Human issues

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find

http://www.sciencealert.com/people-who-pick-up-grammar-mistakes-jerks-scientists-find Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have “less agreeable” personalities than those who just let them slide. And those friends who are super-sensitive to typos on your Facebook page? Psychological testing reveals they’re generally less open, and are also more likely to be judging.  “This is the

Here’s How Your Beliefs Are Linked To Different Types Of Science Denial | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/heres-how-your-beliefs-are-linked-to-different-types-of-science-denial/  There’s nothing wrong with being skeptical. There is, however, a difference between skeptical claims without substantial evidence to back them up, and being a skeptic on vaccines or human-driven climate change. Both are backed up by a gigantic mountain of facts, so why are certain groups of people still keen to rally against them? A new study

The Art of Human Hacking

https://xeushack.com/the-art-of-human-hacking/ Now that we’ve been introduced to social engineering, it’s time to learn about the vulnerabilities in the system we’re trying to hack into: humans. Social engineering is all about making someone do something that they’re not supposed to do. 

The scientific reason you don’t like LED bulbs

http://theconversation.com/the-scientific-reason-you-dont-like-led-bulbs-and-the-simple-way-to-fix-them-81639 Scientists used to think we could see no more than about 90 flashes of light a second but now we know it’s more like 2,000. During the eye movement, the flicker of light creates a pattern that we can see. It could discourage people from using more energy-saving LED lightbulbs. One obvious way of avoiding

Steve Wozniak Echoes Advice of Other Disrupters and Leaders

http://www.machinedesign.com/community/steve-wozniak-echoes-advice-other-disrupters-and-leaders Engineering is known for being a good, well-paid, in-demand job. However, these aspects may not have anything to do with happiness or a healthy work/life balance—or a healthy life at all. Defining what you want and who you want to be and sticking to that is important for happiness. 1. Don’t worry about money

Our Obsession With Smartphones Reduces Our Brain Power, Says Study | IFLScience

http://www.iflscience.com/brain/our-obsession-with-smartphones-reduces-our-brain-power-says-study/ The brain has a finite pool of attention resources – the “limited-capacity” cognitive resources. It seems that lots of smartphone use diminishes a person’s working memory capacity and “fluid intelligence” – the ability to solve novel problems independent of already stored information, which is called “crystallized intelligence”.

Multitasking: Why Do We Do It? – IEEE Spectrum

http://spectrum.ieee.org/at-work/innovation/multitasking-why-do-we-do-it Attention span has shrunk alarmingly short. We seem to look for and welcome distractions.  “We are information-seeking creatures” Just as ancient humans foraged for food, we now forage for information (Maybe we need to include personal communications and entertainment in the general concept of information). We’re easily bored, and there is the FOMO effect,