If You Leave Your Kids Alone, It’s Not Predatory Strangers Who Are a Risk

If You Leave Your Kids Alone, It’s Not Predatory Strangers Who Are a Risk:

The real stranger danger doesn’t come from would-be kidnappers.

It comes from people who think they’re doing good.

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Negativity Is Literally Killing You

Negativity Is Literally Killing You:

Repeated complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely. Over time, you find it’s easier to be negative than to be positive, regardless of what’s happening around you. Complaining becomes your default behavior, which changes how people perceive you.

And here’s the kicker: complaining damages other areas of your brain as well.

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Football, Propaganda and the Warfare State: For What Do We Stand?

Football, Propaganda and the Warfare State: For What Do We Stand?:

The “national anthem” has as its purpose the creation and enforcement of the collective mindset essential to the war system. Its words penned by the slave-owning, anti-abolitionist, Francis Scott Key, while the tune derived from a British beer-drinking song, the anthem is one of the many anti-individual tools designed to sanctify mob-thinking…. The success of such conditioning was reflected in the responses of a number of NFL executives, one of whom condemned Kaepernick as “a traitor,” while another declared that the player “has no respect for our country,” while a third remarked about the “collective dislike” that his actions had generated. Put these three comments together and you begin to get a sense of the potential power that inheres in activities that bring tens of thousands of people together for any common purpose.

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Cherry or rhubarb? Orangutan mixes tasty cocktails in its mind

Cherry or rhubarb? Orangutan mixes tasty cocktails in its mind:

What’s an orangutan’s favourite cocktail? By providing a captive orang-utan with its own personal cocktail bar, a group of researchers found that out, and in the process discovered that these great apes have a predictive ability thought to be unique to humans.

Naong, a male orangutan based at a Swedish zoo, was offered three distinct-tasting fruit juices – cherry, rhubarb and lemon – as well as cider apple vinegar. Each was in a small bottle on a table adjacent to his cage, and which he could access using a straw.

He learned their flavours, and also the flavour of every possible pairing of the liquids mixed for him by a personal bartender.

The researchers found that Naong not only remembered the flavour of each combination, but could predict whether combinations he had never tasted before would taste pleasant.

Cherry juice was his favourite, but he hated vinegar and wasn’t too convinced by lemon juice. He was also keen on a cherry rhubarb cocktail, and a combination of cherry with either lemon or vinegar.

“It has been considered that only humans can [make predictions in this way], but we challenged this and showed that an orangutan was able to predict whether never-before-experienced mixes would taste good or bad, and that he could do this as well as 10 human ‘control’ subjects,” said Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc of Lund University in Sweden.

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Is Playing Powerball More Rational than Voting for President?

Is Playing Powerball More Rational than Voting for President?:

If it gives you pleasure, please, play Powerball. But don’t play ball with those seeking power. That is a game in which almost everyone loses, and loses badly.

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Virtue Signaling: Why Political Debates on the Internet Are So Often Pointless

Virtue Signaling: Why Political Debates on the Internet Are So Often Pointless:

False beliefs about economics and political philosophy may be devastating in aggregate, but for the individual the cost of choosing to embrace fallacy is negligible. So, as Caplan argues, it is perfectly rational for many to stubbornly cling to false but “emotionally appealing” beliefs. There are no individual, internalized costs that could possibly outweigh whatever emotional benefit the false belief might have.

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In time warping study, people unconsciously controlled blood sugar levels

Researchers suggest well-timed placebos may be useful in managing type 2 diabetes. sci tech news

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Does Power Really Corrupt?

Does Power Really Corrupt?:

An argument about whether powerful people behave better or worse than others is shaking the world of experimental psychology.

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