Will blow your mind!

t3h brainzHopefully a quickie post today–on the subject of your spicy brains!
Two really interesting podcasts this week (I understand some people still need reminding you don’t need an MP3 player, certainly not an iPod to listen to podcasts. They’re just MP3 files you can download and listen on your computer.)

The first is The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe:
SGU’s Latest Episode
In addition to other cool topics like their experience at a psychic fair ($20 for a 15 minute reading, and dozens of readings through the day–even just working the fair for 4 hours that’s over $300. For four hours of conning people through play-acting and lying. Amazing. But I digress….) they did some news on some updated research regarding how photographs (and manipulated photographs in particular) influence the way we remember something, which influences what we think about a particular topic.
(Something politicians, spin doctors, and marketers already know all too well.)

They also discuss some research that shows that when we recall a memory, we’re changing the neural paths and proteins that “store” the memory–we change the memory when we remember it! Every time we remember an event, we’re editing it with current sensory stimuli and emotion and thoughts. Keep that in mind next time you think you’re absolutely certain about how something happened, or are dealing with purely anecdotal “evidence.”

And, the latest episode of Point of Inquiry:
Richard Wiseman – Quirkology
Wiseman is a magician, psychologist, and professor of Public Understanding of Psychology. He’s written a new book, they discuss. But talks about his work dealing with perception, how our senses fool us, how others fool us, and the psychology of how we perceive what we do. His experience in magic helps him bring an interesting and entertaining perspective on the topic.

There’s a link on the site to a YouTube video he made that really might blow your mind, regarding our senses and false perception. Cwazy!

8 thoughts on “Will blow your mind!”

  1. I know this is not really related to this post, but would you consider changing your wordpress feed settings to include the whole entry, not just the first few lines as an extract? It makes it easier to read your posts in the news reader 🙂 (unless you want people visiting your site – then in that case dont listen to me!)

  2. I know this is not really related to this post, but would you consider changing your wordpress feed settings to include the whole entry, not just the first few lines as an extract? It makes it easier to read your posts in the news reader 🙂 (unless you want people visiting your site – then in that case dont listen to me!)

  3. Oh dear, this is embarrassing.
    Unless you’re linking in some way I’m not aware of being possible, I’m using FeedBurner for all my RSS URLs. And uhm, I’m not finding any way to adjust the size of the preview it provides. 🙁
    I’ll keep looking. I know what you mean–I use an aggregator to quickly read on the blogs I read, and most of them (except the Science Blogs (http://www.scienceblogs.com)) show the whole text which I really like. I want to do the same.
    So I’ll keep looking for how I might be able to do it!
    Thanks for the heads-up.
    And thanks for your interest in my blog! You’re my new best friend. LOL

  4. Oh dear, this is embarrassing.
    Unless you’re linking in some way I’m not aware of being possible, I’m using FeedBurner for all my RSS URLs. And uhm, I’m not finding any way to adjust the size of the preview it provides. 🙁
    I’ll keep looking. I know what you mean–I use an aggregator to quickly read on the blogs I read, and most of them (except the Science Blogs (http://www.scienceblogs.com)) show the whole text which I really like. I want to do the same.
    So I’ll keep looking for how I might be able to do it!
    Thanks for the heads-up.
    And thanks for your interest in my blog! You’re my new best friend. LOL

  5. Your blog looks like its WordPress though? Am I correct?
    Your last line of the most recent post shows up as this in my reader:

    … thinking things aren’t as bad as they are. There, two out of three […]

    I had a friend comment on my RSS entries being cut down as well, so I subscribed to my own feed, and saw what he was talking about. It showed the same as yours is now.

    I also use feedburner, and it merely caches what your blogs RSS is putting out.
    I will assume you have wordpress, so the fix I did was as follows, and YMMV:

    1 – In wordpress admin interface go-to Options >> Reading >> Syndication Feeds, and enable “Full text”
    2 – Login to your feedburner account, goto your feed, then the “Trobleshootize” tab – and press the “Resync Now” button.
    3 – Unsub, and resubscribe to your own feed. You should see full articles back in your RSS feed

    Hope that helps. And I’m looking forward to the full entries.

  6. Your blog looks like its WordPress though? Am I correct?
    Your last line of the most recent post shows up as this in my reader:

    … thinking things aren’t as bad as they are. There, two out of three […]

    I had a friend comment on my RSS entries being cut down as well, so I subscribed to my own feed, and saw what he was talking about. It showed the same as yours is now.

    I also use feedburner, and it merely caches what your blogs RSS is putting out.
    I will assume you have wordpress, so the fix I did was as follows, and YMMV:

    1 – In wordpress admin interface go-to Options >> Reading >> Syndication Feeds, and enable “Full text”
    2 – Login to your feedburner account, goto your feed, then the “Trobleshootize” tab – and press the “Resync Now” button.
    3 – Unsub, and resubscribe to your own feed. You should see full articles back in your RSS feed

    Hope that helps. And I’m looking forward to the full entries.

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