First Looks category archive
At Psychology Today Blogs, Phil Reed offers some thoughts. A snippet:
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David Lazarus explores the “your car’s extended warranty is expiring” robocall scam.
Even if you already know the calls are a scam, his explanation of the nuts-and-bolts of the con is enlightening.
We sometimes get two or three of these a day on our cell phones and land line (yes, we still have a land line).
Per his article, the number of such calls in the United States this year is projected to be in the neighborhood of 13 billion. That’s about 40 calls for every man, woman, and child and about 120 for each registered vehicle.
At Psychology Today Blogs, Eugen Dimont, Bella Ren, and Maurice Schweitzer explore why persons use “social” media to “share” conspiracy theories which they do not actually believe. A snippet; follow the link for the complete article.
It turns out that when many people share information they care about broadcasting information that will boost their social engagement. We found that when the social rewards (such as the number of “likes” people received) were high, many people were willing to share conspiracy theories that they knew to be untrue.
Remember, “social” media isn’t.
Der Spiegel interviews evolutionary biologist Victoria Herridge on biotech company Colossal’s intention to genetically engineer woolly mammoths, which have been extinct for millennia. She is, shall we say, at best lukewarm to the endeavor. Here’s a snippet:
Herridge: Of course! When you have tools like that in your hand, you think less about your own behavior and its consequences. It worries me that we humans prefer to be interested in such shiny, high-tech projects as with the mammoth rather than in pragmatic species conservation projects that, if managed well, can actually make a difference.
Follow the link for the rest. It is worth your while.
The Clock Struck One, by Fergus Hume.
It starts off slow, but, by fourth chapter, quickly picks up speed.