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Blog Archive for the ‘Psychology’ Category

Encapsulated Universes

by Charlotte Hajer on February 28th, 02013

In a recent conversation with Edge, Stanford Psychologist and former SALT speaker Lera Boroditsky explores intriguing – and still controversial – questions about the relationship between the language we speak, and the way we think about the world.

Weaving her thoughts together with examples from a variety of different languages, Boroditsky shows us that languages differ in. . .   Read More

Teaching old dogs new tricks

by Austin Brown on February 20th, 02013

Humanity’s success as a species is often credited to intellect: our uniquely large and capable brains, evolved relatively recently in biological terms, allowed us to reason our way to technological innovation and ecological domination.

Or so the story goes. Stephen Asma, for Aeon Magazine, writes that we might owe an even deeper debt, however. . .   Read More

Time and the End of History Illusion

by Charlotte Hajer on January 23rd, 02013

According to a team of psychologists at Harvard, we’re poor predictors of our own future.

In a paper published last week in Science, these researchers report on a study that asked participants to estimate how much their personality, tastes, and values had changed over the last decade, and how much they expected they would. . .   Read More

Steven Pinker, “The Long Peace”

by Austin Brown on October 19th, 02012

This lecture was presented as part of The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking.

The Decline of Violence
Monday October 8, 02012 – San Francisco
Video is up on the Pinker Seminar page for Members.
Audio is up on the Pinker Seminar page, or you can subscribe to our podcast.

The. . .   Read More

In the long run, we’re all dead.

by Austin Brown on July 10th, 02012

There’s a whole booming world of research in the field of behavioral economics that is trying to use psychology and brain science to better understand how people make value judgements and decisions. Researchers working in this field have found that including time as a variable in their studies can often lead to surprising results. . .   Read More

Timothy Ferriss, “Accelerated Learning in Accelerated Times”

by Stewart Brand on September 16th, 02011

Learning to learn fast
A Summary by Stewart Brand
To acquire “the meta-skill of acquiring skills,” Ferriss recommends approaching any subject with some contrarian analysis: “What if I try the opposite of best practices?” Some conventional wisdom—“children learn languages faster than adults” (no they don’t)—can be discarded. Some conventional techniques can. . .   Read More

Do you have a moment… for pure genius?

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 17th, 02011

Somehow I missed this story when it came out (even though it won a Pulitzer),  but today I came across it at random on of all places Jeff Bridges website who wrote a fantastic synopsis.  But as they say, the Dude abides:
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man. . .   Read More

Eight Thoughts About Timescale

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on May 4th, 02010

Stewart Brand sent in this blog piece by Warren Senders about time scales.  A good read on how the human mind’s primary feature is now operating as a bug…
I’m not sanguine about our ability to solve the climate crisis — and it’s not because the monolithic forces of global capitalism won’t. . .   Read More

Discounting the Future

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on December 4th, 02009

Upcoming seminar speaker and neuroscientist David Eagleman published an excellent piece that appeared in the New York Times yesterday.  While the piece keys on the events of this week, the broader point of the piece touches on an important element of human nature and long-term thinking.  Excerpt:
Some years ago, psychologists posed a deceptively. . .   Read More

Sander van der Leeuw’s “The Archaeology of Innovation”

by Danielle Engelman on November 25th, 02009

History of Innovation

The development of human mental ability can be tracked through the
progressive crafting of stone tools, Van der Leeuw explained. First
we learned to shape an edge—a line—then the surface, then the
whole volume of the tool, then the sophisticated sequence required to
make a superb spear point. It took. . .   Read More