Is it Better to Be Single or Married, and to Have Kids or Not?
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Post No.: 0992   Fluffystealthkitten says:   According to the average statistics (hence this won’t be true for everyone yet nonetheless it’s most likely true for anyone) – don’t marry young but do eventually marry. Even though happiness levels won’t … Read More

Capitalism Versus Environmentalism
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Post No.: 0991   Furrywisepuppy says:   To solve this climate crisis, we’ve got to somehow reconcile our short-term self-interests (at the individual lifestyle, corporate growth and national GDP levels) with our long-term collective interests.   One problem though is … Read More

Parasocial and Semi-Parasocial Relationships
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Post No.: 0990   Fluffystealthkitten says:   This modern world is arguably unfortunately losing a bit of sociality. Kids increasingly spend more time on electronic devices than with their parents, many people would rather now communicate online than face-to-face (physical … Read More

A Trial in the Court of Public Opinion
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Post No.: 0989   Furrywisepuppy says:   Picking up right from where we left off in Post No.: 0981 regarding jury trials – encouraging genuine dissent will reduce confidence in each juror’s initial verdicts and cause them to evaluate and … Read More

Extreme and Divisive Content and Engagement
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Post No.: 0988   Furrywisepuppy says:   A couple of likeminded people gossiping and grrriping on the phone can reinforce each other’s vitriolic feelings about whom or what they’re barking and bitching about. This essentially happens on online social media … Read More

Murder, and Serving Time in Prison
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Post No.: 0987   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The notion of ‘murder’ – like all crime categories really – is socially constructed hence the existence of different legal codes in different times and places. The notion of ‘crime’ cannot exist without … Read More

Tender Caring Touch and Keeping in Touch
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Post No.: 0986   Furrywisepuppy says:   Our attachment style can affect our social happiness – secure types have a tendency to find it easier to be happy in their relationships compared to anxious or avoidant types. Secure types are … Read More

Over-Generalised According to One’s Country or City
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Post No.: 0985   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Our brains seek associations between things, and form generalisations from them as cognitive shortcuts e.g. one experience of seeing and smelling poo on a pandanus fruit (or something else you’ve never eaten before) … Read More

Computers Don’t Make Mistakes Huh?
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Post No.: 0984   Furrywisepuppy says:   Machine learning algorithms can predict what you’re going to pay attention to better than you can because your own mind can be biased and poor at predicting what you’re really going to do … Read More

Mountainous Portion Sizes, and Mountains of Food Waste
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Post No.: 0983   Furrywisepuppy says:   You can eat anything you want… in moderation. Everything is a poison in large enough doses – even substances that are good for us in smaller doses.   Most people are oblivious to … Read More

The Affect Heuristic and Affective Forecasting
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Post No.: 0982   Furrywisepuppy says:   Most of the time, our likes and dislikes, instead of rational arguments, determine our beliefs about the world – this is the ‘affect heuristic’. For instance, an ardent meat-eater will believe that eating … Read More

Jury Instructions and Arriving at a Verdict
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Post No.: 0981   Furrywisepuppy says:   During a criminal trial, what usually happens is the prosecution will present their witnesses first, who’ll then be cross-examined by the defence. Then the defence will present their witnesses, who’ll then be cross-examined … Read More

The Advertisers are the Customers, You are the Product
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Post No.: 0980   Fluffystealthkitten says:   ‘Platform capitalism’ in a platform economy is about businesses that provide a hardware and/or software platform where other actors can conduct their own business. Alphabet, Meta, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, eBay, Valve, PayPal, Uber, … Read More

From Casual Acquaintances to Close Allies
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Post No.: 0979   Furrywisepuppy says:   We can have different levels of companions, from close friendships to more distant acquaintances. Looking at just your place of work – workplace companions can range from mere co-worker acquaintances (those you see … Read More

Protecting Biodiversity is a Top Priority!
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Post No.: 0978   Furrywisepuppy says:   Although we’re doing so much to affect this planet – we’re still not the masters of it. Nature is still far more powerful than us. So we’d better look after the life that … Read More

Nobody Represents Other Members of Their Ethnicity
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Post No.: 0977   Furrywisepuppy says:   Cultures aren’t passed on genetically. So, say, a person born to Indonesian parents isn’t automatically going to recognise every Indonesian tradition if they weren’t taught them. Understanding this, anyone, regardless of their ethnicity, … Read More

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