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Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 1) 205

I said in several of my posts I was not talking about insanity. Now I know you are not reading what I wrote. You are assuming what I wrote. I am not talking about being insane or having a mental illness. I was saying that having too much money affects people's thinking and behavior in negative ways. I wanted you to provide citations that purport that having huge sums of money does not affect people's reasoning, empathy, risk taking, etc. My original question was why do many really rich people seem to lose touch with reality and start saying and believing absurd things.

Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 1) 205

You can make your points without reference to me personally, and you know it. Yes, you did start with sarcasm and I accept your apology. I was not trying to be condescending, and I don't think I was. The topic I brought up was why do so many rich people seem to have trouble with reality. I fully understand that many regular (non-wealthy) people have a very poor grip on reality. But you would think that highly successful people with more money than God might be more rational. My contention, and you have provided no evidence to the contrary, is that they often seem to have less of a grip on reality than average people. Take a look at the book 'Dark Money" by Jane Mayer about the Koch family. Clearly, the money had a big effect on their view of the world and their thinking capabilities.

And believe me, your description of how the brain works is not from any neuroscientists that I have read. In fact, there is no single theory of how the brain functions from a single source. You need to read many, many papers from many sources to even come to a vague notion of how the brain functions. I would be happy to have a fuller discussion with you on that if you are interested. For example, what is your take on the so-called default mode of brain activity and the circuits involved? I would be very interested to hear your opinions on it.

Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 1) 205

I am a neuroscientist by trade and your description of the brain functioning is not particularly accurate nor helpful for the discussion. I was talking about the growing body of scientific literature that shows that money has negative effects on human cognition, everything from risk assessment and risk taking, to empathy toward others. I also maintain that it allows people to live in a fact free bubble even more easily than it is for people of modest means to be fact free. What I don't understand is why you need to keep bringing me into the discussion. Clearly you can't just discuss something without showing your irritation with others who disagree.

Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 0) 205

Finally! On topic and useful input. The lack of reality checks is probably key. Rich people are surrounded by yes men and women, and don't get challenged like most people do on a regular basis. Even some people here at /. don't want anything bad said about rich people. So between the lack of being challenged on stupid or crazy ideas, along with the narcissism and egos, you have a recipe for delusional or irrational thinking. I don't think they are crazy, I think their thinking abilities have been skewed by too much money, too much power, too little honest input from those around them and too much free time. Like Musk's hyperloop. It just isn't practical for sending people from one place to another, just to get their a little faster. What is so horrible about sitting on a high speed train for 2 or 3 hours.

Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 1) 205

You and the others have provided no proof for your statements. I already gave links, and could give many more that show that money affects people's thinking, their behavior towards others, their empathy and their decision making. These effects are well documented. You and the others only comment was that I had selection bias. You will never win a debate with that approach. You certainly haven't won this debate. So instead of talking about me, how about you talk about the effects or lack thereof of money on people's behavior and reasoning? Nah, you ain't got nothing. Prove me wrong and show me all those citations you have lined up that indicate that money does not have any deleterious effects on people's brains or behavior.

Comment Re:Shield (+Meds) (Score 1) 186

The best options for now in my opinion are for people to stay in Earth orbit most of the time, and enjoy the nice magnetic bubble shield. Robots with telepresence can do the work further out until scientists and engineers get a handle on being in interplanetary space for long periods. For very long distance travel they really will need the spinning ring around a central core to provide artificial gravity, and that is going to make a big ship. Without the gravity people will lose bone and muscle mass even with various exercise regimes. We evolved with gravity as an essential aspect of life, and you really can't live properly without it. So for long distances and long flight times we need artificial gravity and full shielding in at least the parts of the ship where people spend their time. Dosimeters of some type will probably be useful.

Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 1) 205

Citations please. The research I have read indicates that lots of money makes people less empathic, less social and more irrational. And I was not talking about mental illness as you know, I was talking about delusional thinking. But go ahead and defend wealthy people without offering any information or citations.

Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 1) 205

And considering how much information is out there about how money affects people's behavior and rationality, I think my case is strong.





Comment Re:Why does being rich and famous... (Score 0) 205

Well, considering how many stories there have been about rich people showing signs of delusion, I am sticking with my point. You can't say I have selection bias based on no information whatsoever. That is off topic completely and you know it. Now Musk and Bezos say they are going to have a personal race to Mars. Again, it sounds delusional to me. Oh, sorry, that must just be selection bias. There is a strong tendency among some posters at /. to complain about the commenter, and bring up selection bias or the Dunning Kruger effect rather that sticking to the point of the discussion. I know it makes some people feel superior to say such things, but it is just a soft form of ad hominem, and it shows you have nothing to say about the actual discussion..

Comment Re:radiation is the big stumbling block (Score 1) 186

So maybe a double jacket would work. I am not an engineer, I am a neuroscientist, so I worry about the brain, and protecting that. I would never go to Mars myself unless there was full shielding against all significant radiation damage. I understand there are lots of people who wouldn't care because they think they can take it and survive, but the increased cancer risk and potential for brain damage should worry everyone.

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