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Macro Exploitation breeds Micro Exploitation 28 April 2008

Posted by MOZAFFAR in Economics, MOZAFFAR, Politics, Psychology.
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Exploitation breeds exploitation. A society in which the overarching system is exploitative will witnesses numerous forms of micro exploitations. Thus, the powerless in the society will suffer in multiple directions. The powerless will suffer at the hands of the exploitative system and its lead dictator. The powerless will also suffer at the hands of those near them, in their intimate circles.


numbers | Gastronomies of Scale 15 March 2008

Posted by EDITOR in Economics, Sociology.

Percent change in the average amount of food a person will consume when eating with one other person: +35%

… with four other people: +75%
… with seven other people: +96%

source: Brian Wansink, Cornell University

retread| Question of the Day: Altruism 15 September 2007

Posted by EDITOR in Economics, Psychology, SA'ILA, Spirituality.
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Retreads are quality posts from yesterweeks that are given a second run on Saturdays. This is a SAI’LA post from 29 Nov 2006.

Economists mostly believe that whenever one engages in any action, one is doing it for one’s own gain (think Economics 101). Do we, as human beings, ever do anything that is not for our own gain, comfort or benefit?


poached| Bennis on the Merits of Inexperience 8 April 2007

Posted by EDITOR in Economics, Psychology.
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[M]any Great Groups are fueled by an invigorating, completely unrealistic view of what they can accomplish. Not knowing what they can’t do puts everything in the realm of the possible. In a radio interview, director John Frankheimer, whose work includes the memorable film The Manchurian Candidate, said that the Golden Age of television resulted, at least in part, from his naivete and that of his fellow video pioneers. “We didn’t know we couldn’t do it, so we did it,” says Frankheimer of making such classic dramas as “Marty” in a demanding new medium, live TV. Time teaches many things, including limitations. Time forces people, however brilliant, to taste their own mortality. In short, experience tends to make people more realistic, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Source: Warren Bennis and Patricia Ward Biederman, Organizing Genius: The Secrets of Creative Collaboration, 1997.

numbers| Household Economics 4 April 2007

Posted by EDITOR in Economics, Relationships.
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Percentage change in the amount of housework done by women after they marry for the first time: +17

Percentage change in the amount done by men: -33

Source: Sanjiv Gupta, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)