robot helps scoundrel study, the dissonance over who gets what and fairness

There have been quite a few studies over the years in discerning exactly what constitutes deceptive behavior. Popular culture, village elders, clergy and parents had their own ideas about someone not being honest for centuries – the shifty eye theory and nervous gestures probably topping the list – it turns out that witches and non-witches do not have different water buoyancy qualities. Though there might be some science to the body language part of the perceptions perpetuated by popular culture, How to Spot a Scoundrel – Certain types of fidgeting give away a person’s trustworthiness

Other volunteers also chatted with Nexi ( a robot) for 10 minutes, but during these conversations Nexi used gestures other than the target movements. As reported in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, when Nexi used the target gestures—but not when it made other humanlike movements—the volunteers reported feelings of distrust toward the robot. What’s more, when they played the economic exchange game with Nexi, these volunteers expected to be treated poorly and behaved less cooperatively with the robot.

Interestingly, these results were narrowly focused on trust. That is, even when Nexi’s body language made people skeptical of its motives, the study participants did not necessarily dislike it, according to their subsequent reports of their feelings toward it. This is a familiar human experience: many of us know individuals whom we like well enough but would never, ever trust with our money.

The target gestures that the robot used – and taken from those demonstrated by people engaged in deceptive behavior – included four major cues, hand touching, face touching, crossing arms and leaning away. No one of those gestures gave anyone away. Deceptive people tended to use them in a kind of concert of physical cues. While I hope this hopes others, it is almost useless to me. Except for some very obvious cases i have a very difficult time reading people I have known for a while and than deciding whether they were going to do engage in some behavior that would eventually cause me harm. I wonder if the research subjects would have been so quick to pick up on even the robots cues if they interacted with it regularly. Maybe they would have eventually come to discount the gestures as eccentricities. I also wonder about how how deception plays out. Often times people who have a malevolent agenda sincerely believe they are acting in the best interest of others. And like the Nexi experiment we might tend to be suspicious of such people, but might leave them to work away at their goals without asking them to provide some sound reasoning for doing so.

Via TPM Gawker Posts 950 Pages Of Romney/Bain Documents


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Why is Rem Koolhaas the World’s Most Controversial Architect? Age has not tempered the Dutch architect, who at 67 continues to shake up the cultural landscape with his provocative designs. Koolhass has also done some public buildings in the U.S. slide show at link.

The Beijing headquarters of China Central Television – by Koolhaas

We have radio, newspapers, magazines, television, direct mail, smartphones, the internet and some people even still read books, yet many people still live in a bubble of their own reality – In Wis. Swing County, Voters Criticize ‘Handouts’

Knigge has 130 cows on his farm. They depend on the alfalfa he grows — but because of the dry weather, some of his stalks are just 4 inches high; they should be 10 inches taller than that.

Knigge and I got to talking politics. He said he’s leaning Republican. He’s not all that enthusiastic about Romney — but he definitely wants a change.

“I’m not a big fan of how big the government’s gotten or how many people are living off the government now,” he says. “And I understand people have hardships with the economy and everything else, but, to me, it’s — pretty soon, we’ve got to stand on our own feet and get up and get moving and not rely on somebody else helping us with that.

“I mean, America was founded on people getting up and going and making their own living and their own lifestyle. And I’m afraid we’ve gotten too far away from that.”

Knigge does get some help from the government in the form of farm subsidies.

“We’ve been enrolled in the government programs,” he says. “We don’t get a lot of government support, we get some.”

Does he see a contradiction there?
Charlie Knigge is a dairy farmer from Omro, Wis. He talked to NPR at the Winnebago County Fair in Oshkosh. “I’m not a big fan of how big the government’s gotten or how many people are living off the government now,” he says.

No one lives off the government. Programs like Medicare and Social Security are entitlement programs – most Americans are entitled to the benefits because they paid for them out of payroll taxes. People on food assistance. That averages $4 a day. Charlie probably eats that much for breakfast. There is no such thing as a program to live off of. The straight up income assistance requires that people work forty hours a week – the working poor who have children. The money goes to help pay rent and utilities, and no one can collect it for more than five years their entire life time even if they’re homeless and sick. This is a good example of why the liberal media is a myth. So many people are obsessed with someone getting some baloney, bread ad corn flakes they might not deserve yet  a few years ago the retiring president of Exxon walked away with hundreds of millions in his retirement practice. As did a retiring excec from AT&T – as an AT&T customer I can personally swear they do not provide the kind of quality service that justifies that kind of compensation.  Romney has never worked an honest day in his life ( and was guaranteed a profit unless he suddenly went batty. There was no risk taking, no new innovations, no Galt-like invention that changed the world) and Charlie probably knows what I mean by an honest day’s work. Romney and the financiers like him live off the labor, thus the capital that people like Charlies produce. Forget the pennies and nickels some poor kid might be getting, resent the moochers at the top of the pyramid who think callouses is a French word for upholstery. Even in what some analysts call a knowledge based economy – one where people with special skills and knowledge reap the biggest rewards – at no time did that retired AT&T executive or Romney add the kind of value to products, services or even the nations’ economic well being to actually earn that kind of money – a top notch neurosurgeon average about $300 k a year. Think about the people like the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson who are billionaires. They are complaining about – whatever – America is becoming socialist, there are too many regulations, Obama is the anti-Christ. There are multi-milionaires and billionaires making these complaints. Billionaires complaining is like a donut addict complaining they can have all the donuts they want and there is some evil conspiracy to keep them from being buried in donuts, and oh yea I saw someone one day get one donut using food stamps. If the Charlies in America have deep convictions about unfairness, and they should, those convictions and resentments are directed at the wrong people.

Good example of the lights on, but the thinking consciousness has left the body, Red Ink

Three years ago, the American actor Craig T Nelson appeared on a rightwing television show to complain about the size of the US government and discuss his intention to no longer pay taxes. His logic, if it deserves the label, was peculiar: “I’ve been on food stamps, I’ve been on welfare. Did anybody help me out? No.” Food stamps and welfare are government programmes, of course, and his comments were roundly mocked for their obvious dissonance.

Now he belongs to a union that see that he has fair pay and good working conditions.

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