Brain Or Heart – Where Do We Locate Our Sense Of Self?


Most of us locate our sense of self in the brain rather than the heart, and this common self-perception has very real consequences in our lives.

Self-conscious, self-aware, self-important… selfish! Though it may be obvious what we mean when we use the word self, there are differences in how people use the term and also how they see themselves. In a series of experiments, Rice University researchers explored concepts of the self. Generally, most people locate the self in the brain rather than the heart, the researchers discovered, and this common self-perception has very real consequences in people’s lives.

Commonly, social psychologists say Westerners have an independent self-construal, while East Asians possess an interdependent self-construal, where self-construal is defined as the underlying basis for self-definition.

An independent self-construal suggests people believe themselves to be separate from others and so they naturally place individual goals above those of the group. Interdependent self-construal implies people see themselves as connected with others and so they commonly place group goals above individual needs.

Yet, a third vision proposed by psychologists is relational self-construal, which expresses a self-definition based on close relationships. And so, while self-construal originally addressed cultural differences, psychologists commonly use the three terms — interdependent, relational, and independent — to describe three dimensions of perception as they vary in strength across cultures and individuals.

As the current study reveals, different levels of these three dimensions exert an influence our personalities and ultimately our lives.

Brain or Heart?

The study began with a simple question: Where do you locate your sense of self?  To explore this question, the researchers created various groups ranging in size from 95 to 156 people between the ages of 20 and 40. While half the participants were women, the majority were Americans (though the study also included a group of Indians).

A person’s identity is essential, the participants were told, and so some areas or parts of the body may seem more connected to the sense of self. After offering this explanation, the researchers asked participants to indicate which part of the body is most connected to their understanding of who they are. Next, the researchers conducted a variety of experiments to see how ideas about the location of the self might impact participants’ decision-making.

So what did the researchers discover?

The majority of participants located the self in the brain. Some, though, were more likely to favor the brain than others. Men more than women, Americans more than Indians, andindependent self-construal participants more than interdependent self-construal participants chose the brain. Importantly, the researchers also learned the location of a sense of self affected participants’ decision-making.

Clones and Charities

In one experiment, participants imagined they were about to be cloned and they were given a choice about where in the body their cloning cells would be harvested.Here, the researchers told participants when cells are taken from a body part connected to the sense of self, the clone is identical not only in appearance but also in terms of identity. Here, participants more often wanted cells harvested from the brain (44 percent) than the heart (25 percent). As expected, men and Americans chose brain cells more than women and Indian citizens…




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10 Reasons Why We Should Be Having More Sex with Ourselves

“As we get better at self-love, we get better at making love to others.”

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Next Jobs Automation Will Kill

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by Barb Darrow via Forbes:

Most of us watched as automation displaced factory workers and other laborers; but now many “skilled” workers are getting anxious as the robot overlords come for us.

When automated factories started erasing jobs at manufacturing companies, most of us shrugged: Great, better products cheaper, was the general line of thinking

But as automation keeps creeping up the stack, taking over more of what most would call “skilled” positions, well that’s getting some folks—who consider themselves skilled professionals—nervous.

Take airplane pilots for example. That’s now a dead-end job according to Mary “Missy” Cummings, director of the Humans and Autonomy Lab (HAL) at Duke University (and a former Naval fighter pilot.) She said that “in all honesty” she could not recommend that anyone become a commercial airline pilot going forward, given the current state of the art.

“Commercial pilots today touch the stick for three to seven minutes per flightand that’s on a tough day,” she told an audience at the MIT CIO Symposium on Wednesday.

So, the gist: if you like to fly, make enough money in some other career so you can pursue it as a hobby. The broader problem, Cummings noted, is that humans tend to get jaded when they’re not doing useful things. And that is bad, even dangerous…

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Ole Dammegard – Making Critical Thinking Illegal: Questioning the Holocaust

Ole Dammegård is an author, international speaker, investigator, former journalist, artist and creator of the website Light On Conspiracies.He returns to Red Ice Radio for a special extended segment to speak about his research and thoughts on an extremely controversial subject, the Jewish holocaust. Ole has spent at least 25 years investigating a multitude of conspiracies, and this area of history involves such an incredibly sinister agenda that it is now illegal in some European countries to question the official story or even attempt to investigate the facts.

We discuss the sad fact that in the west, where we have a strong tradition of philosophizing and discussion, this story involves so much horror, misery and bloodshed that most will not even dare entertain the notion of a massive cover-up at play. Ole stresses the importance of really looking at the 6 million number, a figure that has popped up repeatedly beginning in the late 19th century, and has been discounted just as many times. We consider the role of Hollywood in perpetuating the extremely emotional images of horrific crimes the Germans allegedly committed against the Jews, and we take into account the very inconsistent, baffling stories of evil that make absolutely no sense.

Ole picks apart some of the gruesome details of the concentration camp gas chambers, where the monumental task of exterminating millions of people was purportedly carried out, and he details clear evidence that shows these accounts do not compute. Then, we take an even closer look at the programming we have been subjected to and the sheer magnitude of the lie, along with the anti-Semitic wall of defense that keeps people from unlearning and awakening to the Holocaust hoax.

We also talk about the Soviets’ function in producing the death toll number and gas chamber narrative, players who were involved in the Yalta Conference held two months before the end of WWII, and the policy that was decided upon to be used against Germany. Later, we examine the ways in which the Jewish holocaust and other events like 9/11 and the Charlie Hebdo massacre have resulted in a war against critical thinking.

We attempt to unravel Israel’s part in this dark agenda and why America is so wrapped up in the mayhem created by its foreign policy. At the end, we mull over the real reasons Germany had for mounting this horrible conflict and we take into account who has been pulling the strings behind the war machine…




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Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US "Created" ISIS As A "Tool" To Overthrow Syria's President Assad


Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad

From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world’s stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war.

The narrative and the plotline were so transparent, even Russia saw right through them. Recall from September of last year:

If the West bombs Islamic State militants in Syria without consulting Damascus, LiveLeak reports that the anti-ISIS alliance may use the occasion to launch airstrikes against President Bashar Assad’s forces, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Clearly comprehending that Obama’s new strategy against ISIS in Syria is all about pushing the Qatar pipeline through (as was the impetus behind the 2013 intervention push), Russia is pushing back noting that the it is using ISIS as a pretext for bombing Syrian government forces and warning that “such a development would lead to a huge escalation of conflict in the Middle East and North Africa.”

But it’s one thing to speculate; it’s something entirely different to have hard proof.

And while speculation was rife that just like theCIA-funded al Qaeda had been used as a facade by the US to achieve its own geopolitical and national interests over the past two decades, so ISIS was nothing more than al Qaeda 2.0, there was no actual evidence of just this.

That may all have changed now when a declassified secret US government document obtained by the public interest law firm, Judicial Watch, shows that Western governments deliberately allied with al-Qaeda and other Islamist extremist groups to topple Syrian dictator Bashir al-Assad.

According to investigative reporter Nafeez Ahmed in Medium, the “leaked document reveals that in coordination with the Gulf states and Turkey, the West intentionally sponsored violent Islamist groups to destabilize Assad, despite anticipating that doing so could lead to the emergence of an ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

According to the newly declassified US document, the Pentagon foresaw the likely rise of the ‘Islamic State’ as a direct consequence of the strategy, but described this outcome as a strategic opportunity to “isolate the Syrian regime.” 

And not just that: as we reported last week, now that ISIS is running around the middle east, cutting people’s heads of in 1080p quality and Hollywood-quality (perhaps literally) video, the US has a credible justification to sell billions worth of modern, sophisticated weapons in the region in order to “modernize” and “replenish” the weapons of such US allies as Saudi Arabia, Israel and Iraq.

But that the US military-industrial complex is a winner every time war breaks out anywhere in the world (usually with the assistance of the CIA) is clear to everyone by now. What wasn’t clear is just how the US predetermined the current course of events in the middle east.

Now, thanks to the following declassified report, we have a far better understandingof not only how current events in the middle east came to be, but what America’s puppermaster role leading up to it all, was…




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Here’s What Your Spine May be Telling You About Your Health

by Waking Times

Meme Problems and pain along the spine can give some insight into other ailments and diseases in the body, which may be otherwise undetectable. Here’s an interesting image that shows how the organs of the human body are connected with the spine. Keeping your spine and back healthy through practices such as yoga and qigong can translate into an overall healthier body.




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World stands up against Monsanto: Over 400 cities protest GMOs

Thousands of people across the world have joined together in a global movement, protesting against American biotech giant Monsanto. Activists from over 400 cities are speaking out against GMOs and Monsanto’s monopoly over the food supply.

Saturday marked the third global annual March Against Monsanto (MAM). According to the organizers, 48 countries were scheduled to participate in a massive global turnout.

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Click here to see a map that shows where the protests are taking place around the globe. A total of 452 rallies have been registered with the MAM organization.

Activists accuse the agricultural corporation of selling toxic chemicals, which are bad for people’s health, water supplies, vital crop pollinators and environment in general. The giant is also criticized for its attitude towards food safety regulations and a staunch opposition to GMO labeling.

Meanwhile, small farmers blame Monsanto for monopolizing the seed market.

One of the first protests of the day took place in Sydney, Australia, with the demonstrators holding up placards saying: “Sick of lies” and “GMO is killing our children slowly.”

An activist at the rally told RT’s video agency Ruptly that corporations like Monsanto must be held accountable for the damage done to the planet. “This company has repeatedly committed, I would say, crimes against the Earth and what we are trying to show is accountability for corporations,” the action’s organizer said. “Also we want to promote clean food. Food that’s free of pesticides, which our grandparents just called food.”…




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Tiny $9 computer CHIP rocks Kickstarter, promising tons of free apps

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A $9 computer created in California, does everything any average family PC is supposed to do including surfing, programming and entertainment. The tiny gadget has raised more than $1.5 million on Kickstarter – 30 times more than its developers asked for.

The computer is called CHIP and it fits in a breast pocket, while being a full-featured mainline Linux computer without any reservations. With a 1 GHz processor, 512Mb of RAM and four gigabytes of solid-state memory drive, it performs most of the tasks needed for work in office or back at home – at least that’s what the developers say in a promising Kickstarter bid.

Demanding $US 50,000 at Kickstarter, CHIP group has already raised $1,661,687 from 31,404 backers (as of 1:00 PM GMT on Saturday).

What one needs to get the device going is any screen, old or new, not essentially a computer monitor, any keyboard and a mouse. CHIP has an interface that would look familiar to most computer users: It has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules and is ready for web-surfing with a pre-installed browser. The MIDI interface can also get your music collection rocking when connected to powered speakers.

It could even become a widely used portable computer with Pocket CHIP with a 4.3” touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard, and 5-hour battery life. However, that would cost additional $40.

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There are other similar ultra-cheap computers already in existence, such as Aakash 2 or Raspberry Pi. But CHIP is way lower in price and claims to trump the competitors in effectiveness and adaptation for personal needs.

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There is little wonder about the enthusiasm of the donors, as having a computer worth very little and able to perform basic tasks is very appealing…




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Hillary Clinton’s lucrative life of crime


(Syndicated columnist and author Ted Rall is the political cartoonist at The Los Angeles Times. © 2015 Ted Rall)

Bill and Hillary Clinton “earned” — can a mortal earn such stratospheric sums? — “at least $30 million over the last 16 months, mainly from giving paid speeches to corporations, banks and other organizations,” The New York Times reports. “They have now earned more than $125 million on the [lecture] circuit since leaving the White House in 2001.”

This is an important issue. But the big story has little to with what actually matters.

Coverage of the Clintons’ spectacularly lucrative speaking career has focused on how it affects Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign — specifically the political damage caused by the public’s growing perception that Hillary is out of touch with the common man and woman. It is a promising line of inquiry for her detractors (myself included).

Hillary is out of touch. She hasn’t been behind the wheel of an automobile for nearly 20 years, is a multi-multi-millionaire who nevertheless considered herself “dead broke” and still believes that she and her husband are not among “the truly well off.” (Maybe Bill still drives.)

Ostentatious wealth coupled with tonedeafness didn’t help Mitt “47 percent” Romney in 2012, or John “I can’t remember how many houses I own” McCain in 2008 — and they were Republicans, a party that gleefully despises the poor and jobless. For a Democrat under heavy fire from her party’s progressive base — with Elizabeth Warren, Bill di Blasio and Bernie Sanders leading the charge — this stuff could be politically fatal.

But the media ought to focus on the real issue. FDR was wealthy, yet he created the social safety net as we know it (what’s left of it, anyway). JFK and RFK came from money, yet no one doubted their commitment to help the downtrodden. Liberals distrust Hillary due to her and her husband’s long record of kowtowing to Wall Street bankers and transnational corporations, supporting jobs-killing “free trade” agreements, backing the NSA’s intrusions into our privacy and as an unrepentant militarist. Her progressivism appears to have died with her law career.

Conflict of interest: that’s why we should be concerned about all those $250,000 speeches.

The big question is: Why do corporations and banks shell out a quarter of a million dollars for a Hill Talk?

Corporations and banks don’t pay big bucks to Hillary Clinton because they’re dying to hear what she has to say. After having been front and center on the national political scene for a quarter century, she and Bill don’t have new insights to share. And even if I’m wrong — even if you’re a CEO and you’re dying to learn her ultimate (new) recipe for baking cookies — you don’t have to invite her to speak to your company to get the dish. You can ask one of your CEO pals who already had her speak at his firm — or pay to attend one of the zillions of other lectures she gives.

This is not about Hillary’s message.

Corporations and banks bribe the Clintons to buy political favors. The speaking racket is a (flimsy) cover.

Like, there’s the time Goldman Sachs paid $200,000 for a Bill Talk a few months before the financial conglomerate lobbied Hill when she was secretary of state. At least 13 companies paid Bill and Hill at least $2.5 million in similar sleazy deals…




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Men wearing women’s clothes has long been a staple of vaudeville, burlesque, and certain underground sexual counter-cultures, but a new range of “sexy lingerie” designed specifically for men is aiming to bring it into the mainstream.

Breitbart London reported the comments of one Russian politician earlier today, who said of Western civilisation in the post Eurovision world: “Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision victory symbolizes the complete collapse of the European Union’s moral values… There’s no limit to our outrage. It’s the end of Europe. It has turned wild. They don’t have men and women any more. They have ‘it’”.

As if to prove his point, a number of British newspapers have decided to run picture editorials on Homme Mystere, despite the fact the company has been in operation since 2008 and nothing particularly newsworthy has happened to it since.

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The range is clearly aimed at men who take a submissive role in relationships

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If like a growing number of Europeans, you’re desperate to emasculate yourself, you too can order male lingerie from Homme Mystere.



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