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    Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.

    While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a dozen federal departments and agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.

    "Behavioral sciences can be used to help design public policies that work better, cost less, and help people to achieve their goals," reads the government document describing the program, which goes on to call for applicants to apply for positions on the team.

    The document was emailed by Maya Shankar, a White House senior adviser on social and behavioral sciences, to a university professor with the request that it be distributed to people interested in joining the team. The idea is that the team would "experiment" with various techniques, with the goal of tweaking behavior so people do everything from saving more for retirement to saving more in energy costs.

    The document praises subtle policies to change behavior that have already been implemented in England, which already has a "Behavioral Insights Team." One British policy concerns how to get late tax filers to pay up.
    Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior | Fox News

    As if we're not manipulated enough by forces outside our purview, now our government is openly engaging in these tactics.

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    As if we're not manipulated enough by forces outside our purview, now our government is openly engaging in these tactics.
    You're exposed to that on a daily basis.

    It's called 'marketing'.

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Thank you.

    That sums it up quite nicely.


    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    You're exposed to that on a daily basis.

    It's called 'marketing'.

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    " Tax Filers to pay up" !?

    F*** You Obama and the disgusting Liberal virus you drug into that White House with you.

    Where are the behavioral sciences needed to clean up the gehttos and to stop the mass kilkings of young blacks by other young blacks ?

    The behavioural sciences that teaches people not to embrace the victim mentallity and to be self sufficient ?

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    You're exposed to that on a daily basis.

    It's called 'marketing'.
    Of course. Advertising and propaganda are powerful tools. Tools that our government shouldn't be using on us. Don't you agree?

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by specklebang View Post
    Thank you.

    That sums it up quite nicely.
    You agree with this?

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Of course. Advertising and propaganda are powerful tools. Tools that our government shouldn't be using on us. Don't you agree?
    Government has been doing that since day one. Organizations and leaders have been doing that since day one. You've been doing that since day one. You cried, fussed and looked cute as a baby, did you not? That's behavioral science.

    "The term behavioural sciences encompasses all the disciplines that explore the activities of and interactions among organisms in the natural world. It involves the systematic analysis and investigation of human and animal behaviour through controlled and naturalistic observation, and disciplined scientific experimentation. It attempts to accomplish legitimate, objective conclusions through rigorous formulations and observation. Examples of behavioural sciences include psychology, psychobiology, and cognitive science."

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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior | Fox News

    As if we're not manipulated enough by forces outside our purview, now our government is openly engaging in these tactics.
    Remember Orwell
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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    You're exposed to that on a daily basis.

    It's called 'marketing'.
    With the govt you are forced to pay for it. This looks like something the USSR would have done.
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    Re: Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

    Quote Originally Posted by brothern View Post
    Government has been doing that since day one. Organizations and leaders have been doing that since day one. You've been doing that since day one. You cried, fussed and looked cute as a baby, did you not? That's behavioral science.

    "The term behavioural sciences encompasses all the disciplines that explore the activities of and interactions among organisms in the natural world. It involves the systematic analysis and investigation of human and animal behaviour through controlled and naturalistic observation, and disciplined scientific experimentation. It attempts to accomplish legitimate, objective conclusions through rigorous formulations and observation. Examples of behavioural sciences include psychology, psychobiology, and cognitive science."
    Thank you for the information, but you didn't say whether or not you agreed with the government messing around with behavioural sciences on us.

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