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Programming the Wetware

Written by DFMag


Programming the Wetware, Part 2

Continuing from his article in issue 19, Keith Scott explores how human psychology and behaviour influence user's actions

Our fundamental tactic of self-protection, self-control, and self-definition is not spinning webs or building dams, but telling stories, and more particularly concocting the story we tell others, and ourselves, about who we are. Narrative is our primary cognitive tool for filtering experience and understanding the world. As a species, our closest relatives are the chimpanzees; the difference between our DNA and theirs is roughly on the order of 2%. As Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen put it, what distinguishes us from our more hirsute relatives is not simply our larger brain: It is what that brain makes possible. And the most significant contribution that our large brain made to our approach to the universe is to endow us with the power of story.

The first part of this article set out some of the key cultural factors influencing the current climate within which information security professionals operate. In this part, Keith Scott suggests how certain aspects of human psychology and behaviour may offer ways to influence a user’s actions in the information realm.




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