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Pharrell's observation on Ferguson

http://www.dailydot.com/technology/police-body-cam-ferguson/?fb=dd

As this article argues, at the very minimum body cameras should be worn by the police. They will definitely help to dilute the cops' confrontational mode which is highly toxic to aggressive young black males.

More important I think is to follow up on Pharrell's astute comment in Ebony. This means getting a better understanding of the biosocial variables in the inner city.

Michael Brown was at a convenience store stealing cigarillos before he was killed. But Pharrell says he was upset when he saw the way Brown was acting towards the owner.

“It looked very bully-ish,” he said. “That in itself I had a problem with. Not with the kid, but with whatever happened in his life for him to arrive at a place where that behavior is OK. Why aren’t we talking about that?” 

People quckly misread this to mean a criticism of Michael Brown when it is just the reverse. The fault lies with the community and family-- a particular kind of…

More on national cultural differences affecting behavior

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The case against labeling and medicating children, and effective alternatives for treating them by Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

Why French Kids Don't Have ADHD French children don't need medications to control their behavior. Published on March 8, 2012 by Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. in Suffer the ChildrenPsychology Today

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A virus has been discovered that affects cognitive abilities in healthy people

THE INDEPENDENT

BEN TUFFT http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/virus-that-makes-humans-more-stupid-discovered-9849920.html
Sunday 09 November 2014
A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US.
The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness. 
Scientists at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the University of Nebraska stumbled upon the discovery when they were undertaking an unrelated study into throat microbes.

Surprisingly, the researchers found DNA in the throats of healthy individuals that matched the DNA of a virus known to infect green algae.
Dr Robert Yolken, a virologist who led the original study, said: “This is a striking example showing that the ‘innocuous’ microorganisms we carry can affect behaviour and cognition.

“Many physiological differences between person A and person B are encoded in the set of genes each i…

Universal vs. cultural context

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