Sexuality and Gender – A Special Report

Sexuality and Gender – A Special Report

I think this report is essential reading here at the beginning of 2017. I don’t say that lightly. Given the pressing nature of these and related subjects, and given the ongoing politicization and social threatenings, being ignorant of reigning academic, psychological, and political claims, as well as their critics, is to do a disservice to ourselves and others. Here is the online blurb (borrowed from their website) by the editor of The New Atlantis:

Questions related to sexuality and gender bear on some of the most intimate and personal aspects of human life. In recent years they have also vexed American politics. We offer this report — written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer, an epidemiologist trained in psychiatry, and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, arguably the most important American psychiatrist of the last half-century — in the hope of improving public understanding of these questions. Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence. The report has a special focus on the higher rates of mental health problems among LGBT populations, and it questions the scientific basis of trends in the treatment of children who do not identify with their biological sex. More effort is called for to provide these people with the understanding, care, and support they need to lead healthy, flourishing lives.


Death Channels

In that moment the whole moral conflict of modern society played out in front of me. I listened politely to the nurse as she explained her philosophy, but when she momentarily glanced down at her watch, I looked up at the orderly standing guard in the hallway behind her and I smiled and nodded at him ever so fleetingly, to convey my approval of their illicit life-affirming deeds.

via Zombie » Death Channels.


zotero FYI, this may prove to be extremely useful for researchers and research-oriented activities.


An extension to the popular open-source web browser Firefox, Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)—the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software and web applications (like iTunes and, such as the ability to interact, tag, and search in advanced ways. Zotero integrates tightly with online resources; it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and—on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields. Since it lives in the web browser, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications; since it runs on one’s personal computer, it can also communicate with software running there (such as Microsoft Word). And it can be used offline as well (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).


I’ve not used it yet, though I couldn’t keep myself from letting you know about it.

Skype Phone

Philips dual phoneI’d like to recommend another piece of technology we’ve greatly appreciated.

We purchased this phone just prior to returning to the UK. We tried it out in the US and it worked quite well. After arriving here in the UK, I purchased a couple appropriate power supplies and got the system up and running.


Helpful Technologies: Scanner and Program

Every once in a while I come across some helpful technologies. Actually, I’m referring to not just helpful but really helpful technologies. For the past year I’ve been using a wonderful little scanner. I’ve owned or used a number of scanners in the past. The two basic problems I’ve encountered are (i) they have required external, bulky power supplies — a problem for me since I typically desire a scanner that is portable; and (ii) they have discontinued upgrading software to keep up with my changing computer needs, thus resulting in a useless technological artifact. I’ve found ways around both of these problems.