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How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist: What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


How to Talk with a Conspiracy Theorist (and Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories in the First Place): What the Experts Recommend

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpInOs1Fyno Why do people pledge allegiance to views that seem fundamentally hostile to reality? Maybe believers in shadowy, evil forces and secret cabals fall prey to motivated reasoning. Truth for them is what they need to believe in order to get what they want. Their certainty in the justness of a cause can feel as comforting as a warm blanket on a winter’s night. But conspiracy theories go farther than private delusions of grandeur. They have spilled i...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Politics, College, Current Affairs, Reddit, University of Pennsylvania, Vox, Bill Nye, Daniel, Facebook Twitter, Pew Research, Josh Jones, University of California Irvine, Cass Sunstein, MIT Technology Review


Squelched by Twitter, Trump seeks new online megaphone

By FRANK BAJAK BOSTON (AP) — One Twitter wag joked about lights flickering on and off at the White House being Donald Trump signaling to his followers in Morse code after Twitter and Facebook squelched the president for inciting rebellion. Though deprived of his big online megaphones, Trump does have alternative options of much smaller reach, led by the far right-friendly Parler — even if Google removed it from its app store Friday and Apple threatened the same. Trump may launch his own platform...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Business, Technology, Media, Instagram, Congress, Youtube, Washington, White House, China, Germany, Boston


Daily Crunch: Apple launches Fitness+

We review Apple Fitness+, Gmail goes down and Pornhub cracks down on unverified content. This is your Daily Crunch for December 14, 2020. The big story: Apple launches Fitness+ Brian Heater tried out Apple’s new $10-per-month subscription service for guided workouts, prompting some broader reflections on exercise during this terrible year — and on how Fitness+ might fit in. The service requires an Apple Watch to sign up, which is a hurdle if (like me) you don’t already own the device, but B...
Tags: Apple, Health, Google, Hardware, Fitness, Samsung, Tech, Reddit, Fda, Brian, Apple Watch, Pfizer, Pornhub, Gary Oldman, David Fincher, Cray


Do Adaptogens Actually Work?

Spend enough time desperately googling cures for “brain fog” and “pathological procrastination” and you’re likely to come across all kinds of things—YouTube videos in which bodybuilders beg you to take vitamin C, shady websites selling generic Adderall, Reddit threads in which weirdos who think they’re doctors speak…Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Medicine, Reddit, Herbal Supplements, Adaptogens


Video games might actually be good for you, Oxford study finds

"Animal Crossing" was one of two games used in the study. Nintendo A new study from Oxford Univeristy found a positive correlation between time spent gaming and people's wellbeing. The study focused on 3,274 gamers playing "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" and "Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville." Study lead Professor Andrew Przybylski told Business Insider the study was a "baby step" towards new methods for studying gaming in a more meaningful and nuanced way. Visit Business Inside...
Tags: Video Games, Study, Trends, EA, Mental Health, Oxford, Reddit, Nintendo, Oxford University, Business Insider, Wellbeing, Oxford Internet Institute, Tech Insider, Andrew Przybylski, Przybylski, Isobel Asher Hamilton


Using machine learning to track the pandemic’s impact on mental health

Dealing with a global pandemic has taken a toll on the mental health of millions of people. A team of MIT and Harvard University researchers has shown that they can measure those effects by analyzing the language that people use to express their anxiety online.Using machine learning to analyze the text of more than 800,000 Reddit posts, the researchers were able to identify changes in the tone and content of language that people used as the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic progressed, from Ja...
Tags: Suicide, Social Media, Mit, Mental Health, Anxiety, Harvard, Harvard University, Innovation, Reddit, Machine Learning, National Institutes of Health, Low, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center, Rümker


How Do I Get Over Obsession with Anime Character?

From a young man in the U.S. : My obsession with a fictional character is interfering with family time and my daily life. Some background before I start. I recently graduated from university and have since been staying at home with close family due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Because of this, it has exacerbated a problem that I’ve been dealing with for the past couple years. I’e become obsessed with an anime character, almost to the point of unreciprocated love because, well, she’s a fict...
Tags: Psychology, Work, General, Relationships, Fantasy, Reddit, Obsession, Don, Anime Otaku


Machine learning can be used to track public interest in COVID-19 topics on popular internet sites

Machine learning can be used to track surges in interest in health topics on popular online comment boards, like Reddit, according to a new study conducted during the COVID-19 outbreak by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn Medicine).
Tags: Health, Reddit, Perelman School of Medicine


'We're the pioneers': Canadian COVID-19 survivors share their stories

We all know we should be afraid of it, but relatively few Canadians have experienced COVID-19 themselves.The effort to contain the pandemic has wrought seismic disruptions to daily life on an individual and global scale. But even as the number of cases in Canada climbs, it's hard to comprehend the contagion based on a list of symptoms and warnings that it's fatal.The Canadian Press asked COVID-19 survivors around the country to share their experiences of the volatile disease that can m...
Tags: Health, New York, News, Washington, Toronto, Canada, Switzerland, Reddit, Halifax, Kennedy, Ontario, The Canadian Press, AIPAC, Vancouver Island, Dwyer, Xander


Under quarantine, media is actually social

The flood of status symbol content into Instagram Stories has run dry. No one is going out and doing anything cool right now, and if they are, they should be shamed for it. Beyond sharing video chat happy hour screenshots and quarantine dinner concoctions, our piece-by-piece biographies have ground to a halt. Oddly, what remains feels more social than social networks have in a long time. With no source material, we’re doing it live. Coronavirus has absolved our desire to share the recent past...
Tags: Health, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, New York, Instagram, Opinion, Berlin, US, San Francisco, Social Media, Tech, Spain, Chicago


Bill Gates addresses coronavirus fears and hopes in AMA

Bill Gates, newly free from his role on the Microsoft board, has taken to Reddit to answer the community’s questions about the pandemic, the government response, and what the world can do to be better prepared. Always candid but never cynical, Gates gives some heartening but realistic advice. Worth noting at the outset is that Gates and the Foundation have been warning about and preparing for an epidemic of this type for years. His 2015 TED talk in particular is extremely prescient, and he wr...
Tags: Health, TC, South Korea, Microsoft, Cdc, Government, China, Singapore, Africa, US, Tech, Bill Gates, Reddit, Seattle, Khan Academy, Johns Hopkins


Torch & Everwise merge into affordable exec coaching for all

While companies might pay for a CEO coach, lower level employees often get stuck with lame skill-building worksheets or no mentorship at all. Not only does that limit their potential productivity, but it also makes them feel stagnated and undervalued, leading them to jump ship. Therapy…err…executive coaching is finally becoming destigmatized as entrepreneurs and their teams realize that everyone can’t be crushing it all the time. Building a business is hard. It’s okay to cry sometimes. But the b...
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, Post, Leadership, Enterprise, Education, Executive Coaching, Tech, Mental Health, Reddit, M&a, Talent, Garry Tan, Sequoia, Exit


Staff angered as Charter prohibits working from home despite spread of coronavirus

An engineer from Charter, one of the largest phone and internet providers in the U.S., sent an email blast to a senior vice president and hundreds of engineers on Friday. In the email, Nick Wheeler, a video operations engineer based in Denver, criticized his employer for not allowing its staff to work from home despite ongoing efforts to lock down vast swathes of the U.S. to combat the coronavirus pandemic. The email was short. “I do not understand why we are still coming into the office as t...
Tags: Health, Security, Verizon, New York, Email, Cdc, White House, Tech, United States, Comcast, Telecommunications, Wheeler, Reddit, Who, Denver, Signal


U.S. counties with a life expectancy of 80 years or more

Not for much longer, sure, but here's a map of American counties whose residents enjoy a life expectancy of more than eighty years. It was drafted by Spooderman89 on Reddit using mapchart.com. I believe the only states with not a single long-lived county are Mississippi and Delaware.
Tags: Health, Post, Maps, News, Mississippi, Reddit


That time a smallpox outbreak hit Deadwood

'Smallpox comes to Deadwood', a clip from the swearily beloved television series DEADWOOD, via Reddit, as pointed out by Helen Kennedy. An instructive video for our times. [YOUTUBE]
Tags: Health, Video, News, Medicine, Public Health, Reddit, Outbreak, Epidemic, Virology, Epidemiology, Deadwood, Smallpox, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Helen Kennedy An


‘I Wish We Could Connect on This Level.’ Memes Still Aren’t Accessible to People Who Are Blind. What’s Being Done About It?

If you’ve spent a lot of time on the internet in the last decade, you might immediately recognize this description: a toddler clenches his fist in front of a determined-looking face. “Success kid” is one of the most popular online memes in history. But for the 2.2 billion people worldwide who report visual impairments or blindness, according to the World Health Organization, it is just one of thousands of images on the internet that are essentially illegible to anyone without full vision. A...
Tags: Apple, Health, Facebook, News, Instagram, Uncategorized, Social Media, Accessibility, Ford, Jennifer Aniston, Memes, Reddit, World Health Organization, Columbia University, Brad Pitt, Donald Trump


Doctor cautions men against partaking in bizarre online banana trend

A doctor is warning men to please stop masturbating with banana peels. The warning comes after the trend emerged on Reddit. According to guys familiar with the practice, the goo from the peel works as a lubricant and produces a similar feeling to receiving oral sex. Or something. The sensation is purportedly enhanced if you heat the banana up in the microwave first. AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inarticle1"); }); One Redditer reports: “I have been doing it for yea...
Tags: Health, Sex, Life, Lifestyle, Psa, Reddit, Bananas, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Risque, BJ, Gill, Redditer, Diana Gill


Her boyfriend refuses to properly wash himself because “touching anything between his legs is gay”

A woman says doesn’t know what to do about her boyfriend who won’t wash himself “down there” because he thinks touching his own genitalia makes him gay, so she’s seeking help from Reddit. According to the woman, her 24-year-old boyfriend simply refuses to properly wash his nether regions. “He explained that he doesn’t touch himself there, ever, because it’s gay,” she writes in the AdBridg.cmd.push(function() { AdBridg.display("div-gpt-ad-inarticle1"); }); “Therefore, he can’t clean the are...
Tags: Health, Life, Advice, Lifestyle, Reddit, Hygiene, Cleanliness, Ad Friendly, Queerty


Bored to death: What is boreout syndrome?

Boreout syndrome is akin to burnout syndrome, but rather than arising from an excess of challenging work, it arises from a surfeit of it.Many would scoff at the idea that not having enough work to do would be anything to complain about, but boreout can have some serious impacts on your physical and mental health.One man was so distressed about his boreout that he sued his employer, claiming that he had been deliberately put in a meaningless position. None You've been refreshing Reddit for the pa...
Tags: Work, Productivity, Motivation, Mental Health, Depression, Work-life balance, Innovation, Reddit, Frédéric Desnard, Desnard, Peter Werdner, Philippe Rothin


Study finds microdosing psychedelics can be beneficial, but not in the way that users most expect

What if you could take a psychedelic drug regularly in such tiny quantities that the immediate effects were not discernible, yet over time it led to a range of psychological benefits, especially enhanced focus and heightened creativity? That's the principle behind "microdosing" – a controversial technique that's exploded in popularity ever since the publication of a 2011 book The Psychedelic Explorers Guideand a 2015 Rolling Stone article titled How LSD Microdosing Became The Hot New Business Tr...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Happiness, Mental Health, Creativity, Innovation, Reddit, BPS Research Digest, Stevenson, Macquarie University, Polito, Richard Stevenson, Vince Polito


Research on Reddit identifies risks associated with unproven treatments for opioid addiction

Using advanced machine-learning techniques, Georgia Tech researchers have examined nearly 1.5 million Reddit posts to identify risks associated with several of the most common alternative - and unproven - "treatments" for opioid addiction.
Tags: Health, Reddit, Georgia Tech


Got a minute? Global attention span is narrowing, study reveals

Research combed from everything from movie tickets to social media finds more to focus on but less time to do soIt’s just as you suspected; the information age has changed the general attention span. A recently published study from researchers at the Technical University of Denmark suggests the collective global attention span is narrowing due to the amount of information that is presented to the public. Released Monday in Nature Communications Scientific Journal, the study shows people now have...
Tags: Psychology, Google, Science, Technology, Media, Wikipedia, Social Media, Society, Ireland, Digital Media, Reddit, Technical University of Denmark, University College Cork, Nature Communications Scientific Journal, Philipp Hövel


Torch takes $10M to teach empathy to executives

When everyone always tells you ‘yes’, you can become a monster. Leaders especially need honest feedback to grow. “If you look at rich people like Donald Trump and you neglect them, you get more Donald Trumps” says Torch co-founder and CEO Cameron Yarbrough about our gruff president. His app wants to make executive coaching (a polite word for therapy) part of even the busiest executive’s schedule. Torch conducts a 360 interview with a client and their employees to assess weaknesses, lays out imp...
Tags: Health, Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Enterprise, Funding, US, Tech, Mental Health, Therapy, Cameron, Reddit, Talent, Donald Trump


How to change the minds of climate deniers

Recent polls have found the number of people who believe climate change is real has jumped. What convinced them?For some people, the awakening comes in science class.In the Reddit thread titled “Former climate change deniers, what changed your mind?” the most popular comment comes from chucklesthe2nd (probably not his real name). Chuck, as we’ll call him, essentially inherited his dad’s views on climate change. Continue reading...
Tags: Psychology, Chuck, Climate Change, Environment, US news, Reddit


Reddit's Favorite Psychological Tricks

“What is the most effective psychological ‘trick’ you use?” asks redditor PM_ME_UR_PUPPYDOGS. In a thread that’s still going strong, people are answering. Here are our favorites so far. We’ll start with a devious one from redditor usrnmtkn1:Read more...
Tags: Psychology, Mind Hacks, Reddit, Lifehacks, AskReddit, Reddit Threads, Reddit Recap


5 types of climate change deniers, and how to change their minds

Climate change is easily one of humanity's greatest threats, and a mountain of data and evidence support this assertion.Despite the evidence, only 71% of Americans believe that climate change is real and primarily driven by human activities.People can and do change their minds about climate change. Trying to convince people to change their minds is often more about picking the right target than it is providing the right arguments. None Do facts matter? In an objective sense, yes, of course they ...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Identity, Climate Change, Iraq, Environment, Earth, Nature, Innovation, Reddit, North Carolina, Carl Sagan, Don, Michael Shermer, Shermer, Tali Sharot


We finally started taking screen time seriously in 2018

At the beginning of this year, I was using my iPhone to browse new titles on Amazon when I saw the cover of “How to Break Up With Your Phone” by Catherine Price. I downloaded it on Kindle because I genuinely wanted to reduce my smartphone use, but also because I thought it would be hilarious to read a book about breaking up with your smartphone on my smartphone (stupid, I know). Within a couple of chapters, however, I was motivated enough to download Moment, a screen time tracking app recommende...
Tags: Psychology, Iphone, Apple, Amazon, Android, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Pinterest, Stanford, Tech, Smartphone, Reddit, Moment, Tim Kendall, Screen Time


Apple Watch’s ECG feature is already proving its worth

When Apple announced its latest Series 4 Watch with electrocardiogram features, my mom took a sigh of relief, and then proceeded to set a reminder to order one for my dad. That’s because we found out last year, by chance, that he has atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, often times rapid heart rate that can increase your risk of stroke, heart failure and other heart-related issues. The ECG feature, which monitors your heart rhythm and can detect AFib,* went live ju...
Tags: Apple, Health, TC, Hardware, Tech, Reddit, Apple Watch, ECG, Atrial Fibrillation, Brian Heater, Apple Watch Series 4


"What I was surprised to find was the extent to which [the 'manosphere' is] using ancient Greek and Roman figures and texts to prop up an ideal of white masculinity."

Said Donna Zuckerberg, interviewed in "Donna Zuckerberg: ‘Social media has elevated misogyny to new levels of violence’/When the academic, sister of Mark Zuckerberg, began exploring online antifeminism, she discovered far-right men’s groups were using classical antiquity to support their views" (The Guardian). She's an "academic" in the sense that she has a PhD (in classics). Her job is editing an on-line scholarly journal.[I]n the case of stoicism’s sudden revival, Zuckerberg found that an acti...
Tags: Psychology, Mark Zuckerberg, Law, Labor, Karen, Brooklyn, Feminism, Reddit, Ed, Zuckerberg, Mark, Westchester, Donna, Randi, Ann Althouse, Blog Commenting



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