Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

On Pseudo-Profound Bullshit

Excellent scientific paper “On the reception and detection of pseudo-profound bullshit“, nicely summarized for the layman in “Link found between low intelligence and falling for pseudo-profound statements. And conspiracy theories.”  Worthy of nomination for the Ig Nobel prize.

There is indication that people whose pattern-recognition is in overdrive (i.e. see patterns where there are none) are more likely believe in conspiracy theories.  Finding meaning where there is none may be an extension of that.

I think I am going to go and re-watch Peter Seller’s Being There.

December 3, 2015 Posted by | behaviour | , , | Leave a comment

Why Your Brain Craves Music

Brain scans suggests that it has to do with our pattern recognition and predicting ability. And it’s also good for depression.  From TIme magazine, April 15, 2013:

Why Your Brain Craves Music

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May 26, 2013 Posted by | behaviour, brain, evolution | , , | Leave a comment