the walls of São Paulo as a cultural artifact

[Written for HIST 518: Colonialism, WNMU, 18 April 2017] "History teaches us that this dialectic gives rise to separatist sentiment. If co-existence is impossible, it is only logical that indigenous groups acquire an identity based on exclusion, and adopt a radical posture calling for the expulsion of the invaders and the recuperation of sovereignty lost." … Continue reading the walls of São Paulo as a cultural artifact

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Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines and Colonialism in Rwanda: The Creation of Ethnic Violence

[Written for HIST 518: Colonialism, WNMU, May 10, 2017] Whereas settler colonialism is intimately tied to the genocide of indigenous populations, the colonization of Rwanda crafted a genocide within the indigenous population, a genocide that resulted from – not in – the corruption of the native culture. In an essay published in June 1994, anthropologist Alex … Continue reading Radio-Télévision Libre des Mille Collines and Colonialism in Rwanda: The Creation of Ethnic Violence

Social Power, Dominance, and Threat

[Literature Review, for PSY 540: Interpersonal Psychology, WNMU, Spring 2017] As with many things human, social power is not as salient as a constant, as it is when it’s measured in differences. That is, the differences in individuals’ relative power have a strongly influential function in interpersonal relations, and it’s doubtful that any sort of … Continue reading Social Power, Dominance, and Threat

[Book Review] Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, by Paul Bloom

OVERALL: Paul Bloom is a developmental psychologist, but in his exploration of human morality, Just Babies, he promises to include a broader disciplinary scope. True to his word, the text makes references to Herodotus as smoothly as Louis C.K., without straying from the point. Bloom's thesis is clear: that morality is something all people have naturally, in varying … Continue reading [Book Review] Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil, by Paul Bloom

Substance Abuse in Behavioral Health Professionals

Abstract Illicit drug and alcohol abuse by behavioral health professionals has been overlooked in psychological research. This researcher begins the analysis of substance abuse by behavioral health professionals by determining whether there is a significant difference in reported substance abuse between four categories of behavioral health professionals. The professional categories reviewed are social workers, licensed … Continue reading Substance Abuse in Behavioral Health Professionals

the makings of men: yes, I’m doing my homework again

The conversation transcribed below is scripted, and is from a TV show called Six Feet Under. The clip (which is available for your viewing pleasure at the bottom of this post - you're welcome) is from the first season, which aired in 2001. The section which has been transcribed is a conversation between a father … Continue reading the makings of men: yes, I’m doing my homework again