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Welcome to the Cognitive Engineering podcast. Occasionally coherent musings of Aleph Insights. We hope you like listening to them as much as we like recording them.

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Welcome to the Cognitive Engineering podcast. Occasionally coherent musings of Aleph Insights. We hope you like listening to them as much as we like recording them.

    Does revenge work and how do you de-escalate?

    Does revenge work and how do you de-escalate?

    A dish best served cold, or not at all? We discuss revenge as a strategy.

    Image: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - The ProRevenge subreddit https://www.reddit.com/r/ProRevenge/
    - William Miller, In Defense of Revenge https://repository.law.umich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1130&context=book_chapters
    - Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Retributive Justice https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/justice-retributive/
    - Richard Nisbett, Culture of Honor https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Honor-Psychology-Violence-Directions/dp/0813319935
    - Robert Axelrod - Evolution of Cooperation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Evolution_of_Cooperation

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    • 28 min
    Death Of Serendipity

    Death Of Serendipity

    Does our always on, instantly connected world mean that we’ve lost the job of serendipity? Can we engineer our environment to maximise the chance of good things happening to us?

    Image: The Three Princes of Serendip

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - Red Dwarf - ‘Future Echoes’ https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x41k0sb
    - Doing the same thing twice is more fun than you think https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2019/04/rereading-books-rewatching-movies-decisions/587416/
    - The Secretary Problem https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secretary_problem
    - Games of Life by Karl Sigmund https://www.amazon.co.uk/Games-Life-Explorations-Evolution-Behaviour/dp/0198547838

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    • 26 min
    Does inequality actually matter?

    Does inequality actually matter?

    Does inequality actually matter? If it does, why? What problems does it cause? Is it self fulfilling? Is our objection to it a moral one, or is there there rational economic issues with it?

    Image: Wellcome Collection ref ICV No 12015 V0011749

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - Is there really more inequality? https://www.economist.com/briefing/2019/11/28/economists-are-rethinking-the-numbers-on-inequality
    - Political freedom and inequality https://www.mdpi.com/2227-7099/5/2/18/pdf
    - Is inequality actually a problem? https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/6/4/147/pdf
    - Predictive factors for happiness https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01176/full
    - Mises’ defence of inequality https://mises.org/library/inequality-wealth-and-incomes
    - How economic inequality harms societies | Richard Wilkinson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ7LzE3u7Bw
    - UK Inequality https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjwhnhtCwsM

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    • 28 min
    Cats vs Dogs - Which is better?

    Cats vs Dogs - Which is better?

    Are you a cat or a dog person? Which is best?

    Image: nguyen hoangnam via Flickr

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - Moral Foundations Theory https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_foundations_theory
    - PDSA Animal Wellbeing Report https://www.pdsa.org.uk/get-involved/our-campaigns/pdsa-animal-wellbeing-report
    - Who’s Smarter: Cats or Dogs? Psychology Today - https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/valley-girl-brain/201812/who-s-smarter-cats-or-dogs
    - Cats are just as loyal as dogs https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/cats-loyal-owners-dogs-behaviour-myth-a9118496.html
    - Dogs share food https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170127112954.htm
    Will your dog or cat eat you when you die? https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2017/06/pets-dogs-cats-eat-dead-owners-forensics-science/
    - Cat social behaviour https://www.msdvetmanual.com/behavior/normal-social-behavior-and-behavioral-problems-of-domestic-animals/social-behavior-of-cats
    - Evidence of dog altruism https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/study-shows-dogs-help-dogs_n_5672e57de4b0648fe302774d?ri18n=true&guccounter=1

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    • 28 min
    In the Torrid Midsummer

    In the Torrid Midsummer

    What’s it like to celebrate Christmas in the southern hemisphere? Are there things about Christmas that don’t make sense in summer?

    Image: Milz via pixels.com

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - Was Jesus born on 25 December? https://www.jw.org/en/bible-teachings/questions/when-was-jesus-born/
    - Average monthly temperature of cities https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cities_by_average_temperature
    - Things to do in Wichita at Christmas https://www.google.com/search?q=wichita+christmas+events&oq=wichita+christmas&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l4.2239j1j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&ibp=htl;events&rciv=evn&sxsrf=ACYBGNQUDj2uHQUMZqneSzGli7vHGsO5jw:1574686584061#htivrt=events&htidocid=F7M37PunUtLJvVeVJpA8-A%3D%3D&fpstate=tldetail

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    • 26 min
    Out Of Touch

    Out Of Touch

    What does it mean to be out of touch? Why do we expect our leaders to be in tune with everyday people and their concerns?

    Image: Ewan Munro via Wikimedia.org

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - Influence of class on attitudes https://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/media/38459/bsa30_social_class_final.pdf
    - Effect of poverty on decision-making http://www.lse.ac.uk/business-and-consultancy/consulting/assets/documents/how-poverty-affects-peoples-decision-making-processes.pdf
    - Principle Skinner AmI Out Of Touch meme. https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/am-i-out-of-touch
    - FONK https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fonk
    - Nomophobia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nomophobia

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    • 30 min

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