Archivio per 9 aprile 2015

09
Apr
15

We’re Just a Few Months Away From A Flip In The Sun’s Magnetic Field And A Shift In Human Behavior – Waking Times

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We’re Just a Few Months Away From A Flip In The Sun’s Magnetic Field And A Shift In Human Behavior.

We are currently in the middle of a peak or solar maximum which has brought us more solar flares, CMEs, and geomagnetic storms. Historically, research has been conducted to link the 11 year cycle of the sun to changes in human behavior and society. A big event is about to happen on the sun which may assist in this process–the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip in just a few months.

The sun is a major source of visible light and energy on this planet. It represents all-pervading consciousness which animates all things providing us with what some believe to be unlimited energy. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip. What are the cosmic and personal implications of this? It is not such a unique phenomenon, as it happens every eleven years. Still, every eleven years, shifts in human consciousness around this period seem to occur like clock work.

It happens at the peak of each solar cycle as the sun’s inner magnetic dynamo re-organizes itself. The coming reversal will mark the midpoint of Solar Cycle 24. Half of ‘Solar Max’ will be behind us, with half yet to come.

See on wakingtimes.com

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09
Apr
15

6 Moral Taste Buds That Shape Our Morality

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

Our morality is like a tongue with 6 moral taste buds. Much of our differences in politics, religion, and morality can be attributed to these 6 categories. 

Why do we all have such a hard time agreeing on issues of politics, religion, and morality?

According to moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt in The Righteous Mind, groups like liberals and conservatives operate on different “moral foundations” that make it fundamentally difficult for them to understand each other (although it’s not impossible).

One great metaphor in the book used to describe morality is that it’s “like a tongue with 6 different moral taste buds.”

But just like we all have the same taste buds yet different tastes in food, it’s also true that we all have the same moral taste buds yet different tastes in morality.

See on theemotionmachine.com

09
Apr
15

Consciousness and Quantum Theory perspective.

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

The process of the consciousness as a field, implies conceptually to bring it out from the skull. Progress in theoretical physics during the past decade has led to a progressively more unified understanding of the laws of nature, culminating in the recent discovery of the so called completely unified field theories. The parallel discovery of a unified field of consciousness raises fundamental questions concerning the relationship between the two (2). A detailed consideration of the relationship between the unified field and consciousness would benefit from a precise and comprehensive theory of consciousness comparable to the understanding of the unified field available through modern theoretical physics. A key issue from a physiological standpoint is how the nervous system could conceivably interface with the super-unified scale in any significant way. Perhaps the first question to consider in this context is to what extent the nervous system actively participates in the experience and phenomena of pure consciousness. The physiological basis for such an interface is presently unclear, and would probably require some as yet undiscovered quantum-mechanical neurological mechanism (2). A review of relevant research areas, as well as the anesthesia data, leads to a postulation that consciousness is a property of quantum-like processes, within a brain field resonating within a core of structures, which may be the neural substrate of consciousness. This core includes regions of the prefrontal cortex, the frontal cortex, the pre- and paracentral cortex, thalamus, limbic system, and basal ganglia (3).

See on medium.com

09
Apr
15

When Corrections Fail: The persistence of political misperceptions

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

 Abstract An extensive literature addresses citizen ignorance, but very little research focuses on misperceptions. Can these false or unsubstantiated beliefs about politics be corrected? Previous studies have not tested the efficacy of corrections in a realistic format. We conducted four experiments in which subjects read mock news articles that included either a misleading claim from a politician, or a misleading claim and a correction. Results indicate that corrections frequently fail to reduce misperceptions among the targeted ideological group. We also document several instances of a “backfire effect” in which corrections actually increase misperceptions among the group in question.

See on dartmouth.edu

09
Apr
15

Both Liberals, Conservatives Can Have Science Bias

See on Scoop.itBounded Rationality and Beyond

New research suggests that liberals, as well as conservatives, can be biased against science that doesn’t align with their political views. 

The study found that people from both the left and right expressed less trust in science when they were presented with facts that challenged specific politicized issues.

For conservatives, climate change and evolution were the issues that led them to lose some trust in science. For liberals, it was hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and nuclear power.

The results challenge recent books and articles that claim conservatives alone have difficulty dealing with scientific fact.

“Liberals are also capable of processing scientific information in a biased manner,” said Erik Nisbet, co-author of the study and associate professor of communication and political science at The Ohio State University.

“They aren’t inherently superior to conservatives.”

The researchers caution that the results shouldn’t be interpreted to create a false balance in which each side could be seen as equally wrong on all issues.

“Our point is there is evidence of bias on both sides, although the bias may appear on different issues,” said co-author R. Kelly Garrett, also an associate professor of communication at Ohio State.

For example, “liberals may be biased about some issues, but that doesn’t mean they are wrong about humans causing climate change,” Nisbet said. “You can’t say our study supports the climate denialism movement.”

The study, also co-authored by graduate student Kathryn Cooper, appears in the March 2015 issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

See on sciencedaily.com




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