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rePost::Stumbling and Mumbling: Cognitive biases in popular songs

Cognitive biases in popular songs

Forget that guff about Rage against the Machine vs. X Factor – truly, a herd of independent minds. What’s more worrying is the large number of basic irrationalities contained in popular songs.

I was at the gym the other day – this finely chiselled physique doesn’t come naturally – and Alexandra Burke came on the TV, singing “The bad boys are always catching my eye.”

Well of course they are. Bad boys hang around on street corners and in malls where you can see them. Good boys on the other hand are working or studying and so are in offices and libraries where they’ll not catch your eye.

This is a sampling bias. It’s an elementary cognitive error.

But this is just the tip of the iceberg.

via Stumbling and Mumbling: Cognitive biases in popular songs.

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rePost:Strangely Comforting 20090515:Story of his life: Time and again, American Music Masters honoree Les Paul saw a need and invented something to fill it – Music – Cleveland.com

'88 Gibson Les Paul Standard
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As for his greatest claim to fame — the solid-body electric guitar — Paul takes it in stride.

“I just feel as though if I hadn’t done it, someone else would have,” he said. “It was meant to be. Why me, I’ll never know, but I’m very grateful it was me.”

via Story of his life: Time and again, American Music Masters honoree Les Paul saw a need and invented something to fill it – Music – Cleveland.com.

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What’s Playing: Something by The Beatles

LONDON - FEBRUARY 8, 1964:  (FILE) (L-R) Paul ...
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composed by George Harrison

performed by The Beatles

Something in the way She moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way She woos me

I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Somewhere in the smile she knows
That I don’t need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me

I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

You’re asking me will my love grow
I don’t know, I don’t know
You stick around and it may show
I don’t know, I don’t know

Something in the way she knows
All I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me

I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

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Better Proof Reading Please!::McCartney, Starr ‘come together’ for charity – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

McCarney and Starr have appeared together only a handful of times since the Beatles disbanded in 1970, the last time at the 2002 “A Concert for George,” a tribute to the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison.

via McCartney, Starr ‘come together’ for charity – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

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What’s Playing : Slow Dancing In A Burning Room by John Mayer

Slow Dancing In A Burning Room by John Mayer

lyrics from here

It’s not a silly little moment
It’s not the storm before the calm
This is the deep and dyin breath of
This love we’ve been workin on

Can’t seem to hold you like I want to
So I can feel you in my arms
Nobody’s gonna come and save you
We pulled too many false alarms

We’re goin down
And you can see it too
We’re goin down
And you know that we’re doomed
My dear
We’re slow dancing in a burnin room

I was the one you always dreamed of
You were the one I tried to draw
How dare you say it’s nothing to me
Baby, you’re the only light I ever saw

I’ll make the most of all the sadness
You’ll be a xxxxx because you can
You try to hit me just hurt me
So you leave me feeling dirty
Because you can’t understand

We’re goin down
And you can see it too
We’re goin down
And you know that we’re doomed
my dear
We’re slow dancing in a burnin room

Go cry about it why don’t you
Go cry about it why don’t you
Go cry about it why don’t you
My dear, we’re slow dancin’ in a burnin’ room,
Burninl room, burnin’ room
Don’t you think we oughta know by now
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we oughta know by now
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we oughta know by now
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow

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What’s Playing: The Wrestler by Bruce Springsteen

The Wrestler poster
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lyrics copied from here,

The Wrestler by Bruce Springsteen

Have you ever seen a one trick pony in the field so happy and free?
If you’ve ever seen a one trick pony then you’ve seen me
Have you ever seen a one-legged dog making its way down the street?
If you’ve ever seen a one-legged dog then you’ve seen me

Then you’ve seen me, I come and stand at every door
Then you’ve seen me, I always leave with less than I had before
Then you’ve seen me, bet I can make you smile when the blood, it hits the floor
Tell me, friend, can you ask for anything more?
Tell me can you ask for anything more?

Have you ever seen a scarecrow filled with nothing but dust and wheat?
If you’ve ever seen that scarecrow then you’ve seen me
Have you ever seen a one-armed man punching at nothing but the breeze?
If you’ve ever seen a one-armed man then you’ve seen me

Then you’ve seen me, I come and stand at every door
Then you’ve seen me, I always leave with less than I had before
Then you’ve seen me, bet I can make you smile when the blood, it hits the floor
Tell me, friend, can you ask for anything more?
Tell me can you ask for anything more?

These things that have comforted me, I drive away
This place that is my home I cannot stay
My only faith’s in the broken bones and bruises I display

Have you ever seen a one-legged man trying to dance his way free?
If you’ve ever seen a one-legged man then you’ve seen me

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