You have till Thursday to take part in the public consultation on the proposed changes to laws governing civil partnerships and marriages in the UK. It takes about five minutes to fill out the form. No doubt there will be, ahem, interested organisations mobilising their membership, so let’s mobilise ourselves in response.
UK Election May 7, 2010
UPDATED POST: Well, unsurprisingly I think, Labour lost. Far more surprisingly, people were turned away from polling stations in some places without being able to cast their vote. The Guardian report is here.
Survey of Philosophers’ normative intuitions November 14, 2009
This request is up at Experimental Philosophy:
In collaboration with Joe Henrich and Taylor Davis at the University of British Columbia, I’m conducting a study on philosophers’ views about normative judgments. Joe, Taylor and I would be very grateful if you would participate in our study.
Participation should take 30 minutes or less, and it involves responding to a 20-item questionnaire. In developing the questionnaire, we found that many respondents find consideration of the issues involved interesting and engaging. The research has been approved by UBC’s Behavioral Research Ethics Board and is open to all faculty and graduate students in philosophy.
Here’s a link to the test:
We encourage you to forward this notice to other philosophers you think might be interested. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Taylor Davis at email@example.com.
Many thanks for whatever assistance you can provide.
With best wishes,
Board of Governors Professor of Philosophy & Cognitive Science Rutgers University
Joe Henrich: Canada Research Chair in Culture, Cognition & Evolution, Departments of Psychology & Economics, University of British Columbia
Taylor Davis: Department of Philosophy, University of British Columbia
*Here is the link to the official letter/invitation.
A Church of England fifth column in the BBC? February 2, 2009
A guest post by LPG.
It’s not what one looks for in an ‘impartial’ news organization: the uncritical passing on, in item after item after item, of the ‘finding’ that ‘selfish’ and ‘independent’ [read: in paid employment and/or single] mothers are responsible for the ‘poor conceptual development’ and ‘behavioural problems’ in our nations youth. The report rolls out over the coming week, so expect to see more of this double-standards blah blah. The BBC has been developing a taste for it. Look at the question asked in this BBC vox pop from last year, once again in connection with a dubious study. Now fantasize about them asking whether fathers (as opposed to mothers) should return to their jobs after having children.
Is the latest onslaught just sloppy journalism? Perhaps not. The ‘largest survey into childhood ever to be conducted in the UK’ is being presented as ‘independent’. Few of the broadcasted reports I’ve seen so far mention that the Church of England commissioned the report (through the Children’s Society or The Church of England’s Children Society as it refers to itself). Even a BBC journalist should know that this information really needs to be foregrounded, if only so that viewers can relax and go and make themselves a cup of tea. Some of the online pieces mention the Anglican connection but insist on the independence of this ‘evidence-based’ report, including the recommendation that we institute ‘civil birth ceremonies’. (Not baptisms, oh no.) The BBC even participated in the survey by providing children to talk to – one Established institution scratching another Established institution’s back, or a covert Anglican vanguard? Maybe an independent, evidence-based study of the BBC’s back catalogue would show up more indicators of its disguised but creeping influence. (Thanks to cmdshiftesc.)
Where are you? A poll October 26, 2008
How scattered are we? Please help us find out.
Please do remember that this is just the second poll. The list seems too long, but, even worse, items seemed to pop off somewhere. I hope most places are represented, but do use the “other” if you are not happy placing yourself on this list.
Also, no doubt the list conflates some political boundaries with geographical boundaries. Apologies in advance, and do know it was wholly unintentional (even if blameworthy).
BTW, wordpress counts the number of visitors this site gets, so even though we don’t know who you are, if you don’t vote, one of us at least will know and might even feel sad!