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Our brains are hardwired to fear creativity | io9

"Our findings imply a deep irony. Revealing the existence and nature of a bias against creativity can help explain why people might reject creative ideas and stifle scientific advancements, even in the face of strong intentions to the contrary…"

So basically, science just proved why the Tea Party exists.

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cutlerish:

Probably the best book I’ve read for adult ADD.
Well, the only one I made it through completely.
Lots of good ideas that aren’t the same old bullshit.
When a book tells you to use the symptoms of a mental disorder as a tool for making your life better, you know it’ll probably be pretty useful.

Can I also recommend “Think Fast: The ADHD Experience”? A few years ago I wrote a paper on the benefits of ADD/ADHD and how a lot of the most successful people in their industries are actually ADD/ADHD people and this book was one of the most useful resources both to my paper and to myself, as a person with ADHD, in understanding the way the (and I hate to use this word) disorder works. I can’t recommend it enough.

cutlerish:

Probably the best book I’ve read for adult ADD.

Well, the only one I made it through completely.

Lots of good ideas that aren’t the same old bullshit.

When a book tells you to use the symptoms of a mental disorder as a tool for making your life better, you know it’ll probably be pretty useful.

Can I also recommend “Think Fast: The ADHD Experience”? A few years ago I wrote a paper on the benefits of ADD/ADHD and how a lot of the most successful people in their industries are actually ADD/ADHD people and this book was one of the most useful resources both to my paper and to myself, as a person with ADHD, in understanding the way the (and I hate to use this word) disorder works. I can’t recommend it enough.

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"Why Gender Equality Does Not Always Work In The Bedroom"

nom-chompsky:

squeetothegee:

progressivelyminded:

What the actual fuck is wrong with the editor of Psychology Today ok-ing posts like “black women are objectively less attractive than other women” or “gender equality doesn’t work in the bedroom”?

A friend of a friend said of the author, “He has obviously never had sex with a feminist.”

more fuckery from “psychology” today: if a woman can’t come, it’s because of feminism.

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Part 2 of that post is called Do men want to rape? Do women want to be raped?

You know, because those are the kinds of questions Psychology Today should be asking. /facepalm

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"The APA cited the fact that “emerging evidence suggests that statewide campaigns to deny same-sex couples legal access to civil marriage are a significant source of stress to the lesbian, gay and bisexual residents of those states and may have negative effects on their psychological well-being” and that gay and lesbian couples absolutely do strive for stable, loving marriages."

American Psychological Association Unanimously Votes To Support Gay Marriage [Unicorn Booty via USA Today]

The fact that the vote was unanimous means that the next time some homophobe goes off about how some psychologists can cure homosexuality, we can pie him or her in the face. Right?

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Use Sarcasm Instead of Outright Anger for Better, More Productive Conflicts

"Despite also listening to a form of anger - albeit laced with humor this time - these students performed better on the creative problems. The study also showed that students exposed to sarcasm performed better on problems that required more “cognitive complexity,” or the ability to look at issues from more than one angle, than those that didn’t hear such comments. The researchers suggest that while the underlying anger helped to focus the students, the inherent humor of sarcasm helped to offset the damage that anger can do.”

And this is why The Daily Show is better news than the 24 hour news networks. 

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iheartchaos:

Stephen Fry on life, the universe and everything

From an interview at the Sydney Opera House in late 2010, here’s Stephen Fry using his big fucking brain to discuss philosophy and Star Trek, life, the universe and everything as he does.

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HE DOES A SHATNER IMPRESSION. A SHATNER IMPRESSION. He also talks about his experiences with bipolar disorder, coming out of the closet, and working with Hugh Laurie and Emma Thompson. This is well worth watching.

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""…Rather than remembering things, we now simply retain the knowledge of how to find the information we need when we need it. In other words, the Internet as a whole has become what a major example of what psychologists refer to as “transactive memory.”"
A new study by researchers at Columbia University reveals how Google is changing the way we retain information [ZDNet]
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"That’s what you do with depression, you mask the symptoms. The symptoms of depression IS depression, it’s not a symptom of something else. It’s not like you go “Oooh, I feel really sad” and then your arse falls off. The symptoms of depression is depression. You take away the symptoms of depression, HALLOOOOO! You’re cured! But Tom [Cruise] was like “No, no, no Matt. Matt, these drugs Matt, these drugs they’re just a crutch, these drugs are just a crutch!” and I’m thinking, “yes?” THEY’RE A CRUTCH! You don’t walk up to a guy with one leg and say, “Hey pal, that crutch is just a crutch, THROW IT AWAY! Hop ya bastard! That crutch is masking the symptoms of your one leggedness.”"

Craig Ferguson on Tom Cruise attacking Brooke Shields for using anti-depressants to fight Post-Partum Depression. (via themarriageofadeadblogsing)

I remain steadfastly anti Tom Cruise to this day.  Brooke was gracious to forgive him, but I don’t need to.  He and his cult are disgusting with the lies and propaganda they perpetrate about mental illness and learning disorders.  He is the one celebrity I continue to openly mock. (via wtfhellokitty)

The real issue is that Craig Ferguson is just the bees knees.(via -rosasparks-)

This is just so beautiful. (via caraobrien)

I love this. (Sometimes I get worried when I hear Craig Ferguson talk because I love him so much and what if he says something awful and ruins it. But as far as I’ve seen, he hasn’t yet.)

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"The APA review determined that legal abortion of an unwanted pregnancy “does not pose a psychological hazard for most women.” As summarized in the Guttmacher Institute’s May 2006 report, Abortion in Women’s Lives, the APA found that “women who are terminating pregnancies that are wanted or who lack support from their partner or parents for the abortion may feel a greater sense of loss, anxiety and distress. For most women, however, the time of greatest distress is likely to be before an abortion; after an abortion, women frequently report feeling ‘relief and happiness.’”"
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The Striking Sexual Similarities of Gay and Straight Men: According to a scientific study which put gay and straight men in a brain scanner while they watched pornographic videos, gay men “don’t just like the same kind of porn as straight men. They use it the same way.” 

“Our analysis of web searches, search histories, adult site traffic and paid subscriptions, videos, stories, online dating data, and adult site comments demonstrated one indisputable fact: when it comes to the sexual interests of straight and gay men, boys will be boys. The differences in the sexual interests of gay men and straight men is about the same as the differences in the sexual interests of Latino men and British men.”

In addition to this scientific research, cartoonists Chayne Avery and Russell Garcia of Boy Meets Hero created a gallery of erotic characters illustrating the parallels between gay and straight erotica (pictured: BBW & Bear). 
[Psychology Today via Reddit]

The Striking Sexual Similarities of Gay and Straight Men: According to a scientific study which put gay and straight men in a brain scanner while they watched pornographic videos, gay men “don’t just like the same kind of porn as straight men. They use it the same way.” 

Our analysis of web searches, search histories, adult site traffic and paid subscriptions, videos, stories, online dating data, and adult site comments demonstrated one indisputable fact: when it comes to the sexual interests of straight and gay men, boys will be boys. The differences in the sexual interests of gay men and straight men is about the same as the differences in the sexual interests of Latino men and British men.”

In addition to this scientific research, cartoonists Chayne Avery and Russell Garcia of Boy Meets Hero created a gallery of erotic characters illustrating the parallels between gay and straight erotica (pictured: BBW & Bear). 

[Psychology Today via Reddit]

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catnipsoup:

furiousape:

admit it, ladies, nobody gets your motor running like spock!

#Why is the first thing I feel regarding this is a special nerdy rage at the ‘Dr Spock’ thing…?
I’M TOO BUSY LAUGHING AT WHY HIS SHIRT WOULD BE YELLOW

I’M TOO BUSY LAUGHING AT THE FACT THAT HE WAS CLEARLY RUNNING LATE AND GRABBED JIM’S BY MISTAKE.

catnipsoup:

furiousape:

admit it, ladies, nobody gets your motor running like spock!

#Why is the first thing I feel regarding this is a special nerdy rage at the ‘Dr Spock’ thing…?

I’M TOO BUSY LAUGHING AT WHY HIS SHIRT WOULD BE YELLOW

I’M TOO BUSY LAUGHING AT THE FACT THAT HE WAS CLEARLY RUNNING LATE AND GRABBED JIM’S BY MISTAKE.

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"People unable to focus are more likely to consider information that might seem irrelevant but will later inspire the breakthrough. When we don’t know where to look, we need to look everywhere."
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Is Narcissism Good for Business?

memecore:

cassiemclean:

Narcissists are great at convincing others that average ideas are especially creative.

I’ve witnessed this on several occasions.

I’m thinking of a few people right now who completely fit this description. All completely charming, nice people…all very frustrating to work with.

(Source: scienceandstuff)

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I wasn’t sure if I should post this. But when I flipped a coin, I didn’t even have to see how it landed…I knew what I had to do. 
The Psychology of Coin Flipping [PIC]

I wasn’t sure if I should post this. But when I flipped a coin, I didn’t even have to see how it landed…I knew what I had to do.

The Psychology of Coin Flipping [PIC]

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