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The Spread of Ignorance

I often post on the dangers of ignorance and fallacious reasoning. You can see some examples here, here and here. Science has learned a great deal about our tendencies when it comes to how we perceive reality, and has even … Continue reading

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Driving While Under the Influence of a Phone

Imagine driving into town. Your cell phone beeps and you take the call on your hands-free headset. You’re flagged down by the police, fined, have your driving privileges revoked and your car impounded. That’s what they do when you drink … Continue reading

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Does mental illness enhance creativity?

Here’s another of my pet peeves: The pop psychology link between creativity and mental illness. It is so ingrained that it is assumed to be true, and its proponents are often struck dumb when you question it. If you ask … Continue reading

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Cognitive Biases that Affect Decisions

In my ongoing effort to remind myself of the ways I can get it wrong, I post this link to a useful infographic. I believe that one of our most important missions in life is to see past our biases … Continue reading

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Getting Better

We’ve never lived in such peaceful times – from a Slate article by Steven Pinker (The Better Angels of Our Nature) and Andrew Mack (The Human Security Report Project) The numbers show that things are getting better, so why do … Continue reading

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Truffles

Just a quick note as a heads-up. If you like truffles you’d better enjoy them while you can. If this gets out, someone will want to make them illegal. It appears truffles contain a chemical, anandamide, that affects the brain … Continue reading

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