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

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, […]

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. “

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 […]

Philosophy is a Dead Language – RIP

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 […]

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

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