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Mind Matters Posts

Human behavior in a post-rational world

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Time to Help the Neighbors

almost 5 years ago

Ron Bluntschli, an American who works with Haitian farmers through the organization Beyond Borders, told me this story years ago: "When I lived in the country there was a family near us that was very, very poor. They might not start their fire for three days, which meant they didn’t eat for three ...

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Stressed Doctors Are Impersonal Doctors

almost 5 years ago

A new study finds doctors who are stressed and tired treat their patients more mechanistically--prescribing pills, tests and other technical fixes instead of taking the time to see people as people. I guess this won't surprise parents, teachers, cops or other people who deal with the public, but I ...

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The Virus of Grief

almost 5 years ago

Just in time for the holidays comes a study that says loneliness spreads like a disease through people's social networks. In other words, that sad, isolated feeling is contagious. It's a little hard to wrap your mind around the notion that social networks transport the urge to avoid social ...

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What Complexity Theory Owes to Pacifism

almost 5 years ago

Some time in the early 1960s, the mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot was asked by a university librarian to give his advice about some dusty journals no one consulted—should they be thrown out? In one of these, an issue of General Systems Yearbook, a paper described how badly the smooth mathematical ...