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How to Change Minds? A Study Makes the Case for Talking It Out.

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Virginia Hughes has an interesting report (gift link, no paywall) in the NY Times:

Co-workers stuck on a Zoom call, deliberating a new strategy for a crucial project. Roommates at the kitchen table, arguing about how to split utility bills fairly. Neighbors at a city meeting, debating how to pay for street repairs.

We’ve all been there — in a group, trying our best to get everyone on the same page. It’s arguably one of the most important and common undertakings in human societies. But reaching agreement can be excruciating.

“Much of our lives seem to be in this sort of Rashomon situation — people see things in different ways and have different accounts of what’s happening,” Beau Sievers, a social neuroscientist at Dartmouth College, said.

A few years ago, Dr. Sievers devised a study to improve understanding of how exactly a group of people achieves a consensus and how their individual brains change after such discussions. The results, recently published online but not yet peer-reviewed, showed that a robust conversation that results in consensus synchronizes the talkers’ brains — not only when thinking about the topic that was explicitly discussed, but related situations that were not.

The study also revealed at least one factor that makes it harder to reach accord: a group member whose strident opinions drown out everyone else. [emphasis added – LG]

“Conversation is our greatest tool to align minds,” said Thalia Wheatley, a social neuroscientist at Dartmouth College who advises Dr. Sievers. “We don’t think in a vacuum, but with other people.”

Dr. Sievers designed the experiment around watchin

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Written by Leisureguy

19 September 2022 at 9:15 pm

The smoking gun in Martha’s Vineyard

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False information given to migrants to induce them to make the flight

Judd Legum reports at Popular Information:

Popular Information has obtained documentary evidence that migrants from Venezuela were provided with false information to convince them to board flights chartered by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R). The documents suggest that the flights were not just a callous political stunt but potentially a crime. 

Last Wednesday, two planes landed in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and dropped off about 50 migrants from Venezuela. DeSantis quickly took credit. The migrants were used as political pawns in the hopes of provoking a negative reaction from a liberal community. 

“When people are brought to their front door, they go berserk,” DeSantis said. “Their virtue signaling is a fraud.” But the people in Martha’s Vineyard did not go berserk. Instead, they rallied together to provide shelter, food, clothing, and other necessities for the group. On Friday, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) facilitated their voluntary relocation to Joint Base Cape Cod, which is “a safe temporary accommodation appropriate for the specific needs of families and individuals.” 

The charter flights appear to be inspired by . . .

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Update – DeSantis responds

Popular Information posts the response from the Governor’s office.

Written by Leisureguy

19 September 2022 at 6:58 pm

Posted in Daily life, GOP, Law, Politics

Slow cannon fire marks the Queen’s funeral

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My home in Victoria BC is just across the bay from a Canadian Naval base, and I am hearing slow, repeated firing of a cannon, which I am sure is in honor of the Queen’s funeral. The pace is slow, and the deep-throated explosions are at a distance, which results in a feeling of solemnity.

Written by Leisureguy

19 September 2022 at 10:31 am

Posted in Daily life

The Dead Sea and my horse- and goat-hair brush, with a great razor.

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I have learned that it’s best not to soak the Baili Goat- and Horsehair brush. When I’ve done that, the knot has become too soft. Now I just wet the knot, load it, and lather. The Dead Sea is a fine shaving soap and particularly good with this knot because this soap loads quickly. It has a pleasing lather and seems good for my skin, and I do like the fragrance.

Fine Accoutrements made this aluminum slant, modelled after the vintage Merkur white bakelite slant, only briefly, and luckily I bought a copy. It is really a superb slant, though it does require using a good angle (riding the edge of the cap) and a light touch. Three passes removed every trace of stubble and roughness.

A splash of Floïd with a couple of squirts of Grooming Dept Hydrating Gel, and the job is done.

The tea this morning is Murchie’s Lemon tea: “the flavour of fresh lemon on rich Ceylon, Darjeeling, Keemun, and Nepal black teas.”

Written by Leisureguy

19 September 2022 at 8:59 am

Posted in Caffeine, Shaving

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