Human Nature

The Real Reason Why Scandinavians Are So Happy

"...the research behind the World Happiness Report asks respondents to rate their lives on a scale of one to ten, with ten representing 'the best possible life for you,' and one representing the worst. .... the key, says Savolainen, is their low expectations.  They don’t expect much, so they are highly satisfied, and, thus, very 'happy.'" - Veith

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The rise of pop-psychology: can it make your life better, or is it all snake-oil?

"It is easy to criticise and sniff at popular psychology. Self-help psychology writers in particular can rub us readers the wrong way with their simplistic claims, pat answers to difficult problems, jargon-encrusted pronouncements and relentless positivity." - The Conversation

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The Fading Dream of the Computer Brain

"'They showed you a simulation of some neural activity inside this. Suppose it looked different; how would you know that that was wrong or right?' Sitting behind the camera, I replied, 'Well, I wouldn't know.' Seung reiterated: 'Right, how would anybody know what was a wrong activity pattern or right activity pattern?'" - Scientific American

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