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  • Trust in the Twitterverse

    by Evan Lerner from Seed Magazine "Today, down in the descriptively named Research Triangle in North Carolina, more than 250 scientists, journalists, bloggers, programmers, and multi-hyphenated combinations thereof are planning the future of science communication on the web. (Practicing what it...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Do parents' white lies hurt children?

    by Mike Barrowcliffe in Times Online "Professor Gail Heyman, of the University of California, questioned 130 students and their parents about parental lying. She was surprised to find that more than 80 per cent of parents lied at some point, even those who insisted to their children that it was...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • Therapy 32 Times More Cost Effective At Increasing Happiness Than Money

    In Medical News Today "Research by the University of Warwick and the University of Manchester finds that psychological therapy could be 32 times more cost effective at making you happy than simply obtaining more money. The research has obvious implications for large compensation awards in law courts...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • God, the Government and Feelings of Control

    by Nathan Heflick in Psychology Today "Feeling a little bit less in control? Research suggests you are more likely to believe in the controlling power of your government, and God. Aaron Kay (professor at The University of Waterloo) and colleagues have recently tested a model of compensatory control...
     Posted by: nick stock
  • The Science of Trust: Economics and Virtue

    The "Reproducing Virtues" series has a new podcast on the place for the virtue of trust within economics. The series is described below: "In a few breathtaking months, we've culturally moved from seeing Wall Street as an icon of thriving civil society to discussing its workings with...
     Posted by: wattawa
  • The Web as random acts of kindness

    By Jonathan Zittrain | TED "The increasing proliferation of "tethered" devices, from iPhones to Xboxes, is only one of countless threats to the freewheeling Internet as we know it. There's also spam, malware, misguided legislation and a drift away from what Internet law expert Jonathan...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • On the Origin of Cooperation

    By Elizabeth Pennisi | Science Mag "Cooperation has created a conundrum for generations of evolutionary scientists. If natural selection among individuals favors the survival of the fittest, why would one individual help another at a cost to itself? Charles Darwin himself noted the difficulty of...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • Fertile Old Ladies

    By William Saletan | Slate "Is it OK to impregnate a 60-year-old woman? Should old women have babies? Until recently, this wasn't an issue. Nature exhausted your egg supply, and that was it. But technology has surmounted that problem. Now you can get in vitro fertilization, donor eggs, and womb...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • Is That Behavior Ethical? The Powerful Have a Different Perspective

    By: Tom Jacobs "Are rules made to be broken — or obeyed? Newly published research suggests your answer to that question depends largely upon whether you are mulling it over from a position of power. “In determining whether an act is right or wrong, the powerful focus on whether rules and principles...
     Posted by: ajstasic
  • The Origin of Hatred

    By Katherine Harmon | Scientific American "If love is said to come from the heart, what about hate? Along with music, religion, irony and a host of other complex concepts, researchers are on the hunt for the neurological underpinnings of hatred. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) has begun...
     Posted by: ajstasic
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