about expert minds

scientific american has interesting things to say about the expert mind. this is my condensed version: Studies of the mental processes of chess grandmasters have revealed clues to how people become experts in other fields as well. Much of the chess master’s advantage over the novice derives from the first few seconds of thought. This… Continue reading about expert minds

more on persuasion and the like

to continue with the theme we’ve been talking about, i just stumbled across a whole big web site devoted to changing people’s minds. it includes a page that analyzes martin luther king’s famous i have a dream speech. isabella mori counselling in vancouver

the mystery of anorexia blogs

today i thought i’d surf around for some blogs on anorexia. i was looking for active, relatively up-to-date blogs that would talk about the experience of living with or recovering from anorexia, or perhaps the experience of living with or caring about someone with anorexia. i thought it would be easy – it’s a well-known… Continue reading the mystery of anorexia blogs

identities vs. labels

(this is another entry that i transferred from one of the lost january artices from my old blog) the following thoughts are inspired by a conversation in daily dose of queer about gender identies: what’s an identity? what do i need it for? why do others need me to have an identity? is an identity… Continue reading identities vs. labels

automatic emotional responses

what a coincidence! medline today reports a study that goes quite well with what we discussed yesterday: Irrational behaviour arises as a consequence of emotional reactions evoked when faced with difficult decisions, according to new research at UCL (University College of London) … The UCL study suggests that rational behaviour may stem from an ability… Continue reading automatic emotional responses

“you made me do it” – part 4: understanding it all

okay, so let’s see what we can make of all the information and opinions we’ve gathered in the last few days about the subject of “making” someone feel something. in the first part, we concluded that it’s not possible to make anyone feel anything, as evidenced by the fact that when a teacher says something… Continue reading “you made me do it” – part 4: understanding it all