Sign of the Times

The Joys of the Early 21st Century

The Joys of the Early 21st Century

That’s for the upper end of the spectrum.  The lower end looks more like this

Poor people in the United States are increasingly at risk from tropical diseases such as dengue fever and Chagas disease, says a new report.

Researchers blame climate change and increasing poverty for the increased spread of these infectious illnesses.

The study warns that while these diseases are not always fatal, they are severely debilitating.

The Depth of Cultural Difference of Perception (72%)

When it comes to emotions, Eastern and Western cultures see things very differently

Across two studies, participants viewed images, each of which consisted of one centre model and four background models in each image. The researchers manipulated the facial emotion happy, angry, sad in the centre or background models and asked the participants to determine the dominant emotion of the centre figure.

The majority of Japanese participants 72% reported that their judgments of the centre person’s emotions were influenced by the emotions of the background figures, while most North Americans also 72% reported they were not influenced by the background figures at all.

“What we found is quite interesting,” says Takahiko Masuda, a Psychology professor from the University of Alberta. “Our results demonstrate that when North Americans are trying to figure out how a person is feeling, they selectively focus on that particular person’s facial expression, whereas Japanese consider the emotions of the other people in the situation.”

This may be because Japanese attention is not concentrated on the individual, but includes everyone in the group, says Masuda.

Robots see you all like meatsacks. Pirates see you all as marks. Ninja -> Targets.

It’s a fairly simple calculation.