The Selling of Hate: Start with Fear, Of Course

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We blame Fox News but they just give viewers what the viewers brain want and respond to the most and most easily. What is that?

#1 – “A Dangerous World” [Fear, Fear, Fear] Continue reading

Story Telling for Change

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“Who tells the story matters. Study after study shows that people are much more likely to be convinced of a fact when it “originates from ideologically sympathetic sources,” as the paper says—and it helps a lot if those sources look and sound like them. In short, it is white conservatives who must call out Trump’s lies, if they are to be stopped.”

No, MA White Men Are Not Dying More, Young Men and Women Are, Duh

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Looks like there are some serious methodological errors in the much touted see links below*  Turns out the headlines and main takes aways are wrong based on somewhat subtle method problems.  Below are quotes from a paper that debunks.

“The mortality patterns and trends revealed by the data, and the range of public health narratives that can be told, are richer and more complex than those presented by Case and Deaton, which were the focus of dozens of newspaper reports.

”As well as quantitatively reducing the reported mortality rate increase, which had captured so much media attention, the correction also qualitatively changed the findings in two ways:
– first, male and female trends were no longer similar enough to be meaningfully grouped together with still-worsening mortality trends for women over that period but a reversal in these adverse trends for men;
– second, if males and females are to be combined, the reported continuously worsening trend in death rates from 1999 onwards would need to be amended to describe a stabilization from around 2005, which may now even be reversing.

the greatest relative increases in mortality seem to be in younger adults, rather than the 45-54 year age group which Case and Deaton focused on. Continue reading

Brain Fail: Our Brains Really Fight Against Creative Ideas

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“Just as people have deeply-rooted biases against people of a certain age, race or gender that are not necessarily overt, so too can people hold deeply-rooted negative views of creativity that are not openly acknowledged.

uncertainty spurs the search for and generation of creative ideas, yet our findings reveal that uncertainty also makes us less able to recognize creativity, perhaps when we need it most.” Continue reading