Suffocating Environment

Workout notes: weights plus a 1 mile treadmill run, 1 mile track walk (14:30 in the middle lane); last night I did a 3 mile walk/jog with the group.

Weights: 5 sets of 10 pull ups (ok)
Rotator cuff rests.
incline bench press: 10 x 135, 5 x 145, 10 x 135
superset: standing dumbbell military, machine row, machine pull down: 3 sets of 10 each:
40 pound dumbbells, 110 row, 130, then 150, 150 machine pull down.

Run: sort of out of energy.

Political Correctness
Let me get this straight: I do NOT want to go back to the bad days of overt racial and sexual discrimination. I’d take NOW over yesteryear any day of the week; for example it makes me feel good to see more women at mathematics conferences and more women mathematics graduate students. Things ARE getting better.

Yes, we still have a ways to go. For example: yes, I really appreciate seeing female runners in spandex but I NEVER say anything to them, unless they are already friends and have brought it on themselves by teasing me first. Unfortunately, well, I cringed when I read this.

But overall, things are better; the large number of women at races proves this (at my first marathon, male finishers outnumbered female finishers 11 to 1!)

But progress comes with hiccups.

First of all, check out what some comedians are saying about playing college campuses (here and here)

Here is what I think is going on: when one learns a concept, it is human nature to look to apply that concept everywhere (the old saying: “you were just given a hammer, so now everything looks like a nail”). Hey, if our students make blunders on exams, why wouldn’t they screw up other concepts as well?

There is also the desire for approval and a “feedback effect”. Liberals recognize it when conservatives do it, but we are prone to this as well. It is almost as if one gets “cred” for being able to ferret out subtle sexism, racism and so on.

And, sometimes we might be too quick to call for someone’s head when their “infraction” really doesn’t warrant it. For example: a Nobel Laureate scientists said some truly unfortunate things; what he said WAS offensive. But there are degrees of being offensive. So while I was amused (in a good way) at the eyerolling mockery that some other scientists responded with, I wonder if some confused malice with just general cluelessness on his part.

But hey, now is the chance to feel superior to someone who is genuinely world class!


June 11, 2015 - Posted by | running, science, social/political, walking, weight training | ,

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