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History Written By the Victors
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Post No.: 0279   Furrywisepuppy says:   History used to be written (and rewritten) and spread by the victors or by whoever was in power at the time, with the accounts of the losers often being erased or denied. But … Read More

This Rising Obesity Epidemic is Preventable
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Post No.: 0278   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Invest in health and health will come. (This is apparently statistically true in economics.) No matter if we’re personally financially rich or poor or anything else in life – if one vital thing … Read More

Attribute Substitution and Answering What Wasn’t Really Asked
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Post No.: 0277   Furrywisepuppy says:   In such a complex world, it’s remarkable that we rarely ever feel stumped, for we have intuitive feelings and opinions about almost everything that comes our way! We like/dislike people long before knowing … Read More

Locus of Control, Choice and Commitment
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Post No.: 0276   Furrywisepuppy says:   People with a high internal locus of control tend to be able to cope with pressures better – they tend to see things as challenges, feel that they have control of their own … Read More

Eyewitness Memories and Accounts
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Post No.: 0275   Furrywisepuppy says:   What we each perceive as reality is a subjective yet elaborate reconstruction of reality – of minds interpreting information from senses, coloured by personal expectation and open to influence. ‘Naïve realism’ is the … Read More

Remain Humble, Listen and Argue Against Yourself
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Post No.: 0274   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Whenever you form an opinion – listen to others too, argue critically against yourself, and think of alternative views or counterfactual hypotheses, in order to test and refine your beliefs.   Most of … Read More

Your Best Alternative to a Negotiated Agreement
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Post No.: 0273   Furrywisepuppy says:   Before entering into any major negotiation situation – always do some homework and preparation. Know firstly what it is that you really want – money isn’t always the only goal or the most … Read More

Disgust as a Guide to What’s Right or Wrong
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Post No.: 0272   Furrywisepuppy says:   The emotion of disgust probably evolved to protect us from the tiny microorganisms and viruses that can harm us from the inside, while the emotion of fear probably evolved to protect us from … Read More

When Affective Empathy Fails
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Post No.: 0271   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Affective empathy (as in mirroring the emotions of another person) drives compassion because we’ll adopt another person’s perspective and interests. For example, if we see someone suffering, we’ll vicariously mirror that suffering too, … Read More

Mental Health, Alleles and Assumptions
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Post No.: 0270   Furrywisepuppy says:   There are so many different types of mental health disorders or illnesses with many different types of symptoms. So prejudging all mentally disordered or ill people as having, for instance, impaired intelligence, is … Read More

Additives, Preservatives and Food Regulations
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Post No.: 0269   Furrywisepuppy says:   In Europe, there are concerns of ‘E numbers’ regarding food additives. But the ‘E’ prefix just stands for ‘Europe’ and signifies that the European Food Safety Authority has assessed the additive as safe … Read More

Jumping When Celebrities Jump
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Post No.: 0268   Furrywisepuppy says:   Children, in particular, are amazing at copying – both the good and bad they see and hear! That’s because we learn a lot through copying. We’re born to generally copy people of the … Read More

The House of Commons and the House of Lords
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Post No.: 0267   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In the parliament of the UK, there is a bicameral system, which means that it has two chambers. The House of Commons (or ‘lower house’ of the UK Parliament; the House of Representatives … Read More

Being Polite, and Serving and Saving Face
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Post No.: 0266   Furrywisepuppy says:   All cultures incorporate politeness but their norms – such as when, where and to what extent they are applied – can be very different. The context matters too – for instance, people are … Read More

We Know What We Must Do But the Problem is Doing It!
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Post No.: 0265   Furrywisepuppy says:   The main barrier against solving a lot of human problems isn’t so much not knowing what needs to be done – but getting people to actually individually and collectively do it!   Some … Read More

Dependent Variables and a Look at Probabilities
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Post No.: 0264   Furrywisepuppy says:   In scientific experiments, take care with distinguishing between independent and dependent variables – for instance, individual fair dice rolls are independent from each other because the result of one roll has no bearing … Read More

The Gross Over-Reliance on GDP
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Post No.: 0263   Furrywisepuppy says:   ‘Gross domestic product’ (GDP) is the market valuation of all the final goods and services produced within a given time period in a country. It’s highly debatable as an adequate measure of an … Read More

Good Leaders Create More Leaders
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Post No.: 0262   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Leaders take the ultimate responsibility – they do take the plaudits and they do take the blames (well few people care about or know who literally presses the buttons or pulls the levers … Read More

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