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"Everybody Lies"....
« on: October 01, 2017, 08:01:39 AM »
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/17/everybody-lies-seth-stephens-davidowitz-review

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One of the greatest dangers of the internet, noted by Daniel Kahneman in his valuable book Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011), arises from the fact that “people can maintain an unshakable faith in any proposition, however absurd, when they are sustained by a community of like-minded believers”. This isn’t any sort of exaggeration (witness the fact that some people deny the existence of consciousness); the trouble is that any belief – any prejudice or hatred – can now find a large supporting community on the internet.


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Some of his sexual facts are depressing, others are funny and touching. Some are engaging because we find them extraordinary, others because we find them all-too-human. The search data suggests that hundreds of thousands of young men are predominantly attracted to elderly women. Many heterosexual men feel about their partner what William Wordsworth felt about his wife Mary (they wish she’d put on weight). Anal sex is on course to overtake vaginal sex in pornography before the end of the decade. Pornography “in which violence is perpetrated against a woman … almost always appeals disproportionately to women”. More than 75% of searches of the form “I want to have sex with my …” are incestuous. Men search for ways to perform oral sex on themselves as often as they search for how to give a woman an orgasm.


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Ignoble metadata flowed in. He found that searches for racist jokes rise about 30% on Martin Luther King Day in the US, and that in the recent Republican primaries, regions that supported Donald Trump in the largest numbers made the most Google searches for “nigger”. Data from Prosper, a peer-to-peer loan website, showed that there are five expressions in particular that one should beware of when reviewing applications for loans: “God”, “promise”, “will pay”, “hospital” and “thank you”. Making promises “is a sure sign that someone will … not do something”. “God” is particularly bad news.
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