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What is one thing that must be experienced to believe or understand? Why? | Fred Landis's answer

What is one thing that must be experienced to believe or understand? Why? | Fred Landis's answer | Social Mechanics | Scoop.it

Applause. Deafening applause from large crowd.

"I still sing because I love the sound of applause, because it is who I am, and because I still can." -- Brenda Lee

People are more likely to admit to being addicted to drugs than applause.

Michael Jackson's brother said recently that Michael got so high from the applause he could not sleep for days.

Applause is as corrupting as power.

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If you loan someone money but they stiff you, are you entitled to be angry with them? | Ian MacBean's answer

If you loan someone money but they stiff you, are you entitled to be angry with them? | Ian MacBean's answer | Social Mechanics | Scoop.it

"If you loan a friend $20 and you never hear from them again, it was worth it."...

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How can I become influential? | Keith Rabois's answer

How can I become influential? | Keith Rabois's answer | Social Mechanics | Scoop.it
  • Accomplish something extraordinary
  • Develop world-class expertise on an interesting topic
  • Express prescient insights
  • Become indispensable in helping others accomplish their ambitions
  • Succinctly distill complicated concepts into pithy expressions
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Notes from The Tipping Point

Notes from The Tipping Point | Social Mechanics | Scoop.it

Individuals can have 3 distinct roles in the spread of a message:

  • connectors: they are a social glue and help the message spread
  • mavens: they provide the message, and are the experts who know the specifics
  • salesmen: they help the spread of the message by persuading unconvinced people
While humans feel that they are always in control of their inner states - as preferences and emotions - they are actually powerfully and imperceptibly influenced by seemingly trivial external individual influence.
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Answer Comments - Quora

"It is super important to realize the effect that reliability has on friendships and all social relationships. In some degree lack of punctuality stems from deficient Theory of Mind and lack of Empathy. It is really important to learn to align what you do and what you say: Integrity. If you know that you tend to run late, let your appointment know that."

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Jackie Kennedy, Susan Sontag, Angela Davis in Paris: Alice Kaplan’s Dreaming in French, reviewed.

Jackie Kennedy, Susan Sontag, Angela Davis in Paris: Alice Kaplan’s Dreaming in French, reviewed. | Social Mechanics | Scoop.it

Sontag claims that a camera is like a passport into people's private lives; that you grant them importance by taking their photographs, so they let you right in.

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How can I become influential? | Daniel Shi's answer

How can I become influential? | Daniel Shi's answer | Social Mechanics | Scoop.it

"Your name is your most valuable asset."

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Your Looks and Your Inbox « OkTrends

Your Looks and Your Inbox « OkTrends | Social Mechanics | Scoop.it
  • men rate women visual attractiveness on a very clear normal distribution
  • women on average skew their distribution to the left: according to women, most men look unattractive
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Ideas Illustrated » Blog Archive » Notes from the Margin: The Tipping Point

  • Social epidemics: a meme is an infectious idea that spreads through a population like a virus or a disease. 
  • The Broken Windows Theory: small positive changes in the urban environment can have a large effect on social behavior.
  • The Rule of 150: social channel capacity is the natural limit of close relationships among humans, which appears to be approximately 150 people. Above this number, it becomes difficult to keep track of all the relationships.
  • Maven traps: these are methods of identifying and communicating with people who (perhaps obsessively) accumulate knowledge about very specific things. 
  • Law of Plentitude: the value of an individual node in a network starts at zero when there is only one node and increases exponentially with the addition of each node.
  • Network nuisance costs: as the number of messages increase, people become more selective (through the use of filters) so they don’t become overwhelmed. This increased selectivity involves a greater dependence on personal connections and trusted advisers.
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Trophy Yogis | New York Post - NYPOST.com

Trophy Yogis | New York Post - NYPOST.com | Social Mechanics | Scoop.it

Transferring emotions onto someone who makes you feel better about yourself is nothing new: People fall for their shrinks, obstetricians and trainers all the time.


Kelly Morris, who teaches at the Shala near Union Square, understands the attraction. "I think everyone is turned on in a great yoga class, moving around, breathing heavy," she says. "You are touching their bodies. It can quickly devolve into some sort of sweat orgy."

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