Archived entries for Humanity

How facts backfire

It is a widespread believe, but facts actually do not always inform opinions and decisions. Researchers already found this ten years ago

see this article

What people want

Milton Rokeach did very interesting research on what people want in the 60’s and 70’s. How made an interesting list which can be really useful to understand values of different people

Rokeach values

Absurd human bodies

Some humans are born with a different DNA set and therefore can do things we can’t do. For example

run forever

Being a battery



what makes us human?

A beautifull movie about us humans

watch it here

different sleeping cycles

Almost everybody has a monophasic sleep cycle, sleeping only once every 24 hours. But there are several alternatives. And they save a lot of time.

This site shows four of them

ask yourself 3 times why

Ricardo Semler has set up self organizing companies with almost no rules that flourish.

If you want to know why? Watch this ted talk


human diversity

”reading two peages at once and remembering all” ” playing tchaikovsky after hearing it once” ”invented a new city with complete signed details from the mind”

These are all descriptions of the extra-ordinary human beings titled als ‘savants’ that have unique skills

here is a short list of them

What emotions are

We found an interesting internet page about emotions, how we can rank them, their ambiguity and misunderstanding.

Do you want to find out which strategies you can use to deal with emotions? Yes? Follow the link:

world hidden emotions

danger: humans

Before we kick off our new posts for 2014, first a comic reflection on



irrationality of human behavior

Although we think we are rational, in this ted talk from Dan Ariely is shown that we are not always in control of our decisions.

Take a look at this very inspiring and counter intuitive examples

the ted talk 


update: extending your senses

update: an extra artical about seeing as a blind man with echolocation

and documentary 

‘Extend you senses by uses technology as a part of your body’

An interesting ted talk by Neil Harbisson how you can use your senses in a new way, probably something for the (near) future

the talk 

Even more interesting and funny is this ted talk on what you can’t sense

inventory of the invisible


how to communicate

Marshall Rosenberg developed and interesting model for communication usefull for everyone, especially in case of  conflict

The four basic components are: observations, feelings, needs and request. If you are interesting in the model, follow the link

nonviolent communication


developing the theory of suicide

Although the topic and it’s personal story are not an easy read, the story provides important insights into theory construction which is worth your attention

how can suicide be explained? 


when emotion meets economics

Do you want to know how your brain decides under stress? In some situations we do not act rational as is often assumed by economists, by bridging economics and psychology this has led to the following knowledge on how you will react in stressfull situations

the scientific paper of Loewenstein, Rick and Cohen

shorter description can be found here

and are we in control of our own decisions? see the ted talk

how to cheat

Two researchers made a very interesting test letting students cheat on purpose. This resulted in a very diverse set of cheating methods which can be combined in the resulting security principles or strategies to cheat: exploit the environment, exploit trust, exploit personal skillsets, exploit the human and develop back up plans.

It is inspiring to see the creativity students apply when do are allowed to cheat

the paper

and the anti-dote to cheating is very shortly explained in this video

the anti-dote



creating genius

Do you want to know how you can become a genius? You can find the answer in this manual

To prove that this method works, here is a story about a girl that became a grandmaster in chess

To know more about the origins of this method follow link 1 and link 2

why do we lie?

”One percent of people will always be honest and never steal. Another 1% will always be dishonest and always try to pick your lock and steal your television; locks won’t do much to protect you from the hardened thieves, who can get into your house if they really want to. The purpose of locks, the locksmith said, is to protect you from the 98% of mostly honest people who might be tempted to try your door if it had no lock.”

To know more about this story and why we lie and when; The online article.

The authors state that the potential money gain and probability of being caught do not influence if we lie or not! That is counter intuitive

how to buy your way to happiness

The title ‘If money doesn’t make you happy, then you probably aren’t spending it right‘ explains it all

see the paper for spending principles

the paper

exploring intuition

If you often follow your intuition or you want to do that more and understand how intuition works and want to improve that, see this link 

enjoy reading!!

why do some people learn faster?

You can find the answer here

update: different kinds of intelligence

Not only intellectual intelligence is necessary to succeed, also emotional (more in depth?), moral and body intelligence are important. To know more see:

4 kinds of intelligence

Update: We have found a more elaborate view on intelligence

Gardner’s 9 kinds of multiple intelligence

admitting failure

In our global culture it is still one of the harder things to do without feeling embarrased, knowing and admitting you were wrong. Indirect it confirms you are not perfect, which could be a confronting truth. In the talk it is shown that we need to open up about failure to make progress, if we don’t, much of our work could be worthless as David Damberger shows with NGO aid to Africa

the talk from David

the new hierarchy of human needs (II)

Since last post in May, technology developments have continued and changing our basic needs. In the link below you can find a funny/ interesting interpretation of maslow’s old hierachy of needs adapted for our modern lifestyle

new hierarchy of needs

what? positive psychology!

Happiness gets a different perspective after seeing this video. Martin Seligman explains development of psychology into a positive research field.  And being happy not means you always have only pleasure.  He can explain it better than us, so to know more follow :

the video link

the hierarchy of human needs

One of the basic pilars of modern psychology is based on maslow’s theory of  needs. It gives a very interesting look in what we as human need. If you still miss something in your live, check if you have all levels in the hierarchy covered

the 1943 paper

understanding human psychology

With over 5500 citations, this paper is definitely worth reading and it will provide you with some insides in human psychology.

‘ajzen, the theory of planned behavior’


your new skill; implicit learning

Learning faster by combining implicit and explicit learning would be a nice skill to …. learn. This research gives more insight into the many different ways we as human can learn. And learning we like at inscipa


something about alcohol consumption

Some people drink and some people don’t. And some people drink more than others

Here a view in the scientific kitchen of a topic that influences our daily or weekly live. I think even that after water and tea, it is the most consumed liquid on the world!

‘reduction of blood alcohol concentration limit in Norway- effects on knowledge, behavior and accidents’ by Terje Assum


how do prolunged weakfulness and alcohol compare in the decrements they produce on a simulated driving task?


realizing your planned activities

Everyone makes new plans. Sometimes those plans will never be realized because they are too abstract.

In this interesting research we can find out why some things do and some things do not work even though we want it to happen. ‘construal level and procrastination by McCrea’

and the following link for the easier news article

talent management and inscipa

Talent needs to evolve and be stimulated by it’s surrounding. Talent evolves when it is sparkled by following its interests. With inscipa we hope to provide you new ideas so that you can follow and find your interests and develop your own talent. So manage your talents and start reading


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