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Western society is WEIRD 
From: "Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah" <rmslade () shaw ca>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:20:26 -0800
(We have the OT indicator to say that something is off topic. This isn't, because
ethics and sociology is part of our profession, but it is a fairly narrow area of
interest for most. We don't have a subject-line indicator for that :-)
This article, and the associated paper
( http://www2.psych.ubc.ca/~henrich/pdfs/Weird_People_BBS_final02.pdf ), are
extremely interesting in many respects. The challenge to whole fields of social
factors (which are vital to proper management of security) has to be addressed.
We are undoubtedly designing systems based on a fundamentally flawed
understanding of the one constant factor in our systems: people.
(I suppose that, as long as the only people we interact with are WEIRD 
westerners, we are OK. Maybe this is why we are flipping out at the thought of
(I was particularly interested in the effects of culture on actual physical
perception, which we have been taught is hard wired.)
 - WEIRD, in the context of the paper, stands for Western, Educated,
Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic societies
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- Western society is WEIRD  Rob, grandpa of Ryan, Trevor, Devon & Hannah (Feb 26)