Nobody likes to be called a dummy by a dummy.

For all those who think we are computers

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/07/070725093605.htm - Resisting Peer Pressure: New Findings Shed Light On Adolescent Decision-making

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The capacity to resist peer pressure in early adolescence may depend on the strength of connections between certain areas of the brain, according to a study carried out by University of Nottingham researchers.

New findings suggest that enhanced connections across brain regions involved in decision-making may underlie an individual's ability to resist the influence of peers.
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Amazingly enough, the machine you run on actually impacts how you work, contrary to the we absolutely control everything crowd.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 25th, 2007 3:24pm
Just for the sake of being contrary to you I would argue that previous decisions are what reinforced and created those bonds and connections to begin with. So nyeh.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 25th, 2007 3:32pm
> I would argue that previous decisions

So there is no first step in the ladder.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 25th, 2007 3:36pm
Yes, and most men love women because it's reinforced through their fantasy.
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 25th, 2007 3:36pm
...nor complete forgiveness for stepping the wrong way.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 25th, 2007 3:36pm
Ahhh what lovely timing :)
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 25th, 2007 3:37pm
This tells me that resistance to peer-pressure is a learned behavior, as learning is the creation of new paths in the brain.
Permalink Send private email xampl 
July 25th, 2007 3:53pm
They speak of the capacity to resist it, but what of the tendency to follow it?

Humans have been a sort of pack/herd animal forever, right?
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 25th, 2007 3:57pm
> This tells me that resistance to peer-pressure is a learned behavior, as learning is the creation of new paths in the brain.

You can't learn what you brain isn't ready to learn yet. It's like saying a 2 year old calculus is just a learned behaviour. A 2 year old has a lot of infrastructure to lay down first before they are ready for that.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 25th, 2007 4:00pm
sop, you are amazing. You have answer for everything. You post these little posts of yours with no real comments other than "fascinating" and "interesting". Then when others have some real comments you shoot them down.
Permalink Cheers 
July 25th, 2007 5:51pm
That's why you should always start off simply criticizing whatever point is being made. If you can't criticize that, then attack the source. If that doesn't work, summon muppet to call her names.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 25th, 2007 6:14pm
Yup, it's Turtles, all the way down.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
July 25th, 2007 6:20pm
> You post these little posts of yours with no real comments other than "fascinating" and "interesting".

Sometimes I do sometimes I don't. If I don't have anything to say yet I think it's interesting I'll often post it. You always have a problem with that and I don't understand why.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 25th, 2007 7:39pm
"The capacity to resist peer pressure in early adolescence may depend on the strength of connections between certain areas of the brain, according to a study carried out by University of Nottingham researchers.

New findings suggest that enhanced connections across brain regions involved in decision-making may underlie an individual's ability to resist the influence of peers."

Let me translate:

Smart people who can think for themselves find it easier to resist going along with what other people tell them to think.

It took a research project to discover this?
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 25th, 2007 11:04pm
> Smart people who can think for themselves find it easier to resist going along with what other people tell them to think.


Neocons are pretty smart. Yet they line up like sheep to the slaughter. Try again.
Permalink son of parnas 
July 26th, 2007 12:23am
Neocons are those in charge.

Most "conservatives" only care about money.
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 26th, 2007 2:38am

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