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Two Genes Do Not a Voter Make

Posted March 24, 2012 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Voting behavior cannot be predicted by one or two genes as previous researchers have claimed, according to Evan Charney, a Duke University professor of public policy and political science. In “Candidate Genes and Political Behavior,” a paper published in the February 2012 American Political Science Review, Charney and co-author William English of Harvard University call […]

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A computer program of the genius category

Posted February 20, 2012 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Researchers have developed a computer programme more intelligent than 96% of the human population.  Intelligence is often measured through IQ tests where the average score for humans is 100.  The computer programme can score 150, putting it in the ‘genius’ category. The programme is smarter than George W Bush, but not as smart as Stephen […]

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Me, a bird-brain? thank you for the compliment

Posted February 17, 2012 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

Humans move between ‘patches’ in their memory using the same strategy as bees flitting between flowers for pollen or birds searching among bushes for berries. When faced with a memory task, we focus on specific clusters of information and jump between them like a bird between bushes. For example, when hunting for animals in memory, most […]

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A great review just published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience reminded me of something that has continued to puzzle me off and on for many years – what are gut feelings?  In 2007 I read a fascinating book called Gut feelings: the intelligence of the unconscious by the cognitive psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer.  In it Gigerenzer looks […]

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Culture conflict, rationality conflict and climate change

Posted June 25, 2011 By Kevin Orrman-Rossiter

It is rather an interesting feeling to no sooner have posted a blog and find a research paper just published that explains why your efforts are misguided.  Having developed my rational approach to understanding climate change in my previous posting it is salutary to find that the authors of the paper “The Tragedy of Risk-Perception […]

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