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Global Optimum

Nov 13, 2018

This episode features:

-Are smart phones causing young people to be more lonely and depressed

-How can the supplement industry stay afloat if so many supplements are useless

-Discussion of how a paper on psychic powers got published in a top psychology journal

-Why people are often less incompetent than you think

-Why so many professors are bad teachers

-What style of thinking is associated with making successful predictions of the future

-Why do so many people still reject evolution

-Does eating chocolate make you more likely to win the Nobel Prize?  (No.)


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Unapplied Rationality:

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Creswell, J. D., Welch, W. T., Taylor, S. E., Sherman, D. K., Gruenewald, T. L., & Mann, T. (2005). Affirmation of personal values buffers neuroendocrine and psychological stress responses. Psychological Science, 16(11), 846-851.

Kelemen, D. (1999). The scope of teleological thinking in preschool children. Cognition, 70(3), 241-272.

Lindbeck, A. (1972) The Political Economy of the New Left. New York: Harper and Row.

Maurage, P., Heeren, A., & Pesenti, M. (2013). Does Chocolate Consumption Really Boost Nobel Award Chances? The Peril of Over-Interpreting Correlations in Health Studies, 2. The Journal of nutrition, 143(6), 931-933.

Tetlock, P. E. (2017). Expert political judgment: How good is it? How can we know?. Princeton University Press.

Twenge, J. M. (2017). IGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--and What That Means for the Rest of Us. Simon and Schuster.

Chocolate Consumption, Cognitive Function, and Nobel Laureates

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

In U.S., Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low

Letter: A riddle about liberals

Let's call the pro-lifers what they are: pro-death

Self-affirmation Wikipedia

Secret to Winning a Nobel Prize? Eat More Chocolate

Teens: This is how social media affects your brain

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