August 13, 2013
Alan Hall recently answered this question in a 22-minute presentation to the 2013 joint conference of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics (SABE) and two associated international organizations.
He spoke to an audience of academics (mostly economists and psychologists), but Alan’s language—and the data in his charts—could not have been more plainspoken. If one quote managed to sum up his remarks, it is this:
“As social mood trends toward the negative, society’s susceptibility increases.”
Yes, that’s a large claim. Yet it’s no greater than the depth and quality of the research. Watch for yourself as Alan first presents a brief, eye-opening introduction to the most relevant aspects of socionomic theory, and then lays out the evidence based on major epidemic outbreaks of nearly the past two centuries (cholera epidemics in 1830s-1860s London to the 1918 Spanish Flu to the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009).