Neuroscience and Mind Control

“Science fiction is often the driver of science fact.” So says Georgetown neuroethicist James Giordano, PhD, MPhil, (pictured) when asked about one of the most popular science fiction movies, “Star Wars” and the seventh installment: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
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Are Most People Happy? Exploring the Meaning of Subjective Well-Being Ratings

The claim that most people are happy and satisfied, assuming that high self-ratings on numerical scales indicate good lives, is cross-checked against extensive verbal reports in a large-scale mixed-methods validation study. For a sample of 500 qualitative interviews conducted in Austria, the usual 10-point-scale self-ratings of life satisfaction and happiness were linked to the content of respondents’ actual narrations.
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