Non-financial: April - June 2015 articles archive home
 
Not rational
In the next 10 years or so, neuroscientists and people from the behavioural disciplines will likely converge on a model of human decision-making that will picture people as inconsistent, unconscious, biased, malleable corks on a sea of fast-changing influences.

Friday, June 26, 2015 ... more
 
 
In a positive light
We want, and need, to see ourselves as good, worthwhile, capable people. The motive to see oneself in a positive light is powerful, pervasive, and automatic. It can blind us to truths that would otherwise be obvious.
Friday, June 19, 2015 ... more
 
 
No other option
What we should perhaps be particularly worried about is that we will be less and less able to appreciate what we should really be worrying about or that our worries should do more harm than good.
Friday, June 12, 2015 ... more
 
Short pieces of advice
If you don’t know what CTRL + Z does, your life is definitely harder than it has to be. Notice how much you talk in your head, and try listening to your surroundings instead. You can’t do both at the same time. Reach out to people you know are shy. It’s hard for them to get involved in social things without somebody making a point of including them.
Friday, June 5, 2015 ... more
 
 
Better with bot than with Bob
In the future robots will be presented as potential nannies, teachers, therapists, life coaches, and caretakers for the elderly. First, they will be put forward as "better than nothing." But over time, robots will be presented as "better than something," that is, preferable to an available human being, or in some cases, to a living pet.
Friday, May 29, 2015 ... more
 
 
Generally speaking …
… when you look at the 20th century, it's the era of the masses, mass politics, mass economics. But in the 21st century, there is a good chance that most humans will lose, they are losing, their military and economic value.
Friday, May 22, 2015 ... more
 
 
Consequences
By the middle of the seventeenth century it had come to be understood that the world was enclosed in a sea of air, much as the greater part of it was covered by water.
Friday, May 15, 2015 ... more
 
 
Family
Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.
Friday, May 8, 2015 ... more
 
 
Self
It's not what you say out of your mouth that determines your life, it's what you whisper to yourself that has the most power!
Friday, April 24, 2015 ... more
 
 
The attitude now …
… towards disease and old age and death is that they are basically technical problems. It is a huge revolution in human thinking.
Friday, April 17, 2015 ... more
 
 
Different kind of luck
You might think someone with a lucky nose wouldn’t roll up their sleeves to work hard – why bother? – but here’s another cultural difference in perceptions of luck.
Friday, April 10, 2015 ... more
 
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