Bookmarks for August 4th from 17:39 to 17:54

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of my public links posted to Pinboard.in for August 4th from 17:39 to 17:54:

  • Performing meaningless rituals boosts our self-control through making us feel more self-disciplined – Research Digest – “It appears that rituals really can boost self-control. Participants who enacted a pre-eating ritual reported significantly lower calorie consumption than those who attempted to be mindful about what they ate.”
  • Alignment Newsletter #13: 07/02/18
  • Are ethical asymmetries from property rights? | Meteuphoric – Something something these intuitions may apply only in certain cultural contexts (ie: westhem late-capitalism neo-liberal), so check if these intuitions existed in other historical societies
  • Inadequate Equilibria vs. Governance of the Commons – “In reality, there's a broad continuous multi-dimensional range of policy options. The villagers can split the land into private and public parts. They can spend more on law enforcement. They can police each another. They can limit the usage of common resource based on effort spent maintaining it. They can use rotational allocation of land, or maybe a lottery. And so on and so forth. But it's even more complex than that. It not just policies that determine the outcome. The nature and the particularities of the resource itself may determine the optimal policy.”
  • Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point | Quanta Magazine – “If the brain were extremely subcritical, according to Beggs, incoming signals would get damped and have no impact. “It would be like trying to talk to someone who is asleep or drunk,” he said. In a supercritical brain, incoming signals would get lost in a frenzy of electrical activity, and the effect would be like trying to talk to a seizure victim. Beggs and others argue that the neural network is most sensitive to incoming signals at the critical point. There, a chain of active neurons allows information to spread from one brain area to another without dying out prematurely or exploding.”
  • The faces of God in America: Revealing religious diversity across people and politics – “We use reverse correlation to understand how a representative sample of American Christians visualize the face of God, which we argue is indicative of how believers think about God’s mind. In contrast to historical depictions, Americans generally see God as young, Caucasian, and loving, but perceptions vary by believers’ political ideology and physical appearance. Liberals see God as relatively more feminine, more African American, and more loving than conservatives, who see God as older, more intelligent, and more powerful. All participants see God as similar to themselves on attractiveness, age, and, to a lesser extent, race. These differences are consistent with past research showing that people’s views of God are shaped by their group-based motivations and cognitive biases.”