Can our bodies tell the difference between recorded violence and real life danger?
- "The internet is an exciting and a dangerous place," says journalist and documentarian Sebastian Junger.
- He argues that because of thousands of years of evolution, our bodies react to seeing decapitations on screens as if they were happening in front of or to us.
- According to Junger, the internet is too new for us to really understand the long-term effects it will have on our lives.
So why should we keep using them?
A second step is to determine where violence concentrates and who is most at risk.
In Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the concept of coupling.
- In his latest book, Malcolm Gladwell writes about the importance of environment in human behavior.
- While your actions change when you drink alcohol, they're also tied into your surroundings.
- Timothy Leary had a similar notion of "set and setting" that he applied to psychedelics.
Researchers measured high- and low-adversity participants' feelings of compassion.