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"For a fictional character, homo economicus has had a pretty good run. Since the 1950s, this mono-motivated, self-seeking figure has stalked the pages of economics textbooks, busy deciding each action according to a rational calculus of personal loss and gain. But more recently his territory has Unfortunately, many economists still plug this flawed view of people into computer models that determine all kinds of things that impact our lives, from how much workers get paid to how we value life or common goods, such as a clean environment. The results can be disastrous." ...Read More
In recent years there has been a great deal of speculation about the possible harmful effects of digital technology, particularly smartphones, on mental health, the ability to concentrate, and sleep patterns. Is there any sound evidence to support these concerns? AO: In relation to how much societal debate and coverage these questions get, there is very little evidence for these concerns, and even less high-quality, robust and transparent evidence. I think that lack of high-quality evidence makes the question really difficult to answer... ...Read More
Most people know about the placebo effect, which refers to the power of positive expectations to induce pleasant sensations or symptom improvements. (Placebo roughly translates to “I shall please.”) Nocebo translates to “I shall harm.”
“The moral of the story here is that one specific study doesn’t mean very much.” (Also why laypersons that do not understand the importance of multi-population replication, research methods, researcher degrees of freedom, or the wider context of a study are poorly equipped to make assessments of a topic from 1 or 2 articles they found through Google or PubMed.)
Opinion piece on alternatives to the hierarchical structures that have become almost synonymous with the concept of mental health.
I have been thinking that we need a more sympathetic approach to the alt-right movement and wave of more controversial viewpoints and values across the US and Europe. While we should be tough on xenophobia, the situation that they are arguing from, brexiteers and trump supporters, is a place of We could be much more sympethetic in our conversations with these people, as they might not see that what is harming them isn’t what they comment on in hidden facebook groups, but rather a system that doesn’t give equal opportunities to everyone, that fuels global warming bringing in possibly more ...Read More
My impression is that being disorganized and/or busy stops us from doing things we might prefer to do, or things we might value more. If you agree, why do you agree? How do you know when you're busy? Where do you think it comes from? What do you do? ...Read More
Fwiw, I like this use of the platform. I’ve been wondering what else Relevant could facilitate outside of link sharing, and good-faith conversation/idea sharing seems like a start. That said, this is a big question you’re asking, and I can’t give a full answer here. I do find that for me “busy-ness” takes two forms: Attending to what needs to be done, and pursuing what I want to accomplish. So often my being busy is part of doing ...Read More
Still looking through this - but it's in-line with the theme of busyness I've been looking at lately. "The Experience Loop is the new value chain, and contrary to the traditional, linear, inside-outside mindset with its focus on process-driven, incremental optimisation, it is an infinite loop. It follows a service-dominant logic, as it was first described back in 2004 by Stephen Vargo and Robert Lusch. They postulated a ...Read More
“Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant, has created a website listing 11 dark pattern types to watch out for. A “roach motel” is when the design makes it simple to sign up but hard to cancel (for example, a subscription); “disguised ads” masquerade as content that isn’t trying to sell you ...Read More
One of the recent challenges in mental health has been the medicalization of wider swaths of everyday life. Clinicians are increasingly treating problems in living as if they were biological in origin and reflective of pathology rather than typical and expectable reactions to life events. This has led to a ...Read More
While searching for videos on the links between neurotransmitters and personality, I ran across Jordan Peterson. I can't not see this guy... either way, I think it's unfortunate that so much of the critique of this guy can't do well enough a job of separating the science and hypothesis from ...Read More