NEROSCIENCE – COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “Religion is Nature’s Antidepressant” / Big Think / Robert Sapolsky ☮

“Essentially there has been no culture on earth that has not invented some form of what could be termed ‘meta-magical thinking'”, says Robert Sapolsky.

Why does religion seem to manifest in culture no matter what?

COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “Why We Fear What We Can’t Control: Airplanes, Hospital, Old Age / big think / Tali Sharot ☮

Fear is a motivator—often, when we’re scared, we feel that we want to leave a situation. That so-called “pull” that you feel often has more to do with wanting to be in a place of agency and control than it does, say, being scared of the dark, or flying. Actually, fear of flying is a great example for what Tali Sharot proposes. We all know that we couldn’t actually fly the plane if we were giving the controls, but we’re more-so afraid of giving up all of our perceived control. You’re three times more likely to crash in a car than crash in a plane but we all feel as if we are in control… which is why you don’t have many people scared of driving. Tali does a great job explaining the mentality behind fear, and her video here is worth a watch.

NEROSCIENCE – COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: The Biology of Good and Evil: A Conversation with Robert Sapolsky” / Sam Harris and Robert Sapolsky ☮

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Robert Sapolsky is a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation genius grant. He is the author of A Primate’s Memoir, The Trouble with Testosterone, Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst.

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CULTURALLY CONDITIONED BEHAVIOR: “Twenty Common Things People Realize When They Quit Drinking Alcohol” / Sofia Adamson ☮

Of all the culturally conditioned behaviors we’ve mindlessly adopted, alcoholism is one of the most curious. We know it is highly detrimental to personal health and that it directly contributes to myriad societal problems including violence and drunk driving. We also know that the alcohol industry is exceptionally lucrative while at the same time the police state uses this addiction to extend their authority.

Some argue that alcoholism is a spiritual disease, and that the consumption of ‘spirits’ is a means of giving the self up to our inner demons. Dr. Gabor Maté sees alcoholism as a means of covering up personal trauma and emotional pain, yet even without getting too deep into this it’s easy to see that abstaining from booze has some pretty incredible benefits for those seeking better health and greater awareness in life.

But what do dedicated social drinkers and outright alcoholics see when they give up ‘spirits,’ as they are called, and what can the observations from newly sober people tell us about the sicknesses running rampant in our society?

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