TRC #641: Dangers Of High Density Crowds + Memes: Conspiracies Or Clickbait? + ‘Rationality’ By Steven Pinker

Cristina delves into the fascinating yet terrifying science of high density crowds in light of the recent Astroworld music festival tragedy. Adam takes a closer look behind popular memes. Are they data mining, pushing elaborate conspiracy theories, or just plain old clickbait? Darren gives us a great overview of Steven Pinker’s latest book “Rationality”, which explores the concept of collective rationality in society.

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Dangers Of High Density Crowd

Travis Scott Astroworld Festival Tragedy: Everything We Know

YouTube: How Crowds Can Kill You

YouTube – Crowd Safety – Oasis concert

YouTube: Managing The Masses

Big Crowds Flow Like Water in Amazing (and Terrifying) Ways | Psychology Today Canada

Astroworld Festival joins a list of historical concert tragedies

These are the warning signs that a crowd is dangerously dense

Niall Horan stress about fan’s safety a stark reminder following Astroworld tragedy

Travis Scott Made $20 Million Off of His Meal Deal With McDonald’s – Eater.

Travis Scott – Wikipedia

Memes: Conspiracies Or Clickbait?

How Cute Cats Help Spread Misinformation Online – The New York Times

Do National Son’s Day and National Daughter’s Day Even Exist? – Truth or Fiction?

National Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day – February 5, 2022

National Hammock Day – July 22, 2022 – National Today

Massive “I Love America” Facebook page, pushing pro-Trump propaganda, is run by Ukrainians – Popular Information

Facebook takes action against ‘I Love America’ network – Sky Island Scriber

How to make money on Facebook – Moovly

How Can I Make Money on Facebook? – Facebook

‘Rationality’ By Steven Pinker

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

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4 Responses to TRC #641: Dangers Of High Density Crowds + Memes: Conspiracies Or Clickbait? + ‘Rationality’ By Steven Pinker

  1. Bob Dog says:

    Stuart, I know you live in the Boulder area….are you ok? The fires looked terrifying,

  2. Much as I like and admire Steven Pinker, esp. “The Sense of Style,” I’m not at all clear why “Rationality” is getting so much praise and attention. Disclosure, I haven’t read the book but I did attend a one-hour Zoom meeting where he presented the book in a slide show, and I’ve also read reviews. My reluctance to endorse the book is that it really sounds like it would make a first-rate required-reading high school textbook, but the main theme seems to be that “being rationale is good.” As Darren points out, he didn’t learn much from the book that he didn’t already know…and that’s exactly what I got out of Pinker’s otherwise excellent slide show. Yes, it was great to be reminded of the names of various fallacies and see examples but we don’t need another primer telling us how important it is to think rationally—that is, “why it matters.”

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