Category Archives: psychology

Sexual politics and self-immolation on the Internet: A case study

Every once in a while, we see a perfect storm of controversy. Today, we saw male entitlement, Millennial entitlement, Internet shaming, muddled online flirting and plain old idiocy combining into a miasma of self-defeating nonsense. I picked up the conversation … Continue reading

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Why we believe utter crap

Are we doomed to believe things that are demonstrably false? Brendan Nyhan (Dukie!) has devoted much of his career to fighting falsehoods, and he is depressed by a three-year study he conducted to try change beliefs on vaccination: The first … Continue reading

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Psychics, politicians and others who put the “artist” in “b.s. artist”

Cracked has a terrific look at The 6 Most Humiliating Public Failures by Celebrity Psychics that shows the lengths people will go to stick with their phony careers. In some cases, particularly the last, it’s clear that the guy genuinely … Continue reading

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The depressing part of the “hookup culture” debate

“Warm bodies, I sense, are not machines that can only make money” – Live, Pillar of Davidson This Hanna Rosin video segment helped me figure out what bothers me about the “hookup culture” beyond the sexual issues — STD risk, pregnancy … Continue reading

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How to remember things that didn’t even happen

The 6 Weirdest Things That Are Ruining Your Memory | Cracked.com. What I love about Cracked is that it takes legitimate intellectual concepts and mixes them with just enough snark and crude references to make them digestible. In this case, … Continue reading

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And yet we keep treating Sarah Palin as a movement leader

This exhaustive survey of polling data shows what Nate Silver and others have already spelled out — Sarah Palin would need to fly through the sky and stop an incoming asteroid from destroying Disney World to win the 2012 election. … Continue reading

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Does Death Cab for Cutie need a hug?

I don’t read as many album reviews as I did in my late teens and early 20s, so I was pleased to see from this insightful Rolling Stone review that the art form isn’t dead. The key sentence, repeated on … Continue reading

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