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Whorl direction [Jun. 25th, 2007|09:02 am]
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Today's post on differenceblog discusses recent research on hair whorl direction and sexual orientation, as reported in today's edition of New York Magazine. Hair whorls (which tend to appear mostly in white men) have been studied since the 1970's as a possible indicator of brain development. Some recent studies have suggested that gay men are more likely than their straight counterparts to have a counter clockwise whorl. Implications and weaknesses of this research are discussed. Comments, as always, are welcomed.

differenceblog is a daily feature on the study of gender differences.
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STUDENTS [Mar. 16th, 2007|10:15 pm]
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[mood |curiouscurious]

Are there students who study political science in the USA now?
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Is it true that Bush wants to assail on Iran?! [Mar. 15th, 2007|08:18 pm]
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One of our teachers raised that theme and said that Bush has a plan.. But I hardly able to believe in that...
Could you clear up this for me?
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(no subject) [Jan. 29th, 2007|10:29 pm]
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Just wondering community thoughts on Andrew Sullivan's, The
Conservative Soul.
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patriotism [Dec. 29th, 2006|03:50 pm]
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Hello, people!
I have problematical questions in my mind. I can't answer them just by myself.

does anybody know how it is to be a patriot?
what patriotism and nationalism are?
can we put together them?
are these facts different or similar?
what's the point to be a patriot?

should anybody be a patriot?

so tell me what's on your mind?
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newbie [Sep. 1st, 2006|06:43 pm]
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Hello there!
I'm newbie here. I'm studying in politics in Russia.
Anything you want know about russia politics and culture you should ask me. :)
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Intro? [Aug. 29th, 2006|10:50 am]
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Hi everyone. I'm Jessica and i'm 17, just started college as a philosophy major.

My questions are:

Why is the Jon Benet Ramsey Case national news? Living in Miami, things like that are not uncommon. I just watched a story on our local news about an official of the Child Protection Services who was using his position as a way to get sexual favors, i.e. "Give me a blow job or i'll tell child services you're not fit to keep your children." Why wasn't that national news? Do you consider that rape?

Why can't there be an election anymore without a smear campaign? Do all of the candidates feel so inadequate that the only way they feel they can win is to bash their opponent? When is the last time a candidate ran a campaign solely based on the issues?

Why, when executing someone by way of the electric chair, do they cover the head with a black bag? If you are content with the principle of the thing, should you not know it in it's entirety? Is it so that the audience watching through the window doesn't feel maybe a smidgen of guilt for the person being executed?

In this country, why are you incapable of making an experienced, mature decision (except of course, the decision to consume alcohol) until you are eighteen? Why, when someone under the age of eighteen is accused of a murder, are they suddenly capable of making that kind of decision with clarity? If a legal minor is tried as an adult and not convicted, are they now capable of voting (since they were clearly capable of making a decision whether or not to murder someone)?

I think that's it for now.

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News/Science blog about gender: [Aug. 22nd, 2006|12:30 pm]
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differenceblog: I've started writing a fairly academic blog on the topic of gender differences (and specifically, the study of gender differences) and it would be great to get some feedback. There are two posts daily - one that's a straight-up article about some gender difference, and then a more personal reaction post (speaking from my experience as a transman).

If you're interested, I'd appreciate anyone taking a glance at it. Recommendations of other interested communities also welcome.

x-posted and thanks!
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American studies- useful or not? [Jun. 22nd, 2006|02:37 am]
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Hi, i'm from England and am considering doing a degree in American Studies. My question for you is:

As a British citizen who hopes to one day live and work in the USA, would American studies be a good choice? Would the government and employers look more favourably on me if I had studied America? Or would it make no difference at all?

I'd be thankful for any thoughts or advice on this matter. Thank you.
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(no subject) [Jun. 13th, 2006|05:52 pm]
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This journal is in the process of dying, but from time to time perhaps I'll try and bring it back to life, if only briefly:

What are your thoughts on English legally being the official or national language of the United States? Short of that, what about public policy that promotes teaching English to immigrants above maintaining their original language and culture? Why do you think as you do?
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