Category Archives: Homosexuality

Sunday reading…

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The arc of history is bent towards justice…

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  • A usually conservative US Supreme Court recently ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional. Their rulings on Prop 8 also clears the way for gay marriage in California. On this note, it’s always nice to remember that while the arc of history is long, it is bent towards justice (MLKJ). What yesterday seemed ridiculous (women voting? Interracial marriage? Equal rights for black Africans) is today commonplace. The legalization of gay marriage across the States and across the world is now just a matter of when, not if. Wonderful to think that gay marriage has been legal in South Africa for almost 8 years – in 2006 the National Assembly passed the motion by a vote of 230 to 41.
  • For those of us ascribing to the Christian faith, I highly recommend this article by Prof Smedes titled: “Homosexuality and divorce, why not treat them the same?” and this letter from the Bishop of Salisbury. For those concerned with secular ethics see “Homosexuality is not immoral” by Peter Singer. I obviously have more to say on this issue so there will definitely be a post or two on this in the future…
  • On a related note, Exodus International – the largest ex-gay / pray away the gay – ministry issued an apology and shut down. Also see this The Beast article on this – I loved the quote “Mercifully, there comes a point when even the most committed of ideologues admit defeat.”
  • Really useful website “World Data on Education Seventh Edition 2010/11” – helpful country summaries for LOADS of countries…
  • Awesome website showcasing the interiors of wonderfully creative people: http://theselby.com/ – thanks Laura Rossouw
  • The wonderful Stephen Fry on loneliness and his attempted suicide.
  • Quote of the week comes from An interview with Milton Friedman:
    • “I think the major issue is how broad the evidence is on which you rest your case. Some of the modern approaches involve mining and exploring a single body of evidence within itself. When you try to apply statistical tests of significance, you never know how many degrees of freedom you have because you’re taking the best out of many tries. I believe that you have a more secure basis if, instead of relying on extremely sophisticated analysis of a small fixed body of data, you rely on cruder analysis of a much broader and wider body of data, which will include widely different circumstances. The natural experiments that come up over a wide range provide a source of evidence that is stronger and more reliable than any single very limited body of data.”

M&G 200 Young South Africans :)

  • I recently got selected as one of the M&G’s 200 Young South Africans for 2013 (*happy dance*). You can find the write-up (of which I am very fond!) here. The picture above (from the M&G site) was taken in Kalk Bay and has absolutely nothing to do with education or research…moving swiftly along….
  • Cool blog: FarnamStreetBlog (via ClintClark) – Similar to BrainPickings (which you MUST follow if you don’t already).
  • The best websites in the world – information overload (not for those of the FOMO persuasion).
  • The Bishop of Salisbury weighs in on the legalization of same-sex marriage in the UK. Sensible.
  • US views on same-sex marriage summarized in four neat graphs – basically the issue is generational and religious (no shit Sherlock).
  • Long but interesting (and informed) Politicsweb article about education in South Africa. Sean Muller (UCT) needs to be brought into the education fold me thinks…
  • Some awesome quotes (via GMVP, who refuses to have an online presence – whatevs): “There is no reason to be absolutist about either aggregated data or novelistic narrative as research methods. The tension between qualitative and quantitative methods reflects the contradiction between the impersonal and personal faces of democracy, the moral need to both respect and transcend our finitude.” (213 – 214)
  • “Stories compress characters and events, and statistics reveal patterns we would have missed otherwise. Their key difference lies at another level: in the approach to death. Stories teach us to mourn, and statistics teach us to see impersonal order. (…) Stories teach the ethic of caring, statistics the ethic of not caring. Statistical thinking is a methodological Buddhism.” (214)
  • Quote of the week by JFK: “Our gross national product counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials… it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile.” (can I get an Amen!?)