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November 23, 2014

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8:38 PM | Safety Spud Heads Will Love This
Safety Spud Heads Will Love This A reader  just sent me this article from ZDNET – Unbelievable! Just shows the battle that the band of merry people have ahead of us against the Kings and their Sheriffs. If you don’t understand people and safety then the obvious answer, of course, is to spend a fortune to […] The post Safety Spud Heads Will Love This appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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5:28 PM | Self-Care Sunday 11.23.14
{from Chuck Close: Face Book} On some Sundays I share links to all kinds of posts, which explore taking kinder care of ourselves — from appreciating our bodies to getting to know ourselves better to expressing our creativity (which goes hand in hand with self-discovery) to feeling our feelings. Because self-care helps us build a […]
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4:45 PM | Activities for Couples to Get Closer
It’s normal to feel disconnected from your partner from time to time. It happens to the healthiest of couples. We are all busy. We all have things that should’ve been done yesterday. We may be parents, which adds an extra layer of hectic. We may have demanding jobs or several jobs. We may have completely […]
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4:28 PM | Weekend update: Does marching around in costumes help overcome cultural polarization? Comparative data might help answer this Q
Someone should do some research on the effectiveness of this "communication strategy" as a means of extinguishing the cultural conflagration surrounding the issue of badger infestation in UK.  Who knows-- what's learned might help us to learn to defuse other hyper-charged risk issues in US, like GM foods and raw milk. Those close to the effort have a strong sense-- the kind that certainly is unlikely to lead them astray-- that costumed marchers banging symbols, blowing whistles & […]
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2:37 PM | Top 10 Stunning Misconceptions of the Effects of Smartphone Usage
Phones nowadays are not simply the modes of communication anymore, they’re compact and sophisticated computers. The world has gone digital, and most children growing up today have no sense of what it is like to live without being connected. The … Continue reading →
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1:23 PM | Imagination and reality
ScienceDaily has an item (here) on a paper (D. Dentico, B.L. Cheung, J. Chang, J. Guokas, M..e Boly, G. Tononi, B. Van Veen. Reversal of cortical information flow during visual imagery as compared to visual perception. NeuroImage, 2014; 100: 237) looking at EEC dynamics during thought. The researchers examined electrical activity as subjects alternated between […]
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1:00 PM | The Acid Test (Part One of Two)
Can lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) boost creativity? When Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman first synthesized the chemical compound he would name LSD-25 (being the twenty-fifth compound in the series lysergic acid derivatives he was working on), his discovery of its powerful...            Related StoriesAlexander the Corrector (Part Two of Two)As Former POWs Grow OlderThe Rise of the Robot Therapist 
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12:32 PM | Wankers and prankers on the suicide hotline
The New York Magazine‘s new Science of Us section has an interesting review of a new documentary on hotlines – whether they be for suicide support or phone sex. I was initially annoyed at the fact that the documentary puts both of these in the same category but it’s based on the interesting premise that […]
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11:45 AM | Powers of Two: The Creative and Healing Energy of a Pair
One autumn morning in 2005, I dropped my kids off at preschool and immediately broke down in tears. Pushing an empty double stroller down a few houses to avoid the other preschool moms, I dialed up the number of my writing (and life) mentor and dear friend, Mike Leach. I stayed there, on the sidewalk, […]
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10:52 AM | So a 4 Year Old Elephant Paints a Picture of Oneself and Signs His Name – Big Deal!
Here’s a video of an elephant painting an elephant.  He is 4 years old.  His name is Suda. Amazing, right? But is it?! We (“humans”) are just modern-day apes: if a monkey can (be trained to) paint itself, why couldn’t an elephant?! We are a neural tribe: a neuron is a neuron is a neuron […]
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5:02 AM | Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting?
Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting? It is interesting after the last piece on the military as a model for safety leadership the responses that assumed that somehow the military was under attack. The idea that the military is a ‘lean, green safety machine’ was used on another blog to advocate […] The post Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting? appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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1:27 AM | Return to Oneness
Troy Wilson Organ says: “Man is the point at which the cosmos ceases to pluralize and starts the return to Oneness.” A flattering thought but I think this process already plays out with ants and their colonies, and, maybe, dates as evolutionarily far back as metazoan/multicellular organization. In sum, each “I” is really a “we” […]

November 22, 2014

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11:35 PM | Snap Out of It
What is the matter with you? Why can’t you just snap out of it? What good does it do you to be so negative? So depressed? So worried? Why can’t you enjoy life? You have much to be grateful for. You have much to live for. And there you are complaining once again about what’s […]
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6:20 PM | Is Stonehenge a Giant Musical Instrument, or an Ancient Church Bell?
One of the most mysterious places in the world is Stonehenge. Why? Well, according to many stricken with mad curiosity, Stonehenge is much more than a passing interest – it holds the secrets of connection. Much more than that – Stonehenge is said to actually be a gigantic instrument. Whether musical … READ MORE
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4:57 PM | Weekend update: Decisive proof of "conservative distrust in science"? You tell me...
This worked pretty well before, so why not try again? Recently I posted some data on right-left political outlooks, religion, and positions on disputed science issues and asked you, the 14.33 billion readers of this blog, to say what inferences the data support.  The responses, including one submitted by Chris Mooney in his Washington Post Wonkblog, were really interesting, and led to an informative set of exchanges, which continued when I finally added my own assessment.  I'm […]
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4:57 PM | A movable academic feast
This weekend I’m at Psychonomics, and except for the fact that there’s no food at the conference, it is very much a movable feast. Just like at many restaurants, before the experience even starts you can go online to get a menu in the form of a 300+ page program. Both menus are broken up in […]
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4:55 PM | Explore our back pages
At our birthday party on Thursday I told people how I’d crunched the stats for the 10 years of mindhacks.com posts. Nearly 5000 posts, and over 2 million words – an incredible achievement (for which 96% of the credit should go to Vaughan). In 2010 we had an overhaul (thanks JD for this, and Matt […]
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3:11 PM | Music’s Amazing Effect on Long-Term Memory and Mental Abilities In General
The fascinating effect of music on people's cognitive abilities. Dr Jeremy Dean is a psychologist and author of PsyBlog. His latest book is "Making Habits, Breaking Habits: How to Make Changes That Stick" Related articles:How Long-Term Stress Affects Short-Term Memory The Quick Exercise That Immediately Improves Long-Term Memory Exercise Can Improve Long-Term Memory Caffeine Improves Long-Term Memory When Consumed After Learning The Type of Exercise That Most Benefits Memory, […]
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1:11 PM | Eating Sun
“What is the future of eating?” is the question that I tried to answer in “Reinventing the Meal” (2012) Transhuman Fermentation Still a cultural underground, transhumanism is a gradual churning of techno-genetic possibilities. As a social movement, transhumanism is still in the stages of fermentation. From the evolutionary standpoint, transhumanism is an attempt at self-guided evolution, […]
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8:26 AM | Children as research participants: assessing competence
I was brought to writing about this topic after reading an interesting post by Virginia Hughes titled: Personhood Week: Do Kids Count? Among the various points raised in that article was some discussion about minors having medical autonomy and how this might impinge on areas outside of just medical decision-making. It also reminded me about something which was raised on more than one occasion when I undertook a stint on a University Ethics committee...Most people involved in the […]
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8:13 AM | Link feast
Our pick of the best psychology and neuroscience links from the past week or so:Down The Culinary Rabbit HoleOver at The Psychologist magazine, Chef Heston Blumenthal describes his work with psychologists,  and there's an exclusive extract from The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining, by Charles Spence and Betina Piqueras-Fiszman (free registration required).The Best Optical Illusions to Bend Your Eyes and Blow Your Mind – In PicturesHighlights from the book Eye […]
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2:01 AM | Prompts for Practicing Gratitude for Our Bodies
With American Thanksgiving less than a week away (how did this happen!!), I wanted to share more ideas with you on practicing gratitude, year-round. (On Wednesday I talked about doing a gratitude alphabet. ) For instance, this month, Laura Simms, a career coach whose work I greatly admire, has been hosting a photo challenge on […]

November 21, 2014

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11:17 PM | Dark Matter May Be Detected with the GPS Satellite System
When you became lost, in years past, the only tools you had to find your way back home, were maps, a compass or maybe the memory of directions given in haste. Now, there are smart phones, online maps and even GPS systems to navigate and lead you in the right … READ MORE
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9:50 PM | Safety Career Highlight
Safety Career Highlight The experience I had yesterday was a very special moment in my career and life and I’m still buzzing. I had the incredible honour of speaking at the launch of the new book Following-Leading in Risk by Dr Robert Long and Craig Ashhurst. The lead up to the event was a little […] The post Safety Career Highlight appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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9:01 PM | Question for the Safety Thinkers
Question for the Safety Thinkers This video of the risks people will take to save ducks was posted and compiled by Animals Australia. It has gone viral with more than 1,410, 000 shares, and 64,186,372 views. (See Proof that people are awesome) The video, which features a range of people rescuing and protecting ducks and […] The post Question for the Safety Thinkers appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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6:06 PM | Party Like A Healthy Rock Star
‘Tis the season of parties…every weekend. If you are lucky like me, in addition to holidays, you have a slew of birthdays in the next month too. With parties come buffets, persistent relatives, stress, lots of leftovers—and a shocking Jan ...
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5:59 PM | Call for task force members – BioCaddie (BD2K – DDIC)
As part of the NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) kick off, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Data Discovery Index Consortium, bioCADDIE (http://biocaddie.org). bioCADDIE (biomedical and healthCAre Data Discovery and Indexing Ecosystem) was established to help define requirements for building a Data Discovery Index to make it easier for researchers to […]
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5:28 PM | WATCH: Automatic Rubik’s Cube Solver
Help Boulder startup Kitables Kickstart this massively awesome Rubik's solver! Do your part to fight entropy! Continue reading → The post WATCH: Automatic Rubik’s Cube Solver appeared first on Author Garth Sundem.
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4:34 PM | Spike activity 21-11-2014
Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Wall Street Journal on The Future of AI: An Ubiquitous, Invisible, Smart Utility. A list of the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter compiled by the BPS Research Digest. And a mixed bag it is too. Student Science has a fantastic how-to […]
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4:14 PM | Equipos de trabajo, control sobre la tarea y estrés laboral
El grado de control que el trabajador tiene sobre las tareas que realiza influye en su nivel de estrés, aunque las investigaciones realizadas al respecto arrojan resultados a veces inconsistentes. […]
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