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NEWS
  • Test Your Insight- Interactive Feature

    From the New York Times A summary: Scientists have found indications that your ability to jump to intuitive answers — what they term the “Aha!” moment — may be affected by your mood. After watching a humorous video, brain imaging and test results of subjects suggested that a positive mood prepares the...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • China Succeeds in Offering Wisdom Course to College Students

    Drawing resources from its five thousand years of civilization, China has successfully offered a course on Wisdom stidues to college students and published the first wisdom study text book. WISDOM: A COURSE BOOK FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS (Daxuesheng Zhihuixue in Chinese, publisher: Xiandai Jiaoyu Publishing...
     Posted by: kingdomofwise
  • Do You Know When You're Wrong?

    by Katherine Harmon, Scientific American Gray Matter Shows Introspective Ability Is Not Black and White When answering a question, your accuracy in assessing whether you have gotten the answer right—or wrong—might depend on the volume of gray matter in a certain part of your brain, according to a new...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Does Age Really Bring Wisdom?

    By Josh Tapper, Guelph Mercury News August 10, 2010 Although adults older than 65 face challenges to body and brain, the 70s and 80s also bring an abundance of social and emotional knowledge, qualities scientists are beginning to define as wisdom. As Carstensen and another social psychologist, Fredda...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Can People Become Experts without the Experience?

    By Charles Q. Choi "The dozen students and scientists spread over an area called Furnace Creek looked like cyborgs in floppy hats scrabbling over the boulders. Before hammering chips off rocks, they inspected them with magnifying lenses held up next to eyeglasses sporting miniature cameras and infrared...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • The Pattern Behind Self-deception

    By Michael Shermer "Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble." Watch the video . Image...
     Posted by: A. J. Stasic
  • Agatha Christie and Nuns Tell a Tale of Alzheimer's

    By Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich , npr.org "If you've ever kept a journal, you've probably worried about someone coming across it and getting an uninvited peek into your personal life. But the daily traces we leave behind in our writings – more and more in today's world of emails,...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • The Wisdom of Herds: How Social Mood Moves the World

    By John Casti from NewScientist "Put simply, the mood of a group - an institution, state, continent or even the world - is how that group, as a group, feels about the future. Is the group optimistic or pessimistic? Clearly, this question must be addressed on the timescale appropriate for the type...
     Posted by: Cait
  • Study: Brain Exercises Don't Improve Cognition

    By Eben Harrell "You've probably heard it before: the brain is a muscle that can be strengthened. It's an assumption that has spawned a multimillion-dollar computer-game industry of electronic brainteasers and memory games. But in the largest study of these games to date, a team of British...
     Posted by: Cait
  • The Sensed-Presence Effect

    by Michael Shermer in Scientific American "In the 1922 poem The Waste Land , T. S. Eliot writes, cryptically: Who is the third who always walks beside you?/When I count, there are only you and I together /But when I look ahead up the white road/There is always another one walking beside you. In...
     Posted by: wattawa
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PUBLICATIONS
  • Sustainability, cognitive technologies and the digital semiosphere (2014)

    Abstract: The convergence of digital and multimodal cognitive technologies offers the possibility to interact in an ‘on-line’ cultural process mediated by new ways of representing our thoughts, emotions, ideas, beliefs, opinions and behaviours. Such technological integration not only alters and introduces...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Knowing and Not Knowing – What is Possible? (2014)

    Knowing and Not Knowing – What is Possible? ‘Human thinking can only imagine reality, just as a portrait represents a person. And as a portrait is not “the person” it represents, likewise any theory is not “the reality” it describes. We then must humbly recognize that our minds’ coherence and logic do...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodger ricketts
  • Actuality and Reality in the Buddha's Teachings (2014)

    Actuality and Reality in the Buddha's Teachings I was surfing the net and came across an image of two sign posts, each pointing in an opposite direction; one direction pointed to Reality and the other, Truth. This demarcation was surprising because often Truth, or Actuality, and Reality are understood...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodger ricketts
  • The Biological Origin of “Self” (2014)

    "Everything should be as simple as it can be but not simpler!” ~ Albert Einstein The Biological Origin of “Self” In my book, The Buddha’s Teachings: Seeing Without Illusion, I explore the Buddha’s concept of Anatta, or no-self. I show that the Buddha described the concept of self as a relative,...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodger ricketts
  • What IS Mindfulness? A Perspective that the Buddha Taught. (2014)

    There is confusion among professionals about the meaning and application of the practise of Mindfulness. This 'blog' explores that topic and comes to the conclusion that the Buddha meant Sati or Mindfulness to mean a function similar to what is now called meta-cognition or executive brain function...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodger ricketts
  • Defining and Assessing Wisdom: A Review of the Literature (2013)

    Abstract: With increasing longevity and a growing focus on successful aging, there has been a recent growth of research designed to operationalize and assess wisdom. We aimed to (1) investigate the degree of overlap among empirical definitions of wisdom, (2) identify the most commonly cited wisdom subcomponents...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • My New Book The Buddha's Teachings: Seeing without Illusion - revised/expanded ed (2013)

    My new book incorporates the writings of contemporary Buddhist scholar, psychologists, cognitive scientists and physicists to provide a fascinating and authoritative framework for the interpretation of the Buddha's teachings. In this revised and expanded edition, the Eightfold Path and the practice...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodger ricketts
  • The cognitive underpinnings of adaptive team performance in ill-defined task situations: A closer look at team cognition (2013)

    Abstract: As the nature of work changes due to technology, organizational restructuring, and globalization, complex tasks have emerged that necessitate the use of teams. Oftentimes, teams complete tasks that have more than one plausible solution or engage in performance episodes under uncertain circumstances...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Intuitive Expertise: Theories and Empirical Evidence (2013)

    Abstract: Intuition has been long seen as an element of effective human performance in demanding tasks (i.e. expertise). But its form, constitutive elements and development remain subject to diverse explanations. This paper discusses these elements and explores theories and empirical evidence about what...
    (Something interesting I found) Posted by: brendah
  • Clearly Stating the Obvious Inscrutability of Existence (2013)

    “ Everything should be as simple as it can be but not simpler!” Albert Einstein This short essay takes serious the advice of Albert Einstein and will satisfactorily clarify the title in a couple of paragraphs. One of the topics that I discussed in my book, The Teachings of the Buddha: Seeing Without...
    (My publication) Posted by: rodger ricketts
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