“But he seemed like such a nice guy!” exclaims the neighbor of the serial killer, explaining how she waved to him every morning as he drove to work. “Where did he work?” the detective asks. The next-door neighbor does not know. Does it matter? Possibly. True, in the vast majority of cases, we cannot gauge someone’s level of dangerousness by what they do for a living. However, choice of occupation, assuming in today’s economy that someone actually has a choice, might be linked with personality factors, which may predispose people to behave in certain ways. Some professional choices also reflect underlying beliefs and values, which may predict a willingness to follow the law. And, of course, certain professions, especially those that involve autonomy, flexibility, and one-on-one interaction with strangers, especially late at night, provide easier access to potential victims. Although clearly, we cannot judge anyone’s character or criminal inclination by their profession … [Read more...] about Where Is a Serial Killer Likely to Work?
The major event of 2020 that put diversity squarely on the global political map, teeing it up for potential sweeping social change, was the murder of George Floyd. As I argued in a post soon after his death , it’s not that George Floyd died for a reason. It’s that it’s up to each of us to find a reason that enables us as individuals and collectively as a society to benefit from it. That is our responsibility and, in fact, our power. As Stephen Covey put it in his landmark book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People , that ignited the self-help movement, we are “response-able.” Able to choose our response to this tragic event. How you choose to respond is the most important question, and I can’t answer it for you. I can, however, share my own response. In 2003, Hispanics overtook African-Americans as the largest minority group in the US . Many of the unique issues of systemic racism facing African-Americans were relegated to the back burner as the race dialogue … [Read more...] about The Time to Combat Racism Is Still Now
Racism runs deep in the fabric of our cognitive networks, driven by fear , objectification, failures of perspective taking, and self-avoidance. Almost all of us will recoil at the video of George Floyd dying before our eyes. But racism is vastly deeper and darker than that. Racism is hard to dig out or to target, and part of the reason is that racism is not just about race. That is an empirical fact. There is a common core to all forms of prejudice toward stigmatized groups: black people, immigrants, gays, poor people, disabled people, or women. We will never truly change the culture until we know what we need to target. A few years ago a team of my former lab members and I (see reference below) took measures of prejudice against African Americans, obese individuals, gay men, women, and people struggling with substance use. We did not use measures with cartoon questions such as “Do you despise black people?” People know how to give socially desirable answers to things like … [Read more...] about Take a Knee and Feel the Pain of Others
Source: Library of Congress Archives/Creative Commons For most of human history, shunning, ex-communication, and public humiliation have been used for social conformity . The modern versions are generally categorized as “calling-out” or “canceling.” While the first use of these terms is not certain, sometime in the early 2010s, fans of various celebrities and groups began to post on social media, identifying imperfections in their idols and “calling them out” on their behaviors. During 2017 and 2018, online posts calling out others drastically increased and were part of the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements. Colin Kaepernick (NFL star quarterback) was attacked by Trump for kneeling before a football game. As a result, intense pressure was exerted to have him fired and banned by the League. By 2019, the term "cancel culture" became more known and moved into mainstream media usage. It was probably unavoidable that cancel culture would become a political issue. Cancel … [Read more...] about Why Cancel Culture By Anyone Is Harmful and Wrong
Home Insync Life Life oi-Amrisha By Amrisha Sharma on April 5, 2012 Do vampires truly exist? If so, can we see them? These are few common questions that always come up when the topic of discussion is Vampires! It is believed that the history of vampires was traced back in countries like India, China and Egypt. Check out the vampires of India and study the existence of these blood seekers. Vampires of India: Kali: She is also worshiped as the Goddess of Vampires. The bloodthirsty Goddess is similar to the Egyptian Goddess, Sekhmet. Kali, the Vampire wears a garland of skulls, corpses and has four arms. Her thirst for blood started after drinking Raktabija's blood. It is believed that she is an incarnation of Goddess Durga, born to kill demons of the world. Raktabija was a demon who multiplied with his blood drops. Goddess Kali killed him by drinking his venom. Animals are sacrificed till date in honour … [Read more...] about Bloodthirsty Vampires Of India