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This week Derek talks with David DiSalvo, award-winning public outreach and education specialist, and popular writer for Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, and other publications and blogs. David's newest book, What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite, delves into ways in which we can reconize our brains faults and use them to live more fulfilled lives.
Show Notes

– Date – February 28, 2012
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Skeptic History Notes

Charles Ponzi was born March 3, 1882.
– Richard DeVos, co-founder of Amway, was born March 4, 1926.
– Children of Invention is an excellent dramatic film about the human cost of multi-level marketing schemes.
– Dean Radin was born February 29, 1952.
– The James Randi Educational Foundation was incorporated in Delaware on February 29, 1996.
– Phil Plait’s book Bad Astronomy was published March 1, 2002.
– Skeptic History facts are posted daily on social media find out where on this page at the Skeptools blog.

Interview Notes

– David DiSalvo regular writer for, Scientific American Mind, and Forbes used to be True/Slant.
– His original blog is Neuronarrative.
– Davids passion is technology and science.
– Has always been interested in why people tend to choose options which are bad for them.
– The title of his new book has a long title by design so it stands out.
– Can your brain actually get happy?
– To actually become happy, you kind of need to do things which tend to be uncomfortable.
– The Mind/Body argument seems to persist.
We now know so much more about the brain, and now realize it does have the ability to ‘create mind’.
– Are we getting closer to Androids?
– Technology has recently been able to interface with the brain.
– In the book David outlines many good examples of how Logical Fallacies effect people directly.
Perceptual Framing makes us ‘wired’ to believe things which are not quite true.
– Chi masters have been shown to use ‘Bullshido‘ to convince people they have magical energy, showing confirmation bias.
– One Chi Master made the challenge to defeat him, which one MMA fighter took him up on.
– Followers of false magical ‘masters’ often up becoming ‘programmed’ to have certain reactions.
James Randi has told a story showing this effect concerning Chi masters in the past.
– “Washing the Dog” as a new way of thinking about just how faulty our memory of past events.
– During an argument about past events people will start to dig in about how they perceive reality.
– We should all be more like the Doozers, and much less like Fraggles.
– It is harder to keep working, than to keep up tenacity to make a difference.
Do not get stuck on defeats or roadblocks in life.
– Couples finishing each others statements and ideas is a byproduct of our lazy brains using ‘transactional memory’.
– Our brains like to conserve energy and will tend to try to find the best way to ‘off load’ its work.
Physical posing can actually effect your brain chemistry and ability to deal with social situations.
– Some older books tout postures a when presenting certain things to the public.
– Mimicking is a tool which can be used in situations to help with certain social interactions.
– The book has a good list of 50 final recommendations at the end to help people.
– We need to have a new book store section called ‘Science Help‘.

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