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  • Aristotle- The Banker's Best Friend

    By Martin Sandbu, The Financial Times January 13, 2011 Aristotle took a dim view of business. Sometimes, of course, business people give the impression of being equally unconcerned with Aristotle’s main concern: living a good life. Just witness the grilling Bob Diamond, chief executive of Barclays, received...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • How To Measure The Wisdom of a Crowd

    by Jessica Marshall, Discovery News The "intelligence" of a group can be measured, according to a new study, and it has little to do with the brain power of its individual members. What makes a team more intelligent has more to do with the group's interactions. More equal participation...
     Posted by: Anna Gomberg
  • Why Do We Believe?

    by David Munger from Seed Magazine "Medical writer Tom Rees devotes his blog Epiphenom to the scientific study of religion. Last week he examined a study on the relationship between intelligence and religious belief. Published in Social Psychology Quarterly , this study by Satoshi Kanazawa replicated...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Many Minds, One Story

    By Richard E. Cytowic in Seed Magazine "From my perspective as a neurologist who studies minds and as a creative writer who imagines characters’ inner lives, Virginia Woolf’s mind is a marvel to behold. No two books are alike. “Not this, not that,” she seems to be saying as she rejects convention...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Brain food: The Psychology of Heroism

    By Aditya Chakrabortty from The Guardian "Of all the virtues, heroism is now the most remote. Heroes are either mythic or historical characters (Achilles or Gandhi) or they are superhuman (Spider-Man, or even 9/11 firefighters). What they are not is one of us. Our age has role models and it has...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Never Mind What People Believe—How Can We Change What They Do? A Chat with Robert Cialdini

    by David Roberts from Grist "When it comes to energy, policymakers are often confronted with human behavior that seems irrational, unpredictable, or unmanageable. Advocates for energy efficiency in particular are plagued by the gap between what it would make sense for people to do and what they...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • You won't find consciousness in the brain

    by Ray Tallis from New Scientist "Most neuroscientists, philosophers of the mind and science journalists feel the time is near when we will be able to explain the mystery of human consciousness in terms of the activity of the brain. There is, however, a vocal minority of neurosceptics who contest...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Are Scientists or Moviemakers the Bigger Dodos?

    by Abby Callard for Smithsonian "You were a tenured professor at the University of New Hampshire and you left to pursue filmmaking in Hollywood. Why? Storytelling. As I look back on the past 30 years, I realize that the single biggest thing that drew me into science were great scientists who told...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Watch: Noam Chomsky + Robert Trivers

    Video production by Jacob Klein on Seed "In the 1970s, a Harvard class taught by Robert Trivers ignited a controversy that would escalate into the "sociobiology wars." Across town at MIT, Noam Chomsky had earned a reputation as a leading opponent of the Vietnam war. Throughout those pivotal...
     Posted by: nick stock
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