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Computational Meta-Psychology
Interesting talk connecting computational processes with animal/human/societal behavior, with the goal of developing AI.
structure  society 
19 hours ago by amitp
Bribery, Cooperation, and the Evolution of Prosocial Institutions - Evonomics
There is nothing natural [1] about democracy. There is nothing natural about living in communities with complete strangers. There is nothing natural about large-scale anonymous cooperation. Yet, this morning, I bought a coffee from Starbucks with no fear of being poisoned or cheated. I caught a train on London’s underground packed with people I’ve never met before and will probably never meet again. If we were commuting chimps in a space that small, it would have been a scene out of the latest Planet of the Apes by the time we reached Holborn station. We’ll return to this mystery in a moment.
IPE  pol.639  democracy  Pol._185  state  Power_materials  Violence_y_Power  trust  Groups  SON  Pol.11  evolution  society  passions 
22 hours ago by Jibarosoy
The Trust Spectrum – Raph's Website
How much do you trust another play in a game? And for what things? Research blog post
gamedev  society 
yesterday by amitp
Gifts, Debts, and Inheritances: Why So Many Minority Millennials Can't Get Ahead - The Atlantic
"...the numbers of Millennials receiving support from family are “absolutely underestimated” because many survey questions are not as methodical and specific as those a sociologist might ask. “As much as 90 percent of what you’ll hear isn’t picked up in the survey."

"Racial disparity in transformative assets became especially striking to Shapiro during interviews with middle-class black Americans. “They almost always talk about financial help they give family members. People come to them,” Shapiro said. But when he asked white interviewees if they were lending financial support to family members, he said, “I almost always get laughter. They’re still getting subsidized.”

"Commentary often centers on the dire circumstances Millennials inherited (“It’s the recession, stupid!”) or the defective attributes of recipients (“Millennials are too entitled!”)."

"But these oversimplified viewpoints miss the point of how some Millennials and their parents are able to weather tumultuous financial terrain in the first place—and more, how intergenerational financial support contributes to these Millennials’ long-term wealth-building capacity."
america  society  future 
yesterday by corrales
After Daughter's 'Unimaginable' Death, Parkland Family Moved To Action : NPR
The conversation is etched in April's mind: "She said, 'I'm speaking for my sister, 'cause she can't speak. She saw your daughter get shot. And when rescue came, they didn't take her with them.'"

It would be 12 excruciating hours before an FBI agent finally confirmed to the Schentrups that their daughter was among the 17 dead.

"I think part of me just broke," April says, weeping as she recalls that moment.

"And even as devastating as it was, I kept thinking, 'At least one of my children came home that day.' And it's sad to think that I'm thankful that one out of two of my children came home from school."

As April breaks down, her children, Evelyn and Robert, lean in close, knitting their fingers around her hand.

Ultimately, the Schentrups learned what happened in Carmen's classroom that day.

The gunman shot out a window in the class door.

He stuck the barrel of his semi-automatic, assault-style rifle through and fired, bullets flying everywhere.

Carmen was struck four times.

'It's unimaginable, but ... we need to imagine it'

"People constantly say to me, 'I can't imagine what you're going through,'" he says. "Well you should. You should try to comprehend your daughter — who you are so proud of, and who was just beginning to live her life – being riddled by bullets. Being told, when the medical examiner gives the body back to the funeral home, 'You can't see her. We have to spend days working on her body. And maybe, maybe you'll be able to see her then.'"

"Think about that," Philip urges. "And then come tell me why we can't do things to keep our kids safe."

"It's unimaginable, but I think we need to imagine it," April says. "I know we need to act. We need to do something more than pray and console each other."

After Carmen was killed, Philip recalls what he heard from a close relative: "'Sorry, but this is the way it is. This is our second amendment right.'"

"Then I walk away," he says.
guns  america  society 
yesterday by corrales
Resentment of first-class passengers can be a cause of air rage - Envy at 30,000 feet
So it goes in the air. If an airline upgrades all the seats on its planes and makes them considerably more comfortable, passengers might not appreciate the change all that much. But if a passenger gets bumped up to first class and enjoys more comfort than most of the others on board—well, there’s something to feel good about. And as the PNAS study shows, that works in reverse: seeing other people experiencing more comfort makes flyers prone to getting annoyed.
psychology  society 
yesterday by corrales
Why are Men Violent? What Evolution & Society Tell Us | National Review
“The definition of a man is someone you can count on when the enemy comes.”
men  society 
yesterday by mario.d
Michael Schindhelm | LAVAPOLIS
In einer anderen Welt waeren sie vielleicht Feinde, auf Lavapolis aber sind sie Teil eines Projekts, in dessen Zentrum die Moeglichkeit steht, unterschiedlichste Lebensentwuerfe zu verwirklichen, die sich dank dieses politischen, wirtschaftlichen und kulturellen  Experiments unaufhoerlich erneuern. Michael Schindhelm entwirft mit Lavapolis eine moegliche Zukunft, einen Ausweg aus der scheinbaren Einbahnstraße nach dem Ende aller Utopien und der Diktatur des Wirklichen, und stellt die Frage: Was ist moeglich?
future  society  urbanism  art 
2 days ago by janpeuker
Anthropology of Mid-Sized Startups
The religious perspective also sheds light on why solidarity rituals are so important, and so prevalent, at a growing startup.
startup  culture  society  anthropology 
3 days ago by soobrosa

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