What was the most successful medical program in human history? Here's a hint: It began with a counterintuitive, non-linear solution. Yet, social mood at present suggests that counterintuitive thinking is short supply, in helping to solve a current, huge health crisis.
This past week in the news has been like 40 gallons of crazy compressed into a 20-gallon tank. It's too much to keep up with. It's like you want to slap the next person who says "I've never seen this before," except … you keep hearing yourself say that. Consider the role of social mood, and the idea that "extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
Elections open the doors and windows for the expression of social mood -- those expressions are obviously specific to the moment, yet "elections have consequences" into the future as well.
Populism, nationalism, anti-establishment sentiment and the like have been unfolding before our eyes around the world. It's really, really important to understand the trend.
It was the one year in the 20th century that the United States population actually decreased in size. Several mood-driven events intersected to create a catastrophic outcome. The question is, what have we learned?...
Allow me to state the obvious: Nobody is ever not surprised.
So: The important follow-up question is, "How often are you surprised?"
A working knowledge of social mood trends really does reduce the element of "surprise" in how you read the news -- and see the world.
The public loves portrayals of vigilante justice. Memorable vigilantes are sometimes a ‘good guy,’ other times they are … something else. Why? Where did those characters come from? Are there ever ‘good guy’ vigilantes in the real world? These great questions get great answers in this episode of Pop Trends, Prices Culture.
This week is a change of pace: The subject title might seem overstated, but it's not. It describes the all-too-serious special report in our just-published study by The Socionomist.
It's easy to ignore information that contradicts what you think you know. Yet it's hard later on to find out that the information was right -- and that you were mistaken. We've all been there, and most of us try to learn from our mistakes. But: you can't say that you're "learning from a mistake" if you have information you know is correct and choose to ignore it…