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Step Inside the Real World of Compulsive Hoarders: Scientific American

Step Inside the Real World of Compulsive Hoarders: Scientific American | cognition | Scoop.it
Recent research has changed the way clinicians treat hoarding as well as refuted popular assumptions about people with excessive clutter
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Hoarders tend to organize the world spatially and visually, rather than categorically. Instead of putting a new electricity bill in a designated folder, for example, a hoarder might slip the bill on top of a particular pile of stuff, committing to memory a visual map of its location. In this way, many hoarders can look at their piles of stuff and know exactly what they contain—although the larger and more jumbled the heaps become, the more difficult it is to keep track of individual items. Many compulsive hoarders have difficulty categorizing their possessions—believing that each item is too unique to lump with others—even though they have no trouble classifying objects they do not own.

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The Steampunk User’s Manual–It’s Release Week!

The Steampunk User’s Manual–It’s Release Week! | cognition | Scoop.it
This is the release week for the follow-up to The Steampunk Bible: The Steampunk User’s Manual, written by Desirina Boskovich and me–along with a ton of other contributors of images and text. What’s different this time around?
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Generation TED and the power of positivity – Julian Baggini – Aeon

Generation TED and the power of positivity – Julian Baggini – Aeon | cognition | Scoop.it
Does relentless enthusiasm really help the world, or should generation TED learn to take a more sceptical view?
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"Truly great ideas are sculpted with the chisel of critical thought, not created fully formed by spontaneous genius and good intent." 

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Are We Overthinking the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence?

Are We Overthinking the Dangers of Artificial Intelligence? | cognition | Scoop.it
Futurists and science fiction authors often give us overly grim visions of the future, especially when it comes to the Singularity and the risks of artificial superintelligence. Scifi novelist David Brin talked to us about why these dire predictions are often simplistic and unreasonable.
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The Believer - The Codex Seraphinianus

The Believer - The Codex Seraphinianus | cognition | Scoop.it
From the Believer magazine.
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Endowed with the power to evoke a world in which the syntax of things is subverted, the Serafinian writing must hide, beneath the mystery of its indecipherable surface, a more profound mystery touching on the internal logic of language and thought. The lines that connect the images of this world tangle and cross; the confusion of the visual attributes gives birth to monsters, Serafini’s teratological universe. But the teratology itself implicates a logic which appears to us to, turn by turn, flower and disappear, at the same time giving us the sense that the words are carefully traced back to the point of the quill. Like Ovid, and his Metamorphoses, Serafini believes in the contiguity and permeability of all the domains of being.

 

Translation to English from French (translating Italo Calvino's Italian Introduction to an edition of THE CODEX SERAPHINIANUS
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Neural Conspiracy Theories

Neural Conspiracy Theories | cognition | Scoop.it

Last month, a paper quietly appeared in The Journal of Neuroscience to little fanfare and scant media attention (with these exceptions). The study revolved around a clever and almost diabolical pre...


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perception et a priori
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We are more rational than those who nudge us – Steven Poole – Aeon

We are more rational than those who nudge us – Steven Poole – Aeon | cognition | Scoop.it
We are told that we are an irrational tangle of biases, to be nudged any which way. Does this claim stand to reason?
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In Her 'Self-Portraits with Men & Woman' Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others

In Her 'Self-Portraits with Men & Woman' Photographer Dita Pepe Seamlessly Integrates into the Lives of Others | cognition | Scoop.it
When meeting somebody for the first time, or maybe just viewing a portrait, the brain goes into overdrive for a few seconds to quickly form a first impression. Whether we like it or not, rapid assumptions are made based on age, gender, race, culture, physical appearance, the su
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The Future Chronicles - State of the future

The Future Chronicles - State of the future | cognition | Scoop.it
THE FUTURE CHRONICLES is the first and only future magazine that literally travels through time: Every issue deals with a new topic of social change.
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That's why setting the topic for our first issue was a no-brainer for us: Our first journey should take us into the future of the internet!
So we started collecting all these opinions, hopes, fears, upcoming trends, technologies and innovations that are related to the good old World Wide Web and tried to get everything into a sensible order. But at that time we began to realize that something was missing...

The future is not enough

 

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Round trip ticket to the science of psychedelics

Round trip ticket to the science of psychedelics | cognition | Scoop.it
The latest edition of The Psychologist is a special open-access issue on the science and social impact of hallucinogenic drugs.
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Can young blood stem the ravages of old age? – Jess Zimmerman – Aeon

Can young blood stem the ravages of old age? – Jess Zimmerman – Aeon | cognition | Scoop.it
From teen-targeting vampires to Lady Báthory’s bloodbaths, we love stories of stolen youth. What if it were possible?
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In his lab at UCSF and his postdoc lab at Stanford, Villeda and colleagues injected old mice with blood plasma from young mice, and vice versa. They found that the senescent rodents learned quicker and grew more neurons after infusions from young blood, while the juvenile mice got correspondingly worse at learning new tricks. 

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The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense

The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense | cognition | Scoop.it
Created by Crispian Jago over at The Reason Stick, The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense attempts to rationalize the irrational. Great success? (click it to see a larger version)      

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, August 21, 8:20 AM

Great summarising list of the many things that done to fool us.

Click on the enlarged version so you can actually read it.

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A Magna Carta for the web

A Magna Carta for the web | cognition | Scoop.it

Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces. It’s up to users to fight for the right to access and openness. The question is, What kind of Internet do we want?

 

http://on.ted.com/h0Pgm


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Researchers discover sense of 'cuteness' is innate -- here's what it looks like

Researchers discover sense of 'cuteness' is innate -- here's what it looks like | cognition | Scoop.it
I dare you to try and look away.

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, August 15, 1:45 AM

Look at that hamster on a swing. It’s adorable. It doesn’t matter what you think of Obamacare.

Mike Lewis's curator insight, August 15, 10:03 AM

Can you tell the differences?

 

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Extreme Rituals Promote Prosociality

Extreme Rituals Promote Prosociality


Psychological ScienceShort Report Extreme rituals entail excessive costs without apparentbenefits, which raises an evolutionary cost problem(Irons, 2001). It is argued that such intense rituals enhancesocial cohesion and promote cooperative behaviors(Atran & Henrich, 2010; Durkheim, 1912). However,direct evidence for the relation between ritual intensityand prosociality is lacking. Using economic measuresof generosity and contextually relevant indicators ofgroup identity in a real-world setting, we evaluated pro-social effects from naturally occurring rituals that variedin severity. 


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"These results suggest that costly displays of group commitment (though apparently wasteful) may be conserved because they intensify pro-social behaviors and attitudes among the wider community (Henrich, 2009; Sosis & Bressler, 2003)."

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The Love Competition - Aeon Video

The Love Competition - Aeon Video | cognition | Scoop.it
Seven contestants have five minutes in Stanford's fMRI brain scanner to love someone ‘as hard as they can’
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Taste illusions

Taste illusions | cognition | Scoop.it
I’ve just found a 2008 review article on the multisensory perception of flavour that is full of fascinating examples of taste illusions and demonstrates the surprisingly complexity of the gustatory system.
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codex seraphinianus

codex seraphinianus | cognition | Scoop.it
in the late 70s italian architect, illustrator and industrial designer luigi serafini made a book, an encyclopedia of unknown, parallel world. it's about 360-380 pages. it is written in an unknown language, using an unknown alphabet. it took him 30 month to complete that masterpiece that many …
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more here: http://codexseraphinianus.weebly.com/

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An earlier death

An earlier death | cognition | Scoop.it
Journalism site The Toast has what I believe is the only first-person account of Cotard’s delusion – the belief that you’re dead – which can occur in psychosis.
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A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | Science | WIRED

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | Science | WIRED | cognition | Scoop.it
It's a question that's perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he has an answer.

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Sam Harris's Vanishing Self

Sam Harris's Vanishing Self | cognition | Scoop.it
The well-known New Atheist makes a case for the value of “spirituality,” which he bases on his experiences in meditation.

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Duck Sex, Aesthetic Evolution, and the Origin of Beauty | Edge.org

Duck Sex, Aesthetic Evolution, and the Origin of Beauty | Edge.org | cognition | Scoop.it
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we need to structure evolutionary biology to recognize the aesthetic, recognize the subjective experience

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A torrent of accidental poems

A torrent of accidental poems | cognition | Scoop.it
Neurology journal Neurocase has an interesting study of a women who started compulsively writing poetry after having brief epileptic amnesia treated with the anti-seizure drug lamotrigine.
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Internet Archive – a short film about accessing knowledge – Aeon

Internet Archive – a short film about accessing knowledge – Aeon | cognition | Scoop.it
In this 13-minute documentary, Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive, describes his vision for universal access to all knowledge.
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‘The best way to preserve things is to make them accessible,’ he says, going on to note that the big experiment of giving everything away is proving effective.

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Children with autism have extra synapses in brain

Children with autism have extra synapses in brain | cognition | Scoop.it
Children and adolescents with autism have a surplus of synapses in the brain, and this excess is due to a slowdown in a normal brain 'pruning' process during development, according to a study by neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). Because synapses are the points where neurons ...

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Very interesting.

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“Don’t Read Books!” A 12th-Century Zen Poem

“Don’t Read Books!” A 12th-Century Zen Poem | cognition | Scoop.it
"It's annoying for others to have to hear you."

We live in a culture that often romanticizes books as the tender and exhilarating love-ma
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Don’t read books!
Don’t chant poems!
When you read books your eyeballs wither away
leaving the bare sockets.
When you chant poems your heart leaks out slowly
with each word.

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