Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Collective decision making, just like the bees

What can we learn from how social animals make decisions? From The Economist, Feb 13th 2009:

Decisions, decisions

What people can learn from how social animals make collective decisions

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February 26, 2011 Posted by | decision making | , , | Leave a comment

Middle class attitudes changing

How middle class attitudes differ from those of the working class, in different countries.  Enlightening.  From The Economist, Feb 12th 2009:

A special report on the new middle classes in emerging markets: Beyond Wisteria Lane

Scott Fitzgerald was wrong. It is not the rich who are different but the middle classes

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Explaining Religion

“Explaining Religion” is a three-year European scientific collaboration involving scholars from 14 universities. Some of their intriguing experiments are detailed in the article below.

From The Economist, Mar 19th 2008:

The science of religion:Where angels no longer fear to tread

Science and religion have often been at loggerheads. Now the former has decided to resolve the problem by trying to explain the existence of the latter

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February 26, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, economics, psychology, religion | | Leave a comment