Our Inconsistent Ethical Instincts
We like to believe that the principled side of the equation is rooted in deep, reasoned conviction. But a growing wealth of research shows that those values often prove to be finicky, inconsistent intuitions, swayed by ethically irrelevant factors. What you say now you might disagree with in five minutes. And such wavering has implications for both public policy and our personal lives. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 18, 2013 -
21 emotions English has no word for
. Some things "light us up". Some things "leave us cold". Such dim metaphors only hint at the unspoken universe of feeling, dimensions we can only guess that we share. A new infographic explores "untranslatable" feeling-words from other languages.
posted by Twang
on Jan 6, 2013 -
The Economics of Caring There's something deeply flawed about an economic system that measures utility but not the attachments we feel to another person, or to one's homeland.
posted by infini
on Dec 2, 2012 -
— Emotions and their sound can invade our digital messages. Our words become flexible and vibrate according to the volume of our voices, transforming their written form into an expressive and resonating language. Without the help of body language, words can sometimes fall short in our digital conversations. However, sound, volume and rhythm can influence the spelling of our words, helping to translate our emotions hidden behind our screens.
posted by netbros
on Jun 25, 2012 -
The Center for Cartoon Studies
), in association with the National Cartoonists Society, has assembled The Cartoon Crier (pdf)
, a 36-page collection of comics being intentionally NOT comical, including newspaper strips old-school and new, alt-comics, webcomics and even a few editorial and magazine cartoons. Plus Shaenon K. Garrity writing about the saddest comics ever. Some will make you cry, others will make you go 'eh', some will make you chuckle very
guiltily, but altogether an impressive collection. (Originally in dead-tree form handed out at MOCCA)
posted by oneswellfoop
on May 8, 2012 -
In an attempt to make sense of the 6.4 million words that comprise the more than 573.000 paged lines in the wikileaks 9/11 pager intercept data, researchers Mitja Back, Albrecht Kuefner, and Boris Egloff from the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, have now conducted a statistical analysis of the emotional content of these pages.
posted by Joe Beese
on Sep 3, 2010 -
— Ze Frank posted a phone number and asked that anyone experiencing emotional pain leave him a message. He received a number of very distraught messages. From those, DJs and musicians created 138 samples for him—and those samples have since been made into songs—and the collaborative process continues.
posted by netbros
on Feb 1, 2010 -
Children Full of Life
- grade 4 students in Kanazawa, Japan learn deep life lessons from their incredible teacher and from each other. I strongly recommend this as awesome, but one caveat: keep tissues handy. (5 parts, 40 minutes total, English)
posted by madamjujujive
on Jul 25, 2009 -
“It would be completely unethical to give the drug
to someone else,” he said, “but if you’re in a marriage and want to maintain that relationship, you might take a little booster shot yourself every now and then. Even now it’s not such a far-out possibility that you could use drugs in conjunction with marital therapy.”
posted by badego
on Jan 13, 2009 -
How the president-elect tapped into a powerful—and only recently studied—human emotion called "elevation." Dacher Keltner, a professor of psychology at the University of California-Berkeley, studies the emotions of uplift, and he has tried everything from showing subjects vistas of the Grand Canyon to reading them poetry—with little success. But just this week one of his postdocs came in with a great idea: Hook up the subjects, play Barack Obama's victory speech, and record as their autonomic nervous systems go into a swoon....It was while looking through the letters of Thomas Jefferson that Haidt first found a description of elevation. Jefferson wrote of the physical sensation that comes from witnessing goodness in others: It is to "dilate [the] breast and elevate [the] sentiments … and privately covenant to copy the fair example." (via Geek Press) [more inside]
posted by caddis
on Dec 20, 2008 -
"A Console To Make You Wiip:
How the Nintendo Wii will get you emotionally invested in video games." Exploring the Wii from the aspect of William James'
essay, "What is an emotion?
" James contends that all emotions are rooted in one's physical state, e.g. goosebumps when spooked, and blushing while embarassed. Can the overt physicality of playing the Wii make it a more emotional experience?
posted by frecklefaerie
on Nov 17, 2006 -
Using a physiological sensor called the SenseWear by BodyMedia
, researchers at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) have created the XPod
. The XPod "learns" a user's preferences, activities and even emotions, and then selects the most appropriate music to accompany any given situation. The mood ring
for the new millennium.
posted by terrapin
on Oct 24, 2006 -
Face to Face: The Science of Reading Faces.
Transcript(and video)of a 2004 interview with psychologist Paul Ekman, who is known for his research on facial expression and the development, with associates, of the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). Includes a few facial expression photos. Part of the "Conversations with History"
series at the Institute of International Studies, University of California, Berkeley .
posted by hortense
on Dec 10, 2005 -
I Feel, Therefore I Am
. Consider the work of Dr. Antonio Damasio
, humanist and neuroscientist, who has turned the Mind and Body
debate between René Descartes
and Benedictus de Spinoza
upon its head--or at least the heads of Phineas Gage
and one Elliott
--via his research and writings such as The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness
, Descartes' Error: Emotion, reason, and the human brain
and Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain
. He's influenced writers like Ian McEwan
and David Lodge
, and via his thoughts on the perception of music
, inspired a composition
. (More Inside)
posted by y2karl
on Apr 19, 2003 -
An aesthetics of inadequacy.
"Despite Aeschylus's statement, 'All knowledge comes from suffering,' all that came from my suffering was suffering."
An interview with Alan Shapiro, the author of Song and Dance, about poetry as an attempt of mourning.
posted by semmi
on Aug 16, 2002 -
Bush's bullhorn speech
The most genuine public show of emotion I think I've seen from the president. There has been a lot of criticism of his cue-card reading, but to me this was a refreshing change!
posted by smt
on Sep 14, 2001 -