Category Archives: Neuro-science of conflict

Understanding how our brains work in conflict to allow better emotional and rational navigation of conflict

The Medium is the Message: Historical Impact of New Technologies

New media are usually haled as a major step in the spreading of enlightenment and knowledge. However: In 1487 two Dominican Friars Heinrich Kramer and Jakob Sprenger published “Malleus Malificarum”, (Hammer of the Witches) the definitive treatise on why someone … Continue reading

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12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson: Review by Julian Baggini

Canadian Psychology Professor Jordan Peterson is all the rage I hear, being told this by a friend who is more in tune with Net Celebrities. And there was some famous interview on Channel 4 that as I don’t have a … Continue reading

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Cognitive Ability and Vulnerability to Fake News: David Z. Hambrick and Madeline Marquardt

Some interesting research in Scientific American on fake news and vulnerability to it: “Fake news” is Donald Trump’s favorite catchphrase. Since the election, it has appeared in some 180 tweets by the President, decrying everything from accusations of sexual assault against him … Continue reading

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Guide to Statistics in a Mis-Leading Age: Tim Harford

Great insights from Tim Harford in the UK Financial Times: “The best financial advice for most people would fit on an index card.” That’s the gist of an offhand comment in 2013 by Harold Pollack, a professor at the University … Continue reading

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Really Good Graphic Summary of Cognitive Biases

The link is here if you want to read it more easily: http://www.visualcapitalist.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cognitive-bias-infographic.html

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Building on Jonathan Haidt’s The Righteous Mind

I was knocked out by the approach Jon Haidt developed in this book “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion”. Among other things it provided me with some really important and prescient insights into the … Continue reading

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Dunning Kruger Effect and Recent Political Developments

Every day that passes seems to suggest that the Dunning-Kruger Effect is at work on an industrial scale, in both the US, with the Trump Presidency, and the UK over Brexit. But then I may be biased. I thought it … Continue reading

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Declining Conflict Handling Skills with Ageing

My late father always had a difficult strand, but it became worse with age, a higher proportion of whom he was, until in his 90s he could be very difficult to deal with, unable to meet his own interests in … Continue reading

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Why Are Most Creative People Liberal?

A good friend of mine asked me this question, and it got me thinking. Clearly not all liberals are creative, so I approached the question by wondering why conservatives aren’t more creative? 🙂 And of course as a liberal, I … Continue reading

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Curious: Ian Leslie

I am enjoying Ian Leslie’s fine book “Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on it”. And it got me thinking that actually being curious is profoundly important to any conflict handling: our curiosity about the conflicts … Continue reading

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