Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Pinker on Gladwell

An eye-opening review of Malcolm Gladwell’s book “What the dog saw” by Steven Pinker —  I will be much more careful of accepting Gladwell’s conclusions from here on.  From the New York Times:

Malcolm Gladwell, Eclectic Detective

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November 17, 2009 Posted by | sociology | , , , , | Leave a comment

Dumb tricks your mind plays

Blame it on evolution — we’re not perfect! Some quotes from the article:

“Our brains have evolved to live in the moment…”

“Most pleasure springs from the ancestral, reflexive system…”

“Thinking of the brain’s pleasure system as a kluge…”

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NEUROSCIENCE: A WORK IN PROGRESS
The mind plays tricks – very dumb tricks
A new book argues that evolution is far from perfect: What makes the human brain wonderful also makes it an error-prone mess

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May 16, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, evolution, evolutionary psychology, neuroeconomics | , | Leave a comment