Rationality versus Intelligence

“Psychologists have studied the major classes of thinking errors that make people less than rational. They have studied people’s tendencies to show incoherent probability assessments; to be overconfident in knowledge judgments; to ignore the alternative hypothesis; to evaluate evidence with a “my side” bias; to show inconsistent preferences because of framing effects; to over-weigh short-term rewards at the expense of long-term well-being; to allow decisions to be affected by irrelevant context; and many others.

All of these categories of failure of rational judgment and decision-making are very imperfectly correlated with intelligence – meaning that IQ tests tend not to capture individual differences in rational thought.”

More here.


Gazing at (Virtual) Nature Is Good for Your Psychological Well-Being

“In the 1980s, experimental psychologists Rachel and Stephen Kaplan studied the effects of nature on people. They found that small glimpses of the natural world—“nearby nature”—could have measurable effects on well-being. Even an insignificant or faraway sight, such as a few trees viewed through a window, could still give us a good feeling.”

And yet, many of us live in cities… What a paradox.

More here.

Dupond & Dupond

Remembers me “Tintin au pays de l’or noir”.

La gauche n’a plus rien avoir avec le socialisme

“Un jour, on dépassera le cadre national, mais aujourd’hui c’est beaucoup trop tôt. Les systèmes les plus efficaces socialement, les systèmes de santé, les systèmes scolaires et universitaires sont mis en œuvre dans les cadres nationaux. Ils n’ont plus aucune chance de résister aux systèmes qui exploitent leur main d’œuvre ! Or ils sont fortement attaqués aujourd’hui : les universités vacillent, le supérieur est de plus en plus cher, les jeunes américains mettent leur famille en faillite pour pouvoir se payer des études… Est-ce que l’on souhaite que ce système se généralise ? Moi, non.”

Moi non plus !


The bigger picture

That is really spot on:

“Every month or so there is a new scandal – mass snooping by the NSA, allegations of price-fixing by giant energy companies, major banks corruptly rigging interest rates, giant modern bureaucracies like Serco and G4S ripping off the taxpayer, children’s entertainers from the past charged with sexual abuse.

But these stories never seem to add up to a bigger picture. They are isolated events . And our reaction is always the same – shock and horror, and then it all subsides and we are ready to be shocked and horrified when the next scandal comes along.

A famous American Historian called Richard Hostadter wrote a study of the muckrakers. he said that before McClure’s famous issue there was:

“a diffuse malaise – and it was the muckraking that brought that diffuse malaise of the public into focus”

I think there is an equally diffuse malaise today – waiting for a new kind of journalism to bring it into focus. Like with McClure’s it won’t be just a catalogue of shocking facts – it will be an imaginative leap that pulls all the scandals together and shows how they are part of some new system of power that we don’t fully comprehend.”

Here is the source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis/posts/WHAT-THE-FLUCK. There is too much bla-bla and changes of subject in the article, but I recommend it for the 1st video with Tammara’s interview where she discusses Private Equity.



Interesting summary of why procrastination and what one can do about it.


Your entire life is online…

Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?