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Welcome to Less Wrong

Welcome to Less Wrong
A curatedcommunityblogA community discussion boardA source of edited rationality materials ... And a promoter of regular meetups around the world. Less Wrong is: In the past four decades, behavioral economists and cognitive psychologists have discovered many cognitive biases human brains fall prey to when thinking and deciding. Less Wrong is an online community for people who want to apply the discovery of biases like the conjunction fallacy, the affect heuristic, and scope insensitivity in order to fix their own thinking. Bayesian reasoning offers a way to improve on the native human reasoning style.

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A List Of Fallacious Arguments attacking the person instead of attacking his argument. For example, "Von Daniken's books about ancient astronauts are worthless because he is a convicted forger and embezzler." (Which is true, but that's not why they're worthless.) Another example is this syllogism, which alludes to Alan Turing's homosexuality:

Teleologic Evolution, Intelligent Self-Design, Anticipatory Computing, Local-Global Feedback Concurrent ontology and the extensional conception of attribute "By analogy with the extension of a type as the set of individuals of that type, we define the extension of an attribute as the set of states of an idealized observer of that attribute, observing concurrently with observers of other attributes. The attribute theoretic counterpart of an operation mapping individuals of one type to individuals of another is a dependency mapping states of one attribute to states of another.

New Girl on the Block Professional Writer Talia is one of a kind. She is a twenty-something word-obsessed, afro-wearing gym addict with a penchant for shower singing, an addiction to cheesecake, and an unparalleled love for bookstores. What we love about her the most is that she always keeps it real and her writing comes from a place of candidness and honesty. Naturally, her passion for words led her to a degree in professional writing from York University where she learned as much about the importance of collaboration, compromise, integrity, commitment, and persistence as she did about the technical aspects of various forms of writing and editing. Fly Girl Since: October 2015

Performance enhancement at the cost of potential brain plasticity: neural ramifications of nootropic drugs in the healthy developing brain 1Department of Psychology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, USA2Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA Cognitive enhancement is perhaps one of the most intriguing and controversial topics in neuroscience today. Currently, the main classes of drugs used as potential cognitive enhancers include psychostimulants (methylphenidate (MPH), amphetamine), but wakefulness-promoting agents (modafinil) and glutamate activators (ampakine) are also frequently used. Pharmacologically, substances that enhance the components of the memory/learning circuits—dopamine, glutamate (neuronal excitation), and/or norepinephrine—stand to improve brain function in healthy individuals beyond their baseline functioning.

The Brain: The Mystery of Consciousness The young women had survived the car crash, after a fashion. In the five months since parts of her brain had been crushed, she could open her eyes but didn't respond to sights, sounds or jabs. In the jargon of neurology, she was judged to be in a persistent vegetative state. 7 Stupid Thinking Errors You Probably Make The brain isn’t a flawless piece of machinery. Although it is powerful and comes in an easy to carry container, it has it’s weaknesses. A field in psychology which studies these errors, known as biases. Although you can’t upgrade your mental hardware, noticing these biases can clue you into possible mistakes.How Bias Hurts You If you were in a canoe, you’d probably want to know about any holes in the boat before you start paddling. Biases can be holes in your reasoning abilities and they can impair your decision making.

Hacking the Mind - Intrusive Brain Reading Surveillance Technology by Carole Smith Global Research, December 13, 2007 Dissent Magazine, Australia, Summer 2007/2008 from GlobalResearch Website "We need a program of psychosurgery for political control of our society. The purpose is physical control of the mind. Everyone who deviates from the given norm can be surgically mutilated.The individual may think that the most important reality is his own existence, but this is only his personal point of view.

9 Networking Groups You Should Join Everyone should know by now that networking is the best way to find a job. Where job boards have a 3-10% effectiveness rate, and probably less now that Applicant Tracking Systems (the software that will rank your resume) are becoming prevalent, networking has a 30-60% effectiveness rate. Referred people are less risk and have a higher retention rate – that’s why companies offer referral bonuses to employees who recommend someone who has been hired. Related: 10 Common Networking Mistakes To Avoid Unfortunately, people do not know how to network (one day I will probably write a short book on how to do it). Most people think that telling their friends and acquaintances that they are looking for a job, and arming them with your resume is the right thing to do.

Adam Green: The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins, Pickpocket A few years ago, at a Las Vegas convention for magicians, Penn Jillette, of the act Penn and Teller, was introduced to a soft-spoken young man named Apollo Robbins, who has a reputation as a pickpocket of almost supernatural ability. Jillette, who ranks pickpockets, he says, “a few notches below hypnotists on the show-biz totem pole,” was holding court at a table of colleagues, and he asked Robbins for a demonstration, ready to be unimpressed. Robbins demurred, claiming that he felt uncomfortable working in front of other magicians. He pointed out that, since Jillette was wearing only shorts and a sports shirt, he wouldn’t have much to work with. “Come on,” Jillette said.

Weird thought-generator: How society's fears shape OCD - health - 23 April 2014 Caught up in your own thoughts (Image: Daniel Stolle) From ideas of murder to irrational fears, intrusive thoughts afflict most people. But when David Adam's fear of catching HIV persisted, he developed OCD FOR Winston Churchill, it was an urge to leap from balconies and into the path of oncoming trains. For 20th-century mathematician Kurt Godel, his bête noire was random food poisoning, from his fridge or in general – he eventually starved himself to death. And Alfred Nobel was so terrified of being buried alive that the last words of his will state: "It is my express wish that following my death my veins shall be opened, and when this has been done and competent doctors have confirmed clear signs of death, my remains shall be cremated."

List of memory biases In psychology and cognitive science, a memory bias is a cognitive bias that either enhances or impairs the recall of a memory (either the chances that the memory will be recalled at all, or the amount of time it takes for it to be recalled, or both), or that alters the content of a reported memory. There are many different types of memory biases, including: See also[edit] [edit] qlinkproducts.com store Biomeridian Stress Assessment Testing on Q-Link Nimbus: Batch 01 Using advanced hardware and sophisticated software, test subjects had their electrical characteristics measured at common "meridian points". Baseline (before Q-Link Nimbus is activated - with or without an additional measurement of an added EMF stressor) and post Nimbus (after Q-Link Nimbus activated) readings are taken, with resulting averages ranging from 3.8% - 16.3% towards the ideal "balanced" zone. Biomeridian Stress Assessment Testing on Q-Link Nimbus: Batch 02 Using advanced hardware and sophisticated software, test subjects had their electrical characteristics measured at common "meridian points". Baseline (before Q-Link Nimbus is activated - with or without an additional measurement of an added EMF stressor) and post Nimbus (after Q-Link Nimbus activated) readings are taken, with resulting averages ranging from 4.7% - 15.8% towards the ideal "balanced" zone.

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