Lee Jussim’s book, Social Perception and Social Reality is featured in Paul Bloom’s “The War on Reason” in the current issue of The Atlantic.
In a wide-ranging article, Bloom takes on what he believes are misinterpretations of neuroscience and social psychology, contesting the view that people are largely irrational and unaware of what influences their decision-making. Demonstrating that some unconscious influence on behavior is statistically significant in the lab, he argues, is a far cry from refuting the existence of willpower, freedom of choice, and rationality.
CASBS Fellow and Professor of Philosophy Sam Fleischacker has been named one of several Researchers of the Year at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Bestowed by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the honor recognizes “the efforts and commitment of researchers who have demonstrated outstanding research achievements to advance the knowledge in their field of expertise.”
Fleischacker, who won the award in in Art, Architecture, and the Humanities, is a prolific scholar. Over the past three years, he has produced two major books, which bring philosophy to bear upon current societal issues, helping inform political debate.
The film Her, about a man who falls in love with his computerized personal assistant, has been nominated for five Oscars including best picture. It takes place at an unspecified time in the future when computer voices sound like Scarlett Johansson instead of Siri. This made NPR’s Laura Sydell wonder if it was really possible to fall in love with an artificially intelligent being. For her story, she turned to CASBS Fellow Byron Reeves. Reeves says what research shows is that humans have an amazing ability to respond to machines, just the way I did, as if the machine were human. Here’s the segment, which aired on NPR’s All Things Considered daily news program.
Mundane Governance, now available in a US edition, posits that we are governed in quotidian ways we might never suspect.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, we are governed through the small everyday routines, actions and objects by which we are surrounded. And it’s control we are rarely conscious of, it’s seldom open and transparent, and what’s more, we have little recourse if we don’t like it.
The uproar in the Jewish community over the American Studies Association’s vote to boycott Israeli universities has largely overlooked one point: Are we, who oppose these sorts of boycotts, truly committed to academic freedom for people of all views on the Israel-Palestine conflict?
A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) underscores yet another potential emerging hazard: harmful “algal” blooms. More than just repulsive surface scum, the accumulated microscopic organisms can release biotoxins – naturally occurring, but nonetheless hazardous substances.
CASBS Fellow Lee Jussim writes a regular online column, Rabble Rouser, in Psychology Today. In it, he takes a closer (and sometimes wry) look at flaws, biases, and distortions in psychological research. Two of his most recent articles look at stereotypes in a way you might not expect.
Of his work, Lee Jussim writes, “A single exception (or even a few) does not render a generalization invalid. "It is colder in Alaska" is not rendered invalid by a single colder day in NJ. This is so obvious that many of you may now be wondering, ‘Why is he bothering with a blog on this stuff?’
University of California Professor and returning CASBS Fellow Sarah Freedman has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education. Invitation to the Academy is based on outstanding scholarship related to education.
She said of her election to the Academy, “I’m really honored and look forward to the opportunity to work with such an esteemed group of colleagues on projects to improve the educational opportunities of the next generation.”
Freedman, a professor in the School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley, has undertaken a variety of projects for her 2013-14 CASBS year.