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Israeli Christians Think and Do Almost the Opposite of American Evangelicals
"in 2013, 82 percent of white evangelicals believed that God gave the land of Israel to the Jews. In contrast, only 19 percent of Christians actually born, raised, and living in Israel believe that God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people." Or "The vast majority of Israeli Christians (86%) believe the United States is too supportive of Israel. Just 6 percent said the American government wasn’t supportive enough, while 7 percent said the level of US support was just right." (Worth noting that the vast majority of Israeli Christians are Arab but still...).
Quantitative historical analysis uncovers a single dimension of complexity that structures global variation in human social organization
"we constructed a database of historical and archaeological information from 30 regions around the world over the last 10,000 years. Our analyses revealed that characteristics, such as social scale, economy, features of governance, and information systems, show strong evolutionary relationships with each other and that complexity of a society across different world regions can be meaningfully measured using a single principal component of variation."
Echo chamber and trench warfare dynamics in online debates
The article takes "issue with the claim by Sunstein and others that online discussion takes place in echo chambers, and suggest that the dynamics of online debates could be more aptly described by the logic of ‘trench warfare’, in which opinions are reinforced through contradiction as well as confirmation."

"Eating chocolate will make you look younger and thinner"

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Alfred Swinton is an innocent man. But your TV still says he’s a serial killer.
A guy from The Innocence Project quoted in the article describes the show as “a treasure trove of potential innocence cases ... I feel like we could spend a week watching those shows and find a lot more clients.” I wonder how much of this might be due to media tending to gravitate towards sensational cases? And the show is still on Youtube if you follow the link int he article, now at 140000+ viewing since September of last year. I wonder how many of those have occurred since his exoneration.
China builds ‘world’s biggest air purifier’ (and it seems to be working)
I wonder which we'll see more of: these or devices dedicated to capturing CO2.
Ironic Effects of Antiprejudice Messages: How Motivational Interventions Can Reduce (but Also Increase) Prejudice
"motivating people to reduce prejudice by emphasizing external control produced more explicit and implicit prejudice than did not intervening at all. Conversely, participants in whom autonomous motivation to regulate prejudice was induced displayed less explicit and implicit prejudice compared with no-treatment control participants."

Racism as a national security vulnerability

Back in September 2017 the president of the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund posted this:

How does this compare to a recent analysis of ads purchased by groups linked to Russian influence?

Expect foreign powers - Russia probably being the primary current example - to look for a society's vulnerabilities and aim to exploit them by playing both sides. It's the sort of principle that applies anywhere and to whatever those local vulnerabilities may be. Think divide and rule, though in the present environment I wonder if it might be better phrased as divide and disable.

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