Monday, 22 June 2015

Linkage on science and freedom


GCHQ uses behavioural science to manipulate the public.

Richard Thaler writes "nudge for good" when he signs his book. Unfortunately, the bad guys have no incentive to follow that advice. It is sad when psychological science is used by unaccountable state securocrats as a source of human weaknesses to exploit.

A book by an academic who works in China saying that meritocracy beats democracy.

As non-Western democracies invest more in education, they are likely to be selective buyers of   research. Social scientists in democracy overwhelmingly favour democracy. It will be interesting to see what happens to social scientists in autocracies.