Below, we’ve posted titles and a brief quotation from some of the Situationist news over the last several weeks.
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“Humans are hardwired to feel another person’s pain. But they may feel less innate empathy if the other person’s skin color doesn’t match their own, a new study suggests. When people say “I feel your pain,” they usually just mean that they understand what you’re going through. But neuroscientists have discovered that we literally feel each other’s pain (sort of).” Read more . . .
From Wired Science: “Eyewitness Account of ‘Watershed’ Brain Scan Legal Hearing”
“The very first federal admissibility hearing for fMRI lie-detection evidence wrapped up May 14 in a Tennessee court room. The decision, expected in a couple weeks, could have a significant influence on the direction that brain scan evidence takes in the courtroom.” Read more . . .
From The New York Times: “For Crime, Is Anatomy Destiny?”
“Poverty, greed, anger, jealousy, pride, revenge. These are the usual suspects when it comes to discussing the causes of crime. In recent years, however, economists have started to investigate a different explanation for criminal activity: physical attributes.” Read more . . .
From The Globe and Mail: “Tobacco marketing lures Chinese women”
“The tobacco companies have recently started to more vigorously target women in their advertising campaigns, associating smoking with fashion and liberation, said the 2010 China Tobacco Control Report, released Friday by the Tobacco Control Office of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.” Read more . . .