Update (September 16, 2017): Recently it came to my attention that the paper discussed in this article has been retracted, and so its findings may not be valid. I am leaving this article as is, as a record of my thoughts at the time, but the contents should be regarded as highly speculative. An interesting research study (Förster, Epstude, & Özelsel, 2009) found that asking people to think about sex subsequently improved their performance on analytical tasks requiring attention to detail. Getting them to think about love improved their performance on creative tasks. The underlying theory is that people think about sex in concrete and specific ways involving the present moment which facilitates analytical thinking. On the other hand, people tend to think of love in a more abstract and global way that involves thoughts about the long-term future, which facilitates creativity. Previous studies have found that priming tasks that activate analytical thinking tend to … [Read more...] about Are Sex And Religion Natural Enemies?
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Roger Federer reached the landmark of 100 tour-level titles after beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The 37-year-old joined only Jimmy Connors in amassing a century of tour-level tournament wins in the open era and gained a measure of revenge for his defeat to Tsitsipas in this year's Australian Open. Federer did not look back after breaking in the opening game as he sealed a comfortable 6-4 6-4 victory in 70 minutes for his eighth title in this event. The Swiss great had had been stuck on 99 titles since triumphing at his hometown tournament in Basel in October. He has won at least one ATP trophy in nearly every season since his first title, missing out only in 2016 when he suffered a knee injury. “It was all very, very worthwhile, the sacrifice," Federer said in quotes on the ATP Tour website. "We'll see how much I've got left in the tank, but reaching 100 is definitely an absolute dream come true for … [Read more...] about Roger Federer by numbers: How the Swiss great has won 100 tennis titles
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Consider True Romance. advertisement advertisement The Quentin Tarantino-penned movie still holds up, but a few elements have aged poorly since its debut in 1993: Aerosmith on the soundtrack; the excessive use of the “n-word”; Christian Slater. Watching the movie in 2015, the thing that seems most out of sync with our times is Brad Pitt’s blink-and-you-miss-it cameo as Floyd, Michael Rapaport’s lazy, hazy roommate who lies on the sofa all day watching TV and ripping hits off a honey bear bong. A slow, dimwitted stoner? That’s so 90s. Now we are living in the age of the Alpha Stoner, a time of almost preternaturally productive potheads smoking, vaping, and nibbling their way to the top of their respective games. One of the most visible fields to catch Alpha Stoners at work is in entertainment, where several high profile (har har) movies, shows, and web series have floated into the public consciousness on a cloud of weed smoke but have eschewed the … [Read more...] about The Rise Of The Alpha Stoners