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Living With Less. A Lot Less.

Living With Less. A Lot Less. | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
The many things I consumed ended up consuming me.
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"In a recent study, the Northwestern University psychologist Galen V. Bodenhausen linked consumption with aberrant, antisocial behavior. Professor Bodenhausen found that “Irrespective of personality, in situations that activate a consumer mind-set, people show the same sorts of problematic patterns in well-being, including negative affect and social disengagement.” Though American consumer activity has increased substantially since the 1950s, happiness levels have flat-lined."

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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working

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How America Can Finally Learn to Deal With Its Impulses

How America Can Finally Learn to Deal With Its Impulses | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it

"The ability to delay gratification has been held up as the one character trait to rule them all—the key to academic success, financial security, and social well-being. But willpower isn’t the answer. The new, emotional science of self-regulation."

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Here Is A Higher Level Of Evolution: Are You Interested? - Forbes

Here Is A Higher Level Of Evolution: Are You Interested?

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How neuroscience is being used to spread quackery in business and education

How neuroscience is being used to spread quackery in business and education | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
During World War II, residents on the islands in the southern Pacific Ocean saw heavy activity by US planes, bringing in goods and supplies for the soldiers. In many cases, this was the islanders' first…
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Checklist of Rationality Habits

Checklist of Rationality Habits This checklist is meant for your personal use, so you can have a wish-list of rationality habits and see if you’re acquiring good habits. It’s not meant to be a way to get a ‘how rational are you?’ score, but, rather, to help you notice specific habits you...
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The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense

The Periodic Table of Irrational Nonsense | Mind (un?)fitting the future | 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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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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We Justify Human Suffering Because We've Never Had a Choice in the Matter

We Justify Human Suffering Because We've Never Had a Choice in the Matter | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Buddha believed the way to end human suffering was the regular practice of meditation and introspection. But Buddha didn’t have biotech.

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Technology Is Getting Smarter. Humans Aren’t.

Technology Is Getting Smarter. Humans Aren’t. | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Innovation is supposed to be the cure for economic doldrums. But what if it’s the cause?  More specifically: Is it possible that the ever-increasing automation of everything from factories to retail sales to journalism will destroy more jobs than it creates? It’s a question that economists and workers have been...

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How super AI could end the age of humans – podcast

Nick Bostrom on why the creation of a superintelligent computer might be the last invention mankind ever makes
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Artificial Wombs Are Coming, but the Controversy Is Already Here

Artificial Wombs Are Coming, but the Controversy Is Already Here | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Ectogenesis is a social and political minefield.
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Virtual Humans Inspire Patients to Open Up

Virtual Humans Inspire Patients to Open Up | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
A new study reports patients are more open to disclosing personal information with a virtual human than a real one.
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Yesteryear's "Disabled" Are Today's Augmented - SERIOUS WONDER

Yesteryear's "Disabled" Are Today's Augmented - SERIOUS WONDER | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Using modern technology, those today considered "disabled" are in reality augmented! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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Courts Increasingly Treat Corporations Like People. They Should Treat Robots Like People, Too.

Courts Increasingly Treat Corporations Like People. They Should Treat Robots Like People, Too. | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Supreme Court recognized that corporations are entitled to religious freedom under the First Amendment, much as actual people are. This further expands the “legal personhood” of corporations. They have the right to own property, enter into and enforce contracts, and make political expenditures under...
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The bias fighters - The Boston Globe

The bias fighters - The Boston Globe | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
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How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias

How Our Delusions Keep Us Sane: The Psychology of Our Essential Self-Enhancement Bias | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it

How evolution made the average person believe she is better in every imaginable way than the average person.


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"Your wildly inaccurate self-evaluations get you through rough times and help motivate you when times are good. [Research shows] that people who are brutally honest with themselves are not as happy day to day as people with unrealistic assumptions about their abilities."

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, September 13, 7:15 PM

Brain Pickings give a summary of how we delude ourselves whilst reviewing the book "You are now less dumb". This could be depressing unless you see it as a way to check your own behaviour. Includes discussion of self-enhancement illusion; superiority bias, optimism bias and my favourite, confirmation bias.

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​The Future of Robot Labor Is the Future of Capitalism

​The Future of Robot Labor Is the Future of Capitalism | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Robots entering the workplace isn’t even really about robots; it's about capitalism.
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How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained | Science | WIRED

How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained | Science | WIRED | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
At a recent event hosted by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists got together with film makers to discuss what both groups have learned---the scientists through painstaking experiments and analysis, and the film makers by intuition and experience---about the mechanisms of attention and perception.
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“We’re constantly calculating where we think the audience’s eye is going to be, and how to attract it to that area and prioritize within a shot what you can fake,” Favreau said. “The best visual effects tool is the brains of the audience,” he said. “They will stitch things together so they make sense.”

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Study finds that human subjects prefer when robots give the orders

Study finds that human subjects prefer when robots give the orders | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
If you've seen a sci-fi flick with autonomous robots in the last 40 years, you may be wary of giving robots any semblance of control.
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The computer will see you now - A virtual shrink may sometimes be better than the real thing

The computer will see you now - A virtual shrink may sometimes be better than the real thing | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
ELLIE is a psychologist, and a damned good one at that. Smile in a certain way, and she knows precisely what your smile means. Develop a nervous tic or tension in an...
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We Need Dystopias Now More Than Ever

We Need Dystopias Now More Than Ever | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Only a venture capitalist could argue, as militarized police descend on poor Americans with riot tech, that we should stop talking about dystopias.
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How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Opinion | WIRED | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Search YouTube for “baby” and “iPad” and you’ll find clips featuring one-year-olds attempting to manipulate magazine pages and television screens as though they were touch-sensitive displays. These children are one step away from assuming that such technology is a natural, spontaneous part of the material world.
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The Neuroethics Blog: Enhancement and Social Possibility

The Neuroethics Blog: Enhancement and Social Possibility | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
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The Uncanniest Valley: What Happens When Robots Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves?

The Uncanniest Valley: What Happens When Robots Know Us Better Than We Know Ourselves? | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
The “uncanny valley” is a term coined by Japanese roboticist Mashahiro Mori in 1970 to describe the strange fact that, as robots become more
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How Will We Define Beauty In A Transhuman Future? - SERIOUS WONDER

How Will We Define Beauty In A Transhuman Future? - SERIOUS WONDER | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
From plastic surgery to futuristic body shopping, the concept of 'beauty' is nearing a paradigm shift! - B.J. Murphy for Serious Wonder
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Smart and smarter drugs

Smart and smarter drugs | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Are we asking the right questions about smart drugs? Marek Kohn looks at what they can do for us – and what they can’t.
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An interesting and comprehensive article about smart drugs / nootropics.  

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