Nov
07
2009

Sometimes lying can be good because there are things that are really hard to get used to, we need to gradually make ourselves be ok with whatever it is that is hard for us to accept. I try not to do this, But I accept it’s validity.

As a general rule I believe that we must try to exhibit or adopt a personality that accepts surprise, change, difficulty and the like. A personality like this would help us not lie to ourselves more, because life can throw anything at us and we would still have that quite belief in life/ourselves.

This experiment is neat because it shows the different gradations of self-deception, all the way up to its purest form, in which people manage to trick themselves hook, line and sinker. At this level people think and act as though their incorrect belief is completely true, totally disregarding any incoming hints from reality.

So what this study suggests is that for many people self-deception is as easy as pie. Not only will many people happily lie to themselves if given a reason, but they will only look for evidence that confirms their comforting self-deception, and then totally believe in the lies they are telling themselves.

Explains a lot, don’t you think?

via The Truth About Self-Deception | PsyBlog.

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Nov
07
2009

Is the astroboy movie any good? Hope they live up to how great the manga/anime was!

Foreign correspondents arriving in Tokyo to cover the State funeral of the Showa Emperor in 1989 were surprised to find almost as much media attention, and public grief, focussed on the death of a comic artist.

Osamu Tezuka died shortly after Emperor Hirohito. His funeral cortege passed through street lined with grieving fans: grandparents who read his early comics accompanied by grandchildren who were fans of more recent TV shows, respected film-makers and science fiction authors alongside office workers carrying posters of their favourite Tezuka characters. An American serviceman stationed in Yokosuka recalled walking through the city on the morning Tezuka’s death was announced: people clustered around TV stores, weeping at the news.

Tezuka’s precocious talent for art and storytelling helped him overcome bullying at school and survive the war years. Those early experiences created a lifelong determination to speak against war and injustice, constant themes in his work.

His early comics made him a teenage superstar while still in medical school. On graduation, he chose comics over science, but his passion for medicine crops up in many of his works. His career output is staggering, one of the largest in comics – around 170,000 pages. Like fellow-workaholics Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill, he slept in short stretches and worked almost non-stop.

But his interests went far beyond comics. He was an accomplished animator, illustrator, designer, film critic, essayist, novelist, director, screenwriter, radio and TV pundit and advertising icon. He had a wide circle of friends in the arts, sciences and media, and communicated directly with his fans – a 21st century celebrity far ahead of Twitter.

via The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God Of Manga – Telegraph.

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Nov
07
2009

Hmm? Wow I could have been a genius! hehehe! 25% fall in IQ after rejection? Wow, that’s big!

Rejection massively reduces IQ

* 13:45 15 March 2002 by Emma Young, Blackpool

Rejection can dramatically reduce a person’s IQ and their ability to reason analytically, while increasing their aggression, according to new research.

“It’s been known for a long time that rejected kids tend to be more violent and aggressive,” says Roy Baumeister of the Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, who led the work. “But we’ve found that randomly assigning students to rejection experiences can lower their IQ scores and make them aggressive.”

Baumeister’s team used two separate procedures to investigate the effects of rejection. In the first, a group of strangers met, got to know each other, and then separated. Each individual was asked to list which two other people they would like to work with on a task. They were then told they had been chosen by none or all of the others.

In the second, people taking a personality test were given false feedback, telling them they would end up alone in life or surrounded by friends and family.

Aggression scores increased in the rejected groups. But the IQ scores also immediately dropped by about 25 per cent, and their analytical reasoning scores dropped by 30 per cent.

via Rejection massively reduces IQ – 15 March 2002 – New Scientist.

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