In this era of fake news all around us, detecting is a major concern, and it looks like we are not very good at it. I like the definition:
“…bullshit is something that is constructed absent of any concern for the truth.”
As the article explains below,
“Bullshit is much harder to detect when we want to agree with it.”
Tech companies use the insights of behaviour design to keep us returning to their products. But some of the psychologists who developed the science of persuasion are worried about how it is being used
Just like advertising, politics is becoming more targeted to the individual: exploiting all your traits and weaknesses to get you to buy into their product/candidate. It’s a scary direction. (Make sure to watch the video on the source page)
The latest data-driven campaign pitches target you based on your personality, not just your demographics. But does such profiling work?
David Talbot | April 15, 2016 | MIT Technology Review
Are mass shootings temper tantrums of low self-esteem, sexually frustrated males rather than a result of religious or political ideology ? This article makes a good case for it. Check out the “conversation” on the original page for some thought-provoking counterpoints.
Mass shootings have one thing in common: toxic masculinity. Where does it come from and what can be done to stop it?
Stephen T Asma | aeon | 27 June, 2016
Interesting experiments reveal that our subconscious is running the show in more ways than we realize.
Some people who have lost their vision find a “second sight” taking over their eyes – an uncanny, subconscious sense that sheds light into the hidden depths of the human mind.
By David Robson | 28 September 2015 | BBC Future
Is a pound of bricks heavier than a pound of feathers? Your answer may be related to how religious you are.
Tanya Basu | Sept. 22, 2015 | Time Magazine
It may have little to do with education; psychologists now believe that religiosity is linked to whether you solve problems intuitively or deliberatively
Not quite what I expected:
We’re convinced that it exists, but new research suggests it might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself
Adam Bear | April 28, 2016 | Scientific American Mind
… make sure you know what it does to you brain:
By Don Campbell | University of Toronto News | April 11, 2016
Dan Randles: “We don’t fully understand how acetaminophen affects the brain”