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comment Can reading a non-fiction book with great curiosity account to taking a break?
In that case the study I have in mind probably applies (although it is not non-fiction, but also other work which might intrigue you). I will write up an answer later. @user6170930: Juggling on a High Wire: multitasking effects on performance‌​. They also have a follow-up paper on the same subject where they take task difficulty into account.
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comment What does the death of a fictional character mean?
Given your accepted answer, it seems your question was more along the lines of "How do people respond to/cope with the death of fictional characters? Is there research into this, if not, how would you investigate this?"
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comment Cognitive impairment in long term prisoners
Any motivation on why you are asking this question? On what is your assumption for a correlation between the two based?
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comment Can reading a non-fiction book with great curiosity account to taking a break?
Well, by definition I take it you take 'a break' from your work. :) Your underlying question apparently seems more related to whether it reduces mental load, or perhaps feelings of stress, or whether it improves productivity? As per 'context switching' more generally speaking, some studies show that there is an optimal amount of context switching which leads to the highest amount of productivity. Is that something you are interested in or are you looking for specifically 'non-fiction' reading, if so why?
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comment Is there a strong correlation of cognitive development and Religious thinking?
I didn't ask for definitions. My question was, why are they relevant? Are they you partially answering your own question, or merely providing background context, or this is a more detailed specification you are interested in?
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comment Is there a strong correlation of cognitive development and Religious thinking?
I do not understand what you are trying to outline when you "describe in detail the connections". Are these the types of operations you are interested in finding measures for among different population groups? Why is polytheism and such listed there? Care to clarify how the research by Jeffery A. Martin 'sheds light' on these last two items? Why is brain lateralization relevant here? Difference in hemisphere dominance among populations that could correlate with religion? The information you add does little but make it unclear what you are after exactly.
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comment Are there any reliable studies about colors and emotions?
This question seems too broad. As @Jordi recommends, do some research first. The answer to your question would be "yes", there is research about it, but what do you want to know?
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comment What makes people easily subscribe to pseudoscientific theories?
You might want to link/mention that comment.
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comment Good news or bad news first
... but of course, not always, and 'it depends'. ;p Interesting related concepts regardless.
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comment Learning to think?
Something to think about which might highlight the terminological problems with this question (yet suitably answered imho by John): Do you need to be able to 'think' in order to 'learn'?
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comment What does the statement mean “50% of happiness is determined by genetics”?
If I am not mistaken you are interested in methodology? How did they measure the 50%? Where does the number come from? What the statement means you can only interpret if you understand what the number means.
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comment What does the statement mean “50% of happiness is determined by genetics”?
This does not answer the question which seems predominantly concerned with methodology: "What does it mean that 50% of happiness is determined by genetics?" The OP seems after what the 50% reported on in the study means, i.e., where does the number come from
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comment What does the statement mean “50% of happiness is determined by genetics”?
This does not answer the question which seems predominantly concerned with methodology: "What does it mean that 50% of happiness is determined by genetics?" The OP seems after what the 50% reported on in the study means, i.e., where does the number come from.
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comment What does the statement mean “50% of happiness is determined by genetics”?
As stated in the answer on Skeptics this seems to be better stated as: "50% of the variance in the population can be explained by genetic differences." It is a measure of how accurate a statistical model could be, if it only considered one factor. " In case you do not know what "x% of the variance in the population can be explained by a genetic difference" means, perhaps you should phrase your question more generally as such, only using happiness as an example.
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comment Is it a phenomenon that explicit rules encourage others to find loopholes?
You already seemed to have made up your mind this is a 'phenomenon': "a fact, occurrence, or circumstance observed or observable". Your actual question seems to be whether stricter rules lead to more persistence in finding desirable outcomes within those rules. It seems rather the opposite to me, rules become more strict when they can otherwise be abused too easily. Is the example you listed the only evidence in support of this supposed correlation? As @alwayslearning stated, this does not seem to be a particularly good example.
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comment Irrational person feels attacked
Well, by definition I figure the following would answer your question, but is probably not what you are after: do not present rational arguments contradicting what that person says. Your underlying question, however, seems to be how to convince someone with a differing point of view. A good starting point to preventing conflict would be rather than making that your goal, to simply try to explain your point of view without attempting to convince the other party.
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comment What does the death of a fictional character mean?
"There's a fundamental difference." That was my point. Then why compare them? I feel it only complicates your question. Your question pertains to how people 'feel' or find 'meaning' in death in fiction, which without specifying further what interests you feels either opinion based or too broad to me. Can you imagine an answer fitting within one post on this site? What would constitute an answer?
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comment What does the death of a fictional character mean?
I see no contradiction between "In a fictional world, no one dies by chance, and even old age has a meaning.", and "In the real world, many (if not most) people die through forces that lie outside of their influence." From the fictional person's perspective, it can be said to be just as 'meaningless' no? Why do you adopt the perspective of a narrator for one but not for the other? The 'meaning' you seem after is narrative.
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comment What does the statement mean “50% of happiness is determined by genetics”?
Could you further elaborate on what is unclear about the answer which was provided to you at Skeptics? It seems to go a long way at clarifying what the '50%' means?