Evolutionary explanations must be part of the puzzle here, but it is often tempting to exceed their proper scope. Prejudice against people not like ourselves, for example, doubtless originated in early humans for perfectly good reasons. “Humans appear to have a bias that members of out-groups or competitive tribes are less magnanimous and more dangerous than those who belong to our in-groups,” Agarwal writes, which was fair enough on the savannah. But such explanations might imply that these biases are innate, so she also denies that they are “necessarily hardwired”, and suggests they can be unlearned. This optimistic message, though, can sit in awkward tension with the simplistic neuro-determinism by which she claims that specific brain regions (such as the amygdala) or hormones (oxytocin) programme our responses. … [Read more...] about Sway by Pragya Agarwal review – how we are all unconsciously biased
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Nosotros los Pobres (Mexico) The Golden Age beefcake Pedro Infante, who died in a plane crash in 1957, was such an icon of Mexican masculinity that it was later rumoured he was alive and masquerading as El Santo, the masked kingpin of lucha libre. Nosotros los Pobres (We the Poor), which came out in 1947, was the pinnacle of his screen run as a big-hearted working-class hero. The start of a trilogy in which he played struggling yet invariably pec-flexing carpenter Pepe el Toro, it remained Mexico’s highest grossing film for almost four decades and was later a TV-schedule placeholder. It parcelled up the popular daily grind in a more saccharine way than the likes of Luis Buñuel’s Los Olvidados and came to signify a swaggering period of commercial Mexican cinema bookended by Infante’s premature death. The country’s new-school box-office champion, Nosotros los Nobles – about spoiled rich-kids – nabbed the title in 2013. … [Read more...] about From The Great Escape to Sholay: what makes a film a national favourite?
'It breaks my heart,' Romney said. 'Bob's contributions to our state, to our economy, and to our church will be heralded by many. But for me, it was his sound and principled leadership as the Chairman of the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 that is most compelling.' … [Read more...] about World-renowned NYC pediatric neurosurgeon, 73, who separated conjoined twins dies from coronavirus
Zoom is in everyone's living room - how safe is it? Racist 'zoombombing' during synagogue meeting Laid off over Zoom: Firms cut staff by conference call Users have flocked to Zoom as governments around the world ordered large parts of their populations to stay at home to slow the spread of the virus. It is now ranked as the number two and number one app in the UK and US, respectively. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: Zoom under increased scrutiny as popularity soars
'I'm worried that New York might not be the worst-case scenario when you think about other states that have even older and less-healthy populations, and fewer hospital beds available,' Retsef Levi, a professor of operations management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who has developed modeling tools designed to help public officials prepare for the spread of COVID-19, told The Washington Post. … [Read more...] about LA and San Francisco are setting up ‘safe spaces’ for coronavirus patients to quarantine away from their families as cases are set to surge in California