Stuff to look at – August to November part 4

Here’s part 4 of 4 of my August to November Facebook links!



Adam Ford ( Comics


  • Batman vs. Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock knows all!
  • Facebook History of the World. This presents a very European view of history, but it’s interesting nonetheless.
  • The Histomap. Four Thousand Years Of World History. Relative Power Of Contemporary States, Nations and Empires.
  • How to Live with Introverts Guide. The viral comic’s original location.
  • How to refurbish a pop star. The Oatmeal’s take on the new Miley.
  • Like is a clicker
    The “Like” button trains us.
    The like button is just like a clicker. It is a conditioned reinforcer that increases the behavior of the person who posted. They are more likely to share something of the same topic in the future. The primary reinforcer is praise from your friends.

    In fact, there is probably no dislike button on Facebook because of the fallout associated with positive punishment. The dislike button would end up being a positive punisher causing people to post less and have a negative experience with Facebook.

    Also, ignoring a post by not commenting or liking it is negative punishment. You usually see a decrease in these types of posts when no one acknowledges it. Unless of course, it is self rewarding, i.e. someone just wants to “get it out” or they are promoting a cause (they would just see getting the information out there as reinforcing).

    What makes operant conditioning such a strong theory is that it is so universal. It applies to all species.

    Of course, reinforcement and punishment is defined by the learner. If you don’t find people’s approval reinforcing then the like button means nothing to you. Also, if you are someone who enjoys seeing other people upset, commenting negatively on someone’s post can be very reinforcing to the negative nancy.

  • Mentally challenged. This is hysterical, especially because I’m married to a mathematician.
  • Privacy Opinions. Differing opinions on privacy, as presented by XKCD.
  • Luther the troll

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