Posts Tagged ‘ psychology ’

Scientology : The pseudoscience that built a Church out of science fiction

Aug 14th, 2011 | By

While speculative fiction is entertaining and creative in its own right, a fiction writer giving rise to a new religion is surely an unique phenomenon in its own right. Often characterized as one of the most controversial religions of the 20th century, as evident from the numerous lawsuits and convictions for fraud (1), this phenomenon

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The pitfalls of positive thinking: a mindful perspective

Aug 4th, 2011 | By

If we browse the self-help section of any bookstore, the vast overwhelming number of self-help manuals and publications promote positive thinking, the product of a million-dollar industry that essentially tells us to turn our negative self-images into positive ones in the pursuit of success. Intrinsically there is nothing wrong with this concept, except that positive

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How the concept of ‘memes’ can help us restructure our thoughts.

Jul 30th, 2011 | By

That there is such an entity as a ‘meme’ is a meme in itself. Although the term meme itself was popularised by biologist Richard Dawkins in 1989 in his book ‘The Selfish Gene’ as an abbreviated form of mimene, an ‘unit of cultural transmission’ or imitation, the idea has been around for considerably longer. (The

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Psychology : New study suggests virtual possessions are as important as material ones to teenagers

May 11th, 2011 | By

What does it really mean to own or possess something ? Something that we can touch, physically locate or ‘legally’ add to our list of things that belong exclusively to us ? A new study carried out by the Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) and School of Design (1) suggests that virtually

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