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The Social Dilemma & Trump and Borat

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Dear Mike,


I watched the Social Dilemma on Netflix last week and it has had a profound affect on me. It was really interesting listening to people who were or are at the forefront of the technology revolution that is socially manipulating our consumer preferences, our political ideology, our economic reality and dare I say it who we socially and romantically like and “love”. They do this all in the name of money and power.


This has been something I have been thinking about for some time. Last year I bought Professor Zuboff’s book The Age of Surveillance Capitalism to understand the subject matter a little more, but the truth is I have been studying human bias and the art of manipulation academically and in practice for most of my life.


I write this to myself and the PsyQuation team more than to anyone else. I write this as a reminder why we started PsyQuation. What was our core belief. We had a vision 4+ years ago (watch this video as a reminder). We believed and still believe that the best way we can help traders is to help identify weaknesses; to identify in real time when we are making irrational or impulsive trading decisions and when we are tracking well.


Social Commentary:

As we head into the final straight of the US elections I wanted to make an observation. I vocally predicted a Trump victory in the 2016 elections. At the time my wife banned me from discussing it around the dinner table; ours and friends, as it always ended in a fight.


The man is so divisive that you really cannot have a civil conversation with someone who is anti Trump. Most people avoid confrontation and this is one of the main reasons I don’t believe you can fully trust the polls. I have written about this before, see my blog post in November last year about preference falsification. While I am not yet ready to call it another 4 years of Trump madness in the White House, I think it is going to be a lot closer than the polls suggest.


Finally I watched Borat last night. What a disappointment. It felt like gratuitous filth for the sake of shock for shock sake. I highly recommend that you give it a miss.


Oh, and by the way I haven’t got a clue what is going on in the markets. ?

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