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?

The Difficulty of Writing for Americans

by Paul Craig Roberts edited by O Society Mar 19, 2019 Writing for Americans, unless for their entertainment, is a challenging undertaking.  One reason is many, especially of the younger generations, no longer have a concept of objective truth. For most Americans, “truth” is simply a bias reflecting one’s race, gender, upbringing, or predisposition.  Emotion overwhelms … Continue reading The Difficulty of Writing for Americans

How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world

  by Sarah Garfinkel Aeon Feb 15, 2019 Have you ever been startled by someone suddenly talking to you when you thought you were alone? Even when they apologise for surprising you, your heart goes on pounding in your chest. You are very aware of this sensation. But what kind of experience is it, and what can … Continue reading How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world