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False Memories in Mice | MIT Technology Review

False Memories in Mice | MIT Technology Review | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Researchers manipulate mouse neurons to create a false memory; the work could lead to a better understanding of how memories form.
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Wealth may have driven the rise of today’s religions

Wealth may have driven the rise of today’s religions | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Religion wasn’t always based on morality, explains Nicolas Baumard, a psychologist at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. For the first several thousand years of human recorded history, he notes, religions were based on rituals and short-term rewards. If you wanted rain or a good harvest, for example, you made the necessary sacrifices to the right gods. But between approximately 500 B.C.E. and 300 B.C.E., a radical change appeared all over Eurasia as new religions sprung up from Greece to India to China. All of these religions shared a focus on morality, self-discipline, and asceticism, Baumard says. Eventually these new religions, such as Stoicism, Jainism, and Buddhism, and their immediate successors, including Christianity and Islam, spread around the globe and became the world religions of today. Back in 1947, German philosopher Karl Jaspers dubbed the pivotal time when these new religions arose “the Axial Age.”
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Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg on Discrimination at Work

Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg on Discrimination at Work | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Hearing that discrimination is common is a license to do it.
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David Rand: "How Do You Change People's Minds About What Is Right And Wrong?" | Edge.org

David Rand: "How Do You Change People's Minds About What Is Right And Wrong?" | Edge.org | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
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How new brain implants can boost free will – Walter Glannon – Aeon

How new brain implants can boost free will – Walter Glannon – Aeon | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
New brain implants can restore autonomy to damaged minds, but can they settle the question of whether free will exists?
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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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Thierry Belleguic's curator insight, October 1, 4:10 PM
Decades of research by organizational scientists, psychologists, sociologists, economists and demographers show that socially diverse groups (that is, those with a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation) are more innovative than homogeneous groups.It seems obvious that a group of people with diverse individual expertise would be better than a homogeneous group at solving complex, nonroutine problems. It is less obvious that social diversity should work in the same way—yet the science shows that it does.This is not only because people with different backgrounds bring new information. Simply interacting with individuals who are different forces group members to prepare better, to anticipate alternative viewpoints and to expect that reaching consensus will take effort.
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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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Gerald Carey's curator insight, August 21, 8:20 AM

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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Teaching creationism makes kids less intelligent, says Bill Nye - CNET

Teaching creationism makes kids less intelligent, says Bill Nye - CNET | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
The Science Guy worries that forcing children to believe the world is only 6,000 years old prevents them from thinking critically.
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Are Some Professions Less Honest Than Others? Bank On It, Researchers Find

Are Some Professions Less Honest Than Others? Bank On It, Researchers Find | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Bankers have gotten a bit of a bad rep over the last decade, owing to a variety of scandals. A new study may not help.
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Five ways the superintelligence revolution might happen

Five ways the superintelligence revolution might happen | Mind (un?)fitting the future | Scoop.it
Biological brains are unlikely to be the final stage of intelligence. Machines already have superhuman strength, speed and stamina – and one day they will have superhuman intelligence. This is of course not certain to occur – it is possible that we will develop some other dangerous technology first ...

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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, 10:15 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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