Monthly Archives: April 2018

What’s Wrong With Cruelty to Robots?

By Paul Bloom and Sam Harris Paul Bloom is a psychologist. Sam Harris is a neuroscientist. April 23, 2018 Image “Westworld” opened its second season Sunday night.CreditJohn P. Johnson/HBO Suppose we had robots perfectly identical to men, women and children and we were … Continue reading

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Hope, expectations and The Optimistic Penguin

 Shift your expectations. At times, it can seem impossible to stay optimistic in the face of the day’s headlines. However, you can gradually start to change your brain by leaning into what cognitive neuroscientist Tali Sharot calls our “optimism bias.” As she … Continue reading

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The Little Costa Rican Drummer Boy

What is Juan Santamaría Day? Lindsay FendtApril 10, 2018 Children carry Costa Rican flags during Alajuela’s Juan Santamaría Day parade. (Lindsay Fendt/The Tico Times) Costa Rica, lacking an army since 1948, doesn’t have many war heroes. The most notable exception is Juan … Continue reading

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5 Common Mental Errors That Sway You From Making Good Decisions

By James Clear    |    Behavioral Psychology, Decision Making I like to think of myself as a rational person, but I’m not one. The good news is it’s not just me — or you. We are all irrational. For a long time, researchers and economists … Continue reading

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A New President For Costa Rica

Carlos Alvarado wins Costa Rica’s presidency in a landslide Katherine StanleyApril 1, 2018 Supporters of Carlos Alvarado celebrate at the Plaza Roosevelt when the results are announced. (Roberto Webb Delgado @delgadowebb / The Tico Times) With 90.6 percent of votes recorded … Continue reading

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