Thursday, June 30, 2011

Editor's Selections: Professional Potheads, An Affinity for Math, and Give-and-Take

This week in the social sciences on
  • The Neurocritic has unearthed a JAMA study from 1965 on drug culture in the United States. He shares a taxonomy of drug users that is quite revealing about perceptions—some of which haven't really changed all that much. (Fair warning: There's a trippy mushroom on the page.)
  • At Inkfish, Elizabeth Preston reports that Euclid, Archimedes, and Pythagoras don't have the corner on geometry. Amazonian children have a basic grasp of these concepts because they're integral to the ways in which we see the world: shapes and distances are elementary means of viewing, understanding, and negotiating our environments.
  • At Psysociety, Melanie Tannenbaum offers some thoughts as to why same-sex marriage faces such an uphill battle in gaining acceptance. She discusses how intolerance toward ambiguity can motivate strict preservation of normative social codes, which then limits the ability to view alternatives. Melanie shows how reciprocal concessions may be a possible mediator in these sorts of situations.
I'll be back next week with more great reads from

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