Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Why Some People Are More Religious

Is a pound of bricks heavier than a pound of feathers?  Your answer may be related to how religious you are.

Here’s Why Some People Are More Religious Than Others

Tanya Basu | Sept. 22, 2015 | Time Magazine

It may have little to do with education; psychologists now believe that religiosity is linked to whether you solve problems intuitively or deliberatively

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June 4, 2016 Posted by | decision making, religion | , , , | Leave a comment

Love or sex for creative thinking?

Check out “Solve that baffling problem” for an exploration of how psychological distancing helps creative thinking.  Then read the article below how being in love does the same — but thinking of sex does not!  From Scientific American, September 29, 2009:

Does Falling in Love Make Us More Creative?

A new study demonstrates that thinking about love–but not about sex–causes us to think more “globally,” making it easier to come up with new ideas

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October 2, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, brain, psychology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Solve that baffling problem

Got a problem that’s baffling you?  You could try inverse thinking — focus on what would not solve the problem.  But you’ll have a better chance of solving it if you imagine the problem to be far away, time- or distance-wise.  The article below from Scientific American explains why.  But if you really aspire to be more creative, you should live abroad for a while — as explained in the article from the Economist, shown after this one.

From Scientific American, July 21, 2009:

An Easy Way to Increase Creativity

Why thinking about distant things can make us more creative

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August 29, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, brain, psychology | , , , , , | Leave a comment