Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease

A must-read.  It will change how you look at poverty and meritocracy.

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease

Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy

By Christian H. Cooper | April 20, 2017 | Nautilus

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May 14, 2017 Posted by | brain, psychology, sociology | , , | Leave a comment

Social Status Affects Immune Health

Chronic social stress can affect your health:

Who’s Top Monkey? How Social Status Affects Immune Health

Social hierarchies among rhesus macaques give rise to differences in their ability to respond to bacterial and viral invaders

Catherine Caruso | November 24, 2016| Scientific American

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December 15, 2016 Posted by | health, sociology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Technology and Inequality

Eye-opening article from MIT — read it in the original to see the graph.

Technology and Inequality

David Rotman | October 21, 2014 | MIT Technology Review

The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why?

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January 16, 2016 Posted by | AI, economics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment