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Using disaster to see Society Friday, April 20, 2012 10:57 AM Individualism and society o Problem of responsibility What about the duties/responsibilities are escapable? Inescapable? o Problem of power Impt power is given to us by the position in which we occupy in large scale organizations o Individualism and social context Specific Topics o Risk perception: what ppl worry about and why Suggests some of the way in which the expectaions of other ppl can shape how we see reality Specifically: how institutions and culture holds an influence Panic: idea that ppl are suddenly overwhelmed with emotion that makes them act foolishly o Usual view: collective effects of individual over-reaction o Ppl freak out and lose their mind…kick over children and old ladies View that we will sacrifice anything to save ourselves Objectively perception o How do we see things? o Do objects have an essence? No, there are optical illusions And ambiguous pictures that can be both things (duck or a rabbit) o If so, what you think follows from what you see. Is seeing believing? Not necessarily (see above) Conditioned knowledge o What we "know" is conditioned o Knowledge and thought are shaped by social contexts (culture, relations with others, etc.)
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