psychophilosophy by jake

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Are Safe Spaces Helpful?

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People demand freedom of speech as compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use. — Soren Kierkegaard At the commencement address for University of Notre Dame’s 2017 graduating class, Vice President Pence had the following to say: Far too many campuses across America have become characterized by speech codes, safe zones, tone policing, administration-sanctioned political correctness—all of which amounts to nothing less than suppression of the freedom of speech… Indeed, commentators across the country have expressed...

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Shocking Statistics

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Shocking Statistics

In America, the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat, but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. — Ronald Wright Let’s begin today with a little game: First, I want you to click on this link and read the instructions/description on that page. Once you’ve done that, I’d like you to actually ask yourself: How do you believe the wealth is currently divided in the US? For example, of the top 20% earners, how much of the “total pie” do they own? Think about it for a moment, but likely, you pictured something close to the...

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Are You An Imposter?

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Are You An Imposter?

It is because we are all imposters that we endure each other. — Emile M. Cioran It’s no fun feeling like a phony. In fact, for my first semester in graduate school, I was certain a mistake had been made. Everyone was extremely smarter than me; it took forever to get through my homework; reading scientific articles was like deciphering a cookbook (I’m not good at cooking). But after four years in the program—after getting my Masters, passing the grueling candidacy test to pursue a PhD, having my first official article published in a...

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The Let-Down Effect

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The Let-Down Effect

There is nothing so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness it is to be expecting evil before it arrives! — Lucius Annaeus Seneca With the final days of the 2016-2017 school year, I found myself in perilous straits: manuscripts to finish, final talks to give, papers and exams to grade, this whole “sleep” thing to do. But through those two weeks of high stress, my immune system and body were functioning at all-time highs, running with the efficiency of…things that run really efficiently! But then—just as I...

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Robot Psychology

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Robot Psychology

We’re fascinated with robots because they are reflections of ourselves. — Ken Goldberg If you watch The Terminator, robots aren’t really that great to humans—unless being besties in the future entails enslavement and eradication. Indeed, most movies with “sentient” robots paint them somewhat malevolently (e.g., The Matrix; I, Robot; all of the other Terminator movies). In our own reality, though, even Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Stephen Hawking caution against the development of artificial intelligence. Before the technology gets...

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The Mind Club

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The Mind Club

Cultivation of mind should be the ultimate aim of human existence. — B.R. Ambedkar Would you like to be a member of The Mind Club? Without even knowing what this club’s about, you might already think, Yea, that sounds cool. Minds are good. And indeed having a mind is a good thing–in fact, it may be the best thing that ever happened to you. Because having a mind automatically admits you to The Mind Club, where membership means you have some of the most important benefits and advantages any human could have. But who is...

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ANTI

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ANTI

However we might oppose it, abortion is a sad feature of modern life. — Robert Casey Think back to this last election: if you were a Clinton supporter, did you see your vote as one for Clinton or one against Trump? Or if you voted for Trump, was it a vote for him and his policies? Or one against Clinton and hers? Although this may seem like a trivial difference, it can actually have some pretty impressive psychological influences. In what’s known as the valence framing effect, when choosing between two options, we can either think of...

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Bored? Not Anymore

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Bored? Not Anymore

When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting. – Jon Kabat-Zinn Recently, I’ve noticed a trend among the younger generation: fewer and fewer people have hobbies. But when you consider the time we live in, it makes sense. With Netflix, Facebook, the whole dang Internet at your fingertips, why would anyone growing up today want to collect stamps? Hobbies resulted from not having anything to do, but with the whole World Wide Web accessible in your pocket, nowadays, you are rarely without means for stimulation. So, with the...

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Trousers Everywhere in Flames

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Trousers Everywhere in Flames

Politeness is half good manners and half good lying. — Mary Wilson Little I am a liar. But then again—so are you. In fact, one study found that 60% of its participants lied three times in a ten-minute conversation—a practice learned young, as another study showed that over 60% of 3-year-olds lied about disobeying an experimenter. But how can that be? Aren’t we good people? Or more specifically, aren’t you a good person? You never lie, right? …right? Because society has learned that it functions better when we tell the truth, most of us...

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Beat Back the Blues

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Beat Back the Blues

You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. — Buddha We all feel sad now and again, caught in those funks we wish we could Rip Van Winkle ourselves out of. But when a good night’s rest and some exercise doesn’t fix the issue, that depression can make even the far-forever future seem trapped in the present gloom. For most people, however, we only feel depressed rather than have depression. That is, unless this looming sadness lasts longer than two weeks, you probably have a case of “the...

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