1). The Daily Shower Can Be a Killer
It seems counterintuitive that we take showers to be clean, but we can also die from them. People each year suffer from falls and either get injured or much worse. Old age people have a high risk of falling down and getting severely injured. How about if someone told us that we can die from showers. Would that affect the way we go about our daily routine? The healthy life expectancy is around 90 years old; however, people die early from sickness or even falling. Showers can be deadly because senior citizens can slip and fall. This will end tragically; stepping on a step stool can be deadly as well (even climbing a ladder). A person does not have to change the way they live because they might enjoy doing these dangerous things. People are more self-aware that these common things (going up the stairs, taking a shower, etc.) can actually be very deadly,
2.) Thought Experiment #2
It seems counterintuitive that every time we look at a picture we relatively see the same image; however, one little change in the caption can change our we perceive the message to be. There was a photograph of a little toy left behind by a young child after the war in Israeli. There were three version of the image, but all three had different captions. This goes to show that people are influenced by the captions because we might think one thing in the first image, but then the third image will change our mind. Captions are things that changes our points of view when a photograph is presented to us.
3.) What Does the Marshmallow Test Actually Test?
It seems counterintuitive that kids are given a marshmallow to eat, but they can’t eat it yet. Walter Mischel conducted a test where kids are given a single marshmallow to eat; however, if they wait 15 minutes, the kids can get another marshmallow. Some of the kids waited and some of them didn’t.Celeste Kidd created a similar test, but she put a group of kids into one group and the others in another. One group was put into a room where they had a reliable adult and the other unreliable. The reliable adult and unreliable adult told the kids they could wait if they wanted better writing utensils and bigger stickers. When the adults came back to the waiting children, the reliable adult brought back markers and crayons while the other did not bring anything back. After that test, the kids were given marshmallows and they were told that if they waited until the adult came back they could get another marshmallow. The kids that waited were the ones in the reliable adult group while the others that didn’t wait were from the unreliable adult group. Kidd concluded that waiting for the marshmallow is based on trust. The kids will wait when they know that the adult will actually get them something instead of nothing.