"It’s a deer. "
The Iron Giant, 1999
The fundamental computational biases of human cognition derive from the automatic inferential machinery of the TASS brain. These biases have the effect of providing rich supplemental knowledge to augment the sometimes fragmentary and incomplete information we receive when faced with real- world problems. The four interrelated biases I have discussed in detail else- where (see Stanovich 2003) are:
1. The tendency to contextualize a problem with as much prior knowledge as is easily accessible, even when the problem is formal and the only solution is a content-free rule,
2. The tendency to “socialize” problems even in situations where interpersonal cues are few,
3. The tendency to see deliberative design and pattern in situations that lack intentional design and pattern, and
4. The tendency toward a narrative mode of thought.
These biases, or processing defaults, often work in mutually reinforcing ways, and each makes good evolutionary sense. Problematic situations occur, though, when a modern technological society turns the tables on these processing defaults and demands that they be overridden if instrumental rationality is to be achieved—if people are to get what they most want given their personal goals."
Keith E. Stanovich, The Robot’s Rebellion, P. 115
I want sex with someone I’m really attracted to, for once in my life. Is that too much to ask? Jesus.
We were wrestling for a while with this idea of Karen and writing a husband and wife, and telling the story of a husband and wife partnership where there was real equality in it. I’m so fucking tired of going to the cinema and watching these marriages where the wives are nagging and annoying and demanding, and the husbands are ho-hum and want this younger, hotter thing. It just is like, enough already. What about all the relationships that I see my friends having, or my parents having? Where they work together, and they’re still madly in love with each other after decades. Where’s that? We wanted to do a partnership in which they go toe to toe with each other in the lab, and when he has to go to India for their mutual interest or experiment that involves him possibly looking for his ex-lover in a former life, or this life, or who knows what, it’s like the wife who should be jealous and afraid and timid is the one who’s like, “Go!”
It’s official: I’m in love with Brit Marilng.
If your friends feel like family, there’s a good reason for it
The truism that friends are the family you choose may be more accurate than you might suppose.
A study published on Monday found that people are apt to pick friends who are genetically similar to themselves - so much so that friends tend to be as alike at the genetic level as a person’s fourth cousin.
The findings were based on an examination of about 1.5 million markers of genetic variations in a group of nearly 2,000 people who had taken part in a long-running health study based in Massachusetts. The researchers compared people identified as friends to those who were not.
The study showed people were most similar to their friends in olfactory genes, which involve the sense of smell, and were least similar in relation to immune system genes.
"Olfactory genes have a straightforward explanation: People who like the same smells tend to be drawn to similar environments, where they meet others with the same tendencies," said one of the researchers, James Fowler, a professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego.
The study, published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, follows research released in May that found that people tended to choose spouses who have similar DNA.