21 August 2010

Virtual reality tackles tough questions

Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.
A Spanish team has designed a trial that allows men to step inside the body of a woman subjected to violence. Meanwhile scientists in London are simulating a controversial experiment from the 1960s in which people were persuaded to inflict pain on others.

[via:Joel Rybicki]

17 March 2010

Milgram experiment repeated for a TV documentary: over 80% would shock to death

[via:Maija Haavisto]

13 January 2010

Google to stop censoring google.cn, may close service and China offices

[via:EFF]

28 October 2009

Brain scanners can tell what you’re thinking about

“Yet despite – or perhaps because of – the recent progress in the field, most researchers are wary of calling their work mind-reading. Emphasising its limitations, they call it neural decoding.”

[via:Trent]

2 August 2009

Do crabs have rights?

[via:Trent]

24 July 2008

Questions you can’t ask

“Questions you aren’t allowed to ask in modern political debate and polite society, that should be asked”

Also: “What you can’t say” by Paul Graham

[via:Hacker News]

5 July 2008

A guide to Satanic parenting

“It is not doubted that Satanists want what is best for their children the same as other parents probably do. Unlike many religious groups, however, there is no pressure for any religious involvement for the child. Quite the opposite, I have found many Satanists are more concerned about indoctrination (even by accident by themselves) of their child by any religious group, including the Satanists’ own beliefs.”

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