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Welcome to the Cognitive Engineering podcast. Occasionally coherent musings of Aleph Insights. We hope you like listening to them as much as we like recording them.

Cognitive Engineering Aleph Insights

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Welcome to the Cognitive Engineering podcast. Occasionally coherent musings of Aleph Insights. We hope you like listening to them as much as we like recording them.

    Mob mentality

    Mob mentality

    Is there a wisdom in crowds, or are we all heading over the cliff like lemmings?

    Image: Sérgio Valle Duarte via Wikicommons

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - The Great Battle of Fire and Light, Wait But Why https://waitbutwhy.com/2019/08/fire-light.html
    - ‘Sourdough’, xkcd https://m.xkcd.com/2296/
    - Mass panics of 2016 https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/29/panic-at-los-angeles-airport-lax-after-noise-mistaken-for-gunfire
    - Measuring the collective unconscious http://people.tamu.edu/~stevesmith/SmithMemory/Rosen_et_al_1991.pdf

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    • 26 min
    Power shifts

    Power shifts

    Does the way different nations have responded to the Covid-19 pandemic tell us anything about the international balance of power?

    Image: priyampatel4 via pixabay

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - Correlates of War dataset https://correlatesofwar.org/data-sets/national-material-capabilities
    - Thomas Cole, the Course of Empire https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Course_of_Empire_(paintings)
    - Harari on the cycle of empire https://erenow.net/common/sapiensbriefhistory/55.php

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    • 30 min
    Cultures of Debate

    Cultures of Debate

    Heated argument or reasoned discussion? Is there an optimal way to frame debate?

    Image: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - Agreeableness and outcomes https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3845351/
    - Marital conflict behaviours https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3777640/
    - Relational models theory https://www.iep.utm.edu/r-models/
    - Is it bad to bottle up anger? https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20140729-is-it-bad-to-bottle-up-anger
    - The benefits of arguing https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/conflict-matters/201802/the-benefits-arguing

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    • 23 min
    What makes a good excuse?

    What makes a good excuse?

    Explaining the situation or avoiding your responsibilities - are excuses valid and is there an art to them?

    Image: Kārlis Dambrāns via Wikicommons

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - ‘Sorry about the speeding, I was having sex’ https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11143817/businessman-fled-police-rolls-royce/
    - Dr Paulina Sliwa on the philosophy of excuses https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/what-makes-a-good-excuse-a-cambridge-philosopher-may-have-the-answer

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    • 28 min
    Apocalypse Yet?

    Apocalypse Yet?

    How would we know if the world was ending?

    Image: Daniel Case via Wikicommons

    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - Ministerial reassurance over food supplies? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51775980
    - A Journey to the End of Time https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD4izuDMUQA
    - Fifteen Signs before Doomsday https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifteen_Signs_before_Doomsday
    - Timelapse of the future https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uD4izuDMUQA&feature=emb_logo

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    • 26 min
    Good things coming from bad things

    Good things coming from bad things

    Are there any positives to emerge from the global pandemic? How can we make the most of a bad situation?

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    Things mentioned in this podcast:
    - The upside of Tube strikes: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/cp455.pdf

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    • 29 min

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