Malouma - Yarab (mauritanie) (by didoo68)
(via Gordon Przybyla)
The moral of the story isn’t that intuition is better than reason. We all know that in some situations our feelings are misleading and it is better to think about what we’re doing. But this study shows the reverse – in some situations introspection can interfere with using our feelings as a reliable guide to what we should do.
And this has consequences in adulthood, where the notion of expertise can mean struggling to discern when introspection is the best strategy. The researchers who carried out this study suggest that the distorting effect of reason-giving is most likely to occur in situations where people aren’t experts – most of the students who took part in the study didn’t have a lot of experience of thinking or talking about art. When experts are asked to give reasons for their feelings, research has found that their feelings aren’t distorted in the same way – their intuitions and explicit reasoning are in sync.
Dear english speaking friends around the world, Brazil needs your help. Maybe some of you noticed an intense brazilian activity on facebook, posts with images and long texts about the protests, or maybe not. This morning though, the New York Times wrote about it, and that’s very good (also, the fb page World Riots 24/h talked about it a few days ago). But the problem is that this article is very very mild about what is really happening in São Paulo. I wrote this to help you understand what’s going on here.
I haven’t been to the protests yet for some reasons, but many of my friends (real world friends, not just-on-facebook friends) have been there, and it was really sad and revolting to read their texts tonight, about what’s really happening…
The NY Times doesn’t say that THE POLICE is not only starting the violence against peaceful citizens who want to protest the bus fees (and they have the right to, according to our constitution), but they’re also brutalizing people who have nothing to do with the protests: old ladies, college kids, workers. People who happened to be there, going home from work or from school were, for no reason at all, attacked with tear gas and rubber bullets. The police attacked journalists, students, ordinary citizens who were just passing by. They closed a subway station and threw tear gas bombs on the inside, so even people who were on a train, going home, were attacked. They also fired tear gas and rubber bullets on people while they were shouting “NO VIOLENCE, NO VIOLENCE”. They fired against people on their knees, or lying on the ground with their hands on their heads. Some of them also put fire on trash bags and tires; at least one of them (the one who happened to be filmed while doing it) broke the windows of his own car. If they could make believe, through the media, that the protesters did it, they can also say they “just defended themselves”.
We are living in a city where the police acts without identification and under the orders of the state governor and the consent of the city mayor. And our news papers and TV networks are not telling the truth about it either. I wrote this in order to ask you for your help: help the world to know what is happening in Brazil, help the world to see how our police is acting against the people, and how our government doesn’t represent us anymore!
—My friend Marilia “Bombom” Jardim in Sao Paulo, on the Sao Paolo bus fare protests. Marilia is a costumer who helps run Dr. Sketchy’s in Brazil. Here’s the NY Times article she’s talking about. (via mollycrabapple)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22899748 and BBC reportage. Very different.
My Princess,” he said tenderly, “Two great powers are on our side: the power of Love and the power of Arithmatic. Those two are stronger than anything else in the world.
My weakness in the field of mathematics takes on new meaning.
Gil Scott-Heron - ‘I’m New Here’ (official video) (by XLRecordings)
Second: Fuck this. If I’m going to die, I’m going to bloody well enjoy it.