Monthly Archives: April 2011

2011-04-29—SPORT AS ART?

This is a question that always stimulates animated discussion in my Psychology Of Art course. In ancient Greece it seemed to have the same elevated status as philosophy. Hell, even Socrates devoted time not spent being a philosophical gadfly by … Continue reading

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2011-04-22—MUSICAL INTELLIGENCE

“Intelligence is a verb, not a noun.” (Hippokrites) It isn’t the score on some test. It’s a characteristic of somebody doing something intelligent. And it comes in many flavours. Wayne Gretsky is a genius on what psychologists call kinaesthetic intelligence. … Continue reading

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2011-04-15—HEALTHISM

We in the developed nations are far healthier and live far longer than ever before in the history of the human race, yet we are obsessed about our health.  “Health Food” stores do a booming business selling vitamins and snake … Continue reading

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2011-04-08—FROM UTOPIA TO DYSTOPIA

It is a strange idea that society is perfectible, for surely there is no shred of evidence to support this hypothesis.  And it is paradoxical that this belief is at the root of some of the most dysfunctional of societies.  … Continue reading

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2011-04-01—GULLIBILITY, AND SKEPTICISM

Gullibility and skepticism seem a most appropriate theme for April Fool’s Day.  We’re only too easy to fool.  And I’m not kidding. THE SKEPTIC BLUES THE 100 BEST APRIL FOOL’S DAY HOAXS NOT SO FUNNY CONS: 11 EFFECTIVE SCAMS

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