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Mind Matters Posts

Human behavior in a post-rational world

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Sad Sundays and Overconfident Surveys

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almost 5 years ago

A key assumption in many social sciences is that people have preferences, and that these are both knowable and stable. That's the point of surveys on every subject from whipped topping to the nature of happiness. We want to know what people want, or how they feel, or what they plan--so we ask ...

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The Weirdest People in the World?

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almost 5 years ago

Psychologists often joke that their insights into human nature come from experiments with American university students, on duty for required credit or beer money. "So we see that human beings--or at least, Michigan sophomores...'' Ha-ha, chuckle-chuckle. Then, on with the PowerPoint. It's a ...

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Hey, Four-Eyes: Go Outside!

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almost 5 years ago

Nearsightedness has become ever more common in rich nations, most dramatically in Asia--80 percent of young adults in Taiwan and Singapore are myopic, where a couple of generations ago only 25 percent were. For a long time it was assumed this was related to reading, from both paper sources and ...

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Why We Don't Do It in the Road

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almost 5 years ago

I've always been fascinated by the Pedestrian Do-Si-Do, that dance where you dodge to your left on the sidewalk to avoid colliding with a person walking toward you, and she dodges to her right, so there you both are, on a new collision course. So you both smile, a little embarrassed, and she heads ...

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"As a Man Is, So He Sees"

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almost 5 years ago

"I see Every thing I paint In This World, but Every body does not see alike," wrote William Blake. "The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the Eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way." That's a fact of life, Blake believed. "As a man is, So he Sees. As the Eye is formed ...

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Igon Again

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almost 5 years ago

Footnote about the Pinker-Gladwell kerfuffle: To discredit Gladwell, Pinker takes advantage of a truly embarrassing mistake (the science-writer's nightmare) in which Gladwell misspelled "eigenvalue'' as "igon value.'' (It seems a less successful gambit, though, after you learn that Pinker ...