, not all religions are the same. Some (a minority, [Read More...]
+
9:40 PM | Did belief in ghosts help kick-start civilization?
In a remote highland region of south-eastern Turkey lies the remains of what is possibly the world’s old temple. Dating to 11,000 years ago, it predates even the rise of agriculture – as far as we can tell, it also predates the first complex societies. Now, not all religions are the same. Some (a minority, [Read More...]

March 23, 2015

+
11:01 AM | Stronger password advice
Like backup advice after your hard drive fails, password advice comes thick and fast whenever there’s been a data breach. The usual line is: Don’t use the same password everywhere Don’t share password with others Don’t use names, pet’s names, birthdays, and other personal information Use letters, numbers, and symbols Have a different password for […]Related Posts:Lastpass pronounceable passwordsHow strong does a password need to be?Change your LinkedIn […]

March 19, 2015

+
8:37 AM | The “Old” Button
Forget “likes”, +s and RTs. What we need is a new button that’s a bit like an inverted like button, a thumbsdown, but wrinkly with liver spots, that lets your friends know that you know the latest, trendy thing that they just liked is actually already really old and that you saw it way before […]Related Posts:Download all your tweetsWe want answers from FacebookHow good is the MyPassport Wireless?Fed-up Friday: the new #FFNews about your famous friendsPost from: David […]

March 18, 2015

+
8:46 AM | Call for Papers: The political context of single-parent families
The political context of single-parent families is particularly relevant, as single parenthood represents a new social risk with adverse outcomes. This open panel invites theory-driven empirical studies on the political context of single- parent families. We specifically invite papers that address: Social Policy Responses: descriptions and analyses of social policy innovations focused on single-parent families.… Continue Reading

March 16, 2015

+
9:06 PM | Secular community groups are just as effective as religious ones in stimulating concern for others
Researchers around the world have found that subliminal reminders of religion can have some fairly profound effects (for example, encouraging honesty, obedience, revenge and staying power – and, as we saw in the previous post – even risk taking). But is this specifically about religion? Perhaps being reminded about god makes people virtuous – but [Read More...]

Thomson, N. (2015). Priming social affiliation promotes morality – Regardless of religion, Personality and Individual Differences, 75 195-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.022

Citation
+
9:06 PM | Secular community groups are just as effective as religious ones in stimulating concern for others
Researchers around the world have found that subliminal reminders of religion can have some fairly profound effects (for example, encouraging honesty, obedience, revenge and staying power – and, as we saw in the previous post – even risk taking). But is this specifically about religion? Perhaps being reminded about god makes people virtuous – but [Read More...]

Thomson, N. (2015). Priming social affiliation promotes morality – Regardless of religion, Personality and Individual Differences, 75 195-200. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.11.022

Citation

March 13, 2015

+
10:02 AM | Who not to #Followback on Twitter
Here are my scribbled notes on who not to followback on Twitter. A Top 10. Obviously, they’re not realy scribbled, I just used a “Biro” font in my graphics program and typed them in. (You didn’t think I could still hold an actual pen in the real world, and actually write words down on an […]Related Posts:Who not to follow backA few of my Twitter block wordsWhat I don’t tweetRetweetFed-up Friday: the new #FFPost from: David Bradley's Dave Bradley's Tech […]
+
10:00 AM | Association, Aggregation, and Paradoxes: On the Positive Correlation Between Fertility and Women’s Employment
Can we use cross-country, macro-level correlations between fertility rates and women’s employment rates to study the extent to which women combine work and family? I tend to think this is not very fruitful. Today, the journal Demographic Research published my note on a recent macro-level article. In my note, titled Association, Aggregation, and Paradoxes: On… Continue Reading

March 11, 2015

+
10:59 PM | Blade Runner: The Final Cut (New Trailer)
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (New Trailer) - In cinemas 3 Apr | BFI release 
+
8:23 AM | Patronising Google Chrome
I clear my browser cache and cookies periodically, usually when I’m leaving the office so that should my computer be accessed by a third party logged in accounts, like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ etc are not compromised. If you do a clear in Google Chrome (Ctrl+Shift+Del) too frequently, you get this snarky little message: “Psst! […]Related Posts:Saving time on your computerOne-click to Google Chrome privacyStay off Facebook, unless you need to use itWhat I […]

March 10, 2015

+
7:21 PM | Hacker a los 30
What is a Hacker?Interesante colección de definiciones y revisión del tema por parte de Steven Levy, 30 años después de su famoso libro: Hackers (1984).En medium.com

March 08, 2015

+
11:46 AM | Patrones en la pantalla
Cuando uno tiene hijos aprende varias cosas. Ahora (la información estaba ahí desde siempre pero recién ahora tomo conciencia de ello) me doy cuenta de un patrón insólito de la TV. Si uno mira los programas para niños (tanto en cable como en TV abierta) son todos educativos. Tratan de convertirlos en personas más inteligentes, cultas, solidarias y sensibles. Si uno mira los programas para adultos (sobre todo en TV abierta, pero en mucha […]
+
11:43 AM | My Research in 5 Tweets for International Women’s Day
For International Women’s day, I decided to summarise my research in five tweets: Motherhood is still associated with lower employment rates among women. Family policies matter: paid leave facilitates the employment of mothers, but family allowances stimulate the traditional breadwinner model. Work-Family reconciliation policies are most important to stimulate the employment of women with traditional… Continue Reading

March 07, 2015

+
8:59 PM | Thinking about God causes people to take bigger risks… wait, what???
A team from Stanford University Graduate School of Business has just published a nice series of studies showing that priming people with the idea of god can increase their appetite for risk. Over at the Friendly Atheist, Rachel Ford did a good write up, leading with the headline conclusion that thinking about god actually causes [Read More...]

Kupor, D., Laurin, K. & Levav, J. (2015). Anticipating Divine Protection? Reminders of God Can Increase Nonmoral Risk Taking, Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563108

Hamerman, E. & Morewedge, C. (2015). Reliance on Luck: Identifying Which Achievement Goals Elicit Superstitious Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 (3) 323-335. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214565055

Noussair, C., Trautmann, S., van de Kuilen, G. & Vellekoop, N. (2013). Risk aversion and religion, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 47 (2) 165-183. DOI: 10.1007/s11166-013-9174-8

Citation
+
8:59 PM | Thinking about God causes people to take bigger risks… wait, what???
A team from Stanford University Graduate School of Business has just published a nice series of studies showing that priming people with the idea of god can increase their appetite for risk. Over at the Friendly Atheist, Rachel Ford did a good write up, leading with the headline conclusion that thinking about god actually causes [Read More...]

Noussair, C., Trautmann, S., van de Kuilen, G. & Vellekoop, N. (2013). Risk aversion and religion, Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, 47 (2) 165-183. DOI: 10.1007/s11166-013-9174-8

Hamerman, E. & Morewedge, C. (2015). Reliance on Luck: Identifying Which Achievement Goals Elicit Superstitious Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41 (3) 323-335. DOI: 10.1177/0146167214565055

Kupor, D., Laurin, K. & Levav, J. (2015). Anticipating Divine Protection? Reminders of God Can Increase Nonmoral Risk Taking, Psychological Science, DOI: 10.1177/0956797614563108

Citation

March 04, 2015

+
9:45 PM | Suicide in Northern Ireland is not linked to religious affiliation
Conventionally, religious affiliation is supposed to reduce the risk of suicide. In fact, the worldwide data show a rather patchy picture, probably because the effects of religion on suicide risk depend on the social context. One of the godfathers of the sociology of religion was a guy named Émile Durkheim. At the tail end of [Read More...]

O'Reilly, D. & Rosato, M. (2015). Religion and the risk of suicide: longitudinal study of over 1 million people, The British Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.128694

Citation
+
9:45 PM | Suicide in Northern Ireland is not linked to religious affiliation
Conventionally, religious affiliation is supposed to reduce the risk of suicide. In fact, the worldwide data show a rather patchy picture, probably because the effects of religion on suicide risk depend on the social context. One of the godfathers of the sociology of religion was a guy named Émile Durkheim. At the tail end of [Read More...]

O'Reilly, D. & Rosato, M. (2015). Religion and the risk of suicide: longitudinal study of over 1 million people, The British Journal of Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1192/bjp.bp.113.128694

Citation
1
20 Results