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Global Optimum

Nov 27, 2018

This episode features:

-Can political symbols change political beliefs?

-What makes pseudoscience appealing

-How to evaluate futurism

-How do chronically accessible concepts change our perception

-How to think about the complexity of theories

-Priming: fact or fiction?

-Can barely-noticeable changes in the environment have big effects on behavior?


Full transcript



Unapplied Rationality:

Carter, T. J., Ferguson, M. J., & Hassin, R. R. (2011). A single exposure to the American flag shifts support toward Republicanism up to 8 months later. Psychological science, 22(8), 1011-1018.

Klein, R. A., Ratliff, K. A., Vianello, M., Adams Jr, R. B., Bahník, Š., Bernstein, M. J., ... & Cemalcilar, Z. (2014). Investigating variation in replicability. Social psychology.

Pinker, S. (1997). How the mind works. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

Sperber, R. D., McCauley, C., Ragain, R. D., & Weil, C. M. (1979). Semantic priming effects on picture and word processing. Memory & Cognition, 7(5), 339-345.

Mysterious Answers to Mysterious Questions

Check This Rec:

Wrangham, R. (2009). Catching fire: How cooking made us human. Basic Books.



I will not be releasing episodes in December.  The next episode will come out in January.