June 2009 Blog Posts (207)

Some thoughts on stigma; more on "Coming Out as an Atheist"

To put this in context, I am a professor of sociology by profession, so I tend to frame my understanding of the stigma related to atheism in somewhat academic terms. My intent is to deepen our conversation, but if the outcome is otherwise, please forgive.

In 1963 the sociologist Erving Goffman published a book that has become part of the canon in social psychology. This book, Stigma Notes on the Management of Spoiled Identity , is a good primer for those interested in… Continue

Added by tom arcaro on June 1, 2009 at 8:27pm — 5 Comments

Well, it's been a long time now...

My laptop fried & had to buy a new one.
Then it was down to getting my info I lost, etc.
So, I finally got back on here & will try to do a little more now.
I'm on twitter as well & many other sites.
Missed everyone & sorry it took this long to be able to get back on.
Hope everyone is having a beautiful week. Much Love & Peace, Kat ;D

Added by Kat on June 1, 2009 at 7:57pm — No Comments

On Dr. Tiller and Editorial Comment

If you haven't read about it already, Dr. Tiller, a Kansas doctor that performed abortions was gunned down at his church yesterday. (More information here or here. Warning: Some of the comments in that 2nd one will make you want to cry. The stupid ones are just trolls.)

So far the people on both sides are acting… Continue

Added by Joey on June 1, 2009 at 1:30pm — 5 Comments

Tiananmen Square

A short film and petition on the Amnesty site: http://www.protectthehuman.com/tankman

It's staggering that this event has fallen so far from the public's attention. I think I've heard it mentioned twice in the last ten years.

Added by Dave P on June 1, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Future of Democracy; the Internet?

In an age where participatory democracy is seen to be in decline, the emergence of the internet as a tool for communication seems variously to be an agency for that breakdown of democracy, yet also a vehicle for mass communication and…


Added by Ian Caithness on June 1, 2009 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

Government Influences and Education

It would seem that, once again, universities are demanding that the cap upon tuition fees be removed in order to assert their ‘top quality education’. Universities, at the moment, are set to a strict cap upon fees which sits at between £3,000 and £3,225. Reports from the… Continue

Added by Ian Caithness on June 1, 2009 at 8:11am — 2 Comments

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