The Atheist Academic

The Introspection Illusion

We’re great at spotting biases in others, but absolutely incompetent at finding them in ourselves. Even if we know exactly what to look for and we’ve got a ton of intellectual humility, noticing the effects of our own biases on our own thoughts is like looking for colored glasses while …

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Feminism

Category Error

Let’s look at some skeptical topics. Of course, every topic can be a skeptical topic because every topic can be critically examined, but I’ve got some specifics I need to address. I don’t believe in sacred cows, but there are certainly some beliefs that are better grounded in evidence. Vaccine …

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Feminism

Explaining Feminism

I often find myself needing to oversimplify things. As much as a hate the idea of oversimplification (for example, many of the problems with homophobia in society are related to an oversimplification of human sexuality) I do need to do it regularly. In the context of education, this makes sense. …

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Higher Education

For Slow Scholarship: A Feminist Politics of Resistance through Collective Action in the Neoliberal University

This article, jointly authored by a number of geographers in the US and Canada, is worth reading in full. As for the importance of slow scholarship, let me turn for a moment to my own experience: During my time as a graduate student, I was fortunate enough to  present at over …

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Required Readings

Sex ed live, NY teacher evals, race and discipline, science ed, banned books 2014, and more: Required Readings, 04.20.15

In pop culture, today is 420, sort of a Cannabis Christmas. However, educators are more likely to associate the date with the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting. One of the biggest education stories of the past week involved a mother (and renowned sex researcher) who observed a lecture given as …

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Required Readings

Required Reading, 12 September 2013

Academia’s Fog of Male Anxiety. Trouble in MOOC-land. A link between reading and maths. It’s required readings – night edition! It’s a night edition because I’m, well, a teacher. Pesky students, meetings, and campus events get in the way of blogging sometimes… Academia’s Fog of Male Anxiety – Brilliant essay …

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Required Readings

Required Readings, 23 May 2013

Good morning, teachers and learners! My spring semester is officially over. Today is graduation for my school. I have 4 days to prepare for my summer session. Joy! However, let’s first assign these required readings. 2-Year Colleges Are at Risk of ‘Separate and Unequal’ Future, Report Says – Is it …

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