Why do we believe obvious lies?

Here are two accounts of this weekend’s news from real journalists, neither of whom are fans of the current US president. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone https://taibbi.substack.com/p/russiagate-is-wmd-times-a-million “It’s official: Russiagate is this generation’s WMD” He cited intentional misreporting (lying) multiple times from the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Mother Jones; … Continue reading Why do we believe obvious lies?

Review of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves

Here’s an Amazon book review I wrote six years ago when I regularly read 2-3 books a week while on the train to and from work. The book served as an example of how behavioral researchers couldn’t reach their stated goals by using standard scientific methods. Review of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We … Continue reading Review of The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone–Especially Ourselves

Rolling back your rights and making you obey was clearly the goal

“The virus itself destroyed virtually no jobs. Those jobs, these families, were destroyed by lockdowns ordered by politicians. The most destructive economic event since the second World War. Now we’ve been assured repeatedly that all of this was absolutely necessary. After months of incalculable damage to hundreds of millions of families, the WHO is now … Continue reading Rolling back your rights and making you obey was clearly the goal

Prenatal stress produces offspring who as adults have cognitive, emotional, and memory deficiencies

This 2018 French/Italian/Swiss rodent study used a prenatally restraint stressed (PRS) model to create problems that could be resolved by various chemicals: “S 47445 is a positive modulator of glutamate AMPA-type receptors, possessing neurotrophic and enhancing synaptic plasticity effects as well as pro-cognitive and anti-stress properties. Most of studies examining the antidepressant effects of new … Continue reading Prenatal stress produces offspring who as adults have cognitive, emotional, and memory deficiencies

The influence of donor age on induced pluripotent stem cell functionality

This 2018 German review subject was the influence of donor age on induced pluripotent stem cell functionality: “Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) avoid many of the restrictions that hamper the application of human embryonic stem cells. Also, the donor’s clinical phenotype is often known when working with iPSCs. Typical signs of cellular ageing are reverted … Continue reading The influence of donor age on induced pluripotent stem cell functionality

Parental lying thwarted both their children and researchers

This 2017 German human study explored the relationship between birth stress and handedness. The authors summarized previous research which, among other points, estimated epigenetic contributions to handedness as great as 75%. The research hypothesis itself was worthwhile based on the prior studies cited and elsewhere such as Group statistics don’t necessarily describe an individual. But the … Continue reading Parental lying thwarted both their children and researchers

Beyond Belief: Why do we accept being propagandized?

Continuing to read Dr. Arthur Janov’s May 2016 book Beyond Belief: “p.13 Beliefs are medicine for the hopeless. They attenuate despair, vitiate loneliness, and dissipate helplessness. p. 14 We need hope more than we need truth. Beliefs divert us from past traumas and current pains because inside the belief lies hope. p.15 Hope is..’the meaning … Continue reading Beyond Belief: Why do we accept being propagandized?

What can cause memories that are accessible only when returning to the original brain state?

This 2015 French rodent study found: “Memories can be established and maintained without de novo protein synthesis and that experimental amnesia may not result from a disruption of memory consolidation/reconsolidation. Posttraining/postreactivation treatments induce an internal state, which becomes encoded with the memory, and should be present at the time of testing to ensure a successful … Continue reading What can cause memories that are accessible only when returning to the original brain state?

If a study didn’t measure feelings, then its findings may not pertain to genuine empathy

This 2014 UK study tried to show that empathetic actions were very context-dependent. It mainly studied causing overt pain to another person. The lead researcher stated: “We were interested in quantifying how much people care about others, relative to themselves. A lack of concern for others’ suffering lies at the heart of many psychiatric disorders … Continue reading If a study didn’t measure feelings, then its findings may not pertain to genuine empathy