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Empathy + Placebo = Healing? - Neuroskeptic

Empathy + Placebo = Healing? - Neuroskeptic | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Psychotherapy, voodoo, and complementary/alternative medicine (CAM) are all cut from the same cloth; they are 'healing methods' that relieve symptoms becau
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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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From disgust to deceit: A shorter path than you might think

From disgust to deceit: A shorter path than you might think | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Feeling queasy? How about deceitful? New research shows feelings of disgust encourage unethical, self-interested behaviours such as lying to get more money.
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Oh, so that’s the difference

Oh, so that’s the difference | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Perhaps you’ve wondered what the difference between atheism and secular humanism might be. That renowned expert on ethical secularism, Rafael Cruz, father of Ted, explains it all in one simple slide.
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Confucian thought and China's environmental dilemmas

Confucian thought and China's environmental dilemmas | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom holds that China - the world's most populous country - is an inveterate polluter, that it puts economic goals above conservation in every instance.
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Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide

Internet addiction affects 6 percent of people worldwide | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Internet addiction is an impulse-control problem marked by an inability to inhibit Internet use, which can adversely affect a person’s life, including their health and interpersonal relationships.
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Rare World War I Propaganda Shows the Biomech Soldier of 100 Years Ago

Rare World War I Propaganda Shows the Biomech Soldier of 100 Years Ago | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
One hundred years ago, at the beginning of the 20th century, the first golden age of advertising met humanity's deadliest conflict: the First World War.
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The Face Is An Entryway to The Self - Scientific American

The Face Is An Entryway to The Self - Scientific American | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
What happens in the brain when you see—really “see”—a friend's smile or scowl
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What happens in the brain when you see—really “see”—a friend's smile or scowl

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Does power lead to corruption?

Does power lead to corruption? | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Scientific research shows that, whatever an individual’s personality type, power leads to antisocial decisions – and testosterone plays an important part too.
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Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequality

Monopoly Was Designed to Teach the 99% About Income Inequality | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

"In the 1930s, at the height of the Great Depression, a down-on-his-luck family man named Charles Darrow invented a game to entertain his friends and loved ones, using an oilcloth as a playing surface. He called the game Monopoly, and when he sold it to Parker Brothers he became fantastically rich—an inspiring Horatio Alger tale of homegrown innovation if ever there was one.

Or is it? I spent five years researching the game’s history for my new book, The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game, and found that Monopoly’s story began decades earlier, with an all-but-forgotten woman named Lizzie Magie, an artist, writer, feminist and inventor."


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Would a Hippocratic Oath for Bankers Lead to Better Behavior?

Would a Hippocratic Oath for Bankers Lead to Better Behavior? | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Starting in 2015, Dutch bankers must swear to uphold a 158-word honor code. Some fear it's hollow progress.

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“The perfect problem”: New video explains the psychology of climate deniers

“The perfect problem”: New video explains the psychology of climate deniers | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Stone Age brains, optimism bias and confirmation bias have something to do with it VIDEO
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10 of the Best Moments in Political Comedy This Year

In a year filled with upheaval and tragedy, we were all in need of a good laugh.
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New Poll: The Majority of Americans Still Have No Clue the Deficit’s Gone Down Under Obama

New Poll: The Majority of Americans Still Have No Clue the Deficit’s Gone Down Under Obama | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
About 35 to 40 percent of Americans are Fox-watching conservatives. The math kind of does itself.
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Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck, and How Studying Science Enriches Art

Madeleine L’Engle on Creativity, Hope, Getting Unstuck, and How Studying Science Enriches Art | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
“Terrible things happen. And those are the things that we learn from… The amazing thing is that despite all… the human spirit still manages to survive, to stay strong.” In addition to being one of the most foundational texts on creativity ever...
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How a 20-minute conversation can convince someone with anti-gay views to change their minds

How a 20-minute conversation can convince someone with anti-gay views to change their minds | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
A new study shows the powerful effects of dialogue in reshaping one's views.
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High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adults

High socioeconomic status increases discrimination, depression risk in black young adults | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
An investigation into factors related to disparities of depression in young adults has found that higher parental education – which has a protective effect for white youth – can also increase the risk of depression for black youth.
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Office jerks beware – your good ideas may not always be welcomed by colleagues

Office jerks beware – your good ideas may not always be welcomed by colleagues | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be a jerk to come up with fresh and original ideas, but sometimes being disagreeable is just what’s needed to sell your brainchild successfully to others.
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Future of Work: Will Social Integrate with Everything We Do?

Future of Work: Will Social Integrate with Everything We Do? | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Recently, I was the part of a debate about whether social media is a boon or a bane for today’s workplace.
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The World of Social Media 2014: Statistics, Facts & Figures

The World of Social Media 2014: Statistics, Facts & Figures | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

It’s been a big year for the world, and it’s been a big year for social media.

 

The World Cup, Sochi Olympics, iPhone 6 announcement, death of Robin Williams and missing Malaysia Flight 370 were huge on Twitter, Facebook and, well, everywhere that had any kind of share button.

 

Social media today is increasingly used as a way to rally communities around common causes to inspire (and sometimes try to force) change.

 

This year, everything from the Ukrainian Crisis to the Ferguson jury decision has triggered enormous social and global conversation, something that just wasn’t possible even a decade ago.

 

Check the visual for an in-depth look at social media around the world in 2014, which comes courtesy of AddThis.


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Support meaningful interactions:  the number one reason why social media is thriving on a narrow scale.

Couples talk to others about their wedding questions, dilemmas and options to get feedback. Having extra opinions outside of immediate family and friends is a good avenue for couples that don’t necessarily want to share all of the details of their day in advance. Couples like to post their speeches, pictures and ideas, or weigh in with their opinions on other members’ weddings.

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Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than You

Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than You | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
There’s an electricity in the moon. A pulse, a magic, an energy. A bewitching entrancement unlike that of the sun.

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'Moyers & Company' 2014 Recommended Books List | BillMoyers.com

'Moyers & Company' 2014 Recommended Books List | BillMoyers.com | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
See what we've been reading.
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How We Can Improve Our Decisions

How We Can Improve Our Decisions | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Better decisions are a function of two things that sometimes conflict: making fewer mistakes and having better insights.

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Sean Hannity, federal judge?! How a wacky right-wing jurist just disqualified himself

Sean Hannity, federal judge?! How a wacky right-wing jurist just disqualified himself | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
The judge who declared Obama's immigration action unconstitutional borrowed his arguments from a Fox News crank VIDEO
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Oral Sex, Yoga, and God's Eternal Wrath: Inside the New Hipster Megachurch That Tells Modern Women to Submit

Oral Sex, Yoga, and God's Eternal Wrath: Inside the New Hipster Megachurch That Tells Modern Women to Submit | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Mars Hill tries to pull a young hipster crowd to Christianity. One of their biggest draws is separate spheres for women and men.
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2014 is ending, but this wave of technology disruptions is just beginning

2014 is ending, but this wave of technology disruptions is just beginning | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry.
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