13 January 2011

Excerpt from “Framing 101: How to Take Back Public Discourse”

From a book by cognitive linguist George Lakoff. In this chapter you’ll be introduced to the theory of giving your arguments and actual chance by choosing the right framing with a dose of Dare to Discipline, the Strict father model and progressive Nurturant parent models.

[via:Merlin Mann]

12 July 2010

Reward, Addiction, and Emotion Regulation Systems Associated With Rejection in Love

This article explains the study, which originally was published in the Journal of Neurophysiology.

[via:Maarit Piippo]

11 July 2010

How facts backfire – being corrected makes opinions stronger

[via:Kaj Sotala]

17 March 2010

Milgram experiment repeated for a TV documentary: over 80% would shock to death

[via:Maija Haavisto]

22 February 2010

Metagames and Containers

Collecting and sorting links is one of my personal meta games.

[via:Joonas Mäkinen]

20 January 2010

How the US exports its mental illnesses

[via:Trent Eady]

19 January 2010

Dunbar’s number: the number of people we are capable of giving a shit about

16 January 2010

Five emotions you never knew you had

[via:Trent Eady]

14 January 2010

Sleep Talkin’ Man

A collection of sleep talk.

Lentils are evil. Pure fucking oozing evil. Take them away from me.”


6 December 2009

Awesome By Proxy: Addicted to Fake Achievement

An essay on how role playing games might work as bogus affirmation for vulnerable, performance orientated egos.


7 October 2009

I was handed this clip from a 2005 HBO documentary titled Middle Sexes: Redefining He and She (imdb). This is pure gold: loudmouthed “straight” males are guaranteed to feel stupendously uncomfortable. All of this is based on a study conducted at University of Georgia in 1996. The study showed that 54% of a group of homophobic, self-described heterosexual men were, while denying it, sexually aroused by watching gay porn. Non-homophobic, heterosexual males who participated in the study revealed little signs of arousal.

Watching the whole film is strongly encouraged. It provides a well presented summary of how traditional (western) views on gender and sexuality are hideously alienating and evil, based on examples from all over the world.

At the time of writing, a split-up version of the 54 minute piece is available in fairly decent quality on Youtube.

Parts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (credits).


28 September 2009

Why women have sex

“Meston and Buss have interviewed 1,006 women from all over the world about their sexual motivation, and in doing so they have identified 237 different reasons why women have sex.”

25 September 2009

French parliament suggesting warning labels on manipulated images used in advertising

…in order to combat body image issues.


24 September 2009

Why Parents May Cause Gender Differences in Kids

For her new book, Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps—And What We Can Do About It, Eliot immersed herself in hundreds of scientific papers (her bibliography runs 46 pages). Marching through the claims like Sherman through Georgia, she explains that assertions of innate sex differences in the brain are either “blatantly false,” “cherry-picked from single studies,” or “extrapolated from rodent research” without being confirmed in people. For instance, the idea that the band of fibers connecting the right and left brain is larger in women, supposedly supporting their more “holistic” thinking, is based on a single 1982 study of only 14 brains. Fifty other studies, taken together, found no such sex difference—not in adults, not in newborns. Other baseless claims: that women are hard-wired to read faces and tone of voice, to defuse conflict, and to form deep friendships; and that “girls’ brains are wired for communication and boys’ for aggression.” Eliot’s inescapable conclusion: there is “little solid evidence of sex differences in children’s brains.”

Yet there are differences in adults’ brains, and here Eliot is at her most original and persuasive: explaining how they arise from tiny sex differences in infancy. For instance, baby boys are more irritable than girls. That makes parents likely to interact less with their “nonsocial” sons, which could cause the sexes’ developmental pathways to diverge. By 4 months of age, boys and girls differ in how much eye contact they make, and differences in sociability, emotional expressivity, and verbal ability—all of which depend on interactions with parents—grow throughout childhood. The message that sons are wired to be nonverbal and emotionally distant thus becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The sexes “start out a little bit different” in fussiness, says Eliot, and parents “react differently to them,” producing the differences seen in adults.

20 September 2009

The background story of Carl Jung’s new book release


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