Psychopathy – Remind You of Someone You Know!?

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“..psychopathy is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by structural abnormalities from a young age…the criterion for pathological personality traits refers to antagonism as characterized by:

 

  • manipulativeness
  • callousness,
  • deceitfulness
  • hostility

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“…psychopathy is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by structural abnormalities from a young age.”

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Someone Should Sue Luminosity! Sales Lies and Brain Training

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The Federal Trade Commission orders Focus Education to stop making unsubstantiated brain training claims

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Mak­ers of Jun­gle Rangers Com­puter Game for Kids Set­tle FTC Charges that They Deceived Con­sumers with Base­less “Brain Train­ing” Claims (Fed­eral Trade Commission):

A Texas com­pany and its offi­cers must stop mak­ing unsub­stan­ti­ated claims that their com­puter game, Jun­gle Rangers, per­ma­nently improves children’s focus, mem­ory, atten­tion, behav­ior, and school per­for­mance, includ­ing for chil­dren with atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der (ADHD), under a Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion set­tle­ment

The FTC’s admin­is­tra­tive com­plaint states that Focus Edu­ca­tion, its chief exec­u­tive offi­cer, Michael Apstein, and its chief finan­cial offi­cer, John Able, have mar­keted and sold the ifo­cus Sys­tem, includ­ing the Jun­gle Rangers com­puter game, via tele­vi­sion infomer­cials and the company’s web­sites for $214.75 plus tax, gen­er­at­ing sales of approx­i­mately $4.5 mil­lion between 2012 and the mid­dle of 2013.

The adver­tise­ments claimed that Jun­gle Rangers had “sci­en­tif­i­cally proven mem­ory and atten­tion brain train­ing exer­cises, designed to improve focus, con­cen­tra­tion and mem­ory” and touted the soft­ware as giv­ing chil­dren “the abil­ity to focus, com­plete school work, home­work, and to stay on task.” Focus Education’s web­site implied that these ben­e­fits would be permanent…

The FTC has charged that Focus Edu­ca­tion and its offi­cers vio­lated the FTC Act by mak­ing false or unsub­stan­ti­ated claims that the ifo­cus Sys­tem per­ma­nently improves children’s focus, mem­ory, atten­tion, behav­ior, and/or school per­for­mance, includ­ing in chil­dren with ADHD. The com­pany also allegedly falsely claimed that these ben­e­fits were sci­en­tif­i­cally proven.”

Modern Philosophy: Weird, Old White Men Defending Weird, Old Ideas from Really Old Books…ugh

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Philosphy is such a dead language…

I have had some run in with philosophers recently and I have been surprised that the profession which for thousands of years practiced critical thinking is going to end it’s useful life defending pop culture platitudes, the naive realism of everyday language, the primacy of subjectivity and intuition.  What a shame.

Modern philosophers refuse to engage with brain science at all – and they are proud of their ignorance.

Talking about ending with a “whimper.”