Yeo Wei Yong

Communicating Sociology

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Movie Review: Tenet

Tenet is a film for Christopher Nolan fans. And for people who love movies that delve into time travel, time manipulation, and time distortion. However, this time, it’s really about time. Though, Tenet is not so much about time travel as it is about experiencing timelines in parallel: Forwards and backwards, at the same time. It’s high time someone made a film about not-time travel but time itself. Time and again, we see the tropes fleshed out on the screen. This time, it’s different. Or is it more of the same?

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Man’s Great Capacity For Evil

3 books appear time and again on reading lists:
1) Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking
2) Viktor Frankl: Man’s Search for Meaning
3) Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: The Gulag Archipelago

So, some time back, I decided that I had to start reading them. If not then, then when? I finished the first two, but am still deliberating my way through the third. These books were enlightening yet difficult to comprehend at times for me. On one hand, they contain accounts of things that happened in real life. On the other hand, they seem to reflect lessons in psychology and sociology. I read them while trying to understand the madness through the lens of science.

Let me tell you that it is no easy task.

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Understanding The Covid-19 Pandemic Through Sociological Lenses

Citizens worldwide are experiencing a biological event like no other. Termed Covid-19, this coronavirus claimed over ten million lives worldwide. Well before the World Health Organisation classed Covid-19 as a pandemic, scientists were already racing to triangulate its symptoms and determine its transmissibility (World Health Organization, 2020). Today, science and technology equip biologists and virologists in tackling a seemingly invisible foe able to bring potentially deleterious and unforeseen consequences to human beings and societies.

To complicate things, nations also contend with social issues such as unrest, genocide, eroding freedoms, and uncooperative citizens refusing to wear masks. Governments can exercise their authority in quelling social issues. However, the world must turn to science in tackling a virological entity.

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Susan Pinker: The Gender Gap

As I get ready to study gender issues this term, psychologist Susan Pinker is on hand to inform us that males are fragile. If the slides and data are any indication, men are on track to being extinct in some far future.

Susan Pinker paints a bleak picture of males.
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Sensodyne Repair And Protect Toothpaste

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I suffered from regular whiteheads around my lips and chin for many years. They rear their little white bumps at night and grow up to be full white heads in the morning. Seeing them in the mirror after I wake up annoyed me, on top of having to purchase skincare products to combat a seemingly persistent issue.

I decided that there had to be a cause and looked at the potential reasons:

  1. Poor diet
  2. Going to bed late
  3. Insufficient sleep
  4. Poor sleep quality
  5. Inconsistent sleeping hours
  6. Dirty pillow/bed sheets
  7. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  8. Skincare products
  9. Using three-bladed disposable razors
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