This post is a taster of the the next in our series of blogposts following on from our SITP talk about the harms of homeopathy It's written by the marvellous @Skanky_fish
You can find the full blog post over at her blog, Evidence-Based Skepticism
One of the most important mechanisms that people have for regulating
their own behaviour is feedback from other people. This happens from
the day we’re born – babies learn that some behaviours earn a smile so
they repeat them; toddlers learn that other behaviours get attention, so
they repeat them. As adults we do exactly the same thing – we learn
behaviours that make us successful friends, partners or parents based on
how people react to us.
This carries over into professional life too, and in some professions
is even put into words as codes of conduct, or ethics. We learn what
is and is not acceptable by seeing how people respond to our actions.