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This article buries its most interesting results deep at the bottom. It's about a series of new psychological studies about how people react to hearing about a crime: whether they're more likely to feel compassion for the victim or ask why the victim put themselves in that situation.

The top-line result is not entirely surprising, although it has many interesting nuances. People who feel "individualizing values" more strongly – values like promoting the care of others or preventing unfair behaviors – are more likely to feel compassion for the victim, while people who feel "binding values" more strongly – values like loyalty, obedience, and purity – are more likely to look at the victim's responsibility.

Everyone feels both sets of values, of course, but the balance between the two differs from person to person, and is a relatively stable thing, tending to change slowly over a person's life rather than from day to day. The main result of the study was that this axis predicted people's response to hearing about crimes in a way that things like political orientation, gender, and religion didn't.

An unexpected result comes from one of the later studies, which experimented by describing the same events with either the victim or the perpetrator as the subject of the sentence. ("Lisa was forced by Dan" versus "Dan forced Lisa") What they found was that phrasings which focused attention on the victim led to increased levels of victim blaming, while phrasings which focused on the perpetrator decreased them.

This surprised the researchers, who had initially expected that focusing attention on the victim would elicit more sympathy for them. But the real pattern seems to be different: "individualizers" are partitioning the problem in terms of who hurt whom, while "binders" are asking what would have avoided the problem in the first place. For individualizers, a focus on the victim simply highlights the things which were already their focus on attention, while binders will focus their critique on whichever one they are looking at.

As the authors point out, this suggests that the interests of justice (as opposed to those of repair) may be better served by focusing less on victims and more on perpetrators – that is, asking "'Why did he think he had license to rape?' rather than 'Imagine what she must be going through.'" That is, our common need to help the victims of crime and deal with the perpetrators of crime may be best served by phrasing – and discussing – the problem differently in those two contexts.
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Tomorrow, in the Nevada desert, one of the companies working to develop a hyperloop will deliver a proof of concept—the first full-scale demonstration of the transportation technology.

http://gizmodo.com/heres-what-tomorrows-first-full-scale-test-of-the-hyper-1775857086
Tomorrow, in the Nevada desert, one of the companies working to develop a hyperloop will deliver a proof of concept—the first full-scale demonstration of the transportation technology that will be able to travel at speeds over 300 mph, radically changing the future of transit along the way.
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