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Visualizations – Charts, Diagrams, InfoGraphics

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Stanley Milgram’s Experiment: Willingness to Bow to Authority

Source: Psypost, Nov 2019

An analysis of previously unpublished data raises serious questions about Stanley Milgram’s landmark obedience experiments.

The findings, which have been published in Social Psychology Quarterly, indicate that many people were willing to engage in seemingly reprehensible behavior because they saw through the researchers’ cover story. Those who believed the cover story, on the other hand, tended to be more defiant.

The Milgram experiment was designed to test people’s willingness to bow to authority — in this case, scientists in lab coats. Subjects were led to believe that they were participating in a study about learning, and were asked to deliver increasingly powerful electric shocks to another subject whenever he got an answer wrong during a memory test.

No shocks were actually delivered, but the other subject (who was actually a research assistant) made increasingly desperate cries of agony and pleas to stop.

An analysis of previously unpublished data raises serious questions about Stanley Milgram’s landmark obedience experiments.

The findings, which have been published in Social Psychology Quarterly, indicate that many people were willing to engage in seemingly reprehensible behavior because they saw through the researchers’ cover story. Those who believed the cover story, on the other hand, tended to be more defiant.

The Milgram experiment was designed to test people’s willingness to bow to authority — in this case, scientists in lab coats. Subjects were led to believe that they were participating in a study about learning, and were asked to deliver increasingly powerful electric shocks to another subject whenever he got an answer wrong during a memory test.

No shocks were actually delivered, but the other subject (who was actually a research assistant) made increasingly desperate cries of agony and pleas to stop.

“The key findings of our study, that obedience to authority is not as unreasoning and automatic as Milgram would have us believe, but was based on commonsense judgements by subjects who were variously convinced and unconvinced by the experimental scenario and responded accordingly, should prompt textbook writers to significantly revise their presentations of the research,” Perry said.

What Women Look For

Source: MSN, Nov 2019

1. You need to be taller than her.

Sadly, height bias is still very much real: 89. 5 percent of respondents said their short-term partner had to be taller than them, and only 11.9 percent viewed height as unimportant.

The good news is that “taller” might not mean as tall as you might think, given that the average adult American woman is only 5’3″. A 2018 survey by the dating website E-Harmony found that 5’8″ was considered to be the ideal height for men, which is actually slightly shorter than the 5’9″ that has been deemed the average height of an adult American man.

2. But you don’t necessarily need to be smarter.

While having similar education levels may be important for women seeking a lifelong mate, only 46.7 percent of American women thought intelligence was an important trait in a casual partner.

3. Hair is great, but only if it’s on your face.

…most women said they’d prefer a short haircut and a hairless chest for a fling than luscious locks and a virtual forest of upper body hair.

4. You don’t have to be buff.

Unsurprisingly, about half (51.8 percent) of all women surveyed considered body type to be a very important factor when deciding on a partner for a casual encounter. But if you don’t have a six-pack or bulging biceps, don’t fret.

Fit, athletic physiques were found to be the most popular among women (50.3 percent), followed by “average” body types (29.1 percent). Only 7.8 percent said they wanted someone who was very muscular.

5. Your ethnicity and religion don’t matter.

In what one might be tempted to consider a sign of progress, only 9.9 percent of women believed finding a partner with the same ethnicity was important for a fling, and only 11.6 percent thought you needed to have the same faith.

This aligns with a recent survey from The Wall Street Journal and NBC News, which found that millennials care less about religion than previous generations.

6. And don’t forget to smile!

Having an attractive smile was one of the most important factors for women from almost every country in the Clue survey. So, when you’re on your date, remember to show that you’re enjoying yourself by flashing those pearly whites!

 

Alcohol is bad for Legs

Source: Powerline blog, Nov 2019

Salaries for US Graduates (reality vs expectations)

Source: ZeroHedge, Jun 2019

Bushy-tailed and bright-eyed, the average Generation Z undergraduate expects to make $57,964 one year out of college, while the national median salary is $47,000 for recent grads with bachelor degrees who have between zero and five years of on-the-job experience,” Clever writes, concluding that many students have “seriously unrealistic” expectations for their early career salaries.

The Financial Services Sector Earns US$11T annually

Source: Investopedia, Mar 2015

The McKinsey Global Institute also suggested that retail banking, life insurance, and property and causality insurance make up approximately 60% of total financial services sector sales. It can be extrapolated from that estimate that the total revenue of the global financial services sector in 2011 was roughly $11 trillion.

To figure out what percentage of the global economy that $11 trillion represents, a total estimate of global GDP is required. The International Monetary Fund(IMF) estimated that the total global economy was worth $77.6 trillion in 2014. If global financial services kept up its 6% growth rate for the years between 2012-2014, then its 2014 figure would be $13.1 trillion.

Using these 2014 figures and calculations, the financial services sector comprises about 16.9% of the global economy, as measured in GDP. Further data from the IMF shows that the total service economy makes up about 60-65% of total global revenue. If the OECD‘s suggestion that financial services are between 20% and 30% of the total service market, then financial services would comprise between 12% and 19.5% of the total global economy.,

Scenes from a Chinatown parade …

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