Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

Top 10 Books About Consciousness


(Guardian Books) – Adrian Owen:

From octupuses that might be thinking with their arms to early humans’ blind obedience to gods, these are some of the best guides to the deep enigma inside ordinary life. …

theguardian 2017/sep/20 consciousness

Top 10 Books About Consciousness


Trump’s Mental Stability: The Worst Is Yet to Come


(The Intercept) – Mehdi Hasan:

In a new book, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” a group of 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts warn that “anyone as mentally unstable as this man should not be entrusted with the life-and-death-powers of the presidency.” …

theintercept 2017/10/07 worst-is-yet-to-come

Bandy X. Lee e.a.: The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump - 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President

The Mindset of White Supremacists


(RawStory) – Kali Holloway:

The neo-Nazis with whom Donald Trump openly sympathizes fit a psychological profile for the most part, according to two psychologists who just released a survey on the subject. Patrick Forscher and Nour Kteily, researchers from the University of Arkansas and Northwestern University respectively, compiled their findings into a working paper titled “A Psychological Profile of the Alt-Right.” …

rawstory 2017/09 white-supremacists




(NewYorker Culture) – Robin Wright:

Marilyn Monroe had a condition called synesthesia, a kind of sensory or cognitive fusion in which things seen, heard, smelled, felt, or tasted stimulate a totally unrelated sense—so that music can be heard or food tasted in colors, for instance. …

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How America Lost Its Mind


(Atlantic) – Kurt Andersen:

The nation’s current post-truth moment is the ultimate expression of mind-sets that have made America exceptional throughout its history. …

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The Doorway Effect


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

We’ve all experienced what the cartoon character has just gone through. You decide to do something the next time you go into a room where that task has to be done and then as soon as you get there, you forget what it was that you wanted to do. Sometimes you know that you have forgotten something but can’t recall what it is, at other times you don’t even realize that you have forgotten until much later, when you are doing something else.

This is because the brain can only store so much stuff in its working memory and has to throw stuff out that it thinks are no longer needed. …

singham 2017/07/07 doorway-effect

Doorway effect

Psychology Discredited


(FTB stderr) – Marcus Ranum:

In an earlier posting, I set up a general attack on fields of study with an aim to being able to claim that they are “discredited” [stderr] – so that, at some point, we can say “phrenology is bunk” without having to endure a cascade of phreno-apologetics in response. …

The danger, in other words, is when you’ve got a field that is horribly and consistently wrong, engages in multi-generational pseudo-scientific behavior, abuses patients’ trust and is responsible for horrible unethical studies on unaware patients, then – when it should be dying from neglect – gloms on to some actual science and manages to survive.

I’m referring, of course, to psychology. …

stderr 2017/07/02 discredited


4-Year-Olds Don’t Act Like Trump


(NYTimes Opinion) – Alison Gopnik:

The analogy is pervasive among his critics: Donald Trump is like a child. Making him the president was like making a 4-year-old the leader of the free world.

But the analogy is profoundly wrong, and it’s unfair to children. The scientific developmental research of the past 30 years shows that Mr. Trump is utterly unlike a 4-year-old. …

nytimes 2017/05/20 4-year-olds

Donald Trump at the White House Easter egg roll 2017

Religion – Symbiote or Parasite?


( – Valerie Tarico:

Given that our world is plagued by religious conflict and cruelties, some antitheists have suggested that religion as a whole is a form of pathology. But as worried and angry as we may feel about religious harms, here is a reason this way of construing religion doesn’t quite work: The term pathology implies illness and disability, and not all forms of religion appear to cause harm, even when they contain contagious ideas that are false. …

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The Human Mind as a Host for Contagious Ideas


( – Valerie Tarico:

I like to think that I am the master of my thoughts – that I generate and control them and that they serve my own purposes. But that is only one way to look at things. …

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