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The honesty of the British public,
This review is from: Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives (Paperback)
I dislike researches intensely as they seem to dictate our lives. Constantly these "Experts" are no more than b/s'ers and their trash can be seen in our newspapers quoting "that this could cause that", etc. It rules our lives as it causes impulsiveness and panic amongst those susceptible.It's fact that we can all be fooled sometimes but the old saying that "ignorance is bliss" has some credibility to it.We have to live with propoganda period, no matter where it eminates from and being forewarned is being forearmed.And where would we be without our forearms!
My interest in what makes us tick drew me to this study along with positive reviews (though normally I'm out of step with the majority)and it's a worthwhile read.Our attitudes and behaviour however, are evolving to the pace of life, leaving little time for the niceties or philanthropy now only existing in the less developed nations.
The free money experiment captured our greed to the extent that even when questioned by a surveyor outside the target papershop people were in a denial as to the misdemeanour they'd been involved in.Not wanting to confess to fleecing a shop assistant due to the embarrassment of handing back their windfall. It is afterall human nature, but it told me nothing as where I work the guys buy knock-offs without a conscience. Their choice but let them crow about theft and I tell 'em that they are sponsoring it(not that I am a saint,either).Morals only apply to what we feel strongly about and drawing the captil letter "Q" on my forehead told me what type of person I am(as if I didn't know?).....Well it was 50/50 and we have to belong to a particular group anyways.
Prejudices too were scrutinised, making reservations at hotels and restuarants around the US, trying to find if they would serve Chinese people. Over the phone Wiseman received refusals on all bookings apart from one where he'd taken the Chinese couple to prior to the reservation. The person had remembered them as being cute.
As bookmakers balance the odds there is always the room for error and a documentary I watched recently about the Shroud of Turin confirmed how we
can be misled. An eminent scientist had examined a corner piece cut from the cloth. He carbon dated it to between 1200-1300's. This was to stand undisputed until the "Lunatic Fringe"(not a haircut but the nay-sayers), noticed that the cloth, under the microscope looked to be spliced. To the naked eye it was all one cloth but the skill of whoever had repaired it was remarkable. It turned out that the fabric spliced was from around 1400's, therefore negating the earlier dating of the sample.
We see what we want and disregard the rest, so to speak.