Must Have a Good Sense of Humour
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Post No.: 0240   Furrywisepuppy says:   The reason why humour and laughter evolved is still debated. But we are definitely far more likely to laugh when in the company of others, suggesting that it’s primarily a social activity and … Read More

Spotting Those Suffering in Silence
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Post No.: 0239   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Some people remark about those with depression who’ve suffered in silence, “Why didn’t you just say so?” Not understanding that for many sufferers of the condition, depression precisely involves the problem of not … Read More

Breaking News and Speculative Information
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Post No.: 0238   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘VIA’ analysis for assessing information stands for verifiable, independent and accountable. Reliable information is verifiable (so gather, assess and weigh up the evidence then place the facts in the bigger picture/overall context, … Read More

The Bystander Effect in Crowd Situations
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Post No.: 0237   Furrywisepuppy says:   The ‘bystander effect’ is when people are less likely to react to an emergency or offer help to a victim when people are as part of a crowd – because of a diffusion … Read More

Children’s Literacy and Numeracy
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Post No.: 0236   Furrywisepuppy says:   We previously looked at how children pick up languages, including a second or third language in Post No.: 0210, but let’s look at reading, writing and arithmetic (the ‘one r, one w and … Read More

Protecting Ideas with Intellectual Property Laws
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Post No.: 0235   Furrywisepuppy says:   This follows on from Post No.: 0199 and our brief overview of the different main areas of law, which I believe are very useful for everyone to learn about. Once more, one must … Read More

How the Rich Get Richer and the Poor Stay Poor
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Post No.: 0234   Furrywisepuppy says:   There’ll eventually be a series of posts on this topic about how the rich find it much easier to get even richer by virtue of already being rich; which is tightly related to … Read More

Discussing Death and Dying
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Post No.: 0233   Furrywisepuppy says:   Most of us avoid it but we need to talk about death, and do so while we’re still in full control of our mental faculties, because it’s the one thing that’s inevitable for … Read More

The Halo Effect and Horn Effect
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Post No.: 0232   Fluffystealthkitten says:   The ‘halo effect’ occurs when Spartans, while playing multiplayer, tend to have an irrepressible urge to repeatedly jump up and down in an attempt to dodge getting headshot; which is a technique one … Read More

Opinions as Journalism, and Advertorials
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Post No.: 0231   Furrywisepuppy says:   Regarding newspapers or magazines, comparing the ‘proper news sections’ (the reporting of plain, verified and independently-gathered information with accountability to their sources) with the ‘opinion sections’ (such as columns and editorials) is like … Read More

The ‘Experiencing Self’ and ‘Remembering Self’
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Post No.: 0230   Furrywisepuppy says:   Your ‘experiencing self’ (how you actually feel when you’re living life rather than thinking about it) and your ‘remembering self’ (how you feel when remembering a time in your life when looking back … Read More

Market Norms Versus Social Norms
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Post No.: 0229   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In business/commercial contexts, the ‘market norm’ or normal market behaviour is to explicitly trade money for goods or services and to shop around; whilst in family/friendship/relationship contexts, the ‘social norm’ or normal social … Read More

Understanding the Minds of Bullies
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Post No.: 0228   Furrywisepuppy says:   Bullies cannot raise themselves up (or at least they don’t think they can) so their primary strategy is to attempt to put others down. And those who are already down or seem ‘weaker’ … Read More

Our Internal Model of the Outside World
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Post No.: 0227   Furrywisepuppy says:   The perception of reality can legitimately differ from individual to individual, and even from moment to moment. A clear example is our own perception of how fast time seems to pass (that has … Read More

Pain is All in the Mind, But is Still Real
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Post No.: 0226   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Pain is an alarm signal telling us that something is not right or is potentially about to be not right. For example, we feel pain after we get cut and bleed or after … Read More

Don’t Fixate on Your IQ Score
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Post No.: 0225   Furrywisepuppy says:   IQ (intelligence quotient) tests are supposed to be a standardised way to measure general intelligence and, across a population on average, higher IQ scores do correlate with many positive and desirable outcomes in … Read More

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