Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

She’ll Text Me, She’ll Text Me Not

Did you know uncertainty leads to romantic attraction?  For more on that and other juicy psychological tidbits relating to texting read comedian Aziz Ansari’s funny article:

She’ll Text Me, She’ll Text Me Not

The science of waiting in modern courtship.



September 19, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, decision making, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

Why People Can’t Agree on Basic Facts

Two related articles on how people end up with such divergent views from the same set of facts, and how the gap between the two sides keeps getting larger.

Why People Can’t Agree on Basic Facts

Tali Sharot | September 19, 2017 | Time Magazine

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September 19, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, emotions, information, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

How to achieve your goals

Based on solid science, these tips actually work if you follow through ( I used a version of them to successfully get into a regular exercise habit). Worth keeping a copy for reference.

How to Get Better at Achieving Your Goals

Christine Carter follows these research-backed steps to turn her good intentions into successful achievements.

September 2, 2017 Posted by | behaviour, lifehack, psychology | , , | Leave a comment

Rules That Add Up to 100

Some fun, some useful.

August 23, 2017 |

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

Why prejudice persists

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


BY CAROL TAVRIS | August 30, 2017 | Skeptic


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