How to think straight about psychology

I am convinced there isn’t any field of knowledge with more misconceptions about it than psychology (because people intuitively think they already know what it is). If someone asked me how to gain the most actual knowledge about psychology in the shortest period of time, then I would recommend: „How to think straight about psychology“ by Stanovich. First understanding what psychology is and even more *what it is not* is the fundamental basis. The book also is a great tool to differentiate what is scientific psychological information in general. You will save the time you spend reading this book with […]

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Relationship with the Universe

We are a group of people who have learned, one way or another, the following three truths: 1) We are in a close relationship with the rest of the Universe, whether we like it or not. 2) In every functioning relationship, at least one of the partners has to behave like a reasonable grownup. 3) The Universe never behaves like a reasonable grownup – Manuel Moertelmaier (For context: this was a joking response to various people’s attempt at defining „who the Rationality Vienna member are“ in overly abstract terms.)

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Normal is invisible – about carnism and other belief systems

With her presentations and her book „Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows“ Melanie Joy didn’t just show me how carnism in detail works but taught me the important lesson, that „normal“ belief systems are invisible. This made me aware of how easily it is to be trapped in a filter bubble for years without noticing. And how it feels after you escape the belief system and see the world more clearly. *** quotes from the book: „We all know what a vegetarian is—a person who doesn’t eat meat. Though some people may choose to become vegetarian to […]

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Lea: Minimalismus [German and Spanish]

In Gesprächen hatte sie bereits erwähnt, dass sie recht minimalistisch lebt. Doch wie weit mein abstraktes Wissen darüber von der realen Erfahrung damit auseinander klaffte, wurde mir bewusst, als ich ihre Wohnung tatsächlich einmal betrat. Es war sogar so eindrucksvoll, dass ich Lea bat ein paar Fotos schießen und ihr ein paar Fragen stellen zu dürfen. „Mein Name ist Lea, ich bin 25 und lebe in Wien. Nach dem Besuch eines Realgymnasiums habe ich ein Jahr lang Jus studiert, dann jedoch in Richtung Kommunikationsdesign gewechselt. Seit ich 12 bin zeichne ich sehr viel, Mode und Design waren mir lange Zeit sehr […]

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Violet

„My favorite color is violet. Why? You know: it depicts my meaning of life! It is a mixture of red and blue. Red like blood. It represents all the suffering in the world. And blue like ink. It represents the ideas that I think need to spread to reduce that suffering in the long run. I know this explanation sounds wise. But primarily it’s utter bullshit. I just like violet. Period. And I made up a fancy explanation afterwards and now it sounds to you like I made a good choice. But I didn’t and I’m aware of it and […]

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What if something spiritual disproved your scientific beliefs?

Priya Varma: You know a scientist once asked the Dalai Lama, „What would you do if something scientific disproved your religious beliefs?“ And he said, after much thought, „I would look at all the papers. I’d take a look at all the research and really try to understand things. And in the end, if it was clear that the scientific evidence disproved my spiritual beliefs, I would change my beliefs.“ Ian: That’s a good answer. Priya Varma: Ian… what would you do if something spiritual disproved your scientific beliefs? What would I do? If something „spiritual“ disproved my scientific beliefs, […]

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„A library is a hyper-dimensional work of art“ – Casti

John L. Casti about books, why social mood matter and taking risks. „To me, a library is a hyper-dimensional work of art.“   That’s the list of books which John L. Casti thinks have influenced his life the most – I think it’s a interesting list and wanted to share that with you. Have you read any of them? Would you want to read some together? Five Books That Have Influenced My Life Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter (intellectual life) Fundamentals of Measurement and the Representation of Natural Systems by Robert Rosen (professional life) The Wave Principle of Social Behavior and […]

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