All The Shades of Unsurprised — Accidentally in Code

We’re all outraged at Uber – again. Because it turns out that the company that tolerates sexual harassment from their drivers, and in the government they work with, also tolerates and enables it… amongst their own employees. And yeah, this was really bad, but it’s not like this is just Uber. I’ve heard similar stories…

Evaluation of social psychology as a science

Characteristics of social behavior Social psychology is studying a wide range of complex social behavior regarding, e.g., aggression, attitudes, attribution, gender roles, group processes, health and helping behavior, intergroup relations, leadership and motivation, personality, relationships, and social influences (Richard, Bond, and Stokes-Zoota, 2003), just to name a few. It is key that “Humans are a […]…

Christmas Day – December 25th or January 7th?

Originally posted on The Science Geek:
Merry Christmas to all my readers and followers and I wish you all a happy New Year. The majority of people who celebrate Christmas Day, whether for religious or cultural reasons or both, do so on 25 December.  However, followers of the Orthodox churches generally celebrate Christmas Day thirteen…

When judging other people, first impressions last

A well-known saying urges people to “not judge a book by its cover.” But people tend to do just that – even after they’ve skimmed a chapter or two, according to Cornell University research. Vivian Zayas, professor of psychology at Cornell University, and her colleagues found that people continue to be influenced by another person’s…

How to Make Any Difficult Decision

The decision making process is never easy. No matter how many tricks you have up your sleeve, you’re bound to lose a little sleep over the big decisions. If you’re really struggling, here are a few ways to make the process a little easier on yourself as you work through all the possibilities. Big […] via…

Schiaparelli on Mars.

Originally posted on The Science Geek:
On 14 March 2016 the European Space Agency used facilities at  Baikonur in Kazakhstan to launch their long awaited mission to Mars, the not so snappily named ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) and, bolted onto it, a smaller probe called Schiaparelli. Although the much larger TGO will only orbit Mars, next…

The beauty of being the same

Originally posted on Rationalising The Universe:
As is the case with many of the important things in the universe, they pass by without due consideration. Today we muse over a funny old thing – symmetry. The feature photograph for this post is a photograph I took in St Isaac’s cathedral, just across from Hotel Astoria…