Culture of Poverty

Culture of poverty

Culture of Poverty - The Daily Concept
Culture of Poverty – The Daily Concept

This concept in social theory states that pauper people are most probable stuck to a cycle of poverty unless some outside intervention happens.  According to anthropologist Oscar Lewis the poor develop aspirations, a character, a worldview and mechanics that tend to perpetuate their status.

Newer research typically rejects the idea that whether people are poor can be explained by their values.

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Free Will in Theology

Free Will in Theology

When it comes to the ongoing debate related to free will, religions don’t have a satisfactory explanation for the paradox of the free will, a paradox that arises from the contradiction between an omniscient god that is everywhere, knows everything, present and future, and free will.

The Daily Concept - Free Will in Theology
The Daily Concept – Free Will in Theology

In the Roman Catholic religion for example, it is considered that free will co-exists with grace, that God’s plan of predestination includes each person’s response to his grace. The will can resist grace if it chooses.

It’s interesting that while religion advertises free will, modern science is beginning to show that we might actually have a limited free will capacity or even no free will at all. Maybe free will is something that humans need to believe in, free will is freedom at it’s core, without such a freedom what kind of creatures are we?

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Canmethod

We can see from the rising levels of obesity across populations all over the globe that people don’t really like healthy food. “Salad?” “Yuck!”, “Cake?” “Thumbs up!!!”. Since people don’t like healthy food, one of the research themes of psychologists and consumer psychologists in particular is how to get these people to eat more healthy food. And this is where the Canmethod comes in handy.

Forget the Canmethod. Eat what you want. Bon apetit!
Forget the Canmethod. Eat what you want. Bon apetit!

The C.A.N. acronym comes from Convenient, Attractive, Normal. Therefore, food must be convenient, attractive and normal in order to fool all those cake-eating persons into eating the disgusting salad. For example, a bowl of salad must be visible and easy to reach (convenient) – because the cake-eaters don’t like consuming too many calories by moving, nicely displayed (attractive) – cake-eaters are attracted like fireflies to bright. shinny colors, and it should look like a good choice (normal) – Good choice?! Yuck!.

 

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Summer Chills

At the beginning of this month I wrote about the Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), a term with a lot of sophisticated words used to describe a common feeling of tingling that starts from the top of the head and continues down the spine. We all know and experienced that feeling, I don’t think that there is a person that haven’t, but only few of us know the scientific term for it.

Where I’m trying to get is here: I’ve also experienced in the past, as a matter of fact not long ago, during a run a few days ago, and most probably will experience this sensation in the future. I don’t know exactly how it’s called, didn’t found out the scientific term for it yet, if there is one. I searched and didn’t found anything relevant, if you know what I’m talking about and know more details than I do, feel free to send a comment. I can only describe it: I feel this sensation only during hot days, usually summer, the scenario is this: it’s hot outside, I go outside for a walk or a run, I heat up, start sweating, start feeling hotter and hotter and then, suddenly, I feel a chill and feel like I’m cooling down – only that it seems like a fake cooling, I don’t think I actually cooling down.

Cowboy chilling in the desert
Cowboy chilling in the desert

From what I found, the explanation for this phenomenon could be this one: when you overheat the blood retreats from the extremities and your skin, the blood vessels constrict. When the warm blood starts retreating from the skin it causes the skin to “cool off’. This is what I’ve found so far, it might be a body feature designed by evolution to deal with heat. I just named it “summer chills”.

 

Symbolic Self-completion Theory

Symbolic Self-completion Theory

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The Daily Concept – Symbolic Self-completion Theory

This theory states that people tend to acquire and display symbols that are strongly related to what they perceive as being the ideal self. For example, men who want to appear more manly and macho might be interested in acquiring products associated with manliness, a sports car, a watch, a cologne. We can see the theory of symbolic self-completion used in marketing and advertising, Axe and Old Spice two immediate examples that come to mind.

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