Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease

Inequality hurts us all — and this article explains why. Make sure you read it to the end.

“….escape from poverty is a matter of chance, and not a matter of merit.”

” The reality is that when you’re poor, if you make one mistake, you’re done. Everything becomes a sudden-death gamble.”

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease

Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy

Christian H. Cooper | Nautilus | April, 2017

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February 12, 2019 Posted by | behaviour, economics, politics, sociology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Misery Index

Low social status seems to activate genes associated with inflammation and the production of various immune-related cells and chemical signalling factors — sounds like low-level chronic stress to me.  It affects the responsiveness of the body to the glucocorticoids (stress) hormones.  Just from a blood test, scientists were able to predict the social status within 80% accuracy. Especially noteworthy is the discovery that all this stems from epigenetics.  From the print edition of The Economist, Apr 14th 2012:

Social status and health:Misery index

Low social status is bad for your health. Biologists are starting to understand why

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April 21, 2012 Posted by | behaviour, genes, health | , , , , | Leave a comment