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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Psychological priming is a well known occurance. I suppose which primers result in which shift is always interesting.
    Funny though that the disgust/cleanliness scale shifts towards stricter moral judgements at both ends, suggesting that the only priming that’s really coming through is the idea of being cleaner / more pure than average, and therfore making harsher judgements.

    I suppose the essence of psychological priming is to simply make people aware of the average, and people will automatically categorise themselves above it all on their own.

  2. Funny though that the disgust/cleanliness scale shifts towards stricter moral judgements at both ends, suggesting that the only priming that’s really coming through is the idea of being cleaner / more pure than average, and therfore making harsher judgements.

    You missed it: the scale was reversed for the handwashing exercise. Cleanliness/purity made people more ‘morally lax’.

  3. Few women in SciTech isn’t my problem for the same reason few women in construction, skilled trades and manual labor aren’t a problem.

    It is what it is.

    Shooting for some abstract PC target (diverse, gender balanced team) with no discernable value is business stupid. You might as well add in an even height/weight, hair color, eye color, genitalia size distribution as well. Everything has to be balanced, after all.

    BitchBuzz hit this out of the park though:

    And stop being such a bitch to the other women in tech you know. Unless you have an actual reason to dislike a fellow geek girl, get over it. It’s hard enough without you running your mouth, spreading gossip

  4. @mxracer652:

    Shooting for some abstract PC target (diverse, gender balanced team) with no discernable value is business stupid. You might as well add in an even height/weight, hair color, eye color, genitalia size distribution as well. Everything has to be balanced, after all.

    If people with brown hair were being actively discouraged from being part of the tech field, we might ask why that was happening, too. In addition, I don’t think that trying to potentially double the number of talented people in a certain field counts as “business stupid.”

  5. I am devestatingly allergic to cats. It horrifies me to think what would happen if I tried that. I won’t give details because it’s just too nasty to contemplate.
    I’ll stick to my neighbors poodle thank you.

  6. @SaraDee:
    You missed it: the scale was reversed for the handwashing exercise. Cleanliness/purity made people more ‘morally lax’.

    You’re absolutely right! And the reason I mad ethat mistake is because somebody fucked up the graphs. The first one has a lower bar for more morally wrong, the second one has a higher bar for more morally wrong.

    FAIL!

  7. I’ve never understood how, if one cares about the future of a given field, one would not want to get all the talent possible into the field. The best way to increase the talent in a field: go after under-represented populations.

    When I was in grad school studying mathematics, one of my female office-mates was a woman, a rarity in the department. She was also not Chinese and a PhD candidate, which as far as I could discern was enough to make her unique in a fairly large contingent of grad students.

    If there were anyone one would think would care about the under-representation of women in mathematics, one would expect that person to be her…One would be wrong. I brought it up and she expressed complete and utter disinterest. I followed up saying that if you want a field to be as successful as possible, you would want to encourage as many people as possible to enter it to get the best people possible. She said, and I quote, “I guess…”

    I just don’t get it. Even if you aren’t particularly bothered by sexism, how is this not a no-brainer?

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