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?
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
We begin to understand how easy access to information reshapes how we think. by Philip Parry BigThink to O Society Do you remember what a struggle it was to remember the name of a certain actress, the kind of car you drove a decade ago, or what year a historical event took place? Fortunately, with the … Continue reading This is Your Brain on Cognitive Offloading
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
by Steven Novella Neurologica Dec 21, 2018 The usual caveats apply – this is one study in a limited context showing only correlation and using a psychological construct. I also have to be careful because the study confirms what I already believe. Having said all that, it is interesting and is probably telling us something … Continue reading Extreme Political Views Correlate with Poor Metacognition
Why is it that some people seem to make constant progress in their professional and personal lives, while others appear to be doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over? by Farnam Street While the answer isn’t cut and dry, I’ve noticed an interesting mindset difference between these two groups: they approach obstacles and challenges … Continue reading The Difference Between Open-Minded and Closed-Minded People
Necessary cognitive fortification against propaganda, pseudoscience, and general falsehood. BY MARIA POPOVA Brain Pickings Carl Sagan (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader,hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital … Continue reading The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking