Category Archives: Human Behaviour

Telling children ‘hard work gets you to the top’ is simply a lie

Perversely, class and accents remain an overwhelmingly important way of judging intelligence. In France or Germany, for example, your accent rarely matters. Your vocabulary and conjugation will give much more away, but never your accent… I don’t see this mindset shifting, so my advice to youngsters has remained: you need to adapt yourself. You need to find the right way to speak to different people, at different times in different contexts. Continue reading

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Talking in Euphemisms Chips Away at Your Sense of Morality 

“Indirect speech allows us to feel better about things we should feel badly about. And the better we feel about acting immorally, the easier it becomes to do it again.” Continue reading

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The Frightening Spread of Misinformation

“Between the organic recipes and menacing stock images of syringes and pills, a clear theme emerges: Everything is rigged — by doctors, Big Pharma, Monsanto, the FDA — and the mainstream media isn’t telling us. (Also, there’s usually a link to buy vitamins.)” Continue reading

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How a Pioneer in the Science of Mistakes Ended Up Mistaken

“No one is a natural statistician, he’d argued at the time. Even scientists make mistakes. As usual, when it came to being wrong, Kahneman was right.” Continue reading

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Transforming a war-torn Colombia

“Colombia’s spirit, once buried by war, has risen again. In the last 10 years, international investment is up over 100 percent. Tourism 240 percent. Not long ago, it was too dangerous to go out at night, now clubs in Bogotá are bursting with locals and foreigners. ” Continue reading

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Costly detox programmes slammed by nutrition experts

The Malaghan Institute’s Professor Mike Berridge added there was no scientific evidence supporting detox diets and juice cleanses.

“These and many other diets cherry pick supporting science, don’t consider the biological consequences of fad dieting, and sideline lifestyle issues that contribute to many of our escalating chronic health problems.”

He said “bizarre” practices such as colonic irrigation and liver cleansing could be interfering with the balance of the microbiome, and could cause serious health problems. Continue reading

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Criminal numbers could ‘explode’ in NT unless system changes, inquiry hears

“Generally in a community if you have a large problem with at-risk children and children coming to the notice of authorities and coming into care, it does lead … to an explosion in adult offending down the track.” Continue reading

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