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What is cognitive behavioural therapy and why does it work so well?

What is cognitive behavioural therapy and why does it work so well?

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: There are many routes to emotional equanimity: it is the thoughts in our heads, and the words we choose to express them, that are the gatekeepers of our psychological wellbeing. This concept is at the core of cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, a tried and tested compilation of practices that support us while we straighten our thoughts in order that our emotional states remain in equilibrium and we safely and effectively get through daily life. SOURCE: Aeon ...
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The basic laws of human stupidity

The basic laws of human stupidity

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: It is not difficult to understand how social, political and institutional power enhances the damaging potential of a stupid person. But one still has to explain and understand what essentially it is that makes a stupid person dangerous to other people - in other words what constitutes the power of stupidity. This brilliant piece from 30 years ago remains fresh and vital in the age of venal politicians and fake news. SOURCE: Carlo M. Cipolla via Whole Earth Review and Zoon ...
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Correlations can’t imply causation? Not always: a primer on causal networks

Correlations can’t imply causation? Not always: a primer on causal networks

VIDEO: The old statistics axiom that correlation doesn’t imply causation is true, but causation can be drawn from more than one correlation. A clever and impressively efficient explainer, this short animation from MinutePhysics clears up a common maths misconception by showing how the concept of causal networks can be used to draw a straight line between correlations and causation via a process of elimination. SOURCE: Aeon via YouTube ...
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Feel a need to boost your empathic reliability? Shut your eyes and pay attention to people speaking.

Feel a need to boost your empathic reliability? Shut your eyes and pay attention to people speaking.

ARTICLE: That’s the takeaway of a new study that explored the empathic accuracy of various forms of communication. The results are some of the first to demonstrate that the primary way we convey emotions may be through the voice – not facial expressions or body language, as previously thought. SOURCE: Big Think ...
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Climate change and our health: a small document that must be read

Climate change and our health: a small document that must be read

DOCUMENT: Here is a brief, well written document that outlines how climate change may affect our health. The report was released by the Royal Society of New Zealand but is highly relevant to all of us. Despite the confusion that politicians have created, there is near unanimity amongst scientists and thinkers that this huge problem is man-made and can be tackled only by the combined, concentrated efforts of right-minded people. The future of Mankind is at stake. We can't afford to be dismissive. SOURCE: The Royal Society, New Zealand ...
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The improbable origins of PowerPoint

The improbable origins of PowerPoint

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Microsoft boasts of 1.2 billion copies of PowerPoint at large—one copy for every seven people on earth. In any given month, approximately 200 million of these copies are used. Our cumulative generation of PowerPoint slides surely reaches well into the billions. PowerPoint began its lifetime as a commercial product that came onto the scene 30 years ago, in 1987. Remarkably, the founders of the Silicon Valley firm that created PowerPoint did not set out to make presentation software, let alone build a tool that would transform group communication throughout the world. SOURCE: IEEE Spectrum ...
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The art of the diary

The art of the diary

ARTICLE: People have kept diaries for centuries – and now they’re being reinvented for the era of social media. What purpose do they serve? SOURCE: New Humanist ...
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Why curiosity can be both painful and pleasurable

Why curiosity can be both painful and pleasurable

LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: Scientists may have identified two types of curiosity. “… a chief motivation for exploration is curiosity, … [but] very little research had been done on curiosity on the neuroscientific side, in spite of its enormous importance." One set of discoveries were generally consistent with curiosity being fundamentally a disagreeable state, while others were consistent with curiosity being primarily a pleasurable condition. SOURCE: Nautilus ...
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