July 2002

“LONDON (Reuters) – Police say they are hunting for a thug who bit off a man’s eyebrow and possibly ate it after a drunken fight by a takeaway kebab van”

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Rape and sexual violence in the UK

by Limbic on July 23, 2002

Rape and sexual assault of women: the extent and nature of the problem, Findings from the British Crime Survey [PDF]

Rape and sexual assault of women: findings from the British Crime Survey [PDF]

See also: One in 20 women has been raped – Guardian

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UK Home Office investigation

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Trailer trash growing in numbers, mutating

by Limbic on July 23, 2002

New York Times has a very interesting story on how many Americans are buying mobile homes as they are trapped just below where the property ladder starts.

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Giving Karl Popper His Propers

by Limbic on July 23, 2002

“Scholars reflect on the controversial philosopher 100 years after his birth” – Chronicle of Higher Education

“I am not a member of the Karl Popper church,” he adds emphatically, during a conversation — one of many he’s had in recent weeks — on the growing international reputation of the academic trailblazer. Popper popularized the term “open society” in political discourse and pushed scientists in a new direction with theories that would later be hailed as a “philosophical revolution.”

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Making Your Bad Tunes Sound Good

by Limbic on July 23, 2002

Technology saves bad musicians

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Salon defends man/boy love

by Limbic on July 23, 2002

“Sex between teenage boys and older men is not always coercive — and it can be more ecstatic than traumatic.”

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Metrosexual – redux

by Limbic on July 23, 2002

“He’s well dressed, narcissistic and bun-obsessed. But don’t call him gay.” – Salon

to determine a metrosexual, all you have to do is look at them. In fact, if you’re looking at them, they’re almost certainly metrosexual. The typical metrosexual is a young man with money to spend, living in or within easy reach of a metropolis — because that’s where all the best shops, clubs, gyms and hairdressers are. He might be officially gay, straight or bisexual, but this is utterly immaterial because he has clearly taken himself as his own love object and pleasure as his sexual preference. Particular professions, such as modeling, waiting tables, media, pop music and, nowadays, sport, seem to attract them but, truth be told, like male vanity products and herpes, they’re pretty much everywhere.

For some time now, old-fashioned (re)productive, repressed, unmoisturized heterosexuality has been given the pink slip by consumer capitalism. The stoic, self-denying, modest straight male didn’t shop enough (his role was to earn money for his wife to spend), and so he had to be replaced by a new kind of man, one less certain of his identity and much more interested in his image — that’s to say, one who was much more interested in being looked at (because that’s the only way you can be certain you actually exist). A man, in other words, who is an advertiser’s walking wet dream.

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“Functional MRI scans have revealed a “biologically embedded” basis for altruistic behavior, with several characteristic regions of the brain being activated when players of a game called “Prisoner’s Dilemma” decide to trust each other and cooperate, rather than betray each other for immediate gain, say researchers from Emory University…For many years, evolutionary biologists, behaviorists, economists and political scientists have attempted to understand why cooperation exists between human beings, even though that cooperation may not result in a direct or immediate reward. This unselfish behavior called “altruism” is almost uniquely a human trait.”

Eurekalert release

See also: Why We’re So Nice: We’re Wired to Cooperate [ NY Times ]

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