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Tomorrow’s World Today Please
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Post No.: 0221   Furrywisepuppy says:   Okay, do you wanna play? Ruff!   Fluffystealthkitten says:   ?..   Furrywisepuppy says:   Okay. Say hello to my little friend!   Fluffystealthkitten says:   …Whoa! So you’ve finally finished building your … Read More

Our Limited Attention and Mental Resources
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Post No.: 0220   Furrywisepuppy says:   We all have limited attentional resources – so we can do several things at once but only if they’re all very undemanding and simple intuitive tasks or tasks we’re specifically skilled at doing. … Read More

How Much Sleep Do You Need to Function Optimally?
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Post No.: 0219   Furrywisepuppy says:   Age plays a key role in how much sleep is optimal for us and when we tend to sleep and wake up. Babies sleep for ~16 hours per day, with lots of randomly-timed … Read More

Should the Rules Allow Doping in Sports?
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Post No.: 0218   Furrywisepuppy says:   This post relates to Post No.: 0115 but I’ll explore more the ethics regarding doping in sports…   Save for things that would be illegal if done outside of a sport too, what … Read More

Religious Norms on Sex and Marriage
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Post No.: 0217   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Religions have had, and still currently have, a lot to directly say about sex and marriage norms across the world. Different major religions have different fertility rates, and other factors (e.g. poverty levels) … Read More

Behavioural Changes During Adolescence
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Post No.: 0216   Furrywisepuppy says:   Adolescence is an important stage of development – it’s the transition from childhood to adulthood and many changes occur. Physical changes include changes to sleep timing, accelerated bone growth, the voice deepening, and … Read More

Settling Our Differences Via Principled Negotiation
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Post No.: 0215   Furrywisepuppy says:   We often go to war because the will, influence and decisions of a few (i.e. politicians or generals) will sway or override the will of the many, where such political decisions or initial … Read More

Testing Testing, One Two Three Test Yourself
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Post No.: 0214   Furrywisepuppy says:   If you really want to learn something and make it stick then highlighting passages of text is useless unless you look back at those highlights and most of all test retrieving that material … Read More

The Placebo and Nocebo Effects
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Post No.: 0213   Furrywisepuppy says:   A ‘placebo’ is something, whether a compound, procedure or other thing, that brings about a beneficial psychological (and therefore possibly physiological) effect for a patient, that cannot be attributed to the therapeutic worth … Read More

False, Fabricated or Fake News
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Post No.: 0212   Furrywisepuppy says:   Especially amid the relatively new sectors of the media (namely online), but elsewhere too, the news is primarily about garnering eyeballs and clicks, about attracting attention and serving narrow self-interests – not necessarily … Read More

Friendships are One of the Strongest Predictors of Happiness
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Post No.: 0211   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Rather than money – having good friendships or social relationships and support is one of the strongest predictors of happiness. To clarify further, it’s the quality, not quantity, of our social connections that … Read More

Learning to Speak a Second Language
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Post No.: 0210   Furrywisepuppy says:   This post essentially follows on from Post No.: 0132 about how children pick up their first language…   Language is common for all humans, except in rare cases of aphasia caused by brain … Read More

Self-Stigma and Mental Health
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Post No.: 0209   Furrywisepuppy says:   Stigma, when it relates to mental health, can be in the form of ‘social stigma’ (the stigmatising attitudes of society/other people) and it can be in the form of ‘self-stigma’ (an internalised or … Read More

An Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnibenevolent God
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Post No.: 0208   Fluffystealthkitten says:   We briefly queried whether there could be a creationist god after all in Post No.: 0074. For the sake of this post, we’re going to agree that God exists…   Well philosophers have … Read More

Labels and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
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Post No.: 0207   Furrywisepuppy says:   A ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ places a label upon another person, or upon oneself, and in turn leads them, or one, directly or indirectly, consciously or subconsciously, to act in a way that supports and … Read More

The False Dichotomy Between Liberal and Conservative Politics
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Post No.: 0206   Furrywisepuppy says:   There is generally a false dichotomy between politically ‘rightwing’ and ‘leftwing’ people. There are a lot of different schools of philosophy and they don’t fit neatly along one single linear dimension. For instance, … Read More

Recency and Primacy Effects
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Post No.: 0205   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Learning could be said to be the acquisition and containment of information, whilst memory could be said to be the ability to retain and make use of information.   Extending on Post No.: … Read More

Does Receiving a Diagnosis Always Help?
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Post No.: 0204   Furrywisepuppy says:   The diagnosis of depression has increased over the past few decades (in the ‘West’ at least). Is this due to an over-diagnosis or due to better awareness of the disease? And is there … Read More

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