“the microstructure of empty space could be far too complex for unaided human brains.”
Three Realities: Cultural Capital, Scientific Measurements, Political Denial The magnitude of the earthquake that hit North-East Japan was 9.0, the fourth largest on record in modern times. The earthquake and tsunami risk was on the level of once in a thousand years, for this region: the last comparable earthquake in that region occurred in 869, […]
Behavioral Economics, like so many efforts previously to upend the hegemony of the neo-classical market model, will leave some footprints on the intellectual sands of time. However, there is no way that it can accomplish what many of its disciples seem, subliminally at least, to believe: that we should abandon the traditional model with (because […]
“Fanaticism consists in redoubling your efforts when you have forgotten your aim.” George Santayana
“In the experiment, researchers flash two lights, one green and one red, onto a screen. Four out of five times, it’s green; the other time, the red light flashes. But the exact sequence is kept random. When rewarded for correct picks, rats and pigeons quickly discover the best strategy is to always pick green, guaranteeing […]
It sounds absurd to equate simple organism behaviors to humans. However, nature is miserly and always adopts (jury-rigs) (very, very) old biological systems to more complex organisms – like us. This is true of basic behavioral and nervous systems. The article below details some of these. In addition, all animals face the same challenges of energy burgeting and […]
Robert Sapolsky: Are Humans Just Another Primate? — He is a great speaker on these matters.