Operator Speaking by Zachary Constantine

Posts Tagged ‘psychology’

Through the Looking Glass

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Self-observation is an antidote to feeling helplessly trapped. – The Heart of Addiction … but cells only contain mirrors as another form of incarceration.

On Habit

Friday, January 6th, 2012

We go to the movies and automatically purchase a giant drum of buttery popcorn – and once the habit is formed, we’ll eat the popcorn even if it tastes bad. – The Situation of Good Habits The known-bad is always better than the unknown.

Using Attention

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

[via Smashing Magazine] The point is, keep the client hooked with undulations of interesting moments, and make those moments grow in intensity until you impress your final point deep into their subconscious. – Leonard Souza No one likes to be lead by the nose – active measures must appear to be coincidental to be effective.

The Lonely Terrorist

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

In 2006, he published a paper in the journal International Security announcing his deceptively potent insight: As a political tactic, terrorism doesn’t work. The record shows that terrorists hardly ever get what they want from the governments they attack, Abrahms found; on the contrary, governments are much more likely to react to terrorism by digging […]

Operator’s Manual: Decision Making

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Reason is obviously not a powerful motivator in the general population – evidence includes: Petroleum is a non-renewable resource, vehicle fuel is made from petroleum, the price of petroleum will only increase over time as supply dwindles, and vehicle resale value depreciates very quickly: therefore fuel economy should be a determining factor in vehicle selection […]

Sacrificial Intelligence

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

[The Hypothesis] does not predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to engage in healthy and beneficial behavior, only that they are more likely to engage in evolutionarily novel behavior. – Why Intelligent People Use More DrugsSatoshi Kanazawa for Psychology Today2010-10-31

On Science

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

You make a false distinction between “politics” and “science,” one based on argument and the other on “objectivity.” They are of exactly the same form, conducted in exactly the same way, by exactly the same people. Both are done by humans, humans who want. Whatever truth is out there is barely detectable through the mist […]

Mind Hack: Hijack The Internal Monologue

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

When we’re unnerved by an unsavory caricature, our minds race; we’re vigilant; we’re arguing internally against the stereotype; denying its relevance; disparaging anyone who would use such a stereotype; pitying ourselves; trying to be stoic. In short, we’re doing everything except high level thinking—the kind that leads to academic excellence. We’ve channeled our limited cognitive […]

Hierarchy and Mendacity

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

… Researchers found that subjects assigned leadership roles were buffered from the negative effects of lying. Across all measures, the high-power liars — the leaders — resembled truthtellers, showing no evidence of cortisol reactivity (which signals stress), cognitive impairment or feeling bad. In contrast, low-power liars — the subordinates — showed the usual signs of […]

Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Life in a city is inherently chaotic – granted, there are laws which govern how everything behaves and, given enough information, it would be possible to simulate every possible scenario and discern what’s happening from the quanta in an electron which composes a polymer in the plastic seat your ass is parked in to the […]