Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Why prejudice persists

Good explanation of how people’s prejudices are subconsciously affected.

THE MULTI-HEADED HYDRA OF PREJUDICE

BY CAROL TAVRIS | August 30, 2017 | Skeptic

 

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August 31, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, psychology | | Leave a comment

Nature’s navigation secrets

Simple and easy to remember — you never know when it will come in handy.

An Animated Guide to Nature’s Best Wayfinding Secrets

 | JULY 25, 2017 | Atlas Obscura

August 31, 2017 Posted by | lifehack | , | Leave a comment

The real problem of consciousness

An interesting view on consciousness.

The real problem of consciousness

It looks like scientists and philosophers might have made consciousness far more mysterious than it needs to be

Anil K Seth | November 2, 2016 | Aeon

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August 25, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, brain, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology | , | Leave a comment

Feeling helpless leads us to see nonexistent patterns

This explains a lot.

Finding Control in Chaos

Feeling helpless leads us to see nonexistent patterns

Siri Carpenter | February 1, 2009 | Scientific American Mind

 

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August 22, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, psychology, religion | , , | Leave a comment

Wrong time to eat

Looks like eating time affects circadian rhythms.  Although the experiments were carried out on mice, eating when they were supposed to be sleeping prevented weight loss and increased sleep deprivation.  It may even affect lifespan.  If it applies to humans, it would mean that we should be eating only during daylight hours.  (One more thing that points to the “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper” saying.)

The article below is from a scientist point of view, but the message is clear.

Study: Eating at ‘wrong time’ affects body weight, circadian rhythms

July 18, 2017 | UTSouthwestern Medical Center  Continue reading

August 5, 2017 Posted by | diet, health | , , , , , | Leave a comment

“The of and to. A in is I. That it, for you, was with on. As have … but be they.”

If you have 20 minutes, this is worth watching.  It just keeps getting more and more fascinating.

June 14, 2017 Posted by | brain, statistics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Hidden Sexism of How We Think About Risk

A very convincing argument that risk-taking is more cultural than biological.

The Hidden Sexism of How We Think About Risk

If men take more risks than women, it’s not because of biology.

By Cordelia Fine | May 18, 2017 | Nautilus

June 11, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, evolutionary psychology, psychology, sociology | , , | Leave a comment

First impressions count

Fascinating article on how humans judge competence based on facial features, and how that affects politics. For example, in one study judgments of who appeared more competent  predicted about 70% of elections.  The article is an excerpt from the author’s new book, Face Value: The Irresistible Influence of First Impressions (2017).

First impressions count

Alexander Todorov  | 30 May, 2017 | Aeon

June 11, 2017 Posted by | brain, decision making, politics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease

A must-read.  It will change how you look at poverty and meritocracy.

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease

Emerging science is putting the lie to American meritocracy

By Christian H. Cooper | April 20, 2017 | Nautilus

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May 14, 2017 Posted by | brain, psychology, sociology | , , | Leave a comment

Is Consciousness Fractal?

What I found fascinating is how fractal nature is and how we perceive and react to it.

Is Consciousness Fractal?

Our subconscious love for fractals may tell an evolutionary story.

By Jordana Cepelewicz | May 4, 2017 | Nautilus

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May 14, 2017 Posted by | brain, evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, psychology | , , , , | 1 Comment