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  • Amazon shared from Simple Heuristics that Make Us Smart (Evolution and Cognition) by Gerd Gigerenzer, Peter M. Todd, ABC Research Group
    For instance, many "dual process" theories in cognitive and social psychology characterize reasoning with dichotomies such as analytic versus heuristic, argumentative versus suggestive, rule-based versus associative, and mindful versus mindless (e.g., Evans, 1989; Sloman, 1996). The unquestioned assumption behind these theories is that the more laborious, computationally expensive, and nonheuristic the strategy, the better the judgments to which it gives rise.
  • Amazon shared from Born Liars: Why We Can't Live Without Deceit by Ian Leslie
    In the middle of the nineteenth century, P.T. Barnum’s American Museum in New York housed an exotic collection of human and animal oddities, including the original bearded lady, a great white whale, and a pair of very argumentative Siamese twins. Naturally, the exhibition was hugely popular. But success brought difficulties. Barnum realised he had a problem with what modern retailers term ‘traffic flow’: the exhibition was getting congested because people were lingering too long in front of the attractions. Barnum’s solution was to use a deliberately obscure term for exit, posting signs...
  • Amazon shared from Good to be God by Tibor Fischer
    I then pull out the Hierophant’s .22. The drawback with the .22 is that it’s small and looks as if it came from a packet of cereal or a teenage girl’s handbag. Professional killers apparently are very fond of the .22, but I doubt Cosmo knows that. “This is a holy gun,” I say, remixing the Hierophant’s shtick. “The .22 is the choice of the godly, because it punishes the wrongdoer, but doesn’t, like a .44, go through the wrongdoer, three walls, a gardener and then kill a child on a bike half a mile away.” Our eyes meet and Cosmo sneers: “You won’t shoot me.” This is the trouble...
  • Amazon shared from The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture by David Mamet
    How fashionable to wear clothes which are distressed. The young on the Westside of Los Angeles dress themselves in jeans worn, sanded, and razored to resemble something a six-month castaway might crawl ashore in. Why? They are trying to purchase a charade of victimization, as the ethos of the Liberal West holds that these victims are the only ones of worth. But how to go about it? For the jeans can cost over one thousand dollars (one might buy them at Goodwill for two bucks, but, I am informed, they would be “seen through” and, though a closer approximation to true poverty, they are ineffective...
    Note: Blimey.
  • Amazon shared from The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture by David Mamet
    There is an additional effect of the Liberal, learned aversion to actual work: the young “practitioner” can exist only among his own. His specialized skills can be sold only in the Liberal Communities. He, thus, will quite literally never, cradle-to-grave, encounter a Conservative Idea, let alone a Conservative.
    Note: Mr Mamet, I think it's safe to say, has taken a turn to the right.
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