Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

Our innate instincts to recognize the probabilities of dangers are not always accurate (or useful) in our modern world.  But if you understand this, you can use your rational mind to try to alter your behaviour accordingly.  From Discover magazine, July-August 2011 edition:

What You Don’t Know Can Kill You

Humans have a perplexing 
tendency to fear rare threats such as shark attacks while blithely 
ignoring far greater risks like 
unsafe sex and an unhealthy diet. Those illusions are not just 
silly—they make the world a more dangerous place.


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September 12, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, emotions, statistics | , , | 1 Comment

The End of Morality

A neuroscientific look at morality incorporating the most recent research. Fascinating read. From Discover magazine, July-August 2011 issue:

The Vexing Mental Tug-of-War Called Morality

Would you kill a crying baby to save yourself and others from hostile soldiers outside? Neuroscience offers new ways to approach such moral questions, allowing logic to triumph over deep-rooted instinct.

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September 12, 2011 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, neuroscience | | 1 Comment