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Vestibulopathy

The sense of self and vestibular dysfunction In addition to the deficits in eye movement and postural reflexes that occur following vestibular dysfunction, there is convincing evidence that vestibular loss also causes cognitive and emotional disorders, some of which may be due to the reflexive deficits...

Self-Presentation

Psychology of Selfies Department of Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany Such photos have become enormously popular and it is impossible to visit any social media without seeing our friends’ selfies – self-portraits, taken with a camera or phone. The Google statistics in 2015 reported about 93...

Chemical lobotomy

One of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine is the use of frontal lobotomies. Despite very vague evidence of their effectiveness – lobotomies were standard procedure through the US and Europe for around two decades, until the mid-1950s. Only in US, around 40,000...

The Soviet War Memorial

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen expressed his regrets on The Soviet War Memorial desecration in Vienna, RIA Novosti reports. According to the head of Russian Embassy in Austria Dmitry Lubensky, Alexander Van der Bellen has personally met him yesterday to say he deeply deplores the...

Beast People

From “The Island of Doctor Moreau” by H. G. Wells, 1896 My trouble took the strangest form. I could not persuade myself that the men and women I met were not also another Beast People, animals half wrought into the outward image of human souls, and...

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...

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...