Category Archives: Emotion

The placebo effect

Think warm; be warm. Believe in the curative powers of a pill, and watch your body respond. How can it be that mere belief can affect physical reality? The placebo effect is one of the most difficult phenomena to reconcile … Continue reading

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Three a week: Music

If your auditory system works properly, you’ve heard what humans like to call “music”. Three questions: Question 1: What in the world is music? Don’t gloss over that question. Take 5 minutes out of your day to think about such … Continue reading

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Three a week: Hope

There is light at the end of the tunnel. Three questions: Question 1: Why do we dramatize bad decision making? When all the odds are stacked against you, and you are left with only the tiniest chance of success, why … Continue reading

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On human emotions

Should we bother with emotions? What purpose could they possibly serve? Wouldn’t we beĀ better off attempting to be 100% rational 100% of the time? This is a topic which is near and dear to my heart (or dear to my … Continue reading

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