[Fis] The Assymetry of Information

2009-11-12 Thread Joseph Brenner
Dear Colleagues, Here is a possible, and timely, FIS discussion topic: The refusal of large numbers of people, especially health professionals, to be vaccinated against H1/N1 flu poses the question of the information, if any, on which they base this decision. If one goes back to the beginning

Re: [Fis] The Assymetry of Information

2009-11-12 Thread Guy A Hoelzer
Hi Joseph, This is an interesting topic having to do specifically with the way humans process and weigh the validity of socially transmitted information. I would like to add entry order effects to the positive/negative bias you describe. I personally view cognition as a process that

Re: [Fis] The Assymetry of Information

2009-11-12 Thread Rafael Capurro
thanks Jo. I see an analogy (is it just an analogy?) between today's faith in science and the faith in religion of our ancestors. In both cases the system that is supposed to give right, legitimate and timely information has unsurmountable limits but faith does not like such kind of

[Fis] The Assymetry of Information

2009-11-12 Thread Michel Petitjean
Faith in religion, faith in science, faith in information media, etc. But let us consider that in a rough chronological order: - Millenaries ago and still now: what is written is true because it is written (well, some milenaries ago most people were unable to read) - It is written in a book so it

[Fis] Fwd: Re: The Assymetry of Information

2009-11-12 Thread ssalthe
---BeginMessage--- Joseph -- This sounds like a case for Game Theory, a topic that I find too tedious to explore myself! More 'realistically', I think that personality traits decide such things. In my case, I would gradually tend to lean in one direction, and this leaning will grow until