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Shakespeare and Hip Hop? The cognitive bias of art appreciation

  When it comes to defining great art and literature, most people encounter a thinking problem that explains what Man Vs. Brain is all about. That separation between the role our unconscious emotional brain plays in our thinking versus our logical, rational thought processes. The reason why art and literature make such a good example is the fact that, logically …

Why “Inspirational Quotes” make you appear shallow by trying to appear deep

  Enough already with the inspirational quotes. Inspiring epithets from the great and the good. We’ve all seen them, heard them, scrolled by ignoring them. Sage like wisdom, abstracted to the point of banality. Purgatory for the meaning and sentiment of well chosen words. These snippets of vanilla wisdom have become not just a blight of social media, Powerpoint decks …

Explaining the Facebook data ethics issue: Nazis, topless models & Stanley Milgram

There’s a lot been written of late about that Facebook data experiment. You know the one I mean. The one where, without taking any of the basic ethical measures a regulated scientist would take before undertaking research, Facebook conducted a massive scale psychological research piece. 689,003 users unwittingly took part in an experiment by data scientist Adam Kramer to study …

Hurricanes, cognitive bias and “what’s in a name?” – Gender bias update

Thanks to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America we’ve got a good example of sexist cognitive bias in operation. (See ManVsBrain.com essay “Think you’re not sexist? Think again: A thinking tool for fixing gender bias”). Kiju Jung, a doctoral student in marketing at the university, and marketing professor Sharon Shavitt have published …

Think you’re not sexist? Think again: A thinking tool for fixing gender bias.

Are you a sexist? The chances are you’ll answer that question with a “no”. But how do you know? You might not mean to be sexist, but have you ever tested the assumption with a logical, rational measure? You’ll probably answer that question with a “no” too, because you don’t need to prove it to yourself… because you’re not a …