Psychology

Perception: The Forgotten Psychology of Holographic Simulations 2/2

Over the years, people like  Bostrom, Smoot, Kurzweil  and many others, have claimed that based on statistical probability theory- this is like a Drake-equation argument- it is not unreasonable to assume that an advanced society with tremendous computer s ...

Blog Post - Alex Durig - Oct 20 2016 - 3:43pm

Journalists- Please Fact Check Your "Doomsday" News Stories-They Terrify Young Children And Vulnerable People

Do you have a ten year old daughter who asked you "can we build a bomb shelter?" and who has nightmares about the world ending? Have you watched a timer on the online version of a major broadsheet newspaper count down the hours and minutes to wh ...

Article - Robert Walker - Nov 2 2016 - 9:39pm

You're Not Rational, Which Is Why Fact-Checking Trump And Clinton Is Not Enough

During the debates, fact-checkers like CNN and Politifact focus on evaluating the truthfulness of what each candidate said. While it is important to get the facts straight, focusing on the truth of the candidates’ statements is not nearly enough to evalua ...

Article - The Conversation - Oct 24 2016 - 11:16am

The Apotheosis of Hillary Clinton and the Resurrection of One Donald J. Trump 1/2

In the dome of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., there is a painting called The Apotheosis of George Washington. The significance of this work of art cannot be underestimated. At the very least it represents a tribute to Washington for denying him ...

Blog Post - Alex Durig - Oct 24 2016 - 4:29pm

The Apotheosis of Hillary Clinton and the Resurrection of One Donald J. Trump 2/2

The premise of this two-part blog post is that this presidential campaign has outdone every other. This time, the altered reality has already transpired and the election itself will be an anti-climax of sorts. Last time we discussed the already-accomplish ...

Blog Post - Alex Durig - Oct 27 2016 - 11:56am

The Social Psychology Of Over-Controlled Disasters 1/3

The recent appearance of Hurricane Matthew prompted some harsh memories of hurricanes past. I went through Hurricane Andrew. I was living in Ft. Lauderdale with my youngest daughter, Lydia, and I will never forget going three weeks without electricity. Th ...

Article - Alex Durig - Nov 2 2016 - 9:28pm

The Social Psychology of Over-Controlled Disasters

As  Hurricane Matthew  dissipated and we all realized it was not as bad as predicted, we were relieved. Did we feel anger at the governor and the press for over-predicting the storm? No – how could we? It is a blessing to live in a modern technocratic soci ...

Blog Post - Alex Durig - Nov 3 2016 - 2:04pm

Psychosomatic Medicine: Why 'positive Outlook' Treatments Are Taking Off In Germany

Europe has a rabid distrust of science and medicine and a corresponding higher level of belief in in naturopathy, homeopathy and various other alternative techniques. Given that, it is little surprise that psychosomatic medicine has taken off in Europe. a ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 7 2016 - 10:00am

The Social Psychology of Over-Controlled Disasters 3/3

All the life has been sucked out of our economy in the last few decades, and somehow we do not know what to do about it. Maybe that is because we are socialized into accepting our lives in modern society as an endless series of over-controlled disasters. ...

Blog Post - Alex Durig - Nov 7 2016 - 9:45am

In Your Own Words, Machine Learning Can Identify Suicidal Behavior

Using a person's spoken or written words, new computer tools can identify with great accuracy whether that person is suicidal, mentally ill but not suicidal, or neither. Machine learning is up to 93 percent accurate in correctly classifying a suicida ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 8 2016 - 10:30am