Greg Stevens with Mickey Mouse at Disney World
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Greg Stevens, Joe Riggs and Jason Hanna at the TurnItUpForChange event at the W Hotels for Marriage Equality 2015

This is why I support the Black Lives Matter interruption of Toronto Gay Pride

The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement brought the Toronto LGBT Pride Parade to a halt for 30 minutes in a protest that only ended after a list of demands was met. There was a lot of hubbub about this on social media last night. Conservatives saying "sere how liberals eat their own!" Gay people talking about how terrible it is for BLM to be so rude and not show unity. So I did something that doesn't seem to happen a lot on social media. Before I reacted, I reached out to the people involved, and I asked them to give me some context for what was going on.

Social Constructs 101: what the term means, and what it doesn’t mean

The complex thing that is gender
The idea of the "social construct" has seeped into popular culture and is being abused by activists of all sorts. Claims like "gender is a social construct" get thrown around, and amazingly both the people who argue for and the people who argue against the claim often have no idea what they are talking about. So this will be a short and simple question-and-answer style lesson on social constructivism, a sort of "Social Constructs 101", so that the next time you argue with someone about whether gender or race (or anything else) is a social construct, you can know what you're talking about.

Will laws relating bathroom use to birth certificates make people safer?

Greg Stevens and Valerie Jackson talk about anti-transgender bathroom laws
My latest chit-chat interview with Valerie Jackson is about the new appearance of bathroom laws that require people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate. Critics call them "anti-trans bathroom laws" and say they are attacks on the trans community, supporters say it's just a way to make bathrooms safe from sexual predators. But even if that's their goal, can these laws actually make bathrooms safer?

The woman who invented Facebook

Facebook is for sharing pictures and stories
"She has 14 grandchildren, and she loves spending time with them. Oh, she loves them so much! She will have them all over for a day, on special occasions, so they can spend time together. But while they are with her, she takes away all of their phones! She wants the kids to do real activities, and create memories together. She's completely against kids these days being on their phones, and texting, and all that online social stuff. She hates it."

Democracy 2.0: technology can improve how we elect leaders

Political distances among contacts of Moroccan nationalists between 1930-1950
The system we use to elect our leader was designed before we had electric lighting, much less computers and advanced communication systems. Sure, we've tinkered around the edges to improve things with technology (mostly with electronic vote-recording and vote-counting system that have been complete disasters), but what about the system itself? With computers and the internet, we could be much more scientific and rational about the way we actually decide on a leader.

Kill them! Kill them all!

An Eyewitness Account of the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre by François Dubois
"Kill them!" screamed Charles, "Kill them all!!" He was twenty-two years old. He was King of France. And it was late at night, he was tired and angry, and he feared for his mother's life. His mother, Catherine, had been desperately trying to hold together a country where religious tensions had been mounting for years. But we all know it is impossible to legislate tolerance.

The problem with calling things “offensive” (Facebook Video)

I've started something new. I've posted a quick, 90-second video to Facebook. It's just me talking to the camera: simple, very little editing, some of my quick off-the-cuff thoughts about people calling things "offensive". I'm seeing more and more people do short videos in this format, and I like the idea of adding this for a little variety. So follow me on Facebook, check out these videos, and let me know what you think.

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I’m an ex-academic and research scientist who still writes about sciencey things for Second Nexus and The Daily Dot. My writing has also appeared in, Inside, The Week, The Good Men Project, and Real Clear Technology. I get involved in a lot of projects through Greg Stevens Holdings, LLC.

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