I’ve had the urge to become a pilot lately. This video isn’t helping.

Researchers found that showing people extreme versions of ideas that confirmed — not contradicted — their opinions on a deeply divisive issue actually caused them to reconsider their stance and become more receptive to other points of view. The scientists attribute this to the fact that the new information caused people to see their views as irrational or absurd, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
imageTo change attitudes, don’t argue — agree, extremely - LA Times (via donttalkaboutdust)

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Spread of the Ebola virus in Africa

Spread of the Ebola virus in Africa

Maybe it’s not about the length of time you’ve known someone; maybe it’s about instant recognition on an unconscious level. Our souls know each other.
S.E. Hall, Emerge  (via ohhhkat)

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To [Progressives], too, the issues were whose horizon, whose hegemony, which ways of life. there can be no strict neutrality in these matters even when the way of life contended for is more cosmopolitan and universalistic than those of its opponents …
Thus, the charge that the Progressives were ‘hegemons’ seeking, not emancipation and justice, but social control and dominance is very true but also very trivial both in the context of their own writings and for our understanding of them. And as creators of the role of university professor and journalist-intellectual as social guardians and social critics — replacing the New England clergy as the high priests of the religion of the American Way of Life — understanding the Progressives on these terms may teach us more than we care to learn about ourselves.
Eldon J. Eisenach, The Lost Promise of Progressivism, "Progressivism as National Regime." (via asuperfluousman)
We are overly enamored of information when we need to be focused on meaning.
Susan Fournier. Boston University. (via peterspear)
The seventy-five years and twenty million dollars expended on the Grant Study points to a straightforward five-word conclusion: Happiness is love. Full stop.
George Vaillant. “Triumphs of Experience” (via peterspear)

I’ve read quite a bit of this book. Well worth a read.