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Apr. 8 2010 - 7:00 am | 133 views | 0 recommendations | 1 comment

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Pirate For President

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Here are this morning’s:

* Keys to creativity — exposing participants to an illuminating lightbulb primed concepts associated with achieving an insight, and enhanced insight problem-solving in three different domains — “So for those taking notes at home: if your work involves moments of insight, it’s probably best to work in a bright blue room, surrounded by pictures of lightbulbs and little kids.”

* The neuro film festival — to help raise awareness through video about brain disorders and the need to support research into preventions, treatments and cures — 65 entries so far

* Does dolphin intelligence raise ethical questions? — dolphin brains exhibit features correlated with complex intelligence, including a large expanse of neocortical volume that is more convoluted than our own — mmmm… dolphin brains

* Overconfidence as social signaling — personality traits strongly affect relative ability judgments — not about self image

* How to thrive among pirates — don’t spend much on your movies — “Nigerian films are a unique blend of a soap-opera and a Bollywood musical; there’s a bunch of talking then a bunch of dancing. To call some of the Nigerian films low-budget would be to insult low-budget films.”

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