This Week In Comments: July 24th—31st
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Another week, another installment of our This Week In Comments series! Each week we pick a few of our favorites to showcase the awesomeness of our readership. Without further ado, here's what made the cut this week:
Andrew Doser: The question is then, what is driving the economy? Fewer jobs = less consumption. Less consumption = fewer robots and a much smaller economy. Last I checked, corporations thrive because people with jobs, not robots, buy their stuff. Where does the money come from to feed this new leisure life paradigm? Robots don’t buy shit and drive economy, people do. Will universal income give you the lifestyle you are currently living? Or will it be barely enough to survive?
Caroline Nelson: That's when your education kicks in. You get the leisure of researching whatever you want without someone breathing over your shoulder. You define your own daily goals... imagine that.
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Gabriel Smith: He owns a liquor company and a rehab. I can appreciate the business acumen, but can't respect Gus Fring tactics.
Matt Bowser: To all the people commenting on how obvious this is: For the 10000000th time, anecdotal evidence IS NOT evidence. This is why everybody's political opinions are so warped too, because people think everything's obvious from their own personal experience. As the article states, "the first demonstrative evidence of such an ability from non-primates" DEMONSTRATIVE. We all know how much our dogs can follow our emotions, but now it's proven through evidence and experimentation. People used to be happy when their biases were proven through science... Now science is apparently redundant because everyone believes their biases are objective truth.
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This economy has us in survival mode, stressing out our bodies and minds.
- Economic hardship is linked to physical and psychological illness, resulting in added healthcare expenses people can't afford.
- The gig economy – think Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy – is marketed as a 'be your own boss' revolution, but it can be dehumanizing and dangerous; every worker is disposable.
- The cooperative business model can help reverse wealth inequality.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
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