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BBC - Future - The surprising reason people change their minds
research shows that our views, even on politics, are changing all the time – just not for the reasons you’d expect.
psychology  politics  philosophy  rhetoric  fallacy 
2 hours ago by kexrex
How the Trump administration is defending its indefensible child separation policy.
The Trump administration is playing a game of choose your own facts, but every single version of this story ends with screaming children in cages.
You can call it a “policy” (Jeff Sessions) or you can call it a not-policy (Kirstjen Nielsen) or you can call it a “law” (Sarah Huckabee Sanders). You can say that yes it’s a policy but nobody likes it (Kellyanne Conway) or you can say it’s a “zero-tolerance” enforcement of a Democratic law (Donald Trump) or a zero-tolerance enforcement of an amalgam of various congressional laws (Nielsen) or a zero-tolerance enforcement of the Department of Justice’s own preferences with respect to enforcing prior laws (Sessions).
You can say the purpose of the Justice Department’s family separation policy is deterrence (Stephen Miller, John Kelly) or you can claim that asking if the purpose of the policy is deterrence is “offensive” (Nielsen). You can claim in your legal pleadings that the family separation policy is wholly “discretionary” and thus unreviewable by any court, meaning that only the president can change it (Justice Department in Ms. L v. ICE). Or you can claim that only Congress can “fix loopholes” (Nielsen) or you can say that Congress as a whole can’t fix anything because congressional Democrats are entirely to blame (Trump, Mike Huckabee).
538  children  gov2.0  immigration  politics  psychology  religion  trump 
yesterday by rgl7194
Why Rank-And-File Evangelicals Aren’t Likely To Turn On Trump Over Family Separation | FiveThirtyEight
Over the past few weeks, religious leaders have emerged as some of the strongest critics of President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that has resulted in the separation of children from their parents at the U.S.’s southern border. More than 600 members of the United Methodist Church brought a formal complaint against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who is a Methodist, saying that the policy violates church rules and may constitute child abuse. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops also spoke out harshly, calling family separation immoral.
trump  religion  immigration  politics  psychology  children  gov2.0  538 
yesterday by rgl7194
4 simple exercises to strengthen your attention and reduce distractibility |
Our attention gets hijacked by everything from the stress in our lives to the ding of our phones. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha shows how we can cultivate the ability to focus on what really matters. “I think, therefore I am distracted.
Archive  focus  psychology 
yesterday by leninworld
Signs someone is intimidated by you - INSIDER
It's natural and understandable to be a little bit uneasy around someone if you don't think they're on your side or looking out for you — you want to have your guard up a little bit.
Archive  ifttt  intimidation  pinboard  psychology 
yesterday by leninworld
How knowledge about different cultures is shaking the foundations of psychology
The academic discipline of psychology was developed largely in North America and Europe. Some would argue it’s been remarkably successful in understanding what drives human behaviour and mental processes, which have long been thought to be universal.
Archive  culturaldifference  psychology 
yesterday by leninworld
Surprising downsides of being extremely intelligent - Business Insider
You might think life would be easier, happier, and infinitely more fulfilling if only you could rack up a few more IQ points. Users wrote about everything from the absurdly high expectations that people place on them to the trouble of constantly being perceived as a braggart.
Archive  emotional  ifttt  intelligence  pinboard  psychology 
yesterday by leninworld
Laziness Does Not Exist – E Price – Medium
People do not choose to fail or disappoint. No one wants to feel incapable, apathetic, or ineffective. If you look at a person’s action (or inaction) and see only laziness, you are missing key details. There is always an explanation. There are always barriers. Just because you can’t see them, or don’t view them as legitimate, doesn’t mean they’re not there. Look harder.
procrastination  psychology  executive-function 
yesterday by oldrubberboots
Even brief maternal deprivation early in life alters adult brain function and cognition | EurekAlert! Science News
When a baby is taken from its mother for even a brief period early in life, this traumatic event significantly alters the future, adult function of the brain, according to a new animal model study from the School of Science at IUPUI. These changes in the brain are similar to disturbances in brain structure and function that are found in people at risk for neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia.
science  research  health  psychology 
yesterday by Weaverbird

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