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The totalitarian propagandizing of art history benefits so few

Amen to Darren Jones’ article Extract – “The most famous artists known to us are so because the public has been deluded into believing that they were unique, by the unrelenting process of mythologization which roils around them, furiously maintained … Continue reading

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The Plough and Gender Roles

A very jumbled post that scatterguns the question – To what extent was the agricultural revolution responsible for the emergence of patriarchy? The Agricultural Revolution and the Origins of Patriarchy – prezi  Sitting in a reputable bar in Bangkok with … Continue reading

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Tender or distasteful?

Heather Whitten posted this photograph on facebook and opened herself up to a tirade of objections. Some thought that the image was inappropriate and even disgusting. The photo shows a devoted father holding his son in a shower. The situation … Continue reading

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Rising above cognitive bias

Cognitive biases A cognitive bias, wikipedia tells us ia “a systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment”. Over the last decade or so there is an ever increasing list of cognitive biases added to from social psychology, … Continue reading

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Against ‘Warm glow’ altruism

Research into empathy is thriving these days. Cognitive neuroscience is undergoing what some call an “affective revolution.” Some research even suggests that if you prompt subjects (students?) to see the world through the eyes of others, then their capacity for empathy … Continue reading

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Perceiving Reality and Evolution

Donald D Hoffman a professor of cognitive science argues that the premise that those organisms that can sense the world as it really is are inherently more likely to endure is false. Contrarily he argues that those organisms that adapt to sense only … Continue reading

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Improving your TOK cognitive toolkit #2

This session discusses three new ideas that I think are of use to all. Please see the previous blogpost to see what I am trying to achieve here. It gives a fuller rationale for dealing with these ideas in the … Continue reading

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