"Governments employ police to prevent criminal acts. But it remains in dispute whether high rates of police stops, criminal summonses and aggressive low-level arrests reduce serious crime. Police officers target their efforts at areas where crime is anticipated and/or where they expect enforcement will be most effective. Simultaneously, citizens decide to comply with the law or commit crime partly on the basis of police deployment and enforcement strategies. In other words, policing and crime are endogenous to unobservable strategic interaction, which frustrates causal analysis."
"if you find a conversational partner who’s willing to get a little weird, you can use the room you’re in to build a shared memory palace. when you discover an interesting train of thought, you “place” it somewhere in the room. pretty soon, you’re literally surrounded by the convo
the weird thing is you can come up with new connections or concepts by physically moving/dancing between the landmarks in your mini memory palace
you’re basically setting up an infrastructure that lets you see ideas in visual form before you know how to translate them into words"
Stretching a room vertically, making it too high relative to its width, will bring a certain sense of recollection and restrict it to only one kind of activity. You'd rather find yourself leaving those rooms if you want to change your activity. Usually we are not aware that our rooms even have ceilings. We know about them, but we don't notice those surfaces when we are in a room.
Unless it's too high or too low. When low ceilings are pushing us out of a room, high ceilings entice us to go inside. Paradoxically the large "empty" space above your head becomes as heavy as does little space above your head. Maybe that's due to the fact that being much higher than human's height they direct our minds on verticality - hierarchy. Shaping the atmosphere to be purposeful, aimed at giving everyone who's inside the same goal.
Rooms at some universities may have disproportionally high ceilings due to the need of bringing a lot of light, staff rooms at factories are like that because they usually are just part of an enormous space that should fit different machines. European churches are a result of a very strong unifying force as well.
On the other hand making a room with a ceiling that is not too high, not too low allow our minds go where they want to go. It can embrace all people, it doesn't care much about what they should or should not do.
We feel relaxed in a cafe which is more wide than it is high. If we allow ourselves we can stay at it for a long time doing different things: reading, talking to a friend, seeing a family member or just observing other people.