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Talking to Grandma isn’t social science

The Research Whisperer

Yolande StrengersYolande Strengers is a social scientist, Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA Fellow in the Centre for Urban Research, School of Global Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University. 

Her recently published monograph is titled ‘Smart energy technologies in everyday life’ (Palgrave Macmillan 2013).

Among other things, she’s interested in smart energy technologies and how they’re changing how we live.

She tweets at @yolandestreng.


Building sign that shows the 'Innovation Professor of Suitability' in building 15, level 2, room 07 Professor of Suitability, by Jonathan O’Donnell on Flickr

On a bad day, I feel like the social sciences are under siege.

Anyone, it would seem, can do social research. And anyone can make claims about the social world and human condition.

But on what theories and methodologies are these claims founded? What are the consequences for society when everyone is a social expert?

There is nothing wrong with having an opinion, but when opinion holds equal weight to rigorous social science research, or when opinions and…

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The Effects of Marijuana on the Body

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What is Marijuana?

It goes by many different names—pot, herb, ganja, weed, grass—and stronger forms include sinsemilla (sin-seh-me-yah), hashish (“hash” for short), and hash oil. This mind-altering substance is an illegal drug in most states.

The Effects of Marijuana on the Body from Healthline

Marijuana comes from the Cannabis plant. The flowers, seeds, leaves, and stems of the plant must be shredded and dried before they can be used. Most people who use marijuana smoke it, but it can be mixed into food, brewed into tea, or even used in a vaporizer. One of the ingredients in marijuana is a mind-altering chemical called delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

When you inhale marijuana smoke into your lungs, it is quickly released into your bloodstream on its way to your brain and other organs. It takes a little longer to be absorbed when you eat or drink it.

The effects of marijuana on the body are…

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Skilled Labor and Younger Generations

The article makes some good points about younger age groups finding alternate forms of education. Skilled labor is always a necessity for improvements in society and keeping any country moving. But like many jobs if you flood the market with any kind of job, suddenly people need to be competitive for business I.e. Electritions, home builders, plumbers. The market also fluctuates based on needs/wants so as long as those jobs are still in need they will still pay well. Where as for company executives, teachers and doctors will always be needed.

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