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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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Santa Traditions Around the World

Santa Traditions Around the World | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, I shared a link on Twitter to a piece on Brain Pickings on how anthropologist Margaret Mead suggested we talk to children about Santa Claus: Belief in Santa Claus becomes a problem...
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My Horrible Right-Wing Past: Confessions of a One-Time Religious Right Icon

My Horrible Right-Wing Past: Confessions of a One-Time Religious Right Icon | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
I was a religious fanatic appealing to political leaders. Today, the fanatics are the political leaders.
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EarthTalk: Still in denial about climate - The Rock River Times

EarthTalk: Still in denial about climate - The Rock River Times | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Despite evidence that suggests humans are largely responsible for global warming, there are still many climate change doubters, according to "EarthTalk."
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The iPhone Is a Musical Instrument to the Human Brain

The iPhone Is a Musical Instrument to the Human Brain | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
A musician's brain is stimulated just by picking up an instrument. Now, scientists have found that people who use smartphones activate and strengthen specific regions of their brains just like a violinist might.
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The psychology of gift-giving and receiving

The psychology of gift-giving and receiving | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Gift exchanges can reveal how people think about others, what they value and enjoy, and how they build and maintain relationships.
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Stress may increase desire for reward but not pleasure, research finds

Stress may increase desire for reward but not pleasure, research finds | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed may prompt you to go to great lengths to satisfy an urge for a drink or sweets, but you’re not likely to enjoy the indulgence any more than someone who is not stressed and has the same treat just for pleasure, according to new...
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Internet Ugly and the Aesthetic of Failing on Purpose

Internet Ugly and the Aesthetic of Failing on Purpose | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog, and nobody cares if you can’t draw one.
This is, essentially, the focus of a recent paper by Nick Douglas, the former editor of Valleywag who now runs the YouTube comedy channel Slacktory.
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Santa's magic, children's wisdom, and inequality

Santa's magic, children's wisdom, and inequality | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
What if we just gave children presents because we love them?
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These Daily Show And Colbert Report Segments Helped Cure A Year Of Right-Wing Lies

These Daily Show And Colbert Report Segments Helped Cure A Year Of Right-Wing Lies | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
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Free Will Skepticism and Its Implications: An Argument for Optimism — Part 2

Free Will Skepticism and Its Implications: An Argument for Optimism — Part 2 | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
by Gregg D. Caruso [This two-part essay was inspired by the author’s TEDx talk on the same topic, which can be viewed here.] [1] I. Addressing Pragmatic Concerns with Free Will Skepticism Let me be...
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Dangerous Minds

Dangerous Minds | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

Dangerous Minds is a compendium of the new and strange-new ideas, new art forms, new approaches to social issues and new finds from the outer reaches of pop culture. Our editorial policy, such that it is, reflects the interests, whimsies and peculiarities of the individual writers. 


Via Andres Siegrist, Rakesh Nair
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Why We Lost Leisure: David Steindl-Rast on Purposeful Work, Play, and How to Find Meaning in the Magnificent Superfluities of Life

Why We Lost Leisure: David Steindl-Rast on Purposeful Work, Play, and How to Find Meaning in the Magnificent Superfluities of Life | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
“A piece of music doesn’t come to an end when its purpose is accomplished. It has no purpose, strictly speaking.
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Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith

Religion’s smart-people problem: The shaky intellectual foundations of absolute faith | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Religious belief the world over has a strenuous relationship with intellectualism. But why?
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Use Empathy Before Facts When Debating a Conspiracy Theorist

Use Empathy Before Facts When Debating a Conspiracy Theorist | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
It all comes back to psychology. Oliver and Wood say that facts will not dissuade them, it will only shut down the discussion that much faster—instead empathize.


It's true, other studies have shown people feel threatened when facts conflict with anyone's beliefs. People will throw back untested assertions—anything to defend the world they've come to understand. But when we understand and appreciate the emotional reasoning behind the belief, we may be better equipped talk about the issue in a way they'll comprehend.


by NATALIE SHOEMAKER


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The difference fundamentalists make

The difference fundamentalists make | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
For trust in science, gay marriage, and women's employment, the majority of American opposition comes from people who hold fundamentalist Christian views.
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Crowdsourcing with mobile apps brings ‘big data’ to psychological research

Crowdsourcing with mobile apps brings ‘big data’ to psychological research | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
A fast-paced game app where players pretend they are baggage screening officers operating airport x-ray scanners has provided researchers with billions of pieces of data in record time, according to an article published by the American...
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Study links suicide risk with insomnia, alcohol use

Study links suicide risk with insomnia, alcohol use | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
A new study is the first to show that insomnia symptoms mediate the relationship between alcohol use and suicide risk, and that this mediation is moderated by gender.
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The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Here at Wired Science, we're big fans of science graphics. And not just the fancy, big-budget ones, but charts and figures and visualizations: the folk art of scientific imagery. In this gallery are our favorite graphics of the year.
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Consumer loyalty driven by aesthetics over functionality

Consumer loyalty driven by aesthetics over functionality | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
When designing a new car, manufacturers might try to attract consumers with more horsepower, increased fuel efficiency or a lower price point.
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How Facebook and Candy Crush Got You Hooked - Wired

How Facebook and Candy Crush Got You Hooked - Wired | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. World of Warcraft. Angry Birds. The most successful tech products have one thing in common: They’re addictive. And users don’t get hooked by accident.

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Conservatives just aren’t funny: Why the right will never have its own Stephen Colbert

Conservatives just aren’t funny: Why the right will never have its own Stephen Colbert | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Stewart and Colbert are passing the torch to John Oliver and Larry Wilmore. Where is the right's breakout star?
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Effective satire requires lateral and divergent thinking, a sense of irony and the ring of truth—Right wing authoritarians have rigid, literal and absolutist thinking and "noise machine" propagandists have no interest in truth or informing the public.

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Computer vision finally matches primates’ ability

Computer vision finally matches primates’ ability | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

While researchers have struggled over the years to build a computer model that can match the primate brain in terms of visual recognition, a team of MIT neuroscientists says it has finally done so by building what it calls deep neural networks.


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Will religion ever disappear? - BBC News

Will religion ever disappear? - BBC News | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer investigates.

Via Sarantis Chelmis
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Silly question: might as well ask if belief systems will cease to exist. Or every fan club or every ideology . . . . "Religion" is not an essentialized and limited concept. It is a flexible term for a range of belief systems, traditions and world views.

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10 Most Shocking Cases of Anorexia (anorexia pictures, anorexic models) - ODDEE

10 Most Shocking Cases of Anorexia (anorexia pictures, anorexic models) - ODDEE | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Anorexic models, moms and even doctors: ten scary stories of people obsessed with losing weight. (anorexia pictures, anorexic models)

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Big History Project: Chapter 5 - The Future

Big History Project: Chapter 5 - The Future | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
After the rise of agriculture, innovation in communication and transportation resulting in an ever-connected world, what's next?

Via Sarantis Chelmis
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