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February 24, 2015

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10:14 PM | Is belief in moral progress a substitute for religion?
There’s a well studied phenomenon called Terror Management Theory which basically says that, when people are reminded of their own death, their beliefs change in certain predictable ways.  People cling more strongly to beliefs that make the future seem more controllable and comfortable – and that includes turning to religion (see: Religion, Patriotism and Death). [Read More...]
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10:14 PM | Is belief in moral progress a substitute for religion?
There’s a well studied phenomenon called Terror Management Theory which basically says that, when people are reminded of their own death, their beliefs change in certain predictable ways.  People cling more strongly to beliefs that make the future seem more controllable and comfortable – and that includes turning to religion (see: Religion, Patriotism and Death). [Read More...]

February 13, 2015

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8:45 AM | When I die and they lay me to rest…
“When I die and they lay me to rest, gonna find a friend in Facebook” — to paraphrase Norman Greenbaum’s classic 70s hit Spirit in the Sky. Apparently, the social media site is taking care of your online after life, now letting you choose (before you go) who your legacy contact should be. It’s definitely […]Related Posts:A quick friendship testSaving your contacts with no monkey businessFacebook Photo FetcherWe want answers from FacebookRemove your name from […]

February 11, 2015

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5:32 PM | The energy costs of ICT
Seven new ethical pillars of the information and communications technology (ICT) sphere that emerge from research published in IJIIM this month might also apply to any organisatio and to us as individuals: 1 Companies can ill-afford to ignore the adverse environmental impact of their energy use 2 Businesses must have a social conscience 3 Long-term […]Related Posts:Green clouds on the horizonWhat do Internet providers care about?Finding online work-life balanceWhen Web 2.0 comes to the […]

February 09, 2015

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9:19 PM | Most supernatural beliefs are about avoiding harm, not bringing benefit
A survey of supernatural beliefs across cultures around the world has found that beliefs involving hazards and harms were about 50% more common than beliefs about benefits about benefits, opportunities and other good things. Daniel Fessler, at the University of California, and colleagues searched a representative dataset of 60 cultures held at the Human Relations [Read More...]

Fessler, D., Pisor, A. & Navarrete, C. (2014). Negatively-Biased Credulity and the Cultural Evolution of Beliefs, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095167

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9:19 PM | Most supernatural beliefs are about avoiding harm, not bringing benefit
A survey of supernatural beliefs across cultures around the world has found that beliefs involving hazards and harms were about 50% more common than beliefs about benefits about benefits, opportunities and other good things. Daniel Fessler, at the University of California, and colleagues searched a representative dataset of 60 cultures held at the Human Relations [Read More...]

Fessler, D., Pisor, A. & Navarrete, C. (2014). Negatively-Biased Credulity and the Cultural Evolution of Beliefs, PLoS ONE, 9 (4) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095167

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February 04, 2015

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11:47 AM | Un alquimista
E. Lomont, An Alchemist, 1890.via:  The Paris Review

February 01, 2015

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1:28 PM | Literatura minimalista
Me encanta la idea de “etiqueta”.No en el sentido de simplificar un mundo complejo con palabras vacías, sino como herramienta para navegar, procesar e indexar la superabundancia de información. Hace un tiempo, y en preparación a un trabajo mayor (aún por empezar), había hecho esta Historia en “tags” de la Genética.Ahora otro experimento. La idea es resumir en forma de “etiquetas”, no más de 50 (y siempre […]

January 30, 2015

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12:54 PM | Dieter Rams: ten principles for good design
Dieter Rams: ten principles for good designhttps://www.vitsoe.com/us/about/good-design

January 28, 2015

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9:22 PM | Facebook just suggested a ghostwriter for my PhD
Wow! Facebook just suggested me an advertisement about a ghostwriter. The pitch: “You are successful. You have embarked upon a great career. You want to achieve a doctorate.” It’s not just that I think this is spam, it also seems highly unethical. To make things even worse, Facebook did not provide the usual options to… Continue Reading
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