Internet Usage Correlated With Emotional State

I already knew I wasn’t depressive, but the obvious question after reading this is:

Am I not depressed because I don’t do a lot of file sharing, obsessive email checking or frequent switching?
Or is it cos I is black?

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Nutt demolishes latest Cannabis Lung Scare Story

Thank-you Professor Nutt. You’ve saved me the wasted time and effort of writing to the British Lung Foundation myself. I first read their latest drivel last week in the Mail. I knew it was complete bollocks; had any REAL research found such a clear conclusion it would have been headline news around the world for weeks. The authoritarians would have ensured it was fully trumpeted, around the clock, from all available rooftops.

So once the steam had cleared and I had stopped kicking the cat, I resolved to write to the BLF and ask, as politely as I could muster, where we could read this startling new evidence for ourselves. David Nutt has far more clout than I do and they’ve pointedly ignored him, so I’d have had no chance. But this is his day job. So he’s done a brilliant job here dissecting and revealing the true extent of their peculiar and obsessive duplicity.

Peculiar because I don’t understand their motives. They’re a charity f-fuxake, so they can’t have a financial interest. They have no obvious axe to grind. The Lung Cancer wards are not being clogged with cannabis smokers. Indeed their own evidence, should they ever bother analysing it will almost certainly reveal that cannabis smokers are under-represented in the statistics.

So why do they try so hard – and so consistently – to promote that ignorant and illicit authoritarian line? Could it be the price they pay for support from some of their donors? I’ve just checked their most recent audited accounts and if one or more of their donors is leaning on them, it’s certainly not obvious which one of them would give a damn. Feel free to speculate…

Neuromarketing – How to Focus the message on YOU

Yet another reason to ensure you’re using Adblock.

I’m betting this won’t work for broadcasting, except in those very rare cases where there is a genuine consensus, like, say, the desirability of living long and prospering. In the more typical scenario, where beliefs and opinions are divided, sometimes bitterly, any neuromarketing broadcast to the population at large, will be as likely to alienate as motivate. Mind you, I concede that provoking such polarization will occasionally be the aim and yes, it will work in that context.

But when they start narrowcasting with these techniques, we’ll see some really serious social, commercial and political manipulation made relatively scalable and trivial. And targeted web advertising is right in the centre of their sights as we speak. It’s whole point is narrowcasting, where they know, already, what mindset and beliefs the target holds. Armed with that insight it is clearly going to be pretty easy pretty soon to pick the symbolism which will most profitably leverage that knowledge.

You’ll even persuade yourself you wanted to do it.

Social Psychosis

Did I miss something? The headline “Why people believe undocumented immigrants cause more crime” suggests the author has found an answer to the question: “why DO people believe (etc)” but according to this Physorg summary, all it seems she’s doing is pointing out the evidence which challenges the belief; then reiterating the question “why the belief?”… Odd.

At the very least I’d have expected to see some mention of the most likely source of such ill-informed belief: viz the disinformation provided, constantly and at high volume, by the tabloid “journalists” in print, visual and digital media.

In any case, the more interesting question, given that the culprits have access to the same evidence, is why, nevertheless, they choose to promote the disinfo, even though they can see their lies being dissected and revealed in public as easily as this story illustrates.

This behaviour is not, of course, limited to their treatment of the facts regarding levels of American crime committed by illegal aliens. They’re pretty similar with regard to their treatment of Climate Change, the War on Drugs, the causes of the Financial Meltdown in 2008, the prospects for the Global Economy and many, if not most, crucially important areas of human discourse.

A clue to their motivation comes in this paper, pithily entitled:A culture of mania: a psychoanalytic
view of the incubation of the 2008 credit crisis
(pdf) in which the author “suggest(s) that a manic culture is one typified by denial, omnipotence, triumphalism and over-activity”; exactly what we see from the Authoritarians the world over in relation to those key issues. Their inflated conviction regarding their own infallibility is one of the most dangerous features of the modern world.

I’m also inclined to welcome this as reasonable academic support for my own amateur efforts to define “Social Psychosis” which I first did back in 2005 in my attempt answer the question as to whether, when Authoritarians lie about the evidence for WMD, or War Crimes or Evolution or whatever, they are Lying, Stupid or Blind.

I made the point that:

Psychologically, people who form firm beliefs – in the absence of the validated evidence we’ve discussed – are, essentially both irrational and gullible… If they continue to hold such beliefs when the relevant hypotheses have been falsified, then, I would argue, they are showing the early signs of psychosis. When groups of like-minded people share the challenged beliefs, it becomes a social psychosis in which members turn to each other for mutual validation of their shared and increasingly distorted world view.

What Mark Stein is helpfully doing is putting some serious meat on the bones of that conjecture.

Black Male Religious Bigot Blames It All On Women…

tempting to assume that he doesn’t realise he’s speaking out loud, but with a lectern holding his notes and a tv camera right in front of him, that defence is not possible. One can only hope that his opening remarks are correct: HIS America has gone. It’s over..

The Angel

Elected Leaders are literally addicted to power

Hands up if this comes as a surprise…