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The Cato Hypocrisy. I have long held that the greatest tragedy, among countless misfortunes that recur in the long and agonizing human story, is not when evil triumphs over good, or when oppression overcomes freedom, or even the wretched loss of ten billion potential might-have-beens. No, the most devastating defect in our character -- a trait that held us down ever since the caves -- is the very same twist in our natures that makes us such fine storytellers. I am talking about our incredible penchant for -- and creativity at -- self delusion and rationalization.

The lengths that we all go to, in order to convince ourselves that we are the smart ones, virtuous and right... often in complete denial of blatant evidence to the contrary. It is the one magical act that all of us can easily perform, at near genius level. Elsewhere I talk about the organic mechanisms of reinforcement that make us addicts to this sort of blithe, self-righteous assurance, while dismissing all opponents as vile or stupid strawmen.

UW study shows direct brain interface between humans. November 5, 2014 Sometimes, words just complicate things. What if our brains could communicate directly with each other, bypassing the need for language? University of Washington researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person’s brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal. In this photo, UW students Darby Losey, left, and Jose Ceballos are positioned in two different buildings on campus as they would be during a brain-to-brain interface demonstration.

Read the PLOS ONE paper Learn more about the team’s current research Collaborator Rajesh Rao, a UW professor of computer science and engineering, is the lead author on this work. Dr. Gabor Maté ~ Who We Are When We Are Not Addicted: The Possible Human. What (mass)consumentism does to the human psyche? Top five regrets of the dying. There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives.

And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom.

Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware: 1. "This was the most common regret of all. 2. "This came from every male patient that I nursed. 3. "Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. 4. 5. Joss Whedon '87 - Wesleyan University Commencement Speech - Official. The Science of Willpower: KellyMcGonigal at TEDxBayArea. Sam Harris on free will. Conversations on Compassion: Eckhart Tolle, spiritual teacher and author. Men and women literally see the world differently. Guys' eyes are more sensitive to small details and moving objects, while women are more perceptive to color changes, according to a new vision study that suggests men and women actually do see things differently. "As with other senses, such as hearing and the olfactory system, there are marked sex differences in vision between men and women," researcher Israel Abramov, of the City University of New York (CUNY), said in a statement.

Research has shown women have more sensitive ears and sniffers than men. "[A] recent, large review of the literature concluded that, in most cases females had better sensitivity, and discriminated and categorized odors better than males," Abramov and colleagues write Tuesday (Sept. 4) in the journal Biology of Sex Differences. Abramov and his team from CUNY's Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges compared the vision of males and females over age 16 who had normal color vision and 20/20 sight — or at least 20/20 vision with glasses or contacts. Related on The great illusion of the self. (Image: Darren Hopes) As you wake up each morning, hazy and disoriented, you gradually become aware of the rustling of the sheets, sense their texture and squint at the light. One aspect of your self has reassembled: the first-person observer of reality, inhabiting a human body. As wakefulness grows, so does your sense of having a past, a personality and motivations. Your self is complete, as both witness of the world and bearer of your consciousness and identity.

This intuitive sense of self is an effortless and fundamental human experience. In these articles, discover why "you" aren’t the person you thought you were. Three Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids…and How to Correct Them. Recently, I read about a father, Paul Wallich, who built a camera-mounted drone helicopter to follow his grade-school-aged son to the bus stop. He wants to make sure his son arrives at the bus stop safe and sound. There’s no doubt the gizmo provides an awesome show-and-tell contribution. In my mind, Paul Wallich gives new meaning to the term “helicopter parent.” While I applaud the engagement of this generation of parents and teachers, it’s important to recognize the unintended consequences of our engagement. 1. We live in a world that warns us of danger at every turn. Author Gever Tulley suggests, “If you’re over 30, you probably walked to school, played on the monkey bars, and learned to high-dive at the public pool.

Unfortunately, over-protecting our young people has had an adverse effect on them. Psychologists in Europe have discovered that if a child doesn’t play outside and is never allowed to experience a skinned knee or a broken bone, they frequently have phobias as adults. 2. Ken Robinson and Eckhart Tolle on finding your element. What makes a hero? - Matthew Winkler. New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts | Breast Evolution. Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women's chests? Scientists have never satisfactorily explained men's curious breast fixation, but now, a neuroscientist has struck upon an explanation that he says "just makes a lot of sense. " Larry Young, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University who studies the neurological basis of complex social behaviors, thinks human evolution has harnessed an ancient neural circuit that originally evolved to strengthen the mother-infant bond during breast-feeding, and now uses this brain circuitry to strengthen the bond between couples as well.

The result? Men, like babies, love breasts. When a woman's nipples are stimulated during breast-feeding, the neurochemical oxytocin, otherwise known as the "love drug," floods her brain, helping to focus her attention and affection on her baby. In other words, men can make themselves more desirable by stimulating a woman's breasts during foreplay and sex.

You Won’t Stay the Same, Study Finds. Ben Thomas: We're Pretty Much All Tripping, All the Time. TED and The Huffington Post are excited to bring you TEDWeekends, a curated weekend program that introduces a powerful "idea worth spreading" every Friday, anchored in an exceptional TEDTalk. This week's TEDTalk is accompanied by an original blog post from the featured speaker, along with new op-eds, thoughts and responses from the HuffPost community. Watch the talk above, read the blog post and tell us your thoughts below. Become part of the conversation! Watch Beau Lotto's talk above on optical illusions and how information can differ depending on perception. The year was 1943, and the Pentagon had a problem. Shannon was a new breed of mathematician: A specialist in what's known today as information theory. As Beau Lotto explains in his presentation, we're hallucinating reality all the time -- but we only take notice when our hallucinations fail to make accurate predictions. -- Ben Thomas Take, for example, the sequence of letters spelling out "Let's crack the codes.

" Looting after Hurricane Sandy: Disaster myths and disaster utopias explained. Photograph by Mehdi Taamallah/AFP/Getty Images. On Thursday, three days after Hurricane Sandy swept across the Eastern Seaboard, darkening power grids, flooding neighborhoods, and killing at least 74 people, former Star Trek actor and social-media dynamo George Takei posted a lovely photo to his Facebook timeline. It showed two power strips draped over the gratework of a fence, phone cords tendrilling from each one.

A sign said, “We have power. Please feel free to charge your phone!” Katy Waldman is a Slate assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter. Follow Elsewhere on Facebook, a user from New York described what happened a few hours before the storm hit on Monday when a man attempted to steal a woman’s pocketbook: Immediately, people were at their windows yelling “Stop that guy!” And the roll call of small mitzvahs and impromptu cooperation surrounding Sandy keeps expanding. Which prompted us cynical souls to ask: What’s going on? But meanwhile, the disaster myths persist.

Psychology: Why are some people more resilient than others. Talks at Google: Eckhart Tolle in Conversation with Bradley Horowitz. David DeSteno: Compassion science. Childhood stimulation key to brain development, study finds | Science. Brain scans of participants aged in their late teens showed a correlation between cognitive stimulation at the age of four and a thinner, more developed, cortex Photograph: David Job/Getty Images An early childhood surrounded by books and educational toys will leave positive fingerprints on a person's brain well into their late teens, a two-decade-long research study has shown.

Scientists found that the more mental stimulation a child gets around the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead. It is known that childhood experience influences brain development but the only evidence scientists have had for this has usually come from extreme cases such as children who had been abused or suffered trauma. Farah took data from surveys of home life and brain scans of 64 participants carried out over the course of 20 years. The participants had been tracked since they were four years old. Brené Brown: Listening to shame.

Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn. George Bonanno: Measuring human resilience. RSA Animate - Language as a Window into Human Nature. Why We Need to Study the Brain’s Evolution in Order to Understand the Modern Mind | Brainwaves. Image via Wikimedia Commons, adapted from Christopher Walsh, Harvard Medical School, by Gary2863 In the September 17th issue of The New Yorker, Anthony Gottlieb analyzes Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature, a new book by David Barash, a psychology professor at the University of Washington in Seattle. Gottlieb’s article is more than just a book review—it’s also the latest in a long line of critiques of evolutionary psychology, the study of the brain, mind and behavior in the context of evolution. Gottlieb makes several excellent points, describing the same major shortcomings of evolutionary psychology that critics and proponents alike have named many times before: frustratingly scant evidence of early humans’ intellect, the immense difficulty of objectively testing hypotheses about how early humans behaved, the allure of convenient just-so stories to explain the origins of various mental quirks and talents.

Yes, you do. Diane Kelly: What we didn't know about penis anatomy. Svante Pääbo: DNA clues to our inner neanderthal. The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson. When your foot falls asleep, why does it tingle so much and why is it so sensitive when it comes in contact with anything else? : askscience. Thinkahol comments on Three books that transformed your spirituality, worldview, or meditation practice. Men's Journal Magazine - Men's Style, Travel, Fitness and Gear. Courtesy Michael Finkel These are my final words: "Why a camp chair? " I speak them to a man named Wade. Wade from Minnesota. I'm in line behind him, waiting to enter the Dhamma Giri meditation center, in the quiet hill country of western India, for the official start of the 10-day course.

Wade tells me that this is his second course and that he learned a valuable lesson from the first. "I'm so glad I have this," he says, indicating the small folding camp chair tucked under his arm. Not just silence. The line begins to move, and I follow Wade and the rest of the men – women are in a separate area – through the ­20-acre campus: cement paths piebald with bird droppings, a couple of shady banana trees.

We remove our footwear. A couple of volunteers – they're officially known as Dharma Servers and are permitted to make occasional hand gestures – point to where I should sit. I'm deeply, heart-slammingly nervous, yet also elated. A laughing matter. Dishing up tacos and burritos to hungry college students may not sound like much fun, but the women behind the counter at Salsa Rico look like they're having a pretty good time. Their heads are thrown back in laughter as they yell out to each other from either end of the steam tables. Meanwhile, a student grabbing a quick solo meal stands straight-faced near the cash register. Psychology professor Robert Provine, PhD, nods in the direction of the Salsa Rico trio as he takes in the student commons scene.

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) psychology professor has spent close to two decades taking careful notes on situations just like this, trying to understand how and why people laugh. Provine approaches laughter the way an ethologist might study birdsongs or Jane Goodall studied chimpanzees--by taking a step back. To answer those questions, Provine taped bursts of laughter and brought the recordings to a sound analysis lab at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Why we procrastinate by Vik Nithy @ TEDxYouth@TheScotsCollege.

Why 6-Year-Old Girls Want To Be Sexy (STUDY) By: Jennifer Abbasi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 07/16/2012 12:18 PM EDT on LiveScience Most girls as young as 6 are already beginning to think of themselves as sex objects, according to a new study of elementary school-age kids in the Midwest. Researchers have shown in the past that women and teens think of themselves in sexually objectified terms, but the new study is the first to identify self-sexualization in young girls. The study, published online July 6 in the journal Sex Roles, also identified factors that protect girls from objectifying themselves. Psychologists at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., used paper dolls to assess self-sexualization in 6- to 9-year-old girls.

Sixty girls were shown two dolls, one dressed in tight and revealing "sexy" clothes and the other wearing a trendy but covered-up, loose outfit. Across-the-board, girls chose the "sexy" doll most often. Other studies have found that sexiness boosts popularity among girls but not boys.

Important factors. Career Advice from Alan Watts. Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life. What is the Self? ‘Mind uploading’ featured in academic journal special issue for first time. (Credit: stock image) The Special Issue on Mind Uploading (Vol. 4, issue 1, June 2012) of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, just released, “constitutes a significant milestone in the history of mind uploading research: the first-ever collection of scientific and philosophical papers on the theme of mind uploading,” as Ben Goertzel and Matthew Ikle’ note in the Introduction to this issue.

“Mind uploading” is an informal term that refers to transferring the mental contents from a human brain into a different substrate, such as a digital, analog, or quantum computer. It’s also known as “whole brain emulation” and “substrate-independent minds.” Serious mind uploading researchers have emerged recently, taking this seemingly science-fictional notion seriously and pursuing it via experimental and theoretical research programs, Goertzel and Ilke’ note.

For example, Neuroscientist Randal A. Introduction Ben Goertzel And Matthew Ikle’ Digital Immortality: Self Or 0010110? Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. Why Do We Like What We Like? The Psychology of Human Sexuality - What Do Men and Women Focus On When They Watch Porn? The Answer Will Probably Surprise You. Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? Five myths about marriage. Stress, Portrait of a Killer - Full Documentary (2008) Sam Harris on "Free Will". Group Marriage and the Future of the Family. WHERE GOOD IDEAS COME FROM by Steven Johnson. Critical Thinking.

Susan Cain: The power of introverts. It's The Orphanages, Stupid! - Science overturns view of humans as naturally 'nasty' RSA Animate - The Divided Brain. Redirect with Timothy Wilson. Group settings can diminish expressions of intelligence, especially among women |

Brene Brown: The power of vulnerability. 1. Dangers of Crying It Out. Why our minds have probably evolved as far as they can go. Minds are as clever as they will ever be, say scientists. Aaron C. Kay, PhD | Publications. Thandie Newton: Embracing otherness, embracing myself. To Dance Is a Radical Act. Homophobic Men Most Aroused by Gay Male Porn. Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) Ignorance is bliss when it comes to challenging social issues. The Cato Hypocrisy.


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