Belief In Climate Change Hinges On Worldview : NPR
www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124008307&ft=1&f=1007&sc=YahooNews, posted 2010 by peter in cognition environment science toread
o social scientist and lawyer Don Braman, it's not surprising that two people can disagree so strongly over science. Braman is on the faculty at George Washington University and part of The Cultural Cognition Project, a group of scholars who study how cultural values shape public perceptions and policy beliefs.
"People tend to conform their factual beliefs to ones that are consistent with their cultural outlook, their world view," Braman says.
A history of media technology scares, from the printing press to Facebook. - By Vaughan Bell - Slate Magazine
www.slate.com/id/2244198/pagenum/all/, posted 2010 by peter in cognition history media people social
A respected Swiss scientist, Conrad Gessner, might have been the first to raise the alarm about the effects of information overload. In a landmark book, he described how the modern world overwhelmed people with data and that this overabundance was both "confusing and harmful" to the mind. [...] It's worth noting that Gessner, for his part, never once used e-mail and was completely ignorant about computers. That's not because he was a technophobe but because he died in 1565. His warnings referred to the seemingly unmanageable flood of information unleashed by the printing press.
To date, studies suggest there is no consistent evidence that the Internet causes mental problems. If anything, the data show that people who use social networking sites actually tend to have better offline social lives, while those who play computer games are better than nongamers at absorbing and reacting to information with no loss of accuracy or increased impulsiveness.
Teaching computers how to forget
arstechnica.com/tech-policy/reviews/2010/02/teaching-computers-how-to-forget-and-why-it-matters.ars, posted 2010 by peter in cognition people storage
Technology has always been used as a memory aid, of course, but in past millenia, scratching on a clay tablet, writing with a fountain pen, and snapping a digital photo have all required an act of will. Humans had to choose what they would remember.
Now, in an age of ever-cheaper storage, the data committed to machine memory requires an act of will to delete. Storage is now so cheap, in fact, that it requires more effort to cull an e-mail inbox or photo gallery than it does to simply hold on to everything.
To get back to a default state of forgetfulness, Mayer-Schönberger offers an intriguing proposal: find simple ways to give data an expiration date.
Tag Images with Your Mind Â« SciTe Daily
scitedaily.wordpress.com/2009/11/25/tag-images-with-your-mind/, posted 2009 by peter in cognition graphics microsoft science tagging
Having people tag images by hand is an onerous task. Shenoy and Tan of Microsoft Research developed a way to tag images automatically by reading people’s brain scans while they look at images. The people did not even have to specifically think about trying to tag the image; they merely had to passively observe it.
Griddlers Net - Logic Puzzles (Nonogram Picross)
griddlers.net/pages/gt1, posted 2009 by peter in art cognition game graphics online
Griddlers are logic puzzles that use number clues around a grid to create an image.
Why Nerds are Unpopular
paulgraham.com/nerds.html, posted 2009 by peter in autism cognition opinion people
So if intelligence in itself is not a factor in popularity, why are smart kids so consistently unpopular? The answer, I think, is that they don't really want to be popular.
Clever fools: Why a high IQ doesn't mean you're smart - life - 02 November 2009 - New Scientist
www.newscientist.com/article/mg20427321.000-clever-fools-why-a-high-iq-doesnt-mean-youre-smart.html?full=true, posted 2009 by peter in cognition health people science toread
"A high IQ is like height in a basketball player," says David Perkins, who studies thinking and reasoning skills at Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. "It is very important, all other things being equal. But all other things aren't equal. There's a lot more to being a good basketball player than being tall, and there's a lot more to being a good thinker than having a high IQ."
Stanford study: Media multitaskers pay mental price
news.stanford.edu/news/2009/august24/multitask-research-study-082409.html, posted 2009 by peter in cognition health media science toread
People who are regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information do not pay attention, control their memory or switch from one job to another as well as those who prefer to complete one task at a time, a group of Stanford researchers has found.
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