Other Politics

Gun Control in the United States?

I've been meaning to write something in this space that draws upon some public policy theory to argue that this horrible shooting might actually spur meaningful policy change in the United States re: gun control. However, Andrew Gelman has a great post at the monkey cage which says much of what I had planned to say:

Genes, Politics, and Epigenetics: Wonderfully Messy Complexity

Following on Chris's theme of genes and politics, I want to remark on a contrast in his post between the approaches political scientists have adopted from behavioural and population genetics, on the one hand, and findings on the health benefits of vitamin D, on the other.

University's Not Meant to be Easy

That is the headline of a recent op-ed by Margaret Wente in the Globe and Mail.

I rarely agree with Wente's columns, (although I do appreciate the need for her perspective to spark debate and dialogue in society), but her most recent column on rising stress levels among university students contained a lot of arguments that I agreed with.