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Sunday, August 06, 2006

He Said, She Said

Here's an interesting perspective on the much vaunted shortage of women in science; a man who used to be a women, and some feedback about it. I think this is fascinating; in my workplace, although it's fairly egalitarian, certain tasks seem to fall along gender lines. And even though it shames me to admit it, I contribute to this by unfailingly taking on documentation and testing in lieu of more 'technically challenging' tasks. I think this is due to my own insecurity about my intellectual abilities, and so I want to do useful things. Somewhat akin to offering to do the dishes.

In Britain, both the church and the government are recommending giving up flying in order to have an ethical vacation, due to the vast amount of fuel burned in flight. It's a far cry from these recommendations, which although worthy, don't demand this kind of uncomfortable life change, which somehow seems un-American.

But those big house and big cars sure make people happy. Though high taxes and parental leave seems to make people VERY happy (see Denmark, Iceland and Finland). Whatever happiness is.

6 Comments:

At 12:45 AM, Blogger Phil said...

I enjoyed a public radio interview that included Professor Barres. It was fun to hear him and his laid back delivery.

 
At 12:52 AM, Blogger Phil said...

Regarding flying and other things related to conservation:

One thing that often gets forgetten in the discussion is the real difference between purposefully consuming energy for something meaningful (e.g., travel to see family or the world) and inadvertently consuming energy for something unnecessary and/or stupid (e.g., keeping an empty house at 75, or neglecting to check your tire pressure).

Granted, there are still plenty of ways to improve energy consumption in relationship to "meaningful" choices. But I suspect we have plenty of room to start with the dumb stuff, even as we improve the choice stuff.

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger pinky pinkerson said...

reading barres' article made me feel rather queasy. not that any of it is especially a surprise.

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger mykull said...

it would be cool to see happiness rankings by state in the united states. minnesota would probably come in 1st. everyone there is so friggin happy and nice, it should be renamed procazesota. arkansas would probably come in last place. it should be renamed ass.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger minty said...

People in Minnesota are ultra-happy? I've only known a couple, but I always thought Minnesotans in general were repressed and taciturn: you ask them how they're doing or how they like something, and 95% of the time the answer is "pretty good."

But maybe I've just listened to too much Garrison Keillor.

 
At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Jerry said...

The people in "Fargo" seemed happy enough -- the ones who weren't actively involved in kidnapping plots or feeding their partners into woodchippers, that is.

 

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