Friday Picks for Weekend Reading

November 2, 2012

I. Science ♥’s debate at HUS, so keep it coming. Echo chambers make you stupid and ignorant:

“Those who talk about politics seduction and relationships with people they see [online] often, and whom they value, are likely to be exposed to the political arguments of their close contacts often,” the researchers write. Their evidence suggests this dynamic leads to increased political polarization, and ultimately weakens our ability to deliberate on and coherently discuss the issues of the day. 

II. Cads aren’t better looking, they’re just vain.

This study provides the first experimental evidence that dark personalities construct appearances that act as social lures—possibly facilitating their cunning social strategies.

It turns out that when you put them in sweats, slick their hair back, remove facial hair and wipe the smirks away, they’re no hotter than anyone else. (It holds for female sociopaths too.)

III. A former PUA asks whether his promiscuity has destroyed his husband potential. The answer? He hopes not, but it’s complicated. 

IV. A ladykiller shares his secrets. With women. Never tell a man when you’ll have sex with him. 


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