How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world

  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

The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

by Alexander Bevilacqua Aeon Jan 15, 2019 Recently discovered prisoner writings on the wall of Lyon’s notorious Montluc prison from which résistant and historian Marc Bloch was taken and executed by the Nazis on the night of the 16 June 1944. A noted historian, Bloch wrote: ‘The task of the historian is understanding, not judging.’ Photo by … Continue reading The humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture about empathy

Impressive Compulsive Disorder is WINNING!!!

Think of our president as a hoarder. But instead of objects, he collects victories and vendettas. Jeremy Sherman Psychology Today Trump’s ghostwriter put these words in the president’s mouth: "Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game." I believe it about the money, though … Continue reading Impressive Compulsive Disorder is WINNING!!!

What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology

by Christian Jarrett British Psychological Society - Research Digest It’s a question that’s reverberated through the ages – are we humans, though imperfect, essentially kind, sensible, good-natured creatures? Or deep down are we wired to be bad, blinkered, idle, vain, vengeful and selfish? There are no easy answers and there’s clearly a lot of variation between individuals, … Continue reading What is Human Nature? Findings from Psychology

Psychiatrist Explains Emotional Patterns Between Trump and His Followers

TANA GANEVA  Raw Story DEC 3, 2018 Donald Trump took to Twitter on Monday to heap praise upon his ally Roger Stone, who continues to maintain his refusal to flip—even as Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, who once said he’d take a bullet for the president, begged federal prosecutors to not serve jail time. Stone … Continue reading Psychiatrist Explains Emotional Patterns Between Trump and His Followers

We conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.

Fear. It's the emotion at the heart of Trump and the GOP. Fear of immigrants. Fear of people of color. Fear of equality for women and LGBT people. Fear of religions other than Christianity. Fear of non-existent conspiracies. Fear of the media. Fear of social progress. Ever wonder why? George Lakoff By John Bargh Washington … Continue reading We conducted an experiment to turn conservatives into liberals. The results say a lot about our political divisions.

Why people believe in conspiracy theories – and how to change their minds

by Mark Lorch Conversation  I’m sitting on a train when a group of football fans streams on. Fresh from the game – their team has clearly won – they occupy the empty seats around me. One picks up a discarded newspaper and chuckles derisively as she reads about the latest “alternative facts” peddled by Donald Trump. … Continue reading Why people believe in conspiracy theories – and how to change their minds