Tag: cultural evolution

Vaccine hesitancy is not correlated with social media penetration at country-level in Europe

Alberto Acerbi , June 20th, 2019


The Wellcome Trust has recently (yesterday) released the 2018 Global Monitor, a 140,000 people survey on how ‘people around the world think and feel about science and major…


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The ordeal simulation hypothesis

Alberto Acerbi , June 6th, 2019


You have probably heard the adagio that “man bites dog”, and not “dog bites man”, makes for a good piece of news: unusual, exceptional, events are better stories…


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Is cultural evolution “neoliberal”?

Alberto Acerbi , May 9th, 2019


I have been involved, over the weekend, in a small twitter debate on the old question of whether anthropology should use qualitative or quantitative methodologies. The debate was…


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Morgue employee cremated by mistake while taking a nap

Alberto Acerbi , February 15th, 2019


Online misinformation, fake news, false news, hoaxes, you name it, has been blamed for almost everything bad happening in the last years, from the success of Trump to…


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Keep calm and trust the algorithm?

Alberto Acerbi , October 19th, 2018


There is a joke among pilots—of course, I never heard any pilot actually saying the joke, but I found it online in plenty of commentaries about automation—according to…


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Cognitive attraction and online misinformation

Alberto Acerbi , October 11th, 2018


Next month, I will give two talks – or two versions of the same talk – on “Cognitive attraction and online misinformation”. One will be in Den Bosch…


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Did Einstein really say that?

Alberto Acerbi , September 19th, 2018


The phenomenon of online diffusion of misattributed quotes is so widespread that got its own dedicated meme. You may have seen a picture of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th…


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A quick update on the Journal of Cultural Evolution

Alberto Acerbi , June 18th, 2018


Apparently, June is the month I write a blog post about the “Journal of Cultural Evolution” (or whatever will be its name) project, so I will keep the tradition…


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Why do people not leave Facebook?

Alberto Acerbi , May 1st, 2018


Last week – April 25 – Facebook posted the 2018 first-quarter data on revenues and users (here the original post from Facebook.) The perhaps unexpected take-home message is…


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