The Shadow, Projection, and the Scapegoat

“Psychic projection can be undone only by conscious mental understanding.” ~ Jean Gebser, The Ever-Present Origin. by Scott Preston edited by O Society August 21, 2019 The psychic mechanism of “projection” concerned Jean Gebser enough to spill a fair amount of ink on the problem, and his discussion of this issue is often quite insightful. … Continue reading The Shadow, Projection, and the Scapegoat

The Spell of Inner Speech

Blind Jack But driving home “Butch” Weldy and Jack McGuire, Who were roaring full, made me fiddle and fiddle To the song of Susie Skinner, while whipping the horses Till they ran away.          5 Blind as I was, I tried to get out As the carriage fell in the ditch, And was caught in the … Continue reading The Spell of Inner Speech

Higher Intelligence And An Analytical Thinking Style Offer No Protection Against “The Illusory Truth Effect”

The Illusory Truth Effect – Our Tendency To Believe Repeated Claims Are More Likely To Be True by Matthew Warren British Psychology Digest edited by O Society June 26, 2019 It’s a trick politicians have long exploited: repeat a false statement often enough, and people will start believing it’s true. Psychologists name this phenomenon the “illusory truth effect”, … Continue reading Higher Intelligence And An Analytical Thinking Style Offer No Protection Against “The Illusory Truth Effect”

The Interoceptive Turn

The science of how we sense ourselves from within, including our bodily states, is creating a radical picture of selfhood by Noga Arikha Aeon edited by O Society June 23, 2019 1926, Virginia Woolf wrote about how, when one is ill: "All day, all night the body intervenes; blunts or sharpens, colours or discolours, turns to wax … Continue reading The Interoceptive Turn

Why Fiction Trumps Truth

We humans know more truths than any species on earth. Yet we also believe the most falsehoods. by Yuval Harari NYTimes edited by O Society June 6, 2019 Many people believe truth conveys power. If some leaders, religions, or ideologies misrepresent reality, they will eventually lose to more clearsighted rivals. Hence, sticking with the truth … Continue reading Why Fiction Trumps Truth

People With Greater Intellectual Humility Have Superior General Knowledge

by Christian Jarrett British Psychology Society edited by O Society May 26, 2019 In the era of social media and rolling news there’s a constant pressure to be in the know, always on hand with an aperçus or two. Today intellectual humility therefore feels more important than ever – having the insight and honesty to hold … Continue reading People With Greater Intellectual Humility Have Superior General Knowledge

Calling Bullshit: Is More Information Making Us Less Reasonable?

by James McWilliams Pacific Standard edited by O Society April 17, 2019 A class on "calling bullshit" offered at the University of Washington teaches the proliferation of algorithms and data makes misinformation more widespread. To prepare themselves for future success in the American workforce, today's college students are increasingly choosing courses in business, biomedical science, engineering, … Continue reading Calling Bullshit: Is More Information Making Us Less Reasonable?