Science

The Affective Fallacy: Understanding How Your Feelings Can Make You Dumb

The Affective Fallacy: Understanding How Your Feelings Can Make You Dumb

When we elevate our feelings as if they are the truth, we degrade our minds and ourselves.

Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Blueprints for 3D-Printed Guns

Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Blueprints for 3D-Printed Guns

The fear created by the phrase “3D-printed guns” should not be allowed to override common sense.

Chesterton: Science Is a Tool (or a Toy), Nothing More

Chesterton: Science Is a Tool (or a Toy), Nothing More

Science is like a car: it can get us where we want to go, but it should never decide where we go.

Why Gratitude Is So Good for You (and for Those Around You)

Why Gratitude Is So Good for You (and for Those Around You)

Gratitude has long enjoyed a privileged position in many of the world’s faith traditions. Recent scientific studies support these ancient teachings.

Children Are Now Being Euthanized in Belgium

Children Are Now Being Euthanized in Belgium

According to the latest report from the government agency which tracks euthanasia deaths, the children were 9, 11 and 17 years old.

Why Does the Battery in My iPhone Drain So Fast?

Why Does the Battery in My iPhone Drain So Fast?

Why do batteries die? And, why can they only be recharged so many times before they won’t hold a useful amount of charge? The answer lies in what scientists call "capacity fade".

George Orwell Knew We'd Buy the Screens That Are Used Against Us

George Orwell Knew We'd Buy the Screens That Are Used Against Us

When acting on our desires in the marketplace means signing over our data to corporate entities, the erosion of choice is revealed to be the consequence of choice – or at least, the consequence of celebrating choice.

Self Control: The Overlooked Key to Wealth and Health

Self Control: The Overlooked Key to Wealth and Health

We have a secret weapon to take back ownership of our fates. 

Think Open-Plan Offices Are More Efficient? Think Again.

Think Open-Plan Offices Are More Efficient? Think Again.

Open-plan office spaces ruin concentration and decrease the desire to collaborate with others.

Genetically Modified Babies? The Future Is Now

Genetically Modified Babies? The Future Is Now

New research allows scientists "to rewrite the DNA bound up in living cells," and now an ethics panel suggests this may be "morally permissible."

Elon Musk and the Excessive Adoration of Technology Visionaries

Elon Musk and the Excessive Adoration of Technology Visionaries

Should we be looking to tech visionaries for life advice and personal guidance?

In 2017, the U.S. Led the World in CO2 Emission Reduction. It’s the 9th Time This Century

In 2017, the U.S. Led the World in CO2 Emission Reduction. It’s the 9th Time This Century

This also was the third consecutive year that emissions in the U.S. declined.

Are We Populating Ourselves Out of Existence?

Are We Populating Ourselves Out of Existence?

Happy World Population Day! Should we be worried about whether the earth can support us? 

Refusal to Use Preferred Gender Pronouns Costs British Doctor His Job

Refusal to Use Preferred Gender Pronouns Costs British Doctor His Job

Dr. David Mackereth, 55, the father of four, was dismissed from the department after only recently being hired because he told the instructor for a training course that he would not recognize a pronoun that didn’t correspond to a patient’s biological sex, the Telegraph reported Sunday.

Chesterton on the ‘Unimportance’ of Evolution

Chesterton on the ‘Unimportance’ of Evolution

Would you be stunned to learn that G. K. Chesterton regarded the topic of evolution as unimportant? Well, he did.  In fact, he wrote an essay titled “The Unimportance of Evolution.”

British Physician Accused of 'Shortening the Lives' of Hundreds of Patients Resigns

British Physician Accused of 'Shortening the Lives' of Hundreds of Patients Resigns

A recently released report found an “institutionalized regime” of disregard for human life at Gosport War Memorial Hospital.

How Hitler Could Regret He'd ‘Been So Kind’ in a Letter Days Before His Death

How Hitler Could Regret He'd ‘Been So Kind’ in a Letter Days Before His Death

In April 1945, three days before his death, Adolf Hitler expressed regret that he'd 'been so kind.'

Scientists Have Created a Flux Capacitor

Scientists Have Created a Flux Capacitor

The technology that allowed Marty McFly to travel back in time in the 1985 movie Back to the Future was the mythical flux capacitor, designed by inventor Doc Brown.

Why America’s Self-Help Industry Is Booming

Why America’s Self-Help Industry Is Booming

In his 1989 book Oracle at the Supermarket, psychologist Steven Starker explained how the self-help industry had become a sort of spiritual guide for individuals seeking answers.

Cognitive Dissonance: The Psychological Phenomenon that Explains Why Intellectuals Can’t Stop Believing Socialism Works

Cognitive Dissonance: The Psychological Phenomenon that Explains Why Intellectuals Can’t Stop Believing Socialism Works

There is a long-standing hypothesis in psychology that helps us understand. It’s called cognitive dissonance theory.

Reactance: The Psychological Phenomenon Behind the Partisan Response to Roseanne and Samantha Bee

Reactance: The Psychological Phenomenon Behind the Partisan Response to Roseanne and Samantha Bee

Beyond how we respond to pop-culture, reactance has become a fundamental part of American political discourse.

How the Church of Climate Change Resembles a (Deadly) Cult

How the Church of Climate Change Resembles a (Deadly) Cult

Doomsday is not around the corner; doomsday is in the heads of those who have swigged the climate-change Kool-Aid.

Political Ideology Is Not the Culprit in Skepticism of Science, Research Shows

Political Ideology Is Not the Culprit in Skepticism of Science, Research Shows

Political ideology is seen by many researchers as the main culprit of science skepticism. The research, however, suggests something else.

John Cleese Has a Theory on Why Political Correctness Is Rampant in Our Culture

John Cleese Has a Theory on Why Political Correctness Is Rampant in Our Culture

John Cleese of Monty Python fame posited an interesting theory on why many people feel compelled to control the words and behaviors of others.

Identity Politics Is Now Undermining Science

Identity Politics Is Now Undermining Science

As Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute shows, the push for diversity has become a clear and present danger to scientific progress.

Yanny or Laurel? It’s Your Brain Not Your Ears That Decides

Yanny or Laurel? It’s Your Brain Not Your Ears That Decides

As a speech scientist, I never thought I’d see so much excitement on social media about one tiny little word.

Ethanol Is a Never-Ending Gravy Train for Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers. But What About the Rest of America?

Ethanol Is a Never-Ending Gravy Train for Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers. But What About the Rest of America?

Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel....

Study: Climate Change Skeptics More Eco-Friendly Than Believers

Study: Climate Change Skeptics More Eco-Friendly Than Believers

It’s usually assumed that climate change skeptics simply don’t care about the environment. But a recent study shows otherwise.

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