Category Archives: Politics


From Scientific American: Researchers insist they can tell someone’s politlcal affiliation by looking at the condition of their offices and bedrooms. Messy? You’re a lefty. A neatnik? Welcome to the Right. According to a controversial new study, set to be published in The Journal of Political Psychology, the bedrooms and offices of liberals, who are […]

What Motivates Islamic Radicals

A friend and I keep having different permutations of the same conversation, which revolves around this question: what is the essential explanation for Islamic terrorism? My friend’s answer is that it’s primarily religious; in other words, that something intrinsic to Islam spurs on suicide bombers and the like. I disagree for a number of reasons: […]

Plato on Today’s Social Sciences, Perhaps

“Suppose a man was in charge of a large and powerful animal, and made a study of its moods and wants; he would learn when to approach and handle it, when and why it was especially savage or gentle, what the different noises it made meant, and what tone of voice to use to soothe […]

The Jill Carroll Story

The Christian Science Monitor today wrapped up its first-person account of journalist Jill Carroll’s abduction in Iraq earlier this year. I was particularly interested in the psychology of her abductors. The men who kidnapped Carroll murdered her translator, and they were apparently closely associated with al-Zarqawi. Yet they repeatedly expressed concern that she be comfortable, […]

Did John McCain Speak at Bob Jones University?

Numerous bloggers think he did.

Not That You Needed Proof . . .

. . . but here’s more evidence that Massachusetts is a one-party state. Apparently, Republicans will let anybody on the ticket: Ted Kennedy’s Republican challenger is claiming that Kennedy isn’t liberal enough. Kenneth Chase, a language school owner from Belmont, said Kennedy _ and not the Republican presidents who launched each war _ was responsible […]