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How Poverty Taxes the Brain - Emily Badger

How Poverty Taxes the Brain - Emily Badger
Human mental bandwidth is finite. You’ve probably experienced this before (though maybe not in those terms): When you’re lost in concentration trying to solve a problem like a broken computer, you’re more likely to neglect other tasks, things like remembering to take the dog for a walk, or picking your kid up from school. This is why people who use cell phones behind the wheel actually perform worse as drivers. It’s why air traffic controllers focused on averting a mid-air collision are less likely to pay attention to other planes in the sky. We only have so much cognitive capacity to spread around. It's a scarce resource. This understanding of the brain’s bandwidth could fundamentally change the way we think about poverty. The finding further undercuts the theory that poor people, through inherent weakness, are responsible for their own poverty – or that they ought to be able to lift themselves out of it with enough effort. This picture of cognitive bandwidth looks different. Related:  Poverty

Top 10 Subtler Forms of Discrimination Humans While society has not completely discarded racism, sexism and homophobia, at least there’s some public awareness of those issues; other forms of discrimination occur every day and are recognized only by the victims. While we praise our open-mindedness on the ‘big’ issues, could we still be harboring unfair—and perhaps unconscious—prejudices against friends and neighbors? Submitted for your approval are 10 Subtler Forms of Discrimination, and it might open your eyes a bit. NOTE: I’m not the subtlest of human beings. Bias against bald people started early. The 20th century’s youth-obsessed culture viewed baldness as old age incarnate, and fueled a billion dollar hair care and restoration industry. But, there is hope. So bald men can be sexy now. We could be going faster, but we’re headed (groan) in the right direction. So having hair solves all your problems, right? Think again. That’s not happening. Las Vegas Assemblyman Richard Segerblom cites Ms. This isn’t conjecture.

New Study finds that individuals with Asperger’s Syndrome don’t lack empathy – in fact if anything they empathize too much | seventhvoice Art work by Aegis Mario S. Nevado “A ground-breaking theory suggests people with autism-spectrum disorders such as Asperger’s do not lack empathy – rather, they feel others’ emotions too intensely to cope.” “People with Asperger’s syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, are often stereotyped as distant loners or robotic geeks. This idea resonates with many people suffering from autism-spectrum disorders and their families. “I can walk into a room and feel what everyone is feeling,” Kamila Markram says. Virtually all people with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, report various types of over-sensitivity and intense fear. If hearing your parents’ voices while sitting in your crib felt like listening to Lou Reed‘s Metal Machine Music on acid, you, too, might prefer to curl in a corner and rock. But, of course, this sort of withdrawal and self-soothing behaviour – repetitive movements; echoing words or actions; failing to make eye contact – interferes with social development. Like this:

Poverty, Unemployment, Enriching the Few: The 2008 Economic Crisis and the Restructuring of Class Relations in America The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis released a report Friday showing that, after adjusting for inflation, the average US household has recovered only 45 percent of the wealth it lost during the 2008 crash. This undermines claims that the US is experiencing an “economic recovery,” and points to the vast effects of the collapse in home values, falling wages, and mass unemployment. After noting that 62 percent of the increase in aggregate wealth since 2009 has come from increasing share values—which are overwhelmingly owned by the rich—the report notes with understatement, “Considering the uneven recovery of wealth across households, a conclusion that the financial damage of the crisis and recession largely has been repaired is not justified.” A principal factor in the collapse of household wealth beginning in 2007 was the collapse of the housing market bubble. Even the St. Now, the ruling class has turned to cutting social services that keep millions out of poverty.

Dating with Asperger’s There are two things you should know about me: 1. I have autism. 2. There is more of a connection between these two things than you might think. Of course, one of the twists of having AS is that you tend to develop an outsider’s perspective on social rules in general, and the world of dating is no exception. 1. I recently had a conversation with a friend who commented that people with AS should “just use common sense” when navigating the dating scene. While the merely awkward are at least subconsciously aware of these variables when they’re engaged in an interaction, someone with AS is wired to assume that (a) if someone finds us attractive, they will directly and immediately state it from the get-go and (b) they would want us to do likewise. 2. There is a great quote by Bertrand Russell that helps illustrate what I mean: Couldn’t exactly persuade one of my exes to be included here, so my close friend Samantha had to do. This isn’t to say that there is no hope if you have AS.

Unemployment and Poverty in America: 75 Economic Numbers From 2012 that are Almost too Crazy to Believe… Unemployment and Poverty in America: 75 Economic Numbers From 2012 that are Almost too Crazy to Believe… By The Economic Collapse Blog December 22, 2012 "Economic Collapse Blog" -- What a year 2012 has been! The mainstream media continues to tell us what a “great job” the Obama administration and the Federal Reserve are doing of managing the economy, but meanwhile things just continue to get even worse for the poor and the middle class. It is imperative that we educate the American people about the true condition of our economy and about why all of this is happening. If nothing is done, our debt problems will continue to get worse, millions of jobs will continue to leave the country, small businesses will continue to be suffocated, the middle class will continue to collapse, and poverty in the United States will continue to explode. The end of the year is a time when people tend to gather with family and friends more than they do during the rest of the year. Bush Sr.: 11.3 Obama: 7.8

Attachment Style What is your attachment style? These surveys are designed to measure your attachment style--the way you relate to others in the context of close relationships. There are two surveys you can take. Survey Option A This survey is designed to provide you with in-depth information about your attachment style and your personality. Survey Option B This survey provides a quick assessment of your attachment style. States see more poverty among children, unemployed States saw little relief from poverty in the past year, especially among children, the unemployed and those in the lowest income brackets. The latest Census figures show that 17 states had increases in the number of people living in poverty between 2010 and 2011. Only one state, Vermont, showed a decrease; the other 32 states showed no change. While the national poverty rate has remained steady at 15.9%, the latest Census data show pockets of increases by geography and among various demographic groups. "The problem is high unemployment," says Chuck Sheketoff, executive director of the Oregon Center for Public Policy. Oregon's poverty rate was 17.5% in 2011, a 1.7 point increase from the year before. It was one of 27 states with an increase in the number of unemployed people who became poor as more longterm jobless Americans exhausted their unemployment insurance. "To lose your job is awful, but to experience two years of unemployment," he says.

EdX Justice For questions on course lectures, homework, tools, or materials for this course, post in the course discussion forum. Have general questions about edX? You can find lots of helpful information in the edX FAQ. Have a question about something specific? You can contact the edX general support team directly: Please note: The edX support team is English speaking. Thank you for your inquiry or feedback. The High Cost of Care For the first time in our history, we are devoting the entire feature section of the magazine to a single story by one writer: a powerful examination of America's health care costs. The 24,105-word story, reported and written by Steve Brill, inverts the standard question of who should pay for health care and asks instead, Why are we paying so much? Why do we spend nearly 20% of our gross domestic product on health care, twice as much as most other developed countries, which get the same or better health outcomes? One answer is that health care is a seller's market and we're all buyers--buyers with little knowledge and no ability to negotiate. Brill, the founder of Court TV and American Lawyer and the CEO of Journalism Online, is one of America's premier--and most dogged--journalists. If the piece has a villain, it's something you've probably never heard of: the chargemaster, the mysterious internal price list for products and services that every hospital in the U.S. keeps.