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5 Best Home Office Desks- Sept. 2014 - BestReviews

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“Our team of experts have selected the best home office desks out of hundreds of models. Evolution of the Desk video showing how office desks have changed.”
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US Troops Could Fight ISIS in Iraq, General Tells Senate

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“The nation's top military officer opened the door slightly today to the possibility of American troops accompanying Iraqi forces on the battlefield against ISIS if needed.”
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Your Brain on Politics

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“A Review of:The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why democracies Choose Bad Policies By Bryan Capian Princeton University Press, 2007, 280 pages The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation By Drew Weston PublicAffairs, 2007, 384 pages”
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Why Is Symmetry So Sexy? It Has Nothing to Do with Health - LiveScience.com

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“Why Is Symmetry So Sexy? It Has Nothing to Do with Health LiveScience.com Humans have such a strong preference for faces and bodies that are symmetrical that evolutionary psychologists and other researchers who study human behavior have long...”
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Steven Pinker's “The Better Angels of our Nature” - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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“Steven Pinker's “The Better Angels of our Nature” Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies This book offers a colossal synthesis of history, biology, philosophy, psychology and neurophysiology.”
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Interesting review, pointing to some possible flaws in Pinker's use of sources, and, moreover, offering a rather elitist alternative for Pinker's account of the decline of violence.
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The End of Psychology? » IAI TV

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The end of psychology? Perhaps not quite yet, but there is a serious message behind The Onion’s fantasy about the American Psychology Association (APA). Over the past decades, psychology has been increasingly overtaken by neuroscience. Two multi-billion euro/dollar initiatives – one European, one American – were launched in 2012 with the avowed objectives of “solving the brain” and, in the EU’s case, incorporating the solution into novel “neuromorphic” computers. Hard-line reductionists speak of “molecular and cellular cognition” and dismiss the mind as an epiphenomenal product of neural processes, a “user illusion,” or, as zoologist Thomas Huxley put it a century and a half ago, merely the whistle to the steam train. Most neuroscientists concur; as Francis Crick put it: “You are nothing but a bunch of neurons.” Neurophilosophers, a world away from Descartes famous Cogito ergo sum speak contemptuously of “folk psychology”, to be replaced as neuroscience progresses by an objective, rigorously defined brain language.
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A fascinating visualization of how culture expanded around the world - The Next Web

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“A fascinating visualization of how culture expanded around the world The Next Web The theme of this year's #TNWUSA conference is 'Where Business and Cultures Collide.' We'll be focusing on international growth and regional technology trends, as...”
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Stirling Behavioural Science Blog : Using Large Publicly Available Datasets for Psychological & Social Science Research

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Will evolution debate blow up in the Science Guy's face? It's debatable - NBC News.com

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“Why on earth would Bill Nye the Science Guy agree to debate evolution and creationism in a place called the Creation Museum? And how on...”
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New political party focuses onLGBTI equality - Same Same

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“New political party focuses onLGBTI equality Same Same A brand new political party is launching this week aiming to end discrimination against LGBTI Australians and improve their lives.”
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Emotions: Cerebral Hemispheres and Prefrontal Cortex

“ Did you know that the left and right side of your brain are associated with different emotions? Learn the association as well as how the prefrontal cortex pl...”
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This Divided State - Or Divided Party? - Politics, Philosophy, and ...

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“Now, in a multi-party system, such deep internal disagreement on core economic issues in the voter base of a party would likely quickly split the party in two, but this is easier said than done with the US electoral system.”
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Two-party system under assault in Pa. - Lancaster Newspapers

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“Two-party system under assault in Pa. Lancaster Newspapers Critics of the proposed Voters' Choice Act, which would make it easier for minor party and independent candidates to run for public office in Pennsylvania, say it would lead to “ballot...”
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French Prime Minister Wins Confidence Vote

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“French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has won a vote of confidence in a tense ballot, allowing him to push through economic reforms that have divided the left.”
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Scottish independence poll: ICM puts Yes up to 48%

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“SUPPORT for the Yes campaign is increasing but it still lags just behind No on the eve of Scotland’s independence referendum, an exclusive poll conducted for The Scotsman reveals today.”
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Power robs the brain of empathy

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“Researchers have some new insights into how power diminishes a person's capacity for empathy. According to scientists, a sense of power shuts down a part of the brain that helps us connect with others.”
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"For their study that builds on past information about how the brain operates, the researchers found that even the smallest bit of power - for instance from a job promotion or more money - can shut down our ability to empathize with others."

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LEADER HEURISTICS, POLITICAL KNOWLEDGE AND VOTING IN BRITAIN'S AV REFERENDUM

This paper uses data gathered in a large national survey to investigate the impact of party leader images on voting in Britain's 2011 national referendum on the Alternative Vote electoral system. Previous studies have found that leader heuristics have significant effects on voting in major referendums and general elections, and some analysts have argued that these effects are stronger for voters with lower levels of political knowledge. However, consistent with recent research in experimental conomics, it can be hypothesized that more knowledgeable voters actually rely more heavily on leader heuristics than do less knowledgeable individuals. Using multivariate statistical techniques suitable for analyzing interaction effects in nonlinear models, we show that a political knowledge index focusing on the electoral system does not have statistically significant effects on referendum voting. However, knowledge of leaders' positions on AV does interact with their images. The nature of these effects is consistent with the conjecture that more knowledgeable voters place greater emphasis on leader heuristics.
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The Quick Eye Movement That Reveals Whether It’s Love or Lust — PsyBlog

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How to tell just from the eyes whether it’s love or lust .When a stranger looks into your eyes, it could signal romantic love, but if their eyes then slide down your body, they’re probably feeling sexual desire, a new study finds. This automatic judgement can happen in as little as half a second and likely recruits different networks of activity in the brain. Stephanie Cacioppo, who led the study, which is published in the journalPsychological Science, said: “Although little is currently known about the science of love at first sight or how people fall in love, these patterns of response provide the first clues regarding how automatic attentional processes, such as eye gaze, may differentiate feelings of love from feelings of desire toward strangers.”
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The Evolution of Diet

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“Could eating like our ancestors make us healthier?”
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Steven Pinker's “The Better Angels of our Nature” - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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“Steven Pinker's “The Better Angels of our Nature” Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies This book offers a colossal synthesis of history, biology, philosophy, psychology and neurophysiology.”
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The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

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“ Why the science of delaying hard work is all about your mood”
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Ed Miliband: Labour-union reforms will 'let people back into our politics' - The Guardian

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“The Guardian Ed Miliband: Labour-union reforms will 'let people back into our politics' The Guardian He admits many believe party politics is withering on the vine. "Some people are sceptical whether this is possible, but I am idealistic enough.”
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Ohio Tea Party Governor Attacks Food Stamp Recipients, While Being 46th in Job Creation

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“The idea of directing unemployed welfare recipients to seek some sort of employment, or to contribute something to the taxpayers in the form of volunteer work, (Ohio Tea Party Governor Attacks Food Stamp Recipients, While Being 46th in Job Creation...”
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Prof. Daniel Kahneman: "Thinking, Fast and Slow"

“ Public Lecture by Prof. Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow Tuesday, April 16, 2013 Aula, University of Zurich.”
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Congressman attacks reporter on live TV

“New York Rep.Michael Grimm is caught on camera threatening to throw a reporter off a "f-ing" balcony (Politicians...next time you threaten to throw a reporter off a "F-ing" balcony, don't do it on camera http://t.co/5Mm87AUN83)...”
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