Thoughts on Thoughts: The Mind Under Extreme Duress

Wednesday, 25 November 2009, 19:18 | Category : Health, Psychology, Uncategorized
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So two stories I came across recently made me think about the brain’s ability to cope under extreme stress. The first is the story of the recently-freed Iranian-Canadian Journalist, Maziar Bahari, who was held captive for 118 days following election protests in Iran. He was arrested and held under suspicion of being a spy. During […]

At the Root: Sourcing Your Political Leanings

Monday, 17 November 2008, 23:28 | Category : Policy, Psychology, Uncategorized
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Psychologist Jonathan Haidt looks at why you vote the way you do.

Welcome to the Valley

Advancements in robotics are taking us ever-closer to what roboticist Masahiro Mori termed the “Uncanny Valley” in 1970; the idea’s that you don’t want your robot to be an unconvincing, awkward imitation-human, but you don’t want it to be too convincing either. The theory states that the more a robot becomes humanlike in its appearance […]