Despite temperate weather, low unemployment and high per-capita GDP, a new Gallup poll marks Singapore as the least outwardly emotional country in the world, beating what some regard as the traditionally humorless nations of Eastern Europe.
When the term human nature gets thrown around, it’s sometimes used in a derisive fashion, as if to boil all the complex motivations, biological drives and psychological quirks that comprise our makeup down to some simplistic, base formula. However, there are some who might cast the concept in a brighter light. ... (continued)
Humans may be susceptible to methods of persuasion that play on the emotions and circumvent logic, but computers are another story. Enter a software program that purports to detect “spin” in politicians’ speeches by using a complex (albeit man-made) algorithm to hunt for truth-stretching words and phrases.