Daily Archives: July 14, 2017

Sam Harris & Gad Saad Unpack the Stigma Surrounding Racial Differences…


Date: July 14, 2017

01) Sam Harris & Gad Saad Unpack the Stigma Surrounding Racial Differences


“and also gender differences to a lesser degree, on sam’s recent podcast with gad saad. they find it objectionable to try and shut down research on certain topics .”


Race and IQ, Fascinated and Horrified:

I’m not going to post a lot more videos, exploring this subject…though I may post more, if I find them instructive and interesting.

What is attracting me to this subject, is that the information itself has no agenda…but it’s very socially taboo, so it garners a lot of hostility against it. Because of human history, this information is vulnerable to having “a taint of malice” assigned to it…It’s like it cannot be allowed to “just exist”, in it’s own right.

You could almost say…as a MAP who’s recognized the same fate, over data concerning people like myself…it’s in my DNA, to reject offhanded, superficial attacks on socially controversial findings…I’m way more interested in whether the data is sound and true, than whether it offends someone.

While I understand that some people’s offence is born out of noble reasoning…if their offense stops us from understanding reality in this world, then their sense of offense is a roadblock and a handicap…

…Which is why so many people in this world need to put their hair-trigger sense of offense into check…It’s not a help…it’s a hindrance…

At the same time…a valid question is, what are we to do with this information?…

In the USA we have much race mixing…which is perfectly fine…I am of mixed race, myself…I do not identify with any singular race…And we do have multiple generations, who are mixed race…There is no “going back”…We wont un-mix.

…Maybe race mixing is a good thing…I cannot see “pure races” being bred out of existence…The world is to vast…we wont get everyone together…But, maybe it is a good trend?…

Does it help, that the findings may not so much matter in the future, if the majority no longer identify with “a race”?

Getting back to the previous question, a bit…I have to ask…how do we justify keeping information from the masses, based on the notion of what someone might do with it?…or what it may inspire in someone, that might not be good?

Sure…Adolph Hitler existed…but I am not Adolph Hitler…Nazis existed…but I am not a Nazi…Racists exist…but I am not a racist…

…Why should this information be kept from me?…Why should I not explore, consider and critique it?…Why should I not have the ability, to understand what is being put forward?

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How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet…


Date: July 13, 2017

01) How Trolls Are Ruining the Internet

“A Pew Research Center survey published two years ago found that 70% of 18-to-24-year-olds who use the Internet had experienced harassment, and 26% of women that age said they’d been stalked online. This is exactly what trolls want. A 2014 study published in the psychology journal Personality and Individual Differences found that the approximately 5% of Internet users who self-identified as trolls scored extremely high in the dark tetrad of personality traits: narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism and, especially, sadism.

But maybe that’s just people who call themselves trolls. And maybe they do only a small percentage of the actual trolling. “Trolls are portrayed as aberrational and antithetical to how normal people converse with each other. And that could not be further from the truth,” says Whitney Phillips, a literature professor at Mercer University and the author of This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture. “These are mostly normal people who do things that seem fun at the time that have huge implications. You want to say this is the bad guys, but it’s a problem of us.”

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“One can see discourse norms shifting online, and they’re probably linked to behavior norms,” says Susan Benesch, founder of the Dangerous Speech Project and faculty associate at Harvard’s Internet and Society center. “When people think it’s increasingly O.K. to describe a group of people as subhuman or vermin, those same people are likely to think that it’s O.K. to hurt those people.”

New study shows that 41% of adults get harassment online…


Date: July 13, 2017

01) New study shows that 41% of adults get harassment online


“The Pew Research Center released a study claiming that online harassment is as terrible as every, and 41% of all adults interviewed claimed they have been the victims of cyber bullying.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/07/11/technology/online-harassment-survey/index.html?sr=twCNN071117online-harassment-survey1028PMStory

According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, online abuse is as rampant as ever, despite efforts by major tech companies like Facebook and Twitter to cut back on trolling and bullying.

The study, which was conducted among 4,248 U.S. adults, revealed name calling and embarrassment as the most common forms of online harassment.

Among those who’ve been harassed, about 18% of U.S. adults said they have been the target of severe behaviors such as physical threats, stalking and sexual harassment. About 66% said they witnessed harassing behavior online — not surprising since much of the bad conduct occurs on public social media platforms.”