For some time now, this event has attracted attention, perhaps no less than the award of the Nobel Prizes. We are talking about an alternative pseudo-scientific ritual – the Ig Nobel Prize. Our almanac decided to tell you about the most outstanding “ig nobels” achievements of 2021.
None of us like to be wrong. But if we tend to forgive our mistakes, then the mistakes of others are often viewed as a consequence of incompetence. But it turns out that the right to correct a mistake is a very important tool not only for personal, but also for collective effectiveness. The ability to retrain, change your mind, rethink is no less important for a person than the ability to learn and think
The theory of mind asserts that modeling mental states, the ability to put oneself in the place of another, is the exclusive ability of a person. Scientists consider it even one of the main markers of consciousness. But it turned out that humans are not the only biological species that can simulate mental states.
If you think laughter is not serious, you are wrong. Because a whole branch – gelotology – is quite seriously and professionally engaged in laughter. This is the name of the science of laughter and its influence on the human body, which works at the junction of many other sciences – physiology, psychology, philosophy. Our story is about a man who made a huge contribution to its development – Norman Cousins
Harvard Business Review published research according to which the main reason for the reluctance of the leader to reduce the role of bureaucracy is the psychological dependence on the possession of power. In essence, this is an addiction, the mechanisms of which are similar to drug and alcohol addiction or an abnormal addiction to food and sex. Power gives the bureaucrat incomparable pleasure
Spirituality and religiosity are deeply rooted in neurobiological processes. On the one hand, sociology argues that atheistic attitudes in humanity are slowly but steadily growing. On the other hand, they are unlikely to be able to cope with evolution, which once built religious feeling into the neurobiological matrix of a person
Today, the human brain is the most desired and demanded hero of various talk shows and books. However, the heart did not give up so easily – its battle with the brain for the title of the main organ in the human body continues …
What is happening to the climate on the planet? Scientists from 66 countries of the world decided to answer this question, who published a report based on data from 14 thousand scientific papers over the past 10 years
In a collectivist culture, to which Ukraine belongs, one can encounter all sorts of paradoxes. For example, if you have a choice between going to work or meeting a relative at the train station, the latter one will be much more important. That is, “personal” affairs and personal relationships will always be more important than “workers”
The higher the self-doubt and anxiety, the higher the likelihood that a person will become an adherent of extreme forms of patriotism and nationalism, religious or racial extremism. Uncertainty stimulates the search for “cognitive shelter” and group ideology, which provides simple and unambiguous answers: what is your place in the world, who are “they” and who are “we”?