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6 articles to recommend: Social collapse (!); Elite competition; Why people use jargon

How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart? [NYT]
Social complexity, he argues, is inevitably subject to diminishing marginal returns. It costs more and more, in other words, while producing smaller and smaller profits. “It’s a classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’ situation,” Tainter says. You’re “running faster and faster to stay in the same place.”
Animal Ethics and Evolutionary Psychology – 10 ideas [source]
Dogs aren’t just cuter to us; they’re also cuter to wolves themselves! In one study a wolf mother was given two different litters to foster, one with wolf puppies and one with dog puppies: The foster-mother wolf was… more nurturant with the Malamute pups than with the wolf pups.
For Learners: 50 Beautiful Japanese Words & Phrases Pt. 7 [source]
Natsukashii = Nostalgia/Nostalgic
懐かしい
Literally, this word means “nostalgic” and is an adjective. But, this carries a lot more meaning and emotion to the Japanese. People don’t normally blurt out “oh, how nostalgic” in English, because no-one likes nostalgia. It’s seen as negative. For the Japanese, it’s something that brings back memories and warms the heart.
Intra-Elite Competition: A Key Concept for Understanding the Dynamics of Complex Societies [source]
A great expansion in the numbers of elite aspirants means that increasingly large numbers of them are frustrated, and some of those, the more ambitious and ruthless ones, turn into counter-elites. In other words, masses of frustrated elite aspirants become breeding grounds for radical groups and revolutionary movements.
10 ideas from Good Reasons for Bad Feelings – Insights from the Frontier of Evolutionary Psychiatry [source]
The German psychologist Jutta Heckhausen… studied a group of childless middle-aged women who were still hoping to have a baby. As they approached menopause, their emotional distress became more and more intense. But after menopause those who gave up their hope for pregnancy lost their depression symptoms. The irony is deep: hope is often at the root of depression.
People Use Jargon To Make Up For Their Low Standing In A Group [source]
Overall then, the work suggests that jargon use is “a novel form of status compensation”, allowing people to make up for their low status through their language choices. It’s obviously not the only reason that people use jargon, but is one that hadn’t previously been considered.

Trinidad & Tobago 2020. Vehicle market still down 34.8% , while Nissan closely follows the leader Toyota
Friday November 13, 2020

Trinidad and Tobago car market in 2020 is heavily burdened by the restrictions to prevent the spread of infections, in fact, in September the market is still down 42.1% with 702 units sold, leading Year to Date sales at 7.201 units (-34.8%). Toyota remains the leader but is closely followed by Nissan. Economic Environment The […]

Bermuda 2020. Kia’s leadership is reinforced in a market still down 27.8%
Friday November 13, 2020

Bermuda vehicles market in 2020 is still recovering slowly from the drop experienced in Q2 and July. Indeed, in September 102 units were sold (-14.3%), leading Year to Date sales at 773 units (-27.8%). Kia holds 27.3% share, followed in the distance by Toyota (15.9%). Economic Environment As with most islands, the major turning point […]

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