Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

The New Mind Control

… or why I am suddenly more confident in predicting a Hillary win.

The New Mind Control

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

By Robert Epstein | Edited by Pam Weintraub | 18 February, 2016 | Aeon

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February 19, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, politics, psychology | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s ok to be irrational — as long as you know it

Would we make better decisions if we knew we are acting on the same decision-making principles as slime molds? The article below argues yes.

Yes, You’re Irrational, and Yes, That’s OK

By David Berreby | February 26, 2015 | Nautilus

The insight that will save you from being manipulated. Continue reading

October 2, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, economics, evolutionary psychology | , , , , | Leave a comment

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

It seems we are all just puppets on a string.  Make sure you watch the Olson video.

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

David Robson | 24 March 2015 | BBC Future

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.

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April 24, 2015 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making | , , , | Leave a comment