Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Your vote is manipulated without your knowledge

It’s not just the fake news; politicians can take advantage of your instincts to influence your vote without your knowledge.  The advice:

“If you’re scared to be manipulated, learn. The more you learn, the more firm and stable your attitudes are, and the more difficult it is for someone to convince you otherwise.”

Intelligent Machines

The “neuropolitics” consultants who hack voters’ brains

These experts say they can divine political preferences you can’t express from signals you don’t know you’re producing.

by Elizabeth Svoboda | August 16, 2018 | MIT Technology Review

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January 5, 2019 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, politics | , , , | Leave a comment

How you vote depends on how you perceive honesty

What does honesty mean to you?

  1. An honest person will say what they think and believe
  2. An honest person will say factually accurate things

If you picked 1, you will probably vote Trump; 2, Clinton. The article below from explains.

A major difference between Clinton and Trump voters: how they perceive honesty

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November 3, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, politics, psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do genes influence how we vote?

Do genes influence how we vote? Professor Peter Loewen thinks it may.  From the University of Toronto magazine, winter 2010:

Genes and Politics

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February 24, 2011 Posted by | genes, politics | , | Leave a comment