Churchill, Columbus, and Leopold All Fall Down

Millions of white people glorify mass murderers because their sense of identity and place in society is deeply tied to white supremacy. The Origins of White Supremacy by Margaret Kimberley edited by O Society June 22, 2020 It is important to recognize mass murderers. The perpetrators of crimes against humanity are often elevated to positions of respect … Continue reading Churchill, Columbus, and Leopold All Fall Down

Capitalism as Religion: How Money Became God

https://youtu.be/ao-Sahfy7Hg “Where’s the management section?” a man asked the nearest bookseller. My hometown Barnes and Noble’s business and management section is extensive, patronized by the employees in the numerous office parks nearby. The man handed the bookseller a list of titles on a Post-It. She smiled and pointed across the store, but stopped him short. … Continue reading Capitalism as Religion: How Money Became God

There’s No Scientific Basis for Race Because It’s Made-Up Labels

Defining and separating people into "Us" and "Them" is a great American pastime. Yet the social concept of race is not grounded in genetics. DNA reveals what skin color obscures: We all have African ancestors. By Elizabeth Kolbert edited by O Society June 7, 2020 In the first half of the 19th century, one of America’s … Continue reading There’s No Scientific Basis for Race Because It’s Made-Up Labels

We are Watching the Story of America Crash Headlong into the Reality of America in Real Time

https://youtu.be/VC36BthfGu8 Lies are emotionally comforting in times of distress, even when we know they are lies. The worse things get, the more we long to hear the lies. Yet cultures who can no longer face reality, who cannot distinguish between falsehood and truth, retreat into what Sigmund Freud calls “screen memories,” the merger of fact … Continue reading We are Watching the Story of America Crash Headlong into the Reality of America in Real Time

Agnotology: Inside Corporations’ War on Science

Sean Illing interviews David Michaels edited by O Society May 27, 2020 A new book explains how corporations create and spread a climate of doubt around science and expertise. Johnson & Johnson announced this week it will stop putting talc, a mineral linked to asbestos, in its baby powder products. The move comes after years of … Continue reading Agnotology: Inside Corporations’ War on Science

the Information Apocalypse is Already Here and Reality is a Loser

Supposedly we spent more than three years preparing for an information apocalypse. Why couldn’t we stop it with the coronavirus? by  Craig Silverman edited by O Society May 25, 2020 Two years ago, a video of former president Barack Obama calling President Donald Trump a “total and complete dipshit” was uploaded to YouTube. As the shock … Continue reading the Information Apocalypse is Already Here and Reality is a Loser

The science behind human irrationality just passed a huge test

5 Ways Behavioral Economics Changes the Way We Market Kahneman's foundational idea of behavioral economics stands up to replication test by Cathleen O'Grady edited by O Society May 24, 2020 If you won $100 tomorrow, you’d be pretty happy. And if you lost $100, you’d be less than thrilled. But those two feelings wouldn’t be the … Continue reading The science behind human irrationality just passed a huge test

A Plandemic of Pandas: Pandemonium in a Planetarium… wait, WTF?

No matter the details of the plot, conspiracy theories follow common patterns of thought by John Cook edited by O Society May 21, 2020 A sign of the times: a disinformation video called Plandemic recently went viral. Despite being taken down by YouTube and Facebook, it continues to get uploaded and viewed millions of times. The video … Continue reading A Plandemic of Pandas: Pandemonium in a Planetarium… wait, WTF?

The False Dichotomy

by Nathan Robinson edited by O Society May 22, 2020 He unemployment numbers are horrifying. The worst since the great depression. Tens of millions of people out of work. 9 million have lost their health insurance. It’s bad out there. The positive spin is much of this unemployment should be temporary, lasting only as long as … Continue reading The False Dichotomy

A Modest Propsal

One of our O Society people called Daniele Vanni writes: "To everyone who may be reading: This comment refers to the ethics of this publisher website (O Society), not to the specific article v below v. To understand the comment better, please check the original article: Scientists: ‘Look, One-Third Of The Human Race Has To … Continue reading A Modest Propsal