Search this Topic:
Member Since: 06/09/2011
Jan 23 17 5:13 PM
Member Since: 01/16/2004
Jan 31 17 10:52 AM
"We generally give to our ideas about the unknown the color of our notions about what we do know"
I've noticed a new kind of "fake news" - related to the above comment - that liberals are in greater danger of falling for. At least, I HOPE most of this stuff is fake news. Due to the amazing rapid-fire chaos of nearly insane dictates coming from Trump, many liberal pundits are coming up with "detailed theories" of how Trump, with the help of inner circle members like Bannon, is now supposedly in the process of covertly taking over a great deal of our government - greatly weakening traditional checks and balances in order to establish much more authoritarian control.
I'm not going to reproduce any of these "detailed theories" here. But I've read several of them now which are quite alarming and extreme. It makes sense to fear these people, but the problem is those fears could easily become... hysterical. Ironically, because of how extremist Trump's people really are, it is going to become increasingly difficult to distinguish truth from paranoia. Another way to say this is... because they really are doing such incredibly extreme things (and because Trump's honesty and morality are very much in question, some might say practically non-existent), it's going to be easy to jump to the conclusion that they're doing even more extreme things than they actually are. I have already noticed a tendency to leap to such conclusions myself. We have entered something of a "twilight zone", where it is not easy to determine what's actually going on, and that in itself is... really dangerous.
My only way to defend myself against this tendency toward paranoia is to insist that any information I regard as true be validated by at least two trusted news sources (which itself has the unfortunate side effect of putting me at the mercy of big media, but it's better to be forced to rely on big media than on the word of the demented and dishonest Trump administration).
Jan 31 17 12:33 PM
Jan 31 17 10:09 PM
Feb 2 17 6:43 PM
Jul 3 17 1:14 PM
Jul 3 17 2:31 PM
Jul 3 17 5:51 PM
Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health have found that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making, according to a new study.
These impacts have been observed at carbon dioxide levels that most Americans are routinely exposed to today inside classrooms, offices, homes, planes and cars.
Although carbon dioxide levels are higher indoors than outdoors, increasing overall levels in the atmosphere could have detrimental impacts on people outdoors as well. The study found that the largest effects were seen for crisis response, information usage and strategy, all of which are indicators of higher level cognitive function and decision-making.
The Harvard study confirms the findings of a 2012 Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) study, which found “statistically significant and meaningful reductions in decision-making performance” in test subjects as carbon dioxide levels rose.
NASA also has observed carbon dioxide-related health impacts on International Space Station(ISS) astronauts at much lower carbon dioxide levels than expected.
Jul 3 17 8:48 PM
Jul 5 17 1:38 PM
Jul 5 17 2:50 PM
Jul 5 17 5:39 PM
Jul 19 17 9:04 AM
© 2017 Yuku. All rights reserved.