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Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots
Our brains have many glitches that interfere with honest self-awareness and accurate self-assessment
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Climate sceptic Liberal MPs accept briefing offer from leading scientists

Climate sceptic Liberal MPs accept briefing offer from leading scientists | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
WA backbenchers Dennis Jensen and Chris Back, who want an inquiry before emission reductions are decided, agree to briefing but say they will not be lectured to Two climate sceptic MPs have accepted an offer from a group of scientists for a...
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Happiness is an Illusion, Seek Contentment Instead

Happiness might seem like a worthy goal but it will invariably be disrupted by unwelcome negative feelings. Far better to seek contentment, which can serve as a foundation for both joy and pleasure.
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What Happened to the Republican Consensus on Climate Change?

What Happened to the Republican Consensus on Climate Change? | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
A lot of these clips you may remember seeing, but when you watch them all together - the effect is somewhat stunning. For one brief, shining moment around 2007-8, taking action on Climate Change wa...

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US: 14 striking findings from 2014

US: 14 striking findings from 2014 | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
In 2014, Pew Research Center published more than 150 reports (not to mention, some 600 blog posts) covering a wide range of topics — including demographic change, media habits, technology adoption, religious affiliation, and public opinion in the U.S. and worldwide. Here are 14 facts we found particularly striking, as they illustrate some major shifts in our politics, society, habits or families.

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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, December 30, 2014 5:40 AM

Singles, you’re not alone. The share of Americans who have never married is at a historic high!

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Nearly 70 percent of evangelicals do not view religion, science as being in conflict

Nearly 70 percent of evangelicals do not view religion, science as being in conflict | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

Findings from the recently completed study "Religious Understandings of Science (RUS)" reveal that despite many misconceptions regarding the intersection of science and religion, nearly 70 percent of evangelical Christians do not view the two as being in conflict with each other. The research was presented by Rice sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund today in Washington, D.C., during the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference, Perceptions: Science and Religious Communities. Ecklund, the principal investigator and researcher for the RUS project, is the Autrey Professor of Sociology and director of Rice's Religion and Public Life Program. Ecklund noted that evangelicals are of interest in this study because they constitute approximately 26 percent of the population in the U.S. and are often considered the most hostile toward science. "We really wanted to determine if this claim was based in any truth," Ecklund said. "Although many politicians and the media at large portray evangelicals as distrustful of science, we found that this is more myth than reality."


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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, April 22, 3:05 PM

76 percent of scientists in the general population identify with a religious tradition.

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

Directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright, Going Clear profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology-whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities-shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, detailing their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. One of the most talked about films at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, this powerful documentary highlights the Church's origins, from its roots in the mind of founder L. Ron Hubbard to its rise in popularity in Hollywood and beyond. Going Clear is a provocative tale of ego, exploitation, and lust for power.

 

See also:

BBC Panorama - Scientology and Me | http://sco.lt/8cAJl3


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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, April 25, 5:25 PM

Excellent documentary exposing the nature of Scientology. Show it to your teenage kids before curiosity leads them to their first auditing session and a lifelong career in possibly the most manipulative and controlling movement that exists!

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Anti-vaccine trend has parents shunning newborns' vitamin shot

Anti-vaccine trend has parents shunning newborns' vitamin shot | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
(HealthDay)—With the recent U.S. measles outbreak, the issue of vaccine refusal has received growing scrutiny.
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I'm With Stupid: Anticipating Reactions to Reactions to Reactions

I'm With Stupid: Anticipating Reactions to Reactions to Reactions | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
I know that on occasion this column can skew left in its political leanings, and in the past I may have offended a few people on the right side (looking at you, gun lobby).
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The Quantum Theory of Presidential Politics

The Quantum Theory of Presidential Politics | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Future events decide what happens in the past.

That's not science fiction. It's science. Quantum physics, to be precise.
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New Texas Textbooks, Slavery A ‘Side-Issue’ Of Civil War

U.S. History, taught minus the existence of the KKK or Jim Crow laws – with a focus on sectionalism as a cause for the civil war. The state of Texas continues to be the lone star beacon of a south concerned with “northern” tinted politics in 2015.
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Five Great Women Philosophers

Five Great Women Philosophers | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

Narrowing anything to a top five is difficult and always subject to change. When those top five are human beings, it gets even harder. I am well aware that there are plenty of women philosophers of whom I am ignorant who are probably great. Thi...


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Rob Duke's curator insight, July 6, 6:23 PM

A reasonable list....I'd include Elinor Ostrom, too.

Lucille House's curator insight, Today, 1:03 AM

This article brought to light some great women philosophers. Women philosophers don’t get enough credit and are not heard of as much. Such as Hannah Arendt, and G.E.M. Anscombe. There are some great ideas and viewpoints that women can have that men do not have. I think that there is some valuable insight that can be gained from women and not men. Women philosophers should be referred to more often in

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John Oliver goes into overdrive: Watch him tackle 15 topics in one minute flat

John Oliver goes into overdrive: Watch him tackle 15 topics in one minute flat | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
John Oliver was off for the weekend of Fourth of July, or the “annual American tradition of reminding the sky who runs shit,” as the “Last Week Tonight” host more aptly called it. But that didn’t stop him from uploading a brief — emphasis on brief, because we’ll come back to that — web exclusive in the show’s absence.

It’s not uncommon for HBO to upload web exclusives to tide viewers over until the following week. What is uncommon: Oliver decided to cover 15 topics (“15 shallow dives”) in one minute instead of his usual 15-minute deep-dive.

“Usually, we pick a main topic each week and explore it at length – arguably in greater detail than anyone needs – objectively, for a longer period than anyone wants,” Oliver said, leading into the segment.

Then, without further adieu, the “Last Week Tonight” host launched into his rapid-fire segment which featured a potpourri of topics including: flip-flops, ostriches, the food chain, orgies, banjos, bagels, subtitles, dogs, conspiracy theories, Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz being cousins, sloppy joe, seagulls, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, butterflies and chicken soup. Phew.

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American Idol: Dunning-Kruger In Effect

When you are unskilled yet unaware, you often experience what is now known in psychology as the Dunning-Kruger effect, a psychological phenomenon that ...
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Social democracy is 100 percent American — here’s why

Social democracy is 100 percent American — here’s why | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
We may be latecomers to recognizing a universal right to health care (indeed, we are not quite there yet).
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Scientists Link ‪Selfies‬ To Narcissism, ‪Addiction‬ & Mental Illness - Complete Health and Happiness

Scientists Link ‪Selfies‬ To Narcissism, ‪Addiction‬ & Mental Illness - Complete Health and Happiness | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
The growing trend of taking smartphone selfies is linked to mental health conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks.  According to psychiatrist Dr David Veal: “Two out of three of all the patients who come to see me with Body Dysmorphic Disorder since the rise of camera phones have a compulsion to repeatedly …

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The More You Connect, The Less You Connect

The More You Connect, The Less You Connect | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Shiyang he, a designer in advertising agency Ogilvy’s Beijing office, has created a series of ads for the Shenyang Center For Psychological Research, which highlight the detrimental effects smartphones can have on human relationships.
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The Me, Me, Me of Social Media Might Make You End Up Alone, Alone, Alone

The Me, Me, Me of Social Media Might Make You End Up Alone, Alone, Alone | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Obsessively focusing on yourself (or how many likes your profile picture gets, or how many followers you have) can cause a loss in ability to empathize with others.


And empathy is crucial to the health of any relationship. Narcissistic mental processes can actually block empathetic listening and meaningful conversation, damaging relationships with friends, family, and partners.

What I call empathy blocking, or a set of commonly used responses that prevent empathy, has a basis in egotism. For example, a narcissist may be prone to advising or fixing: something along the vein of, "You should really try doing things this way. That's how I do it." Though advice giving comes from good intentions, it really redirects the attention from the other person to you, at a time when the other person likely has a need to be heard - this is probably why they're telling you their problem in the first place. Advising can also come off as condescending, thinking you know better than others. It can even sound as though you are judging the individual and letting them know how to make better choices. Where's the empathy?


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Only a minority of Americans fully accept evolution through natural selection

Only a minority of Americans fully accept evolution through natural selection | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

Today is the 206th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, a day now celebrated by some as Darwin Day. Darwin, of course, is best known for his theory of evolution through natural selection. When Darwin’s work was first made public in 1859, it shocked Britain’s religious establishment. And while today it is accepted by virtually all scientists, evolutionary theory is still rejected by many Americans, often because it conflicts with their religious beliefs about divine creation.

While not an official holiday, Darwin Day has been adopted by scientific and humanist groups to promote everything from scientific literacy to secularism. This year, more than 100 events have been planned worldwide, many of them anchored by scientific talks or symposia. Others, such as a production of “Charles Darwin, Vampire Slayer” in California, are a little less serious. Here are five facts about the public’s views on evolution as well as other aspects of the debate in the U. S. and elsewhere.

 


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Ziggi Ivan Santini's curator insight, February 12, 9:28 AM

65% say humans have evolved over time, and only 35% believe that humans and other living things evolved solely due to natural processes. 31% understand that the theory of evolution is just that - a theory!

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An inappropriate use of medical jargon: Words do matter to patients

An inappropriate use of medical jargon: Words do matter to patients | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
My patient had suffered a terrible, crushing injury to his chest leaving many ribs and his sternum fractured, his lungs and heart badly bruised and his body on the edge between life and death.
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Why male circumcision and female genital mutilation are not morally equivalent

Why male circumcision and female genital mutilation are not morally equivalent | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
NB: Believe it or not, I actually had to close comments, the first time I’ve ever had to do it. They had become so offensive without any useful content that it’s no longer worthwhile to keep it going.
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Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson: Atheists don’t exist because they use calendars

Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson: Atheists don’t exist because they use calendars | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Duck Dynasty star Si Robertson doubts the existence of atheists. The TV reality show star recently said that he doesn’t believe it is possible for a person to not believe in God but still use a calendar.
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When Cure Is Not an Option

When Cure Is Not an Option | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
"Has anybody asked the patient?"

Jessica Nutik Zitter raised her hand to pose that question some years ago, at a "Morbidity and Mortality" conference wherein a room full of physicians were discussing treatment options for a dying patient.
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Global Ethics Day, October 16, 2015

Global Ethics Day, October 16, 2015 | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
We invite academic institutions around the world to use this day to hold events, such as lectures, film screenings, debates, panel discussions, or another educational activity to explore the idea of a global ethic. In the tradition of a teach-in model, these events will be run by each institution as it sees fit while being part of a worldwide Global Ethics Day.

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If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This?

If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This? | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Nobody can deny the fact that Christianity has played a huge role in our history. From the first Thanksgiving to the ideas of Jesus Christ that are embroidered in our culture today, Christianity and ...

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