Ego depletion: your willpower is finite

WIRED SOUP POST BY CHAD SCHOMBER.

Willpower kicks in when there is a gap between what we want (donut) and what we are engaged in (diet). Exercising willpower in one instance, like saying no to that donut in the morning, reduces our ability to exert self-control later in the day. So instead of being rewarded for our resistance, our willpower takes a nap and bad decisions creep in. Continue reading

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Retroactive continuity — rewriting history

A WIRED SOUP POST BY CHAD SCHOMBER.

Retroactive continuity, or retcon for short is the alteration of previously established facts in the continuity of a fictional work. But in real life, do people create a form of retcon with their lives? Continue reading

Mass Surveillance — state of control

A WIRED SOUP POST BY CHAD SCHOMBER.

What is the psychological impact of total surveillance (360 degree, 24-7, audio, video, phones, computers, GPS, etc.) on ordinary citizens? In a very real sense, we’re in the process of social domestication. Continue reading

The Artist’s Mind – intensify reality

A WIRED SOUP POST BY CHAD SCHOMBER.

As Picasso put it, “Art is the lie that reveals the truth.” What he means is that distortion/exaggeration/precise emphasis makes it easier for us to decipher what we’re seeing. And neuroesthetics may help us validate Picasso’s insight and unlock the mysteries of art, beauty and the world around us. Continue reading

Don’t Just Stand There, Do Something!

A Wired Soup post by Gayle M. Cottrill.

Those six simple words may offer a solution to the bystander effect, a social/psychology phenomenon where the presence of others causes people to not take action when a stranger is in need. Why do humans do this? Continue reading

Does a collective consciousness exist?

WIRED SOUP POST BY CHAD SCHOMBER

The phenomenon of emergence is the way complex systems or patterns arise out of simple interactions. Think of a school of fish. Without a leader, each individual fish goes in the same direction as the other guy, never getting too close nor out of line. It’s beautiful to watch. But what’s going on here, a collective consciousness?  Continue reading

Play is not a 4 letter word

WIRED SOUP // PLAY IS NOT A 4 LETTER WORDMARY DOLAN

Work Hard Play Hard! We tout this aphorism as reassurance that if we put in enough elbow grease, we’re justified in engaging in as much frivolity as we want during Happy Hours, on weekends and while on vacation. But what if play actually helped us work smarter? Continue reading