On abandoning assumptions

To quote Rory Sutherland:

I don't think there's any huge amount of intelligence required to look at the world through different lenses. The difficulty lies in that you have to abandon four or five assumptions about the world simultaneously. That's what probably makes it difficult.

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Can War Foster Cooperation?
"while war has many negative legacies for individuals and societies, it appears to leave a positive legacy in terms of local cooperation and civic engagement. We discuss, synthesize and reanalyze the emerging body of evidence, and weigh alternative explanations. There is some indication that war violence especially enhances in-group or “parochial” norms and preferences, a finding that, if true, suggests that the rising social cohesion we document need not promote broader peace"
In Vaccines we Trust? The Effects of Anti-vaccine Propaganda on Immunization: Evidence from Pakistan
"In July 2011, the Pakistani public unexpectedly learnt that the CIA had conducted a fake vaccination campaign as part of the operations to capture Osama Bin Laden. This episode was extensively used by Taliban groups to discredit the health system and vaccination campaigns." Should you be surprised that vaccination rates there dropped? Probably not.
Natural Disasters by Location: Rich Leave and Poor Get Poorer
Seems to me that this applies to a lot more than just natural disasters.

Marcus Aurelius on escaping insanity

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. - Marcus Aurelius

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Study of the Week: What Actually Helps Poor Students? Human Beings
"What’s shared by tutoring, small group instruction, cooperative learning, and feedback and progress monitoring – the interventions that come out looking best? The influence of another human being. The ability to work closely with others, particularly trained professionals, to go through the hard, inherently social work of error and correction and trying again."
Why Isn’t My Professor Conservative?
An article primarily focused on reasons other than discrimination as to why conservatives are underrepresented amongst the professoriate in modern universities.
Does power really corrupt?
... or is this conclusion found in academic journals in part as a result of publication bias?

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