Archive for February 25th, 2010

FYI: Bloggers are male, American, college-educated, lazy

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
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Who puts out the 133 million blogs out there in the blogosphere?  According to this report from intac, 2/3ds are male, 75 percent are college educated, nearly half are Americans, and more than a third are professional journalists.  Three-quarters spend ten hours a week or less on their blogs.

Guilty on several counts … but we can’t recall being asked…

Tonight! Still guilty at the Stanford Bookstore

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
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0804763615Herant Katchadourian will talk about guilt (what else?) at the Stanford Bookstore  tonight, at 6 p.m.  I wrote about Herant and his favorite topic last December, here.

Katchadourian, author of Guilt: The Bite of Conscience, is the first to study guilt from a wide variety of perspectives including those of psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, evolutionary psychology, anthropology, six major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism), four key moral philosophers (Aristotle, Kant, John Stuart Mill, and Nietzsche), and the law.

Sounds heavy, but Katchadourian is fun. He is not against guilt — quite the contrary. He thinks it is “hardwired into us through evolution” and one of the ways of “maintaining ties with other people”:  “Excessive guilt is abnormal, but inadequate guilt makes you into a psychopath,” he said. “You shouldn’t overdo it, but there has to be an internal policeman.” He also notes that guilt is an equal opportunity employer:  it exists in all six major religions.  “This is not a monopoly — nobody has cornered the market.”

The event will include a reading and signing.