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  • MihaelaC shared from Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities: 4th Edition by Diane F. Halpern
    Readers are urged to read carefully and think critically. These are the best precautions when ideas may be dangerous.
    Note: i like that :)
  • MihaelaC shared from Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
    The greatest achievement of the human brain is its ability to imagine objects and episodes that do not exist in the realm of the real, and it is this ability that allows us to think about the future. As one philosopher noted, the human brain is an ‘anticipation machine’, and ‘making future’ is the most important thing it does.2
  • MihaelaC shared from The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
    In psychology, theories are cheap. Anyone can invent one. Progress happens when theories are tested, supported, and corrected by empirical evidence, especially when a theory proves to be useful—for example, if it helps people to understand why half of the people in their country seem to live in a different moral universe.
  • MihaelaC shared from The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
    The social intuitionist model offers an explanation of why moral and political arguments are so frustrating: because moral reasons are the tail wagged by the intuitive dog. A dog’s tail wags to communicate. You can’t make a dog happy by forcibly wagging its tail. And you can’t change people’s minds by utterly refuting their arguments.
  • MihaelaC shared from The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt
    when a group of people make something sacred, the members of the cult lose the ability to think clearly about it. Morality binds and blinds.