Ironic Effects of Antiprejudice Messages: How Motivational Interventions Can Reduce (but Also Increase) Prejudice - Lisa Legault, Jennifer N. Gutsell, Michael Inzlicht, 2011
motivating people to reduce prejudice by emphasizing external control produced more explicit and implicit prejudice than did not intervening at all. Conversely, participants in whom autonomous motivation to regulate prejudice was induced displayed less explicit and implicit prejudice compared with no-treatment control participants.
political  correctness 
5 days ago
Artificial intelligence is writing fairy tales now, and humanity is doomed | EW.com
Roald Dahl’s 1953 short story “The Great Automatic Grammatizator,” in which an inventor realizes that the rules of grammar are fixed, and largely mathematical, and by imputing certain information, he’s able to build a machine that can spit out an award-winning novel in any genre in 15 minutes. The story ends with the world’s writers being forced to license their names to those who control the machine.
5 days ago
Companies have monopoly power over workers’ wages. That’s killing the economy. - Vox
Why copyright? Because it is a mechanism for rights-holder control over employee's employment options.
economics  inequality  copyright 
15 days ago
CNN Almost All Exxon Valdez Cleanup Crew Dead - YouTube
Is there any truth to it? NC comment:

"I went to that youtube link of a CNN report … … and I read the comments which include several from people who were directly involved in the cleanup and they say “BS” including one who knows several cleaners, all of them still living. The absence of any other publicity for these “deaths” or, as far as I know, any law suits here in the US of Lawyers adds to my skepticism."
16 days ago
How Civilizations Fall: A Theory of Catabolic Collapse - John Michael Greer
maximize energy investment in individual offspring even when this means that
offspring are few and the species fails to occupy all available niche spaces. Species
of the first type, or R-selected species, have specialized to flourish opportunistically
in disturbed environments, while those of the second type, or K-selected species,
have specialized to form stable biotic communities that change only with shifts in
the broader environment (Odum 1969)
economics  crisis  collapse 
19 days ago
Self-driving cars can't be perfectly safe – what's good enough? 3 questions answered
It’s certainly hypothetically possible to imagine a self-driving car system that cuts overall road deaths in half – to 16,000 – while doubling the pedestrian death rate – to 12,000.
22 days ago
Unenlightened thinking: Steven Pinker’s embarrassing new book is a feeble sermon for rattled liberals
in A Treatise of Human Nature (1738), Hume wrote: “Reason is, and ought only to be, the slave of the passions and can never pretend to any other office than to serve and obey them.”
8 weeks ago
The Political Economy of Anti-Racism | nonsite.org
Redistributing skin colors has nothing to do with redistributing wealth . . . In fact, it’s just the opposite: the point of eliminating horizontal inequality is to justify individual inequality.
9 weeks ago
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