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Science news to briefly consider

Post by Diebert van Rhijn » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:27 pm

Sometimes there's some news on scientific of psychological research which can be food for further thought. Anything on psychology, evolution and brain science really, not just any remarkable story about people found to have a dozen pencils stuck in their stomach please.

Male faces 'buttressed against punches' by evolution
  • A new theory suggests that our male ancestors evolved beefy facial features as a defence against fist fights. The bones most commonly broken in human punch-ups also gained the most strength in early "hominin" evolution.

    "[Our paper] does address this debate of whether our past was violent or peaceful," he told the BBC. "That's an argument that's been going on for a very long time."

    "The historical record goes back a short time, the archaeological record goes back a few tens of thousand years more... But the anatomy holds clues to what selection was important, what behaviours were important, and so it gives us information about the very distant past."

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Brain imaging shows enhanced executive brain function in people with musical training
  • A controlled study using functional MRI brain imaging reveals a possible biological link between early musical training and improved executive functioning in both children and adults, report researchers at Boston Children's Hospital. The study, appearing online June 17 in the journal PLOS ONE, uses functional MRI of brain areas associated with executive function, adjusting for socioeconomic factors.

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Many prefer an electric shock to thinking

Post by Shardrol » Sat Jul 05, 2014 4:10 am

http://www.theguardian.com/science/2014 ... says-study

The link is to an article about an experiment in which people were asked to sit alone in a room for 6-15 minutes with nothing to occupy them but the contents of their own mind. Apparently a fair number, when given the opportunity, preferred to self-administer an electric shock than to sit there with no external stimulation. They had all previously experienced the shock and had stated that they would pay money not to have it again. But apparently the tedium of their own minds was way worse.


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Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?
  • To some researchers, the experiments suggest that quantum objects are as definite as droplets, and that they too are guided by pilot waves — in this case, fluid-like undulations in space and time. These arguments have injected new life into a deterministic (as opposed to probabilistic) theory of the microscopic world first proposed, and rejected, at the birth of quantum mechanics.

    Sheldon Goldstein, a professor of mathematics, physics and philosophy at Rutgers University and a supporter of pilot-wave theory, blames the “preposterous” neglect of the theory on “decades of indoctrination.” At this stage, Goldstein and several others noted, researchers risk their careers by questioning quantum orthodoxy.

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Post by Cahoot » Fri Jul 11, 2014 10:44 am

“Scientists discover that atheists might not exist, and that’s not a joke”

http://www.science20.com/writer_on_the_ ... oke-139982

… therefore, according to scientists a self-proclaimed atheist would be delusional.

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Sleep Deprivation May Increase Susceptibility to False Memories.
The researchers found that only those students who had been sleep deprived for all parts of the experiment — that is, they viewed the photos, read the narratives, and took the memory test after having stayed up all night — were more likely to report the false details from the text narrative as having been present in the crime photos.

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Post by Cahoot » Fri Aug 29, 2014 10:47 pm

How Movies Synchronize the Brains of an Audience
http://www.wired.com/2014/08/cinema-science-mind-meld/

Since stimulation of only two senses can synchronize brain activity in a majority of participants, it’s no wonder that cult activities which engage all five senses are effective at brain synchronization among a larger majority of participants. Arrogance allows for the assumption of immunity from the causes affecting the majority, which is not to dismiss causality of immunity to groupthink.

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Post by Cahoot » Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:10 pm

A common neural code for similar conscious experiences in different individuals
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2014/ ... 1.abstract

“Thus we demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, that a neural index based on executive function reliably predicted every healthy individual’s similar conscious experience in response to real-world events unfolding over time.”

We should know the study’s distinctions between “healthy” and “conditioned.”

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Post by Cahoot » Fri Sep 26, 2014 10:32 pm

1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon
the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the
waters.
1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Water on Earth is older than the sun, scientists say
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencen ... story.html

Heaven, earth, water, then light.

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Post by Cahoot » Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:20 am

Saudi cleric rejects that Earth revolves around the sun.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLfwudUJqCk

Just focus with me.

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I wonder if this is a bogus setup.

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Post by Cahoot » Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:03 am

Anti-Science

“The former vice president focused on the need to “punish climate-change deniers, saying politicians should pay a price for rejecting ‘accepted science,'” said the Chicago Tribune.”
http://ecowatch.com/2015/03/16/al-gore- ... e-deniers/


Since long-term programming has been woven into mandatory school studies, there has been a marked increased in the docile acceptance of conditioning that permits the public mind malarkey that leads to totalitarianism.

Next step, an executive order decreeing that the punishment be followed by shunning, followed by a rehab program to get the scientist’s mind right about global warming, but only after he declares a full public allocution under oath.

Give the offending scientist a new name, too. Winston Smith sounds good.

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Post by Diebert van Rhijn » Tue Mar 24, 2015 8:03 pm

Detection of mini black holes at the LHC could indicate parallel universes in extra dimensions
  • "Normally, when people think of the multiverse, they think of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics, where every possibility is actualized," Faizal told Phys.org. "This cannot be tested and so it is philosophy and not science. This is not what we mean by parallel universes. What we mean is real universes in extra dimensions.
Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider
  • And if the holes are found at a certain energy, it could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely with no singular point where it started, and no Big Bang.

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Post by Diebert van Rhijn » Sun May 01, 2016 9:28 am

the psychology behind your worries about the environment

Systems thinking on Wikipedia

Contrary to popular opinion I do not think system thinking is the great thing commonly proposed like here above. Especially ecological thinking on that scale has been discredited to some degree. A good documentary on that would be All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace by Adam Curtis. While the holistic aspects and general causality are the sane part of system thinking, it nowadays leads to a fantasy view of nature and humanity overall, broadly supported by the alienated modern mindset. It's a typical case of the hammer who starts to see everything as a nail. It ends up being quite damaging.

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