Kada vidimo otpuštene radnike, naša sućut kaže nam da političari pod svaku cijenu trebaju nešto učiniti. Ali zbog sućuti prema konkretnim ljudima spremni smo zaboraviti da smo cijenu njihova spasa samo prebacili na nevidljivije i nepoznatije.
Zbog takvih odluka u politici i ekonomiji, i zbog takve „racionalnosti“ Homera Simpsona, ne treba nas čuditi što se svi zajedno nalazimo u bezizlaznoj situaciji. A prihvatili smo i druge korumpirane pouke. „Budi blizak s ljudima na vlasti, jer će ti tako prije pomoći!“ „Viči što više, pa će te prije nahraniti!“ „Zastupaj konkretne interese svoje skupine, pa će ti „država“ prije pomoći!“ Ako prođe, prođe! I kod nas bez ikakve zadrške očito – prolazi.
Homer Simpson za Žurnaliste / Žurnalisti.
Procrastinators attempt to avoid the anxiety or worry aroused by a tough task with activities aimed at repairing their mood, such as checking Facebook or taking a nap. But the pattern, which researchers call “giving in to feel good,” makes procrastinators feel worse later, when they face the consequences of missing a deadline or making a hasty, last-minute effort.
Researchers have come up with a playbook of strategies to help procrastinators turn mood repair to their advantage. Some are tried-and-true classics: Dr. Pychyl advises procrastinators to “just get started, and make the threshold for getting started quite low.” Procrastinators are more likely to put the technique to use when they understand how mood repair works, says Dr. Pychyl, author of a 2013 book, “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle.” He adds, “A real mood boost comes from doing what we intend to do—the things that are important to us.”
Read more… To Stop Procrastinating, Look to Science of Mood Repair – WSJ.com.
Philosophy and entrepreneurship are a surprisingly good fit. Some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs and innovators come from a philosophy background and put the critical thinking skills they developed to good use launching new digital services to fill needs in various domains of society. Atlantic contributor Edward Tenner even went so far as to call philosophy the “most practical major.”
Read more… The Unexpected Way Philosophy Majors Are Changing The World Of Business.
“Since the advent of search engines, we are reorganizing the way we remember things,” said Sparrow. “Our brains rely on the Internet for memory in much the same way they rely on the memory of a friend, family member or co-worker. We remember less through knowing information itself than by knowing where the information can be found.” read more… Research | Columbia News.
Is that article you’re reading getting kind of long? Just bookmark it and click on to something else…save the work of paying attention for later. Got to a tough spot in that essay you’re writing or project you’re working on, that needs a little pondering to figure out where to go next? Just hit save and check out your Tweet stream. Is the conversation among your friends losing interest? Whip out your smart phone and check… whatever. (How many times have you seen THAT happen? Or DONE it!?) Why pay attention, if you have an easier way out?
Mardi Gras and Multitasking. More in Common Than You Might Think. | Risk: Reason and Reality | Big Think.
Izvrsna analiza današnje krize demokracije u ovotjednom Economistu.
Why has democracy lost its forward momentum? THE two main reasons are the financial crisis of 2007-08 and the rise of China. The damage the crisis did was psychological as well as financial. It revealed fundamental weaknesses in the West’s political systems, undermining the self-confidence that had been one of their great assets. Governments had steadily extended entitlements over decades, allowing dangerous levels of debt to develop, and politicians came to believe that they had abolished boom-bust cycles and tamed risk. Many people became disillusioned with the workings of their political systems—particularly when governments bailed out bankers with taxpayers’ money and then stood by impotently as financiers continued to pay themselves huge bonuses. The crisis turned the Washington consensus into a term of reproach across the emerging world. Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party has broken the democratic world’s monopoly on economic progress. Larry Summers, of Harvard University, observes that when America was growing fastest, it doubled living standards roughly every 30 years. China has been doubling living standards roughly every decade for the past 30 years. The Chinese elite argue that their model—tight control by the Communist Party, coupled with a relentless effort to recruit talented people into its upper ranks—is more efficient than democracy and less susceptible to gridlock. The political leadership changes every decade or so, and there is a constant supply of fresh talent as party cadres are promoted based on their ability to hit targets.
Democracy: What’s gone wrong with democracy | The Economist.