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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making

    Vivian Giang, "This is how tiny changes in words you hear impacts your thinking"

    Fast Company - 9 Aug 2018

    It’s all about framing! In a new book (“Don’t Think of an Elephant”), George Lakoff, a professor in cognitive science and linguistics, explains how political parties can sway supporters with tiny tweaks in word choice. The main take-away: when trying to get your point across, refrain from using the other side’s language - doing so will activate and strengthen their frames and undermine your own views. Instead, successfully arguing a point requires you to establish your own frames and use language that evokes images and ideas that fit the worldview you want (reads in 5 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 17 August 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making, Human condition

    Keith Kahn-Harris, "Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth"

    The Guardian - 3 Aug 2018

    From vaccines to climate change to genocide, a new age of denialism (an expansion or intensification of denial) is falling upon us. This excerpt from a book to be published in September looks at the reasons why we’ve failed to understand a phenomenon that has moved from the fringes to the centre of public discourse, helped in part by new technology. A timely and rich read (more than 15 min).

    Published in Weekly selection 11 August 2018

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  • PSYCHOLOGY, Decision-making

    Ben Yagoda, "Your Lying Mind"

    The Atlantictic - 31 Aug 2018

    This is a quick review of the many cognitive biases (the shortcuts and rules of thumb by which we make judgments and predictions) that trick our brain and affect our decisions. We are hardwired to delude ourselves, but can we do anything about it? Probably not. As Kahneman, the great behavioural scientist, says: “We would all like to have a warning bell that rings loudly whenever we are about to make a serious error, but no such bell is available.” Other scientists beg to differ. This rather long article (around 15 min read) shares the latest research.

    Published in Weekly selection 11 August 2018

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