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A Model For Identity Negotiation Over Time

Reading through a journal article, looking for insights into the relationship between individual and social identity, I came across the following model:

Is this how you perform identity negotiation over time?

What I do is kinda different:

Step 1: I try to figure out who the heck I am, and how that compares to […]

I'm Alive. I'm Dead. I'm Missing Parts. I Can't Move. I Am A Dog. I Am Cotard's Syndrome.

It’s commonly described as the walking dead disease, but Cotard’s syndrome is broader than that.

New Scientist has interviewed a man who once believed that he was dead (he got better). The man had attempted to kill himself by electrocuting himself in a bathtub, but had succeeded only in badly damaging his brain. His belief […]

Apparently in Oklahoma they feel God is Needy

Recently seen bumper stickers in tandem:

The America Bless God website referred to on the bumper sticker explains itself:

As I have been growing in my faith, learning about God, country, life, and all that makes up our life, I have rediscovered that we, America, the United States, were founded as a God honoring […]

Read Shane O’Mara’s Torturing the Brain Folk Psychology Review Here

Blogs and news wires today are abuzz with reports of neuroscientist Shane O’Mara’s literature review regarding the effect of torture on memory. Unfortunately, the paper (“Torturing the Brain: On the folk psychology and folk neurobiology motivating ‘enhanced and coercive interrogation techniques’”) is not currently available online from the journal in which it appears, Trends in […]

Read Shane O'Mara's Torturing the Brain Folk Psychology Review Here

Blogs and news wires today are abuzz with reports of neuroscientist Shane O’Mara’s literature review regarding the effect of torture on memory. Unfortunately, the paper (“Torturing the Brain: On the folk psychology and folk neurobiology motivating ‘enhanced and coercive interrogation techniques’”) is not currently available online from the journal in which it appears, Trends in […]

Irregular Rorschach Blots

Take our very own original rorschach test to help me see if it can be done. Just take a look at the image, and write the first three words that come to mind, without thinking about it too much. Then, look at the picture again, and write three more words. […]

I Didn't Choose Door Number 2, Monty; Now Let Me Tell You Why I Did.

A scientific coda to my unscientific pondering of human irrationality: At New Scientist, Lars Hall and Petter Johansson describe their program of research into explanations of choices after the fact. Hall and Johannson ask subjects to look at two faces and choose the one that is most attractive. Later on, Hall and Johannson ask subjects […]

Obama Uses Hypnosis Rays To Beguile You?

What Wil Horton and his anonymous co-conspirator are doing is playing upon fearful ignorance about human psychology. They know that many Americans are afraid that hypnosis gives some people the ability to control other people at will. They know many Americans think of hypnosis as a magical, mystical power. […]

Cynical Politics, Not Military Need, Led to Attack on Syria

Motivated by the belief that a President Barack Obama would not continue the reckless Republican military policy, this attack may be a last-ditch effort to swing the election to McCain. […]

Optical Illusion Trick With Circling Dots

The python spirit circle optical illusion: A psychological trick created by the way that our brain forms our perceptions of the world around us by processing raw sensory stimulus into a higher form of cognition. […]

Irregular Times Podcast Under the Stars

Three of we who write for Irregular Times met last week near Trumansburg, New York and recorded this podcast under the stars. I feel confident in stating that this is the first podcast in the history of the Universe to incorporate discussion of Seneca Falls, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, South Carolina, populism, American aristocracy, the […]