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The nature of lie

A lie is a statement used intentionally for the purpose of deception. Lies may be employed to serve a variety of instrumental, interpersonal, or psychological functions for the individuals who use them. In certain situations lying is permitted, expected, or even encouraged. However, believing and acting...

Computer versus brain

When it comes to computing, the human brain remains much more powerful and more energy-efficient than any technological processing system on the planet. In fact, developing microchips capable of imitating the way brain synapses work — particularly their ability to process and store information using almost...

Virtual migration

Globalisation and unemployment Technological advances could now mean white-collar, office-based workers and professionals are at risk of losing their jobs. Knowledge crossing borders in massive amounts is the big new disruptive thing of globalisation. It’s going to help people in Africa and Asia compete more effectively...

Far-right party and Putin

Austria’s conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has invited the far-right Freedom Party for talks to form the country’s next coalition government, opening the door for the controversial party to return to power after more than a decade in opposition. Sebastian Kurz, whose Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) came...

Physiognomy and machine intelligence

Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces. The study from Stanford University – which found that a computer algorithm could correctly distinguish between gay and straight men 81 per cent of the time, and 74 per...

Optical illusions

It is a fact of neuroscience that everything we experience is a figment of our imagination. Although our sensations feel accurate and truthful, they do not necessarily reproduce the physical reality of the outside world. Of course, many experiences in daily life reflect the physical stimuli...

Colour vision

Colour vision is the ability of an organism to distinguish objects based on the wavelengths. In essence, different people see the same illuminated object or light source in different ways. Nothing categorically distinguishes the visible spectrum of electromagnetic radiation from invisible portions of the broader spectrum....

Social regulations and insanity

Psychotherapy East and West The following text consists of excerpts from Alan Watts’ book “Psychotherapy East and West”(1961) Psychotherapy and Liberation If we look deeply into such ways of life as Buddhism and Taoism, Vedanta and Yoga, we do not find either philosophy or religion as...

Intelligence as longevity predictor

Inverse correlation between intelligence, mortality and morbidity People differ with respect to the efficiency with which their brains operate, and this is the domain of psychologists interested in intelligence differences, showing considerable stability across the life course. The general rule is that people who do well...

Loneliness

Feeling lonely versus being socially isolated In Britain and the United States, roughly one in three people older than 65 live alone, and in the United States, half of those older than 85 live alone. Studies in both countries show the prevalence of loneliness among people...