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Posted on September 13, 2014

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The Statue of Liberty hails dawn over New York Harbor in 1978.Photograph by David Alan Harvey, National Geographic Creative

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Everything except you, Anakin.

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I feel this kid SO HARD. 

It’s only Tuesday.

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You know that woody allen joke?

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“Selfless ideas evoke empathy, and empathy creates a direct physiological urge to act. Watch someone perform a selfless act, and you are stirred to action. Know that people are watching you (via social media), and you experience what neuro-scientists refer to as the audience effect; a significant increase in the willingness to donate caused by the presence of observers. Without knowing it, simply observing others participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge dramatically increased the odds that you would accept the challenge when asked. Certainly, the challenge was focused around a noble cause. But it was the format of participation that supercharged it: put yourself in an unpleasant situation, make yourself vulnerable, even mildly humiliated, and then share it with everyone. By stirring us to action and increasing our willingness to engage, the Challenge tipped the scales in favor of it spreading from the very first splash.”

The Science Behind The Success Of The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

I completely disagree with that point. Selfless would be donate money anonymously or go volunteer at your local soup kitchen and don’t brag about it. I think the ice bucket challenge worked because it appealed to the narcissist inside all of us. Film yourself doing something fun and post it online. People would’ve done it without the cause – and actually people did, it was a Facebook trend in France to challenge others to do “embarrassing” stuff very similar to the ALS challenge.

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