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March 20, 2015

What Would You Do?

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What would you do if you
Knew all the things we knew?
Would you stand up for truth?
Or would you turn away too?

And then what if you saw
All of the things that’s wrong?
Would you stand tall and strong?
Or would you turn and walk away?

-Paris 2003

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October 5, 2014

Charisma Inhibits Higher Brain Function In Believers.

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Unfortunately this study only covered religious subjects, but its lessons can be applied pretty much anywhere. “Experts” are trotted out every night on news programs, to justify the most heinous of activities, or just to instill fear in the population. Politicians and other rulers practice being charismatic because it saves them having to be truthful. The voluntary and NGO sector is full of “conference dragons”, and so on.

The study found that a religious person, anticipating a person who has a reputation as a charismatic literally shuts down his highest brain functions in the charismatic’s presence. That doesn’t happen in the brains of non-believers.

An article on OpEdNews.com does some interesting speculation about this (archived as pdf: Power_of_Charisma) but again is limited by only looking at religious matters. The full study is available at intl-scan.oxfordjournals.org and pdf is archived here:
Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci-2011-Schjoedt-119-27

See also:  The science of charismatic voices on phys.org for some studies using politicians’ speeches.
(archived as pdf: phys.org-The_science_of_charismatic_voices )

Edit, 22 Nov 2014: Found a similar study that focuses on experts rather than religion:

Expert Financial Advice Neurobiologically Offloads Financial Decision-Making under Risk

Power Can Corrupt Even The Honest

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When appointing a new leader, selectors base their choice on several factors and typically look for leaders with desirable characteristics such as honesty and trustworthiness. However once leaders are in power, can we trust them to exercise it in a prosocial manner?

To investigate this the authors used experimental methods to distinguish between the situational and individual component; and determine if power corrupts or if corrupt individuals are drawn to power. The findings showed that those who measured as less honest exhibited more corrupt behaviour, at least initially; however, over time, even those who initially scored high on honesty were not shielded from the corruptive effects of power.

“Organisations should limit how much leaders can drink from the seductive chalice of power.”

The article abstract etc is at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1048984314000800 but it costs $20 to download.

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