The Hedonistic Imperative: Table Of Contents ABSTRACT INTRODUCTION 0.1 The Naturalisation of Heaven 0.2 Saving Vehicles With Bad Drivers 0.3 Humans Are Not Rats 0.4 Life In Dopaminergic Overdrive HOW?1.0 Sabotage At The Mill 1.1 The Biological Program 1.2 Pumping Up The Volume 1.3 The Civilising Neurotransmitter 1.4 The Cardinal Importance Of Delayed Gratification 1.5 The Molecular Genetics Of Paradise 1.6 The Re-encephalisation Of Emotion 1.7 How Could Anything Be So Good? 1.8 All We Need Is Love? WHEN? Unethical Websites Or maybe the century. I guess it might be a parody. I hope it’s a parody. UPDATE (MAY 3): I have been convinced that this post went too far. On Indiegogo, a competitor of GoFundMe, some deranged individuals have actually—can I be really writing this? The text of the appeal is similarly jaw-dropping: We’re campaigning to show our Support for Officer Michael T. Why in the world would anyone want to support a man who has committed a murder and fanned the flames of distrust and racial discord in the process? We believe in all of our LEOs and want to publicly support them! Do you believe in video technology? Although he may have made mis-steps in judgement he was protecting the community. Calling shooting an unarmed fleeing man a misstep in judgement is like calling Jeffrey Daumer a bad chef. Michael is a former Coast Guardsman with two stepchildren and a wife who is expecting a child, served for more than five years with the department without being disciplined. So what? Why? Oh.
Kurt Vonnegut explains drama I was at a Kurt Vonnegut talk in New York a few years ago. Talking about writing, life, and everything. He explained why people have such a need for drama in their life. He said, “People have been hearing fantastic stories since time began. He drew an empty grid on the board, like this: Time moves from left to right. He said, “Let's look at a very common story arc. It starts with her awful life with evil stepsisters, scrubbing the fireplace. “People LOVE that story! He wiped the board clean and said, “Now let's look at another popular story arc: the disaster.” It's an ordinary day in an ordinary town. But the problem is, life is really like this... Our lives drifts along with normal things happening. “But because we grew up surrounded by big dramatic story arcs in books and movies, we think our lives are supposed to be filled with huge ups and downs! That's why people invent fights. We're trying to make our life into a fairy tale.
40 Superb Psychology Blogs PsyBlog Forty of the best psychology blogs, chosen to give you a broad sweep of the most interesting content being produced online right now. The list is split into three sections: first are more general psychological blogs, followed by those with an academic slant, followed by condition specific and patient perspective blogs. Other than that the blogs are presented in no particular order. Updated Sep 2012 to reflect blogs that are now inactive. General: PsyBlog: The blog you’re reading right now—you should subscribe to PsyBlog here.MindHacks: links to psychological goodness from all around the web. More academic: Dr Petra Boynton: sex educator and academic exposes media misrepresentations of science.Babel’s Dawn: exploring the origins of language.The Neurocritic: anonymous, critical, mischievous.Advances in the History of Psychology: it’s all in the title.Deric Bounds’ MindBlog: biological view of the brain from an Emeritus Professor. Condition specific/patient perspective blogs: Panic!
Open for discussion: Graham Hancock, Rupert Sheldrake, TEDxWhitechapel UPDATE: Please see our new blog post Graham Hancock and Rupert Sheldrake, a fresh take, which replaces the x-ed out text below. To discuss the talks, view them here: The debate about Rupert Sheldrake’s talkThe debate about Graham Hancock’s talk After due diligence, including a survey of published scientific research and recommendations from our Science Board and our community, we have decided that Graham Hancock’s and Rupert Sheldrake’s talks from TEDxWhitechapel should be removed from distribution on the TEDx YouTube channel. We’re not censoring the talks. Instead we’re placing them here, where they can be framed to highlight both their provocative ideas and the factual problems with their arguments. All talks on the TEDxTalks channel represent the opinion of the speaker, not of TED or TEDx, but we feel a responsibility not to provide a platform for talks which appear to have crossed the line into pseudoscience. UPDATE: Please find Rupert Sheldrake’s response below the video window.
Henry A. Giroux | Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly democratic vision; durable, longstanding organizations and strategies that make politics meaningful. To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country.- George Orwell Central to George Orwell's nightmarish vision of a totalitarian society was a government so powerful that it not only dominated all of the major institutions in a society, but it also was quite adept at making invisible its inner workings of power. To read more articles by Henry A. The American Deep State, or what Colonel Fletcher Prouty called the Secret Team, is a structural layer of political intermediaries: non-governmental organizations (e.g. In addition, the left has to do more than chart out the mechanisms through which neoliberal authoritarianism sustains itself.
One Day on Earth: A film shot in every country in the world on a single day... This trailer is the first glimpse of One Day on Earth, an ambitious motion picture shot by thousands of filmmakers in every country in the world on a single day: October 10, 2010. The trailer alone includes footage from 90 individuals and organizations. The producer/director Kyle Ruddick is currently editing down 3,000 hours of film and is asking for help via Kickstarter to complete the project. WAR Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic. You should always use more than one metric at a time when evaluating players, but WAR is pretty darn all-inclusive and provides a handy reference point. WAR basically looks at a player and asks the question, “If this player got injured and their team had to replace them with a minor leaguer or someone from their bench, how much value would the team be losing?” Calculating WAR is simpler than you’d think. ● Offensive players – Take wRAA, UBR & wSB, and UZR (which express offensive, base running, and defensive value in runs above average) and add them together. ● Pitchers – Where offensive WAR used wRAA and UZR, pitching WAR uses FIP. WAR is available in two places: FanGraphs (fWAR) and Baseball-Reference (rWAR). Context: League-average WAR rates vary. For position players and starting pitchers, here is a good rule-of-thumb chart:
Evolutionary Holacracy : Expérience Intermarché et « Holacratie évolutive » Une Nouvelle Année, Une Nouvelle façon de penser. Et si nous commencions l’année 2013 par un grand OUI? C’est une nouvelle année qui commence, un nouveau cycle. Et si aprés avoir tant entendu parler de fin du monde nous nous concentrions sur quelques choses de plus… positif. Si nous mettons en avant cette très célèbre citation d’Albert Einstein sur notre site, « les problèmes auxquels nous sommes confrontés ne peuvent être résolu au niveau et avec la façon de penser qui les a engendrés » c’est avant partout parce qu’elle est porteuse d’un sens profond de notre relation à la vie. Pour chacun d’entre nous cela veut dire se poser la question du sens de notre existence et comme un fractal, cela se répercute à chaque niveau de notre existence. La vie est-elle quelque chose de positif? Et si nous faisions de cette nouvelle année l’occasion du retour de l’optimisne? C’est avec cette positivité que nous vous souhaitons à tous de vivre cette nouvelle année! Que la bonne année soit bonne!
I Bought a Rainforest Copyrighted image Credit: Charlie Hamilton James Wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton James has just bought 100 acres of the Peruvian Amazon … without even looking at it first. He plans to spend a year photographing the animals on his land, before launching a campaign to protect more of the forest. But it turns out buying a piece of land over the phone isn’t such a great idea. Over three programmes Charlie discovers that the problems facing the Amazon are now all on his doorstep - the drug trade, illegal gold mining, logging and poverty. Intercut with Charlie’s photographs of wildlife and the people he meets during his stay, this is a jungle adventure that takes in everything from poisonous snakes and hallucinogenic shamanic brews to flesh eating diseases. Watch the series on BBC Two I Bought a Rainforest is on Sunday evening at 8pm, starting on 1 June 2014. 7 specifically produced for the TV series. 8.