Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Your Smartphone Controls Your Mind

Apps are designed to maximize the amount of time you spend on them — even if that is wasting your precious time.  Tristan Harris explains in his TED talk:

How a handful of tech companies control billions of minds every day

And check out this article to see what he is planning to do about it:

Smartphones Are Weapons of Mass Manipulation, and This Guy Is Declaring War on Them

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October 19, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Mind control or market research?

How companies in the future are going to make sure we buy their crap — neuromarketing.  It has already started.    From the Globe and Mail’s Report On Business:

Brand surgery

As long as anyone can remember, marketers have been dying to get inside our heads. What if they really could?

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September 15, 2010 Posted by | behaviour, neuromarketing | , , , | Leave a comment