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Links 1 through 10 of 18 by Steph Mineart tagged society

You are are prone to losing your individuality and becoming absorbed into a hivemind under the right conditions. "Think back to when you got into the most trouble as a teenager, or maybe even beyond those years. Chances are, you were in a group and became seduced by the collective will of your peers. There may have been influencers, instigators or natural leaders, but in the end everyone in your circle probably dissolved into the mind of the unit. When the principle, parent or police asked, “What were you kids thinking?” you had no answer because there wasn’t one. You were just reacting, moving as a herd."

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Most people get this, but libertarians seem to have a hard time with it - "It seems like every time I discuss taxation, some libertarian will waltz in and say 'it’s my money and I don’t see why the government should be able to take it.' So let’s run through why, no, it isn’t your money."

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Respect for women means respecting our wants, irrespective of your ideas of what’s best for us. It means making our lives easier through substantial change rather than through “courtesies” that make you feel good and make us feel less than. It means working for that everywhere and constantly.

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Why getting vaccinated is important - and why you don't and shouldn't have the "right" to opt out.

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Interesting. I can't tell if they lump reading under "other leisure" - that would make a difference to me.

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a series of experiments shows that when others take notice of our plans, performance is compromised because we gain "a premature sense of completeness" about the goal.

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Just being in an urban environment, impairs our basic mental processes. After spending a few minutes on a crowded city street, the brain is less able to hold things in memory, and suffers from reduced self-control. While it's long been recognized that city life is exhausting this new research suggests that cities actually dull our thinking, sometimes dramatically so.

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"One in four adults read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll released Tuesday." Wow. This makes me want to buy a gun even more than that think tank that wants Bush to be President for life.

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