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

Gratitude Journal and Gratitude Letters
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Post No.: 0261   Furrywisepuppy says:   One way to take a regular moment to reflect on things to be thankful for, rather than take them for granted, is to keep a regular gratitude journal. This habit helps you to … Read More

True Altruism Exists and it Evolved for a Reason
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Post No.: 0260   Furrywisepuppy says:   Altruism is a motive to increase another’s welfare without conscious regard for one’s self-interests. Some believe that altruism is only a thinly-veiled self-interested behaviour where people will only help other people after doing … Read More

Social Comparison Theory and Sexual Selection
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Post No.: 0259   Fluffystealthkitten says:   ‘Social comparison theory’ is about our public image and impressions, and what matters to people are relative comparisons rather than absolute positions – like ‘in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man … Read More

What Religious Beliefs Say About Morality
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Post No.: 0258   Furrywisepuppy says:   Humans weren’t completely amoral before religion was invented. Other social primate relatives and mammals demonstrate what seem like compassionate behaviours and a sense of fairness too (although to a lesser degree e.g. chimpanzees … Read More

Our Memories are Not Like Video Recordings
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Post No.: 0257   Furrywisepuppy says:   There are 3 stages to remembering information according to modern psychology. The first is perception and encoding – this is what we see, hear, taste, touch, smell and feel. This in itself is … Read More

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