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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, SOCIETY, Democracies/autocracies, Human condition

    Simina Mistreanu, "Life Inside China’s Social Credit Laboratory"

    Foreign Policy - metered paywall - 3 Apr 2018

    The party’s massive experiment in ranking and monitoring Chinese citizens through a social credit system designed to promote “trustworthiness” has already started. This article describes how it works. So far, the scheme has been embraced by the communities in which it’s been tested because it only deducts points for breaking the law: it is precise in its punishment and generous in its rewards. Moving forward, it’s hard not to think of an Orwellian world in which high tech monitors everybody’s behaviour (reads in about 10 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018

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  • SOCIETY, Health, PSYCHOLOGY, Wellbeing

    Moises Velasquez-Manoff, "The Germs that Love Diet Soda"

    The New York Times - metered paywall - 6 Apr 2018

    There are lots of reasons to avoid processed foods. They’re often packed with sugar, fat and salt, and they tend to lack certain nutrients critical to health, like fiber. And now, new research suggests that some of the additives that extend the shelf life and improve the texture of these foods may have unintended side effects - not on our bodies directly, but on the human microbiome, the trillions of bacteria living in our guts (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 13 April 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, Wellbeing

    Kristen Duke and Adrian Ward, "Having Your Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking"

    Harvard Business Review - 20 Mar 2018

    Plain and simple: our smartphones affect us even when we aren’t interacting with them. They influence our cognitive abilities by exerting a gravitational pull on our attention. As the authors put it: “the mere presence of our smartphones can adversely affect our ability to think and problem-solve — even when we aren’t using them. Even when we aren’t looking at them. Even when they are face-down. And even when they are powered off altogether” (reads in 5-6 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 7 April 2018

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