This Week in the News…

Posted: August 31, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, August 24, National Public Radio, Talk of the Nation

Analysis: Crazy and Not-so-Crazy Ideas in Science

Robert Ehrlich, professor of physics at George Mason University and author of Nine Crazy Ideas in Science: “In the book, we look carefully at the data presented by those who have this belief [that HIV doesn’t cause AIDS]…. And I think they’re just not using statistics in an honest way in some cases; they’re not treating evidence on both sides equally. They’re ignoring all kinds of things, such as the rapid rise in the death rate of hemophiliacs when AIDS was transmitted as a result of clotting factor contaminating the blood supply. And they’re ignoring the whole African AIDS epidemic, which they attribute to a whole variety of different diseases. I think they’re just not applying standards of evidence equally on both sides.”

Monday, August 27, Financial Times

Prosecutors Regain Initiative in Microsoft Battle

“The government could still seek to prevent personal computer makers from shipping new computers with the software, and antitrust experts warned that Microsoft could anger the new judge by claiming it was too late to stop the shipment. ‘Microsoft is going to argue the cat’s already out of the bag,’ said Ernest Gellhorn, a law professor at George Mason University. ‘But it’s a little like the boy who killed his parents asking for mercy because he’s an orphan.'”

Tuesday, August 28, USA Today

Learning to Forgive Can Benefit the Forgiver

“Empathy and a modest amount of personal guilt promote forgiveness, says George Mason University psychologist June Tangney. But self-righteousness prevents letting bygones be bygones. Jealous people find it very hard to forgive, she adds. ‘These are the “am I getting mine or are you getting too much of yours” kind of people,’ she says…. Religious people are more forgiving than the non-religious, if they’re motivated by inner spiritual convictions, but not if they’re driven by the desire to be seen at church. And people of different religions are equally likely to forgive. ‘No set of religious beliefs gives one a corner on forgiveness,’ Tangney says.”

Wednesday, August 29, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Parody Is a Bodice-Ripping Takeoff on Jane Austen

“‘Be forewarned,’ [Elsa] Solender wrote, ‘Pride and Promiscuity is not for the squeamish, nor for those who prefer to clothe their Jane Austen in Victorian ruffles, bustles and stays, nor for those who cherish the romantic prequels and sequels that–in the words of Deborah Kaplan (a George Mason University professor)–“harlequinize” Jane Austen.'”

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