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Pascal Wallisch
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  • Center for Neural Science
    New York University, 2007 - present
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The life of the mind
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Interested in engaged discourse and exchange of ideas and information. 
 
Some exemplars of heated, yet informative discussions:

*Is the world becoming more peaceful and if so, why?

*Does G+ have a distinct culture of civility and if so, why?

*Is fructose bad for you and if so, why? 

*Is the use of eponyms bad for science and if so, why?

*What would a day without science look like? 

*Who is best at spending money? Governments? Individuals? 

*Is religion enriching life and if so, how? 

*How do you come to terms with the mistakes you made? 

*Can suicide be rational and if so, was it in this case?

*If science is under attack, is it worth defending - and if so, how? 

*Is fracking a viable solution to our energy woes and if not, what else can we do? 

*Is science journalism in need of reform and if so, what should be done?  https://plus.google.com/100279438294886290330/posts/i4uf42Nm4s8 

*Should childhood circumcision be legal and if so, for what reasons? 

I a nutshell, I want to understand things (Bloom's taxonomy nonwithstanding), and use this understanding to inform positve change. 
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  • University of Chicago
    Cognitive Neuroscience (PhD), 2002 - 2007
  • Free University Berlin
    Psychology (BA), 1998 - 2001
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New lessons from the dress. #itsnotaboutthedress
If you are just encountering The Dress for the first time, you might first want to click here to see what all the fuss was about. The brain lives in a bony shell. The completely light-tight nature of the skull renders this home a place of complete darkness. So the...
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remember - there have been people executed based solely on eyewitness testimony - there are still people on death row with this flimsy 'evidence'
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Is our society sufficiently hardened against psychopaths? Arguably, the answer is "no". This is a problem. Because they are out there...
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Thought provoking.

I think Jung would say that a Genius controls his shadow, where a psychopath is controlled by his shadow, or even IS his shadow.
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I really like the way they presented this. 
Positive thinking by itself does neither help the young nor the old, neither college students to get a better grade nor suitors getting a better date. If anything, it keeps people from moving towards the very outcomes they desire.
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People are much more likely to believe a scientific claim if an - unrelated - image of a brain scan is attached. 
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Anything that's so far over a person's head that they have no choice but to trust the source makes the subject feel inferior and trusting of the obvious genius it took to come up with that data.
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Twitter stock? 
people around us (their previous actions, their character, etc.) to make this inference somewhat reliably. As so much rides on a correct inference - the
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This is an excellent article which I believe we would do well to consider before we apply personal perceptions of another persons moral intentions behind their actions or words.  While the article addresses specifically intentions behind twitter tweets, perhaps we would do well to consider this for any communications or actions of others, and have the dignity and respect to personally verify intentions with the source rather than assign our perceptions to the actions and words of others.
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What's going on "down under"? 
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Around this time last year a bunch of anti-science, Christofascist whores of the global corporate oligarchy were voted in to office.
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Saw the dress? Curious what it means? Here is my take: http://pensees.pascallisch.net/?p=1885
white surface illuminated by red light will objectively look reddish. The same white surface illuminated by blue light will objectively look blueish. In order
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i would assume the reception of the dresses colours by masses is a quantum superposition (quantum sociology). So aslong not everybody has talked about it, it will be blueblackgoldwhite. ;-)
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"Psychopaths make others suffer for their sins. In that sense, they are the opposite of a saint" 
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Reality is not your personal wish genie, no matter how much you wish this to be the case. 
thinking constitutes the very chains that ultimately hold you back? There is a downside to wishful thinking about wishful thinking or positive thinking about
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A good amount of luck too. Just as an observer.
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This Halloween, I'm going as Kim Kardashian. 

My response remains the same: http://pensees.pascallisch.net/?p=1819

Nuance, people. It matters. 
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We're in the unprecedented situation where unemployment and labor force participation fall at the same time...
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I agree with # 3, +Peter DO Smith; however, it's still in the interest of the corporation to keep the older, and more experienced, employees around, particularly to phase in the newer employees.

Re # 2, that's not necessarily true; older employees do have drive and are just as innovative.  I'been down that route, and have been sidelined only because I want to try something new with a newbie.  Usually it was management which got in the way.

A good way would be to graduate the older employees to a three-day status, have them around so that they can help train the newer employees in their roles, and be mentors.

I find it extremely irritating, to put it mildly, when an experienced employee is given the golden handshake, and a new one is brought in only because of some university degree, but has no relevant, let alone any, experience.

There has to be a happier medium.
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