Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

How “us” and “them” leads to genocide

Interview with biologist Robert Sapolsky,  (link below), to point out at how the “us” and “them” attitude can lead to problems. IMHO, his book Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst, is a must-read eye-opener.

The Biology of the Modern Political Divide

Robert Sapolsky reveals the biological basis for our most unfortunate traits—and insists change is possible.



March 22, 2018 Posted by | anthropology, behaviour, brain, politics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

For people raised in chaos, risk-taking is hardwired

Interesting how having control (or not) in the first 5 years of life can make a huge difference in decision making later on in life.  Knowing this makes it much harder to judge people.

When Destructive Behavior Makes Biological Sense

For people raised in chaos, risk-taking is hardwired

By Matthew Hutson | December 3, 2015| Nautilus

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January 4, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, decision making | , , , , | Leave a comment