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How Not To Do Great Science - Neuroskeptic

How Not To Do Great Science - Neuroskeptic | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
This post is a bit special. For the first time ever, I've collaborated with an artist, Erene Stergiopoulos. Her webcomic is here and she's on Twitter here.
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Our brains have many glitches that interfere with honest self-awareness and accurate self-assessment
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That One Time Amnesia Worked as a Plot Device

That One Time Amnesia Worked as a Plot Device | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
It's pretty much the biggest cliché in storytelling. Want to rejuvenate your character? Just add amnesia, and poof! They become a new person. But sometimes amnesia actually works as a plot device.
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'I am not a scientist', say Republicans, so let's just ignore the people who are

'I am not a scientist', say Republicans, so let's just ignore the people who are | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
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How do you know whether a scientific study is bogus?

How do you know whether a scientific study is bogus? | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
How do you know whether a scientific study is bogus? Over at Popular Mechanics, there's a very simple guide.
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The real cyborgs - in-depth feature about people merging with machines

The real cyborgs - in-depth feature about people merging with machines | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

"Read about the pioneers of our “post-human” future and see how they're implanting technology into their bodies and brains ..."

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The Transhumanist Future of Sex

The Transhumanist Future of Sex | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

Exoskeleton 'hump suits', cyborg sensation mods, and erotic mind implants—technology is about to change the way we have sex forever.


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Lunch with Walter | The Behavioural Insights Team

Lunch with Walter | The Behavioural Insights Team | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it

Walter Mischel, author of one of the most famous psych experiments of all time – the ‘marshmallow test’ of self-control – and with a wonderful newbook summarising his work, dropped into BIT for lunch on Friday.

Walter’s work showed that the child who ate the treat, instead of waiting a few extra minutes for two treats, would later tend to do worse at school, the labour market, and in life in general. But he thinks that many people, particularly in the wider political and policy world, took away the wrong message from these dramatic headline results. In the decades of work that followed his early studies, Mischel became one of the leading critics of the ‘fixed personality view’ that became popular with the advent of psychometrics in the 60’s and 70’s (think Eysenk in the UK, Cattell et al in the USA). Walter points to the evidence on brain plasticity and epigenetics of the last two decades as having confirmed the capacity of people to learn and change, and particularly to rapidly sharpen their executive function (EF) and self-control through practice. He argues that the real lesson of epigenetics, and his own early work, is that the human genome is more like a library than a fixed script, and that situational forces and personal choices greatly affect which ‘book’, or capability, we take out over any period.

 


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"Politicians Who Say I’m Not A Scientist’ On Climate Has Advice On Ebola" | Think Progress | 10/20/14

"Politicians Who Say I’m Not A Scientist’ On Climate Has Advice On Ebola" | Think Progress | 10/20/14 | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Most prominent Republican politicians who are not willing to talk about the science of climate change are extremely willing to talk about the science of Ebola.

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Franklin Delano Williams's curator insight, October 20, 4:42 PM

...More GOP hypocrisy from the Teabaggers!!

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A Promise Is a Promise

A Promise Is a Promise | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Promise to Tell the Whole Truth

A promise is a promise. Some folks apply a rating scale, believing that breaking a big promise is inexcusable, while a small one is acceptable. That’s simply false. While breaking a big promise, such as failing to repay borrowed money, can torpedo a relationship, reneging on promises, such as being on time, casts doubt on future behavior.

Remember, trust is built through a series of experiences shared with others. When behavior is consistent, faith in the relationship develops. When promises are broken or people are misled, the bonds of trust are breached.

Broken promises imply that the offenders either didn’t think before making the promises, or don’t care that they’ve let you down. They’re also implying that their needs are more important than yours. So, be careful about the promises that you make and with whom you make them.

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Promise to Tell the Whole Truth

A promise is a promise. Some folks apply a rating scale, believing that breaking a bigpromise is inexcusable, while a small one is acceptable. That’s simply false. While breaking a big promise, such as failing to repay borrowed money, can torpedo a relationship, reneging on promises, such as being on time, casts doubt on future behavior.


Remember, trust is built through a series of experiences shared with others. When behavior is consistent, faith in the relationship develops. When promises are broken or people are misled, the bonds of trust are breached.


Broken promises imply that the offenders either didn’t think before making the promises, or don’t care that they’ve let you down. They’re also implying that their needs are more important than yours. So, be careful about the promises that you make and with whom you make them.


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The Smile Revolution in Eighteenth Century Paris

The Smile Revolution in Eighteenth Century Paris | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
John Brewer at Literary Review: The 18th-century cult of sensibility, spread through performances on the Parisian stage and nurtured by novels of deep emotional intensity by the likes of Samuel Richardson and Rousseau, loosened the grip of the...
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How Anti-Vaccine Fear Takes Hold

How Anti-Vaccine Fear Takes Hold | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Skyler Smoot, a cooing, smiling 12-week-old baby, is in danger. His brown eyes sparkle, his toes wiggle, his hands wave, but his health lies at the heart of a controversy between parents and doctors.
“I’m just afraid, you know?
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Using feminist theory to understand male rape

Using feminist theory to understand male rape | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Decades of feminist research have framed rape and sexual assault as a ‘women’s issue’, leaving little room for the experiences of male victims.
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Five brain challenges we can overcome in the next decade

Five brain challenges we can overcome in the next decade | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
By Barbara Sahakian, University of Cambridge Just prior to him leaving office, I was asked by John Beddington, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, to scope the future of neuroscience over the next ten years.
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A Comedy Club in Spain Now Charges Customers by the Laugh

A Comedy Club in Spain Now Charges Customers by the Laugh | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Paying for a ticket or cover charge at a comedy club is pretty standard. But getting the most chuckle for your buck is never guaranteed, and no one wants to pay for a show that they didn’t think was funny.
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Scientists track Internet usage as it pulses across the globe daily (w/ Video)

Scientists track Internet usage as it pulses across the globe daily (w/ Video) | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Researchers studying how big the Internet is have found that it "sleeps," almost like a living creature.
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7 Myths About the Brain... Debunked!

7 Myths About the Brain... Debunked! | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
There are still a lot of things we don't know about the brain, researchers have dispelled a number of common myths. Discover the truth behind some popular brain myths.
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The Reign of 'Terror'

The Reign of 'Terror' | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
The rhetoric of terror continues to immerse us in a nightmare of skewed reason and perpetual warfare.
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This Comic Perfectly Captures How Feminism Helps Everyone

This Comic Perfectly Captures How Feminism Helps Everyone | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
A comic artist known as Rasenth wants to set the record straight on sexism.

Rasenth, a 25-year-old based in Japan, has created a comic showing how sexism is hurtful to everyone -- and reminding us that we can only overcome it by working together....

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malek's curator insight, October 20, 8:02 AM

Men and women spread these stereotypes: the alpha male, femme fetale, dress to attract. But there's still more seriious offences like "bitchslap", "catcalling".

Bottom line: treat people with dignity

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“The great ideas have come from people who weren’t paid to have great ideas” | chris dixon's blog


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Peter Vander Auwera's curator insight, Today, 1:02 AM

"A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance."

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These Impossible Buildings Make M.C. Escher Look Quaint | WIRED

These Impossible Buildings Make M.C. Escher Look Quaint | WIRED | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Each of Filip Dujardin's creations is meticulously constructed, teetering on a fine edge between reality and absurdity.

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Only “Real” Women Need Apply: Defining Womanhood and Trans Inclusion at Women’s Colleges » Sociology Lens

Only “Real” Women Need Apply: Defining Womanhood and Trans Inclusion at Women’s Colleges » Sociology Lens | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
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7 Traits That Make A Leader: They empathize with others.

7 Traits That Make A Leader: They empathize with others. | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
We don't often think of empathy as being a characteristic of the American workplace. But leaders who are kind and empathetic -- who truly care about the people who work for them -- are some of the most effective managers out there, inspiring others and naturally drawing people to their side.


A leader who displays empathy is better equipped to connect with others and understand their perspectives. In turn, they are able to call on these relationships for support when they need it.

Jayson Boyers, vice president of continuing professional studies at Champlain College, goes so far as to argue that empathy is the single strongest force that moves businesses forward.


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Applied Science: When Those Who Know Won’t Share

Applied Science: When Those Who Know Won’t Share | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
Teamwork may be important in the workplace, but research shows that individual workers find various rationales for keeping knowledge to themselves.
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Dysprosody: When You Can't Stress Words or You Can't Stress Words

Dysprosody: When You Can't Stress Words or You Can't Stress Words | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
What's the difference between telling people they shouldn't do something and telling them they shouldn't do something? If you have dysprosody, nothing.
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Study: Birth season affects your mood in later life

Study: Birth season affects your mood in later life | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
New research shows that the season you are born has a significant impact on your risk of developing mood disorders.
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On Montaigne: the father of psychological essays - RenewAmerica

On Montaigne: the father of psychological essays - RenewAmerica | Brain Tricks: Belief, Bias, and Blindspots | Scoop.it
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
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