Ideas from a brain in a vat: Why we could use some philosophizing

The word philosophy no doubt conjures the image of wizened old men swathed in their Ottoman chairs, pipes puffing smoke as they whittle the day away with their sagacious discourse on all matters philosophical, be they the meaning of one’s existence, the eternal debate of free will versus determinism, or even the provenance of life […]

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Can Women & Men JUST Be Friends?

The Case of Harry meets Sally Harry and Sally both have commitments to someone else. Sally thinks that Harry and Sally can just be friends. Harry thinks Harry and Sally cannot be just friends.   This is the rough plot of the film “When Harry Met Sally…” which was way back in 1989, the main […]

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[PSYCH-CHALLENGE] Why does the spoon cost RM0.05, but not RM0.10?

A few days ago, we uploaded this photo onto our Facebook page as an Online Psychology Challenge (//bit.ly/nasilemakandspoon) for our audiences. So far, we received two different responses: RM0.05 & RM0.10. So the most crucial question is: WHY are there different responses? Because we are thinking either FASTly or SLOWly Inspired by Daniel Kahneman’s popular […]

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[PSYCH 010] PSYCHIATRY OR PSYCHOLOGY?

Chances are this article should be useless to a psychology student as most courses, even at a pre-university level, would keep note of the differences at your very first lecture. By now you should be bored and weary of seeing “psychiatry is not psychology” articles: this is dedicated for those who might be still sitting […]

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Debunking the myth – Why positive thinking can be perilous

“You should be more positive, think happy thoughts!” If I had a dollar every time someone shoves that phrase at my face, I’m positive (*snicker*) I would spend my days rolling around in my vast fortune and grow fat from eating expensive caviar. Exaggerations aside, a lot of us are pretty much socialized to revere […]

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You Will REGRET Buying Flowers For Your GF When You’re Happy

We, as human beings have emotions. We feel happy if someone gave us a gift; we feel sad when we failed our exams; we feel angry if someone showed disrespect towards us. Emotional reactions usually don’t last for a long time and they generally fade away very quickly, but this doesn’t stop our emotions from spilling over into […]

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[PSYCH 111] PSYCHOLOGY RESEARCH METHODS: OVERVIEW

It has been a while since I actually written anything of this sort. I still have doubts if I should restart this writing habit using research methods as a kickstart but we will see where we can get from here. Do excuse my seemingly random subject codes for this write-up and many to come. THE […]

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