Trumpcession: An intellectually debilitating condition, common among academics and progressive activists more generally, characterized by obsession with attributing bad events to Trump and Trump supporters. Lest you think I make this up, this article blames white supremacy for black anti-Semitism. Here is the exact quote: "especially when the perpetrators [of antisemitic attacks] are poor and black, the culprits are white supremacy and capitalism." … [Read more...] about An Orwelexicon for Bias in Academia and Psychology
Representativeness bias examples
So how does all of this relate to the feud between Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders? After all, at the time in question, they were not arguing so, surely, memory is better when there is no motive for ego protection? Of course the answer is no. But why? Because in every interaction only you are privy to your true feelings and motives. And because you know what is in your heart, you sometimes speak in ways that assume everyone else does as well. However, sometimes this can result in you saying something that another person, with their own internal feelings and beliefs can misattribute to meaning something very different than what you intended. In the Warren-Sanders case, let’s look at how each of them could remember the conversation so differently. (Remember, this is just speculation as to their actual conversation.) … [Read more...] about Who’s Lying? Warren vs. Sanders
Offering them to the deities, the worshipper is said to benefit positively from it. Turmeric represents fertility, luck and purity and also the sacral chakra. … [Read more...] about Why Should We Bring Salt On Diwali
Here is a quick set-up of the episode: The team travels to the desert town of Taos, New Mexico, to investigate a string of murders in which the killer drills into his victim’s auditory cortex Major ewwy. The auditory cortex is a part of the brain that processes auditory information, and the agents hypothesize about how this horrific act might explain something about the suspect. They learn of a strange phenomenon commonly reported in Taos called “The Hum.” The Hum is a low-frequency rumbling sound that a significant number of people report hearing persistently in certain geographical locations. … [Read more...] about Misophonia Was on Criminal Minds?
Schmahmann has a hypothesis he calls "Dysmetria of Thought" which is a theory that the cerebellum may fine-tune our thoughts just as it fine-tunes our muscle movements. He developed this theory after studying multiple patients with damage to the cerebellum and observing a pattern of deficits in the cognitive domains of executive function, spatial cognition, and language. The new research by his colleagues in the computational neuroimaging lab at MGH, affirms that subcortical regions (including the cerebellum) play a role in executive function and memory. … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s Study Links Triad of Brain Areas with Cognition