Category: General

Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News

02/17/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Thus, even if a person was open-minded and tolerant, a low level of cognitive ability put them at risk for being unjustifiably harsh in their second evaluation of Nathalie. One possible explanation for this finding is based on the theory that a perso… more »

Do you like your populism leftish or rightish?

02/15/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
But right-wing populism — like that harnessed in Europe — is provoked by immigration. Its clan consciousness exploits cleavages of race, religion and nationality. On the left, by contrast, the “us versus them” narrative focuses on the economic divide be… more »

Tribal epistemology

02/13/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Over time, this leads to what you might call tribal epistemology: Information is evaluated based not on conformity to common standards of evidence or correspondence to a common understanding of the world, but on whether it supports the tribe’s values an… more »

It's your thing - do what you wanna do

01/08/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
  A close friend and I have this agreement: If one of us ever recognizes the other person’s “thing,” we’re bound to disclose what it is, no matter what. But what is a person’s “thing,” exactly? It’s that particular behavior, habit or mind-set that… more »

What if consciousness is not what drives the human mind?

01/06/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
If the experience of consciousness does not confer any particular advantage, it’s not clear what its purpose is. But as a passive accompaniment to non-conscious processes, we don’t think that the phenomenon of personal awareness has a purpose, in muc… more »

Don't call it racism - call it cultural anxiety

01/02/18 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
  In the wake of Trump’s surprise win, some journalists, scholars, and political strategists argued that economic anxiety drove these Americans to Trump. But new analysis of post-election survey data conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute… more »

The justification behind tax cuts for the wealthy

12/21/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
I don't know why - there is nothing new here - but for some reason this article caused me to have a small epiphany behind the reasoning conservatives use for tax cuts. I think it was borne out of realizing that there was a fear of taxing us into medioc… more »

When saying yes is easier than saying no

12/21/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
Sometimes “yes” means “no,” simply because it is easier to go through with it than explain our way out of the situation. Sometimes “no” means “yes,” because you actually do want to do it, but you know you’re not supposed tolest you be labeled a slut. An… more »

Where is your God now?

11/20/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
The problem with the general view that intelligence will save us is that it involves pinning the failures of capitalist society on supposedly dumb people (them), who, so the logic goes, need to be replaced with supposedly smart ones (us). This is a spec… more »

OK!

11/15/17 | by david2 [mail] | Categories: General
I am limpid, laconic, and lackadaisical. And that will be on the midterm more »

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