When trying to solve a problem involving patterns, people think of adding but not subtracting – a bias with wide-ranging implications.
Hope uplifts when feeling beset. Yet some rare souls never feel beset.
Innate subconscious processing predisposes individuals to paradigmatic worldviews.
Civilization as we know it now will collapse by 2070 and humans will be extinct by 2100 – an obvious destiny. Why is humanity’s imminent demise not widely recognized?
Less than a year ago, an alarmed and alarming 16-year-old captured the world’s attention when she declared “entire ecosystems are collapsing; how dare you look away.” Then came covid-19 – and people looked away. “Everybody’s got such a short attention span,” remarked American musician Bob Dylan.
That healthy people are happier and vice versa are obvious. So why don’t people guard their happiness?
We tend to misremember the accomplishment of ordinary tasks. This vexing flaw is actually a feature of economy in how memory works.
Human mental arithmetic simplicity limits popular support for dealing with pandemics and industrialized self-extinction.
Optical illusions involving luminance and lines result from distributed mental processing, beginning with the cells which first catch sight.
The distinction between what the eye sees and what the mind perceives is a hoary philosophical debate. Do we infer a 3D world from the 2D snapshots our eyes take, as Enlightenment philosophers John Locke and David Hume posited, or is the 3D “objective” world before us, as more contemporary psychologists Hermann von Helmholtz and James J. Gibson presumed?
From infancy we seek to control what we can to gratify our desires. This modus operandi – asserting control – commonly itself becomes a core desire.
When searching for something, what it looks like is not the only thing we rely upon.
To recognize objects, continuity is an essential aspect of sight. The mind massages imagery to show consistency.
People are put off by jargon and there is no getting around it.
The human body is a noisy environment which may only be consciously sensed with attention or when bodily rhythms are abnormal. The integration of the mind-body complex means that noise level has knock-on effects.
Desire drives decisions, which are made using one of two possible strategies: reward association or model-based learning.
Objects in space exist but are not real. Conversely, time does not exist but is real.
In an age with an overabundance of information, many people choose to remain ignorant against their own well-being. The core reason goes to the relationship they have with their mind.
That humans are uniquely intelligent is a long-held sentiment. Instead, in thinking themselves a superior species, people are uniquely stupid.
Learning a foreign language often involves enunciating phonemes not found in the native tongue. Mispronunciation is common, and the mind’s bias helps not a whit.
Curiosity is the wellspring of knowledge.
Many people are creatures of their minds. The mind seeks to feed off the energy of the soul that it has captivated. One way the mind does this is through thrills. Slot machines illustrate.
Memory is the mind’s personal library. Memories are sketches, not full portrayals of events. With so much to accumulate, the mind readily merges similar events over time, efficiently filing memories according to their structural characteristics.
Children attend to all that goes on. Range of attention naturally narrows into adulthood.
Cognitive flexibility is a hallmark of intelligence, as bilingual children illustrate.