Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Your stressed mind gets better at processing bad news…

…and this can be used to manipulate you.

How your mind, under stress, gets better at processing bad news

Tali Sharot | 15 May 2018 | aeon

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January 5, 2019 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, evolutionary psychology, news, politics, psychology | , , , | Leave a comment

Easily Startled? It Could Reflect Your Politics

“This research shows that all of our decisions are really rooted in biology. It’s not just the rational thought of the brain that we use to reach decisions, but also our emotional ones.”

And that includes our political views.  Which would mean we cannot change someone’s political stance by reason.


From ABC News:

Easily Startled? It Could Reflect Your Politics

Those Who Startle Easily More Likely to Favor Iraq War, New Study Says

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September 19, 2008 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

The origin of the word “terrorist”

From the New York Times:

Bush’s Dangerous Liaisons

Very interesting…

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October 29, 2007 Posted by | history, politics, terrorism | , , , , | 2 Comments