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Monthly Archives: April 2013

Watch | From Psychedelics to Cyberdelics

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From Psychedelics to Cyberdelics – Jason Silva on Creativity and ‘Mind-Expanding’ technology

A short clip of Jason Silva answering the question ‘What role do you think psychedelic drugs are able to play in people’s ability not only to experience awe, but to instill that upon others?’ As part of a Q&A and does so with clarity and detail.

Read – Bettering Myself, Ottessa Moshfegh

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240/366 by Beth Parnaby

Image by Beth Parnaby

A short story from the Paris Review about a female teacher trying to get through life with a fair amount of cigarettes and alcohol. Involving and atmospheric. I read it sitting in the Barbican whilst waiting.

Paris Review – Bettering Myself, Ottessa Moshfegh.

Look | Miniature Toilet Roll Sculptures

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We all know that there are many fun things you can make with a toilet roll owls, telescopes, pencil holders.  The Paris based Anastassia Elias however takes it to another level. Anastassia creates captivating scenes inside the toilet roll. Tiny little enchanting scenes. http://www.anastassia-elias.com

Aquarium

Aquarium

Chinese Windows

Flyer

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Interesting flyer

I’m going to start posting flyers I see and appreciate because there are quite a few well designed and artistic flyers produced these days.

Read | We Aren’t the World

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http://www.psmag.com/magazines/pacific-standard-cover-story/joe-henrich-weird-ultimatum-game-shaking-up-psychology-economics-53135/

Joe Henrich and his colleagues are shaking the foundations of psychology and economics—and hoping to change the way social scientists think about human behavior and culture.

The research this article discusses has significant implications or rather, should have. The article explains why people from Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic countries are the most unusual in the world and why researchers have been doing the equivalent of studying penguins while believing that they were learning insights applicable to all birds.

Humans share the same cognitive machinery, the same evolved rational and psychological hardwiring. These are fundamental assumptions upon which the entire fields of psychology and economics are based.

It has taken until very recently to realise these assumptions are wrong.

Consider this, a 2008 survey of the top six psychology journals found that more than 96% of subjects used in psychological studies from 2003 to 2007 were exclusively Westerners – 70% from the USA. This means that 96% of human test subjects came from countries that represent only 12% of the world’s population. I’m sure you’re able to figure out that making generalisations on human behaviour based on this is problematic.

 

 

 

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