Tito Brasolin

Toglimi una curiosità. Tuo zio è sempre morto? (Totò, 1937)

Know the source before the message

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Link: Persuasion: The Sleeper Effect — PsyBlog

There are all kinds of everyday situations where the sleeper effect occurs. Like when the travel supplement recommends a great resort, then we read at the bottom the trip's cost was covered by the resort. Or there's an article telling us about the health benefits of milk and then we read at the bottom that the author is the head of the Milk Marketing Board. Any time we receive a persuasive message before we find out who the source is, the sleeper effect can come into play.

 

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12/08/10 at 22:17:07

Sul conformismo

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Link: You are a conformist (that is, you are human) | Psychology Today

In my class I sometimes do the following demonstration: I ask two student volunteers to step outside. I tell the remaining students in the class that their task is to avoid all contact and interaction with the volunteers. I promise them points on the next test if they succeed. I then instruct the two waiting outside that their task is to do all they can to engage the class members in any sort of interaction. I then usher them back inside. After they spend several painful minutes failing to elicit any response from their peers, I declare the demonstration over. I ask the two volunteers how they felt. Terrible, they say. Embarrassed, rejected. Then I ask the remaining students to guess the demonstration's purpose. They usually guess it was designed to show the difficulties of being an outsider, a social reject. But the point is actually the opposite: to show how easy and automatic it is to conform.

"None of you refused to follow my instructions," I say. "You just spent 10 minutes treating two innocent fellow students miserably and none of you stood up and said: ‘Shove your quiz points. I'm not going to treat my peers badly for no reason.'"

 

Astuto. E illuminante.

Milgram Experiment

Milgram Experiment from Natalie Hill on Vimeo.

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12/08/10 at 21:07:00

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Below the belt

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Amanda Monti

Alcuni fatti di questi giorni mi hanno fatto tornare alla mente la spettacolare performance di Amanda Monti (secondo alcuni di Birkenhead, secondo altri di Eastham comunque sul Merseyside) che il 30 maggio 2004 ha strappato a mani nude il testicolo sinistro al suo ex, tentando poi di ingoiarlo.

I cannot begin to describe the pain I’ve suffered. (Geoffrey Jones)

È possibile che la cosa non fosse intenzionale: Amanda ha strappato i pantaloni di Geoffrey (che aveva appena respinto le sue avances) ritrovandosi un testicolo in mano, e ha cercato in qualche modo di fare sparire le prove del misfatto. In ogni caso ha poi ammesso la colpevolezza ed è stata condannata a due anni e mezzo di carcere.

Ecco un link a questa e altre storie dello stesso tipo: Criminal Castration and Severed Penis crimes, Bobbitt - Crime Library on truTV.com

Come già sapeva William Congreve più di trecento anni fa:

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned
(The Mourning Bride, 1697)

 

Qualche bonus:

  1. a Tioga-Nicetown nel 2006 Monica (40) danneggia seriamente i genitali di Howard (52): 6abc.com: Wife Accused in Attack 5/18/06
  2. nel 2002 a Nashville, Tennessee, Aretha Oneal (38) strappa i testicoli Dennis Ross (44) per una questione di corna: Dennis and Aretha are role models of our times - Telegraph

In ogni caso, pare che fare dell'umorismo sui genitali maschili e sulla castrazione sia lecito. Ecco un video che, bisogna ammetterlo, è piuttosto divertente...

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Scritto da Tito Brasolin

11/28/09 at 22:21:22