Marketers Beware: Seeing Food Pics B4 May Kill Desire for Same

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Instagram Is Spoiling Your Dinner  by Benjamin Plackett

It turns out that those self-appointed ‘foodies’ clogging up your Instagram feed with photos of their latest gastronomic feat are more than just annoying – they’re literally ruining your appetite.

Research published last month in the Journal of Consumer Psychology suggests the visual anticipation of that farm-to-table, foie gras-topped bison burger you’re going to eat tonight may not heighten the culinary experience after all – in fact it does the opposite.

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Religion and Child Rape: “Rabbi Rosenberg believes around half of young males in Brooklyn’s Hasidic community—the largest in the United States and one of the largest in the world—have been victims of sexual assault perpetrated by their elders. “

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Horrible.

Ultra-Orthodox Jews who speak out about these abuses are ruined and condemned to exile by their own community. Dr. Amy Neustein, a nonfundamentalist Orthodox Jewish sociologist and editor of Tempest in the Temple: Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals, told me the story of a series of Hasidic mothers in Brooklyn she got to know who complained that their children were being preyed on by their husbands.

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Philosophy is a Dead Language – RIP

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The uselessness and irrelevance of what is called philosophy is obvious.

Fundamentally, philo is merely another example of magical thinking.  The core claim of magical thinking is “Mind over matter.”  Philo, like econ, etc, falsely promises that word/language-behavior (thinking, talking, etc) can both accurately describe the “matter” of human physiology and actions — or effect it.  Clearly a lie.  But before brain science, the best we could do.  Now, obsolete. Continue reading

Music Before Language Likely – In Monkeys 1st 30mm Years Ago

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Monkey-Human Ancestors Got Music 30 Million Years Ago :

Music skills evolved at least 30 million years ago in the common ancestor of humans and monkeys, according to a new study that could help explain why chimpanzees drum on tree roots and monkey calls sound like singing.

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Malcom Gladwell’s Ideas are Silly, but Silly Ideas Always Make Lots of $$$$

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The problem with Gladwell’s generalizations about prediction is that he never zeroes in on the essence of a statistical problem and instead overinterprets some of its trappings.

The reasoning in “Outliers,” which consists of cherry-picked anecdotes, post-hoc sophistry and false dichotomies, had me gnawing on my Kindle.  {Steven Pinker and below and from WhyEvolutionIsTrue.com Continue reading

‘three major themes captured how neuroscience was represented in the media. The first relied on a framing of the brain as capital, i.e., a resource to be optimized. The second employed the brain as an index of difference, using neuroscience to delineate boundaries between categories of people. The third presented brain research as biological proof of the legitimacy of particular phenomena or beliefs.’

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