Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Oct 2012 21:54 UTC
In the News "Ask adults from the industrialized world what number is halfway between 1 and 9, and most will say 5. But pose the same question to small children, or people living in some traditional societies, and they're likely to answer 3. Cognitive scientists theorize that that's because it's actually more natural for humans to think logarithmically than linearly." Fascinating. The human brain is such a magical machine.
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Genocide blindness
by kwan_e on Tue 9th Oct 2012 04:57 UTC
kwan_e
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Perhaps this kind of logarithmic operation is also manifesting as genocide blindness. One or two people murdered can make the news, but when it starts turning into a massacre (especially far away), people seem to care less.

People can get fired up over a few thousand people dying in two towers, but think nothing of the orders of magnitude more that resulted from their overreaction.

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