Vaguely interesting (May 28)

1.  Big liberal shifts in views on homosexuality and marriage, but not on infidelity or abortion.

2.  The complex effects of work-family policies.

3.  Arrest rates relate to being seen by others as black, not seeing oneself as black.

4.  Parental influence on education and church attendance.

5.  Bodies and minds in space.

Vaguely interesting (May 27)

1.  72% of heterosexual Americans are Christian, but only 48% of LGB Americans.

2.  Racial party shifts: Folks the in the upland South and Appalachia were substantially more likely to vote Republican in 2012 than in 2004; folks in Latino counties were substantially more likely to vote Democratic.

3.  “Understanding the need to win more of the nonwhite vote is one thing. Actually proposing policies and nominating a candidate who can do it is another.”

4.  “The best way to catch good-faith and bad-faith errors in quantitative and qualitative research is through reanalysis and full replication.”

5.  What worries Bill Gates?

Vaguely interesting (May 22)

1.  Americans think 23% of the population is gay or lesbian. It’s really less than 4%.

2.  Americans think 15% of the population is Muslim. It’s really around 1%.

3.  Correcting mistaken impressions like these has little effect on political opinions.

4.  “If you thought income inequality was bad, get a load of wealth inequality.”

5.  Axis of Elderly: Japan, Germany, and Italy have the highest percentage of seniors.

6.  Gallup has been tracking separate measures of social and economic liberalism/conservatism for the past 15 years, and social is on the move.

7.  Small steps towards our cyborg future.

Vaguely interesting (May 21)

1.  The change in public opinion on same-sex marriage really is stunning.

2.  “We’re all vulnerable to faked data.”

3.  Income volatility results in lots of people struggling financially in ways that typical measures don’t capture.

4.  The political parties are increasingly ideologically homogenous, but coalitional fractures remain.

5.  “The physical damage inflicted upon poor urban neighborhoods by rioting does not have the compensating virtue of easing the way for more progressive policies; instead, it compounds the damage by promoting a regressive backlash.”

6.  The last Top 10 List.

Vaguely interesting (May 20)

1.  “While many Western observers acknowledge the political roots of Myanmar’s sectarian violence, it is notable that few are willing to be as nuanced about other conflicts involving Islam.”

2.  “The financial perks of being tall.”

3.  Andrew Gelman on being skeptical of results that look too big to be true.

4.  “The era of the overeducated barista is here to stay.”

5.  An additional role for self-interest in morality and cooperation: strategic peacemaking.

6.  Tool-using monkeys.

Vaguely interesting (May 18)

1.  How many Americans are married to their cousins?

2.  Unmarried Millennials.

3.  The intriguing (and somewhat dystopian) prospects of integrating predictive models into social services.

4.  The self-interested, self-presentational foundations of cooperation.

5.  Louis CK can get away with things literally no other human can.

Vaguely interesting (May 14)

1.  The water problem is more than just California.

2.  Political campaigns matter.

3.  You’re 500 times more likely to die on a motorcycle than a train.

4.  “Science is often flawed. It’s time we embraced that.”

5.  Cosmides and Tooby on evolutionary psychology.

Vaguely interesting (May 13)

1.  The new Pew Religious Landscape Study is here! (And there’s an interactive data tool!)

2.  Some media analysis of the Pew study:

3.  Also, Twenge et al. have a new paper on adolescent religious trends with, umm, N = 11.2 million.

4.  No, really: Wow.

Vaguely interesting (May 8)

1.  “GOP voters … aren’t opposed to welfare spending as long as it’s for them.”

2.  How men and women murder (mostly, women use guns less than men).

3.  After the sexual revolution but before the oral-sex revolution, Gen X like totally had the most intercourse partners ever.

4.  Starting in the late 1960s, it took less than ten years for a third of the public to switch from preferring lots of kids to preferring only two.

5.  The new baby boom for highly educated women.

6.  “When a pregnant woman swims, she’s basically a human submarine.”

Vaguely interesting (May 6)

1.  “Somewhere between 3 percent and 10 percent of all US employees—about 4 to 14 million Americans—are experiencing intimidating forms of political contact at work.”

2.  “We shouldn’t worry that millennials are changing jobs too often, but rather … that they aren’t changing jobs enough.”

3.  The U.S. safety net cuts the poverty rate in half.

4.  “As of 2013, 1 in 35 adults are under some form of correctional control, including 1 of 13 black adults.”

5.  “All kids make some bad choices, but he finds, over and over again, that society is much more forgiving of the mistakes white kids make than the mistakes black kids make.”

6.  Clinton continues to court the Obama coalition.