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Facebook Twitter - Free Online English Dictionary. What is the Bystander Effect? Why Bystanders Fail to Intervene. Guest Post: The psychology of anthropomorphism, or why I felt empathy towards a piece of trash. In early January, the sidewalks in my neighborhood are lined with discarded Christmas trees.

Guest Post: The psychology of anthropomorphism, or why I felt empathy towards a piece of trash

It’s the collective holiday hangover trash, and quite frankly it makes me sad; the trees mark the moment of winter where all that is left are several cheerless months of cold and drudgery. My dog, however, goes apeshit over them. He loves to sniff them. He loves to pee on them. And, a couple of weeks ago, his Christmas tree habit led me to some unexpected psychological self-analysis. On an early walk, as my dog lifted his leg on the eighth tree of the morning, I saw a tiny ornament clinging to its lowest branches. My first thought: “Oh, no no no. My second thought: “I will save you.”

Social loafing. Social loafing can be explained by the "free-rider" theory and the resulting "sucker effect", which is an individual’s reduction in effort in order to avoid pulling the weight of a fellow group member.[3][4] Research on social loafing began with rope pulling experiments by Ringelmann, who found that members of a group tended to exert less effort into pulling a rope than did individuals alone.

Social loafing

In more recent research, studies involving modern technology, such as online and distributed groups, has also shown clear evidence of social loafing. Many of the causes of social loafing stem from an individual feeling that his or her effort will not matter to the group. History[edit] Rope-pulling experiments[edit] Results from Ringelmann's experiment. Teleological argument. Teleology. Though ancient atomists rejected the notion of natural teleology, teleological accounts of non-personal or non-human nature were explored and often endorsed in ancient and medieval philosophies, but fell into disfavor during the modern era (1600-1900).


In the late 18th century, Immanuel Kant used the concept of telos as a regulative principle in his Critique of Judgment. Teleology was also fundamental to the speculative philosophy of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. Contemporary philosophers and scientists are still actively discussing whether teleological talk is useful or accurate in doing modern philosophy and science. For instance, in 2012, Thomas Nagel proposed a neo-Darwinian account of evolution that incorporates impersonal, natural teleological laws to explain the existence of life, consciousness, rationality, and objective value.[4] Etymology[edit]

Credulity. Indomitable. Women Are Kind And Men Are Strong: How Benevolent Sexism Hurts Us All. Opinion: How World War I gave us 'cooties' French soldiers sing the national anthem at the beginning of World War I in August 1914.

Opinion: How World War I gave us 'cooties'

This "war to end all wars" might seem like ancient history, but it changed the world forever. It transformed the way war was fought, upended cultures and home life and stimulated innovations that affect us today. With more than 30 combatant nations and nearly 70 million men mobilized, World War I profoundly destabilized the international order. Biocentric universe. Biocentric universe (from Greek: βίος, bios, "life")—also known as biocentrism—is a concept proposed in 2007 by American doctor of medicine Robert Lanza, a scientist in the fields of regenerative medicine and biology,[1][2][3] which sees biology as the central driving science in the universe, and an understanding of the other sciences as reliant on a deeper understanding of biology.

Biocentric universe

Biocentrism states that life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos—consciousness creates the universe rather than the other way around. It asserts that current theories of the physical world do not work, and can never be made to work, until they fully account for life and consciousness. While physics is considered fundamental to the study of the universe, and chemistry fundamental to the study of life, biocentrism claims that scientists will need to place biology before the other sciences to produce a theory of everything.[4] Critics have questioned whether the theory is falsifiable.

Anthropic principle. The anthropic principle is a philosophical consideration that observations of the Universe must be compatible with the conscious and sapient life that observes it.

Anthropic principle

Some proponents of the anthropic principle reason that it explains why this universe has the age and the fundamental physical constants necessary to accommodate conscious life. As a result, they believe it is unremarkable that this universe has fundamental constants that happen to fall within the narrow range thought to be compatible with life.[1][2] The strong anthropic principle (SAP) as explained by John D. Execrate. Death anxiety (psychology) Death anxiety is the morbid, abnormal or persistent fear of one's own death or the process of his/her dying.

Death anxiety (psychology)

One definition of death anxiety is a "feeling of dread, apprehension or solicitude (anxiety) when one thinks of the process of dying, or ceasing to ‘be’".[1] It is also referred to as thanatophobia (fear of death), and is distinguished from necrophobia, which is a specific fear of dead or dying persons and/or things (i.e. others who are dead or dying, not one's own death or dying).[2] Lower ego integrity, more physical problems, and more psychological problems are predictive of higher levels of death anxiety in elderly people.

[citation needed] Robert Langs distinguishes three types of death anxiety:[3] Predatory death anxiety. Thanatophobia - Fear of Death. Thanatophobia, or fear of death, is a relatively complicated phobia.

Thanatophobia - Fear of Death

Many, if not most, people are afraid of dying. Some people fear being dead, while others are afraid of the actual act of dying. However, if the fear is so prevalent as to affect your daily life, then you might have a full-blown phobia. Religious Issues Many people's fear of death is tied into their religious beliefs, particularly if they happen to be going through a period of questioning.

Creation and Mathematics; or What Does God Have to do with the Numbers? By Vern S.

Creation and Mathematics; or What Does God Have to do with the Numbers?

Poythress. Flotsam and jetsam. In maritime law, flotsam, jetsam, lagan and derelict are specific kinds of shipwreck.

Flotsam and jetsam

The words have specific nautical meanings, with legal consequences in the law of admiralty and marine salvage:[1] How cold is a witch's tit? Fusiform. Fusiform means having a spindle-like shape that is wide in the middle and tapers at both ends. Tidal locking. Tidal locking results in the Moon rotating about its axis in about the same time it takes to orbit Earth.

Except for libration effects, this results in the Moon keeping the same face turned towards Earth, as seen in the figure on the left. (The Moon is shown in polar view, and is not drawn to scale.) If the Moon were not spinning at all, it would alternately show its near and far sides to Earth, while moving around Earth in orbit, as shown in the figure on the right. Mechanism[edit] The change in rotation rate necessary to tidally lock a body B to a larger body A is caused by the torque applied by A's gravity on bulges it has induced on B by tidal forces. Witches' mark. According to witch-hunters during the height of the witch trials, the witches’ mark (not to be confused with a witches' teat) indicated that an individual was a witch. The witches' mark and the devil's mark are all terms applied to essentially the same mark. The beliefs about the mark differ depending on the trial location and the accusation made against the witch.

Evidence of the witches’ mark is found earliest in the 16th century, and reached its peak in 1645, then essentially disappeared by 1700.[1] The Witch or Devil's mark was believed to be the permanent marking of the Devil on his initiates to seal their obedience and service to him. He created the mark by raking his claw across their flesh, or by making a blue or red brand using a hot iron. Tia Silverthorne Bach's Blog - Colder Than A Witch's Tit & Other Sayings - September 13, 2013 10:30. It's time for more word fun! I love a good saying, one that you use all the time and really don't know why. Recently, I did a post on just those type of sayings: Bat Out of Hell and Other Phrases.

Ethos. Optimism bias. The optimism bias (also known as unrealistic or comparative optimism) is a bias that causes a person to believe that they are less at risk of experiencing a negative event compared to others. There are four factors that cause a person to be optimistically biased: their desired end state, their cognitive mechanisms, the information they have about themselves versus others, and overall mood.[1] The optimistic bias is seen in a number of situations. For example: people believing that they are less at risk of being a crime victim,[2] smokers believing that they are less likely to contract lung cancer or disease than other smokers, first-time bungee jumpers believing that they are less at risk of an injury than other jumpers,[3] or traders who think they are less exposed to losses in the markets.[4] Measuring[edit] Factors[edit] Desired end states of comparative judgment[edit] Self-enhancement[edit] Self-presentation[edit] Personal control/perceived control[edit] Cognitive mechanisms[edit]

Amodal perception. Perceptual psychology. Paroxysm. Lighter: How World War I gave us 'cooties' Wordini. Hubris. - Free Online English Dictionary. Sophrosyne. Daily Content Archive as of Sunday, July 13, 2014. Existentialism.