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A famous 1970s experiment was recently replicated, revealing what it takes for us to question and resist those in positions of authority. ... The best hope people have of resisting an oppressive system is to validate their experiences alongside other people. There is no more basic antidote to authoritarianism than support, solidarity and community.

2009-02-12

 psychology torture Milgram experiment obedience authority resistance
Darwinian natural selection could help halt human "mad cow disease", experts say after finding a tribe impervious to a related fatal brain disorder...
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It was back in 2001 that the narrative for America's hunt for the al-Qaeda leader became strewn with Wild West imagery. George W Bush's call for Bin Laden to be caught "dead or alive" mimicked the posters of the old Hollywood westerns, while borderland Pakistan became the Old West reincarnated in the minds of many commentators. Bin Laden was referred to by one as a "21st-Century Geronimo, trying to elude the US...

2011-05-03

 Geronimo Osama bin Laden USA Apache native American Wild West George W. Bush resistance
Worms forced to reproduce asexually succumbed to a nasty bacterial infection and died. The researchers say the results are the most convincing evidence to date for a key theory in evolutionary biology. The theory holds that sex evolved because it lets organisms reshuffle their genes into new combinations to stay a step ahead of parasites.

2011-07-08

 worm sex reproduction evolution asexual cloning biology parasite resistance
The Lulz Security hacking group that has claimed attacks on high-profile targets including the CIA and Sony in recent weeks has exclusively told the BBC's Newsnight programme that it wants to target the "higher ups" who write the rules and "bring them down a few notches"...

2011-06-24

 hacking ethics security Internet politics oppression resistance