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Psychology

“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 3: to regulate or not to regulate?

This article follows Parts 1 and 2 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

The widespread negative social ramifications of smart phones and social media gives way to the question: to regulate or not to regulate? Should we trust people with weaponized legislation to be moral arbiters?

The inven… Read more

3 ways of increasing your chances of winning in Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max

If you didn’t know already, the lottery is one of the worst ways to gamble. Lotto 6/49 and Lotto Max generally return less than 50 cents per dollar you put in over the long run.

Check out the EV calculator to compute an estimated expectation for any given jackpot.

If you must play, then there are ways to maximize your expected value.  These tips revolve … Read more

“Our minds can be hijacked” Part 2: psychology meets technology

This article follows Part 1 of a four part commentary on The Guardian’s article “Our minds can be hijacked”.

A common joke on the Internet goes something like this:

1980: “I bet there will be flying cars in the future!”

2017: Twitter increases 140 character limit on messages to 280 [or other mundane social media “in

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“Our minds can be hijacked”: the concept of anti-social media hits mainstream news

I have long ranted about the negative social ramifications of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and other forms of social media.

This opinion is slowly making its way into the mainstream. The Guardian released an article this month “Our minds can be hijacked”: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia.

Aside from the political bias that is d… Read more

The recency effect and how the media can make you forgetful

Watch this clip of David Blaine showing you the recency effect:

With all the tragic events that have unfolded in the past day, it’s important to not fall victim to the recency effect.

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