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Cognitive Bias

Cognitive bias refers to a systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment. It happens when our brains use mental shortcuts to process information and make decisions quickly and efficiently. While these shortcuts are often helpful, they can also lead to inaccurate judgments and flawed thinking. Cognitive biases are not random errors but predictable patterns in how we think. They can lead to judgments that are not based on logic or evidence. We are often unaware of how biases influence our thinking. Common cognitive biases are: Confirmation bias Confirmation bias refers to our tendency to favor information that supports our existing beliefs, while ignoring or downplaying information that contradicts them. We tends to filter out information that doesn't fit our beliefs and we get a skewed and incomplete picture of the world. When making choices, we're more likely to consider evidence that aligns with our existing views, potentially leading to suboptima

History of Entertainment

Entertainment can be understood in a few different ways. Broad Definition : Activity or experience that holds the attention and interest of an audience or gives pleasure and delight. This encompasses a vast range of experiences, from watching a movie to playing a game to attending a concert. Functional Definition : A way to escape from the day-to-day routines and stressors of life. Entertainment provides a break from responsibilities and allows us to relax, recharge, and enjoy ourselves. Social Definition : A shared activity or experience that brings people together. Entertainment can be a powerful tool for fostering social connection and creating shared memories. Psychological Definition : An activity that evokes emotions and engages our cognitive faculties. Entertainment can be exciting, funny, thought-provoking, or even scary, depending on the type of experience it provides. The history of entertainment is a fascinating journey through human creativity and technological innovat

Science of Aging

The science of aging seeks to understand the biological processes that underlie the changes we experience as we get older. There are many different theories about why we age, but some of the most popular are the free radical theory, the telomere theory and the epigenetic theory. The free radical theory Free radicals are molecules with an unpaired electron, making them highly reactive and unstable. They arise naturally in our bodies during activities like metabolism and energy production. While some free radicals play beneficial roles like signaling and defending against pathogens, the majority are harmful. These rogue molecules react with other molecules in our cells, stealing electrons to stabilize themselves. This "stealing" process can damage proteins, DNA, and lipids, leading to various consequences like: Oxidative stress: This refers to the imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants (molecules that neutralize them). Chronic oxidative stress can damage cell str

Wisdom of the Upanishads

The Upanishads are a collection of philosophical and religious texts that are considered the essence of Hinduism. They are believed to have been composed between 800 BCE and 500 BCE, and they deal with a wide range of topics, including the nature of reality, the self, the soul, and liberation. The Upanishads are not a single text, but rather a collection of over 200 different works. They are written in Sanskrit, and they vary in length from a few verses to several chapters. The Upanishads are traditionally seen as the culmination of the Vedas, the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. The Upanishads have had a profound influence on Indian thought and culture. They have been the source of inspiration for many Hindu philosophers and religious teachers. They have also been influential in the development of other Indian religions, such as Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. The Upanishads tackle a vast array of profound questions, ranging from the macrocosmic to the microcosmic, exploring reality,