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Ignorance

Is It Hate Speech or Just Ignorance?

Kate Blanchard | Posted 04.13.2015 | College
Kate Blanchard

It would be foolish to tell African Americans not to be sensitive about race, to tell Jews not to be sensitive about religion or to tell Sikhs not to be sensitive about airport checks. Likewise, it is foolish for a straight, married man to tell lesbians and gay men not to be sensitive about marriage.

Message from Mali: There is No Life Without Music

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Paul Stoller

We have much to learn from The Caravan of Peace and the likes of Khaira Arby and Songhoy Blues. As in Mali, there is no shortage of political and economic oppression in the United States. Considering the ever-growing celebration and extension of ignorance, intolerance, hate and social violence, the prospect for our future generates no small measure of fear.

Moving Beyond Ignorance

Robin Hall | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Robin Hall

I never get when people say, "I have no regrets." I will continue to apologize forever for my idiocy.

We Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.

When Students Won't Read

Keith M. Parsons | Posted 03.09.2015 | Education
Keith M. Parsons

Not only do students not read much, some actually express an active hostility towards reading. But being able to read is half the benefit of being human. As far as I am concerned, if I couldn't read, I'd just as soon be running around the Serengeti with the hyenas and wildebeest.

Fear and Ignorance Are the Locks

Stephanie Mott | Posted 03.07.2015 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

It is not possible for anyone other than me to know my gender. But I cannot hate the people whose actions and beliefs are at the very root of why a transgender teenager would find it necessary to end their own life.

Thinking About the Future From the Edge of Darkness

Paul Stoller | Posted 01.01.2015 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Elections often highlight shifts in society. In America, the upcoming midterm election is no exception. The half-truths that today constitute our political discourse are likely to produce a set of results that will bring us to the edge of darkness. Fear has trumped science and ignorance has obliterated reason.

The Heartache of Bullying Doesn't Have an Age Limit

Patrice Bendig | Posted 12.27.2014 | Women
Patrice Bendig

I'm not that 9-year-old little girl praying silently each day on the way to school that the bullies would pick on someone else that day. But I am that 25-year-old woman who still has feelings and expects more from humanity.

Mistakes Happen. Deal with Them and Change

Michael Drew | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Michael Drew

Making mistakes isn't the same thing as being stupid. We have a tendency to blame ourselves, or believe ourselves to be stupid for committing errors. But this simply is wrong. When we recognize our errors, we can course-correct.

Coming Out, Again: A Singer Battles Depression and Stage Fright

Doug Kreeger | Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Doug Kreeger

Words have meaning and intent, and denial of this fact is ignorant. I believe that in the great cage match of life, enlightenment destroys ignorance, and enlightenment is my truth, my whole truth, and nothing but my truth, in whatever way I choose to illuminate the darkness of my own tightly-locked closet.

Summer's Culture of Ignorance

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

Things often get crazy during an American summer. It was during the summer months, after all, that the Tea Party emerged. Maybe summer gives people ...

I'm a Homosexual and There Ain't Nothin' Wrong with That

Michael Rohrer | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Gay people have to be courageous to accept ourselves, be honest about our feelings, and live our lives. I struggle with that courage every day, but when I read the bull**** that people say, I just want to stand tall with my chest puffed out and say, "I'm a homosexual and there ain't nothin' wrong with that!"

We're Gonna Train 'Em: The Fallacy of American Total Make-Over in Iraq

John Brown | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
John Brown

What were/are we training Iraqis for? Should not the training, for a country we knew nothing about but were trying to "save," have been the other way around?

The Troublesome Ignorance of Nicholas Wade

Agustín Fuentes | Posted 07.19.2014 | Science
Agustín Fuentes

Wade's approach to race is particularly dangerous because his argument is that he is just a defender of scientific truth and that a cabal of left-leaning academics is obfuscating reality with oppressive, even fascistic, denials of the truth about race. Unfortunately, he is either ignorant of the actual data and diversity of research or he is willfully avoiding them.

I'm Tired

Paul Stoller | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As spring slowly unfolds into summer, I wonder if most Americans feel frustrations similar to mine. Like most people I know, I'm weary of "things as they are." To borrow from the title of Joe Louis Walker's blues song, "I'm Tide." In that tune he sings about the frustrations of contemporary life.

The Brave New World of Campus Life

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.17.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) recently released a report that compares faculty and administrator compensation. It comes as...

I'm Pretty Sure I Sort of Know What I'm Talking About: Or, the Sociology of Ignorance

Galanty Miller | Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

I'm wondering if talking about things you don't know anything about is a biological, instinctive human trait, like anger or hunger or sympathy for George Clooney because he just can't seem to find the right woman.

It Is Darwin Day, a Celebration of Science and Reason

Rob Brooks | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science
Rob Brooks

Darwin's impact on the world far transcends science. And yet, I'd be disappointed if this celebration of all things Darwinian began and ended with the great naturalist.

7 Times It's Better To Say 'I Don't Know'

Posted 03.11.2015 | OWN

Sure, we all want to seem smart and worldly, but why are we so afraid to say, "I don't know"? We were so inspired by the way Leah Hager Cohen answers ...

Miri Ben-Ari: The Silence of the Violin

Miri Ben-Ari | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Miri Ben-Ari

My mother once said that we must understand where we are coming from in order to better understand who we are in this life. It took me many years to understand what she meant.

A Turban for Peace in a Culture of Hate

Ralph Singh | Posted 11.30.2013 | Religion
Ralph Singh

It is ironic that Sikhs, as one of the most visible people of faith, are invisible to the majority of people. While public education may be the solution, our education system bears a large share of the blame.

The High Cost of Ignorance in a Free Society

Dan Bimrose | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Dan Bimrose

Education represents the key to our future. Until our state and national leaders make sure a high percentage of our best and brightest go on to pass that knowledge on to the leaders of our future we are doomed as a nation.

Back to the Struggle Against Ignorance

Paul Stoller | Posted 10.20.2013 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As a society we seem to no longer place high value in scientific knowledge, intellectual excellence or, for that matter, artistic creativity -- three elements that have heretofore contributed to the greatness of our society. Can we get back on track?

Oak Creek: Examining Terrorism Within Our Nation

Mandeep Singh | Posted 10.05.2013 | Religion
Mandeep Singh

Oak Creek was an American tragedy that deeply affects us all. Though the challenges marginalized communities face can be sorrowful, I truly have faith in our nation to collectively take a stance and put an end to these detrimental mentalities.

Dear Fox Business: Nature's Calling

David Trumble | Posted 07.31.2013 | Media
David Trumble

2013-05-31-DavidTrumblelouddobbs Watching a collection of supposed experts trying to positively align the idealised (and increasingly narrow) vision of a conservative "nuclear family" and the natural world should be funny, but instead it's just deeply worrying.