Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 21:21 UTC
In the News Pretty scummy stuff by Samsung, this. The company apologised, but what it shows is just how warped tech reporting and blogging really is. Websites are dependent on review items, early access, and press invites, and we really have no idea just how much this influences reporting. Do you really think that reviewers and bloggers who are too critical will get invited to the next product unveil in Cupertino or will get early access to the next Galaxy device? If so, I have a palace to sell you.
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RE[4]: Go Nokia :)
by Laurence on Tue 4th Sep 2012 13:33 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Go Nokia :)"
Laurence
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Theoretically, yes. Most human beings are quite capable of fully selfless acts. Not everyone runs across an opportunity to perform random kindness every day, but I'm sure most of us have found ourselves helping someone out of purely humanitarian feelings.

Only because I get an endorphin boost for doing so. Or because I'd hope someone would do the same if I landed myself in the same situation (kind of like a crude version of karma).

If I felt like crap every time I did someone a favour, I sure as hell wouldn't help people out again.

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RE[5]: Go Nokia :)
by Morgan on Tue 4th Sep 2012 14:09 in reply to "RE[4]: Go Nokia :)"
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2005-06-29

Only because I get an endorphin boost for doing so. Or because I'd hope someone would do the same if I landed myself in the same situation (kind of like a crude version of karma).


I feel like I'm in the minority here; I honestly believe that there is good in people beyond reactions to chemical responses. Maybe it's why I was never popular in my psychology classes in college.

If I felt like crap every time I did someone a favour, I sure as hell wouldn't help people out again.


Well you know what they say about no good deed going unpunished right? It could happen to you... ;)

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RE[6]: Go Nokia :)
by Laurence on Tue 4th Sep 2012 15:13 in reply to "RE[5]: Go Nokia :)"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


I feel like I'm in the minority here; I honestly believe that there is good in people beyond reactions to chemical responses. Maybe it's why I was never popular in my psychology classes in college.

Some people do it due to psychological reasoning such as:
* religious beliefs (good people go to heaven, reincarnation or karma),
* peer pressure (I want to look favourable in front of my peers)
* or even wider social convention (if I allow a stranger to make use of my phone in an emergency, then others might do the same in return; in essence we're talking applied karma)

The closest to a true selfless act is one that's performed out of empathy. However I'd still say that's falls under the social convention (ie when my wife has a migraine then I play "nurse" because I'd expect her to look after me if/when I should suffer from one too).


Well you know what they say about no good deed going unpunished right? It could happen to you... ;)

But that's exactly my point. You're now talking about selfish motives driving "selfless" acts.

When you think about it logically, true selflessness flies completely against our survival instinct. Now I'm not saying that we haven't evolved to become more than our instincts, however, deep down, there will be some level of rationalisation which keeps our instincts in line with our cerebral decisions.

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