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A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex.
A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a brain region known as the prefrontal cortex. The findings suggest that damage to particular areas of the prefrontal cortex indirectly promotes religious fundamentalism by diminishing cognitive flexibility and openness—a psychology term that describes a personality trait which involves dimensions like curiosity, creativity, and open-mindedness. Religious beliefs can be thought of as socially transmitted mental representations that …
religion  popularStupidity  humanPsycology 
7 days ago by joeybaker
‘Attenborough effect’ leads to 53% drop in single use plastic in 12 months
42% of consumers say products that use sustainable materials are important when it comes to their day-to-day purchases.
greenEconomy  win  popularism  popularStupidity 
12 days ago by joeybaker
One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn't real. Researchers said their study showed more precisely how individuals' misinformed views about Ebola were undermining the response and helping to spread the deadly viru
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn’t real, according to a new study, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are facing in what has become the second-deadliest outbreak in history. The survey released late Wednesday found that a deep mistrust of the Ebola response resulted in those people being 15 times less likely to seek medical treatment at an Ebola health center, according to the study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. The study was based on interviews conducted last September, about a month after the outbreak began. It comes as the number of probable and confirmed cases has exceeded 1,000. At least 639 people have died from Ebola since August, according to the World Health Organization. This is the first time the region has experienced an Ebola outbreak. The outbreak’s response has been hampered by a series of deadly attacks on Ebola health centers since the study was completed. As a result, Doctors W
popularStupidity  healthcare 
26 days ago by joeybaker
Italy bans unvaccinated children from school
Italy now requires children to prove they have been vaccinated before attending school.
governmentIncompetence  healthcare  win  popularStupidity 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Robinson: Perfect Trump re-election slogan: ‘I Don’t Keep Any Promises But My Voters Are Too Stupid to Notice’
The Trump administration has been a huge failure — are his loyal supporters the most gullible people on earth?
trumpLies  popularStupidity 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
High IQs aren’t going to be enough to stop an ecological disaster. It’s going to take social intelligence, too, finds a new study. The findings could help identify why some groups better manage shared resources, such as water or fisheries, than others
High IQs aren’t going to be enough to stop an ecological disaster. It’s going to take social intelligence, too. That’s the conclusion of a new study co-authored by a University of Central Florida researcher and published Wednesday in the journal Nature Communications. The findings could help identify why some groups better manage shared resources, such […]
cyclesOfHumanHistory  popularStupidity  climateChange  humanPsycology  governmentIncompetence 
8 weeks ago by joeybaker
136 people dead, 8,400 others sick in Philippines measles outbreak
Infections spiked by more than 1,000 per cent in metropolitan Manila, the densely packed capital of more than 12 million people, in January compared to last year.
healthcare  popularStupidity 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Study blames YouTube for rise in number of Flat Earthers
Conspiracy theories shown on video-sharing site persuade people to doubt Earth is round
popularStupidity  informationWar 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Scientists have genetically modified cassava, a staple crop in Africa, to contain more iron and zinc. The authors estimate that their GMO cassava could provide up to 50% of the dietary requirement for iron and up to 70% for zinc in children aged 1 to 6, m
One wonders how the anti-GMO movement could oppose something like this. But given their hostility to Golden Rice, which has been genetically modified to contain a vitamin A precursor to prevent blindness, they usually find a way.
scienceAdvancement  agriculture  casteingTheLowerClass  healthcare  popularStupidity 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
Anti-vax Movement Listed by World Health Organization as One of the Top 10 Health Threats for 2019
“Vaccine hesitancy” has been identified as one potential factor contributing to the 30 percent increase in measles cases around the world.
healthcare  popularStupidity 
january 2019 by joeybaker
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are safe and effective in preventing childhood diseases, a significant minority remains skeptical, such as the anti-vax movement. Mathematicians show this may be due to "hysteresis", where an effect p
Despite overwhelming scientific evidence that vaccines are a safe and effective tool for the prevention of childhood diseases, a significant minority of the U.S. population remains skeptical of the practice
healthcare  popularStupidity  informationWar 
january 2019 by joeybaker
Majority of Brits now against Brexit and back second EU referendum.
Three in 10 (31%) Brits think Theresa May is the best person to lead the country through Brexit, ahead of Jeremy Corbyn on 24%.
popularStupidity  popularism  popularUnrest  globalization 
november 2018 by joeybaker
Jair Bolsonaro elected president of Brazil.
Electoral authorities have confirmed Bolsonaro will become president after winning 55.7% of the vote in Sunday’s second-round poll
authoritarianism  popularStupidity  popularUnrest 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Ireland votes 71% to repeal the constitutional ban on blasphemy
Voters have overwhelmingly supported the proposal to remove the prohibition on blasphemy from the Constitution, according to a Red C exit poll for RTÉ.
religion  governmentOverreach  popularStupidity  popularIgnorance  win 
october 2018 by joeybaker
The percentage of young U.S. children who don’t receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001, according to a new report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.
A pair of reports highlight a growing concern among health officials about children who aren’t getting protection against preventable diseases.
popularStupidity  healthcare 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Tennessee, nationwide voting registrations spike after Taylor Swift gets political on Instagram
Voting registrations have significantly increased just a day after singer Taylor Swift posted a rare political Instagram post.
popularStupidity 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Climate change denial strongly linked to right-wing nationalism, finds a new study.
Scientific awareness of the greenhouse effect, and human influence on the climate has existed for over three decades. During the 1980s, there was a strong environmental movement and a political consensus on the issue, but in recent years, climate change denial – denying that changes to the climate a
climateChange  popularStupidity  popularIgnorance  endOfTheGOP  corruptedScience 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Indonesia's top Islamic body issues fatwa against measles vaccine, calling it 'religiously forbidden'
Indonesia’s peak Islamic body issues a fatwa declaring the Rubella-Measles vaccine to be haram or religiously forbidden.
religion  healthcare  popularStupidity 
august 2018 by joeybaker
A study has found that in the last 32 years of annually-assessed student opinions, it is clear that belief among students that a god is the ultimate or contributing cause of human origins has steeply declined from being a majority view in 1986 to being a
32-year-long Australian study reveals steep decline in student belief that God created humans Australian university students give far more credit than the previous generation to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance, according to a landmark new study.
scienceAdvancement  popularStupidity  popularIgnorance  win 
august 2018 by joeybaker
More than 100 seats that backed Brexit now want to stay in EU
Major new analysis shows most constituencies now have majority who want to Remain
popularStupidity 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Opponents of vaccination think they know more than medical experts, also known as the Dunning-Kruger effect, suggests a new study of US adults (N = 1,310).
One of the most contentious areas of health policy over the past two decades has been the safety of vaccination. Vaccines prevent the outbreak of diseases ...
popularStupidity 
august 2018 by joeybaker
White nationalists "Unite the Right" rally sees a poor turnout, overwhelmed by counter-protesters
The protest organizers said 100-400 white nationalists would be assembling, but only about 50 showed up
popularism  popularStupidity  racism  win 
august 2018 by joeybaker
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