This article is a helpful way of looking at why humans are apt to believe things true and untrue.
We can’t know everything ourselves, but when we believe someone else has the knowledge, the details, and the facts it becomes easy to believe it’s true.
Why We Believe Obvious Untruths https://nyti.ms/2lnA2Kn
Probable cause for why NobodyisFlyingthePlane. People have trouble evaluating expert opinions when both sides of an arguement are presented, even when one side has an overwhelming majority of experts in agreement.
Why People Are Confused About What Experts Really Think http://nyti.ms/1KLeoqe
This is NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
We fear the wrong things and we act to assuage those fears not the actual dangers and issues in real life.
Things we should fear more than violent crime.
Flying (jk ;-), climate change, political polarization and gridlock, fundamentalism, economic inequality, loss of privacy, data breaches, corporate malevolence.
This article touches on things the staff has long thought about the changed nature of marriage in our time. People aren’t any better at deciding what makes a good partner. We’re just less dependent upon being married for success socially or economically. That freedom breaks up tons of marriages that in past times woild have stuck together either because farm work demanded it or the fact that most women had trouble supporting themselves outside of marriages.
The author equates three different eras of marriage in the US with a rise up Maslow’s heirarchy of needs. Some marriages will be much better off, but many more will fail because they weren’t based on a good match based on the ideal of the current era.
Its interesting to wonder what would be the next era of marriage. Would be one in which many people marry multiple times based on their needs at that time in their life, moving on to subsequent marriages as their needs change or change level within Maslow’s heirarchy.
NYTimes: The All-or-Nothing Marriage
I love the idea of understanding more about the brain processes involved in creative endeavors.
The Dutch writer in this article has his head wired while writing a novella. When its finished the scientists involved will wire 50 readers to see what can be discerened about the emotional and creative elements of writing.
Unfortunatley they also acknowledge the nefarious uses of information such as this. Beyond how our e-readers already track and report our reading habits we’re entering an era where creative works will be massaged to take advantage of flavor of the month neuroscience. Knowing too much about just what jolts our interests and emotions while reading inevitably will lead to just-so novels with all the perfect mouth feel that food science gives us along with the focus group pablum of network tv.
NYTimes: Wired: Putting a Writer and Readers to a Test
More evidence that the mind can be improved by training yourself how to use it more effectively.
NYTimes: Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be