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Have you ever been "flamed" by someone who was angered by something you posted on a blog or in a Tweet? Or witnessed a cyber lynch mob go after someone who expressed an unpopular opinion? What about those "trolls" who seem to stalk the Internet, looking for opportunities to lob gratuitous insults at a celebrity? Perhaps you have even thought about closing your social media accounts because the level of vitriol was starting to poison your emotions.
What drives individuals and whole groups of people to act this way? The answers lie in our brains, and neuroscientist Ogi Ogas has undertaken to wrest open that black box. Previously, in his best-selling book, "A Billion Wicked Thoughts," Ogas delved into what men and women really want, based on the intimate desires disclosed by their Internet searches. In his forthcoming book, "A Billion Angry Thoughts," Ogas promises to reveal fascinating insights into how human aggression plays out in cyberspace. Among his conclusions: the design of the female social brain is better suited for the Internet than the male brain. "This is driving the first reversal of power in the history of our species," he says. "Online, women's aggressive instincts are more effective than men's instincts."
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