Nonfiction

Review – The Myth of Irrationality: The Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek by John McCrone

This month’s Comparative Geeks post is in conversation with two friends on a topic I’ve been contemplating for some time: how emotions are portrayed on Star Trek. That post is mostly focused on how Data and Spock represent types of human neurodivergence, not a complete absence of emotion or a state of repression that needs release. We…… Continue reading Review – The Myth of Irrationality: The Science of the Mind from Plato to Star Trek by John McCrone

History · Nonfiction · Queer

Epic Feminist Faceoff: Joan Scott vs. Judith Butler

Joan Wallach Scott: Feminist historian and author of the discipline-transforming 1986 article “Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis.” Judith Butler: Philosopher and hardcore influencer in feminist, queer, and literary theories. TWO WOMEN ENTER, ONE WOMAN LEAVES! Okay fine, they can both leave. But this summer, I’m having my first experience with a directed readings course…… Continue reading Epic Feminist Faceoff: Joan Scott vs. Judith Butler

History

Novels & Human Rights Part 5: Mechanics of Reading and Empathy

In planning my paper, it was important to me that I find out if my thesis was plausible in the real world. Surely someone had studied empathy, and/or the real-life effects of reading? Yes! Science FTW! (More info/previous posts here.) English professor Suzanne Keen’s Empathy and the Novel summarizes the major research to 2007. Researchers don’t…… Continue reading Novels & Human Rights Part 5: Mechanics of Reading and Empathy