Odds and Sods

An occasional collection of interesting material that I don’t have time to comment on.

  • Does having a good wash make you more likely to commit unethical acts?  Some recent research may suggest that “[p]hysical purification … produces a more relaxed attitude to morality.”
  • And talking of unethical acts, the New York Times has a useful survey of how people used modern technology to stay in touch and informed during the Mumbai attacks.
  • A country’s adoption of technology around 1500 CE is a good predictor of current economic development, say some researchers, taking the direct lineage of today’s economies back before both the colonial expansion and the industrial revolution.

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