Monday, December 1, 2014

Sky Island Scriber takes a sabbatical

Yesterday I featured an article on the differing psychologies of liberals and conservatives.  In so doing I was reminded of my conviction that mounting an effective campaign, either for an issue or a candidate, needs to be grounded in what we know about such differences.  And what we know comes from scientific research in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences.  But I am not satisfied with the state of my own knowledge about that research.  Blogging about a range of topics keeps me current on the news (and is often fun), but it does not allow me the time to delve deeply into any one topic.  So I am going on sabbatical to re-engage my academic skill set (as an experimental psychologist) in the service of some academic research.  My immediate objective is to do lots of reading about the research on the conservative mind; the longer term goal is to discover new applications of that research to more effective campaigning.

The blog (meaning the email list, news feeds, and supporting apps) will stay active during my sabbatical so that I may write occasional posts on my progress.  I hope to be back blogging again early in the new year.

In the meantime, here are some sources that I rely on.

* Blog for Arizona (You too can subscribe to it and get daily emails.)

* Paul Krugman's columns in the NY Times

* Robert Reich

* Daily Kos

* Al Jazeera

* Mother Jones

* alternet

* And then there is vox.com and salon.com.

Cheers to all and best wishes for the holiday season.

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