Archive for April 2011

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Getting Justice or Getting Even

I recently completed my Honours thesis as a component of my BA degree in Honours Psychology. This thesis involved about a year’s worth of work from start to finish—planning out the study, doing a literature review, developing the materials, getting ethics clearance, running the study, collecting the results, analyzing the results, and writing it all up. Needless to say, it feels good to be finished it. I thought it might be a good idea to talk a little bit about the topic and about what I found. Essentially, the main purpose of the research was to look at the association between ultimate justice and revenge. I’ll start off explaining each of these in a little more detail, and then tell you what I found in my own study.Continue Reading

Election 2011

Comparing the Political Parties

Politics · · 7 comments

With a Canadian election coming up on May 2nd, it’s important to take a look at just what the various political parties stand for. I’ve spent the past week or so reading over the official party platforms for the major national parties. (I’ll admit, I only got about half-way through the Green Party platform. It’s not my fault that it’s so ridiculously long.) In the process of reading them, I condensed their various “promises” or proposed actions to create a list of what each party says they will do.Continue Reading

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Avoiding “-isms”

Philosophy, Society · · 8 comments

I recently had a discussion online with someone who identifies himself as a “men’s rights activist (MRA)”. These MRAs are reactionaries to the feminist movement, and often their complaint is that equality has already been achieved (in the Western world) and that women who continue to push for greater rights are just seeking to achieve superiority over men. As the author of this blog points out, often these concerns seem to stem from frustrations regarding their own failure to have satisfying relationships with women. The frustrations begin to manifest in outright misogyny, and they pin the blame on the feminists who gave women power over men. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily make their viewpoints wrong, but it does help us potentially understand how someone becomes an MRA.Continue Reading