Tag: Psychology Cognition

What to do about people who are chatterboxes

October 14, 2007 | By | 3 Replies More
What to do about people who are chatterboxes

I recently met a person who just can’t shut up.  She chatters endlessly, which wears me out.  I have discussed her tendency to dominate conversations with other people; they have noted the same way about her.   She rarely allows other people a chance to take a turn speaking during conversations. All of us dread this woman’s invitations […]

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Maher on what it means to wear a little American flag on your lapel

October 14, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Maher on what it means to wear a little American flag on your lapel

“Show me a man wearing an American flag pin in his lapel, and I’ll show you an asshole,” said Bill Maher during a recent “New Rules” segment. What does it show that one puts a little flag on one’s lapel or that one sanctimoniously goes around saying “God bless America?”   Nothing.  These are cheap substitutes […]

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Gross parents enter their girls in gross “beauty” contest

October 13, 2007 | By | 1 Reply More
Gross parents enter their girls in gross “beauty” contest

There’s really little more that I can add to this clip, other than refer you to this post.  Here’s the video.

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Bill Maher on our idiocracy

October 12, 2007 | By | Reply More
Bill Maher on our idiocracy

Here’s what precipitated Maher’s rant: Four years ago Tucker Carlson asked Britney Spears on CNN, “A lot of entertainers have come out against the war in Iraq. Have you?” And Britney, who was chewing gum throughout the entire interview, answered, “Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and […]

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Update on Clive Wearing

October 8, 2007 | By | 7 Replies More
Update on Clive Wearing

The New Yorker recently published an article by Oliver Sacks, the famous neurologist and author, with an update on an equally famous patient: Clive Wearing, a British musician who suffered an attack of viral encephalitis in 1985. Although Wearing recovered, the infection destroyed the areas of his brain associated with storing memories. As a result, […]

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Fake Democracy; Fake freedom to choose.

October 7, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Fake Democracy; Fake freedom to choose.

I wish I could have taken credit for writing an article I just read:  The presidential primary scam: Why the game is rigged, and why true democracy is only a secondary factor in the nation’s rush to nominate the next president.   The author is Michael Scherer. Here a taste of the article: The whole stinking […]

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Treating depression with drugs v. exercise

October 6, 2007 | By | Reply More
Treating depression with drugs v. exercise

What’s the preferred treatment for Major Depressive Disorder?  According to this study by a large team of researchers, anti-depressant medication and exercise led to comparable results.  The exercise consisted of 10 minutes of warming up, then 30 minutes of jogging or brisk walking, enough to get to 70% of maximum heart rate reserve.

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Why you need to speak up, especially after louts speak up.

October 6, 2007 | By | Reply More
Why you need to speak up, especially after louts speak up.

New research reveals even if only one or two members of a group repeats an opinion, it is likely to be seen by others as representative of the whole group. Why does this occur? It boils down to availability and memory.  Compare this to the famous social psychology experiments run by Soloman Asch in the 1950’s.   Remember to speak […]

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Humor and Sexual Selection

October 5, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Humor and Sexual Selection

People who are asked to rate the importance of various traits for romantic relationships, a good sense of humor is consistently at or near the top of their lists. Geoffrey Miller has concluded additonal work on the importance of a sense of humor to attract mates, resulting in a paper entitled, “The Role of Creativity […]

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