Saturday, December 22, 2007

outside reading blog #5

part a
mon·stros·i·ty pg 157
–noun, plural -ties.
1. the state or character of being monstrous.
2. a monster or something monstrous
blos·som pg 168
A flower or cluster of flowers.
The condition or time of flowering: peach trees in blossom.
A period or condition of maximum development. See Synonyms at bloom1.

intr.v. blos·somed, blos·som·ing, blos·soms
To come into flower; bloom.
To develop; flourish: The child blossomed into a b

in tis chapter they used the example of speed dating to demonstrate a theory of thin slicing. Speed dating presents many of the theorems in this book like how instantly you can just like someone or know that they are a good person or at least seem so. Also it demonstrates the locked door of how we don’t know why we know these things. The people speed dating were asked to describe why they chose who they chose but not many could come up with good answers they just liked that person and they didn’t know why and that’s because it was done in their subconscious. this is very relevent i belive to how peopel are atracted to people.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

blog 4

part a
ex·traor·di·nar·y pg 139
1. beyond what is usual, ordinary, regular, or established: extraordinary costs.
2. exceptional in character, amount, extent, degree, etc.; noteworthy; remarkable: extraordinary speed; an extraordinary man.
3. (of an official, employee, etc.) outside of or additional to the ordinary staff; having a special, often temporary task or responsibility: minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary
–noun, plural -na pg 142
1. a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable: to study the phenomena of nature.
2. something that is impressive or extraordinary.
3. a remarkable or exceptional person; prodigy; wonder.
4. Philosophy.
a. an appearance or immediate object of awareness in experience.
b. Kantianism. a thing as it appears to and is constructed by the mind, as distinguished from a noumenon, or thing-in-itself

part b
in this chaper we learned abou thow to minipulate people subcontiously by using somthing called priming.Priming is a process that has to do with your subconscious affecting your movement without you knowing it. One experiment had to do with tests and before a standard test using all African Americans half was a asked to identify their race and the other half wasn’t the half that wasn’t asked did amazingly better then the other half because when the others were asked about race it put a negative stereo type in their head which made them believe they were worse so they invariantly did worse this was also demonstrated in other tests. i really enjoyed this chapter it showed alot about the human brain.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

blog # 3 outside reading

part a
blood pressure pg 110
–noun Physiology.
the pressure of the blood against the inner walls of the blood vessels, varying in different parts of the body during different phases of contraction of the heart and under different conditions of health, exertion, etc. Abbreviation: BP
al·go·rithm pg 95
a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, as for finding the greatest common divisor

part b
im this chapter we learned about how you dont know why you know things you just do and to show this he used aTennis double faults prediction.Vic Brandon is a top world tennis coach and after watching many games he noticed that right before someone double faulted he knew they would. Double faulting is rare among experienced tennis players so Vic started to calculate how accurately he guessed and amazingly enough he was almost always 90 to 100% correct and it didn’t matter if the game was on TV or in person previously recorded or anything. So hoe tried to see if it was a movement they were doing that told him but he couldn’t find anything and that’s because your brain can just process so much information subconsciously with out you even knowing it's happening