Daily Archives: August 31, 2017

A 132 Post Month! – August 2017

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……………………………………..August – 2017
………………………………….A 132 Post Month!


Wow!…We topped last month, and beat our own record again! This is the most posts ever on Our Love Frontier, in a single month.

I’m not intentionally pushing to beat this record…but, we’ll see how long before we set a new high.

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Waking Up With Sam Harris #94 – The Future of Intelligence with Max Tegmark…


Date: August 31, 2017

01) Waking Up With Sam Harris #94 – The Future of Intelligence with Max Tegmark


“In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Max Tegmark about his new book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence. They talk about the nature of intelligence, the risks of superhuman AI, a nonbiological definition of life, the substrate independence of minds, the relevance and irrelevance of consciousness for the future of AI, near-term breakthroughs in AI, and other topics.”

Steven Pinker: 5 Main Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities…


Date: August 31, 2017

01) Steven Pinker: 5 Main Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities


“Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18, 1954) is a Canadian-born American cognitive scientist, psychologist, linguist, and popular science author. He is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.

This talk is about the sex differences in cognitive abilities. Full lecture, quoted under fair use: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Hb3oe7-PJ8

Determinants of Punitive Attitudes Toward People with Pedophilia: Dissecting Effects of the Label and Intentionality Ascriptions…


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Date: August 30, 2017

01) Determinants of Punitive Attitudes Toward People with Pedophilia: Dissecting Effects of the Label and Intentionality Ascriptions

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“Abstract

Recent research has established marked punitive attitudes against people sexually interested in children. These negative attitudes are even more pronounced when such sexual interest is labelled as pedophilia, but are attenuated to the extent that such sexual interest is perceived as beyond one’s own control (unintentional). We explored these effects in more detail by separately manipulating the label (pedophiles vs. people with sexual interest in prepubescent children) and degree of intentionality (pedophilia or sexual desire as malleable vs. not malleable). Participants recruited via an online platform (N = 423) were randomly assigned to the experimental conditions and asked to rate degree of intentionality, dangerousness, deviance, and punitive attitudes toward people sexually interested in children. As expected, participants expressed stronger punitive attitudes when the label was present. The manipulation of intentionality, however, was not successful. Further analyses explored whether participants found the notion that sexual interest cannot be altered at will more credible than the opposite, particularly in presence of the pedophilia label. The results are discussed with regard to the significance of and potential intervention against the markedly strong public stigma against people with pedophilia.”

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