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We Hold Other People's Arguments to a Higher Standard than Our Own

You may be a more reasonable person if you could hear your own thoughts coming from someone else. As...

20 Years Later, the Tetris Effect Has Turned Life into One Big Video Game

This past spring I had to uninstall Dots on my phone because it was devastating my battery life and my...

Perfect Circles: Why We Can Spot Them, But Can’t Draw Them

In the early 14th century, Pope Benedict sent one of his courtiers into Tuscany to fetch samples from...

The Surprising Benefits of Sadness

After the British painter Samuel Palmer lost his 19-year-old son in 1861, he called the death "the catastrophe...

Why You're Still Having School Anxiety Dreams…Years after Graduation

In my dreams, I'm wandering a vast maze of high school hallways, knowing that class starts at any minute...

What Happens When You Show Deep Dream Neural Net Actual Neurons

One of the things that artificial neural networks share with us is that their "brain" can be sort of...

Some People Are More Likely to See Faces in Things

Anyone can see the face of Jesus on a slice of toast, a rocky face on Mars, or a man in the moon. But...

How Facing Our Mortality Changes Our Minds And Behavior

You're going to die one day. You belong to the only species that is consciously aware of this simple...

The Frustrating Search For Free Will

Imagine sitting in a chair, flexing your wrist at random. As far as you know, you decide to flex your...

Where Do Memories Live?

How does that 3-pound lump of electrochemical jelly inside your head form, store and recall an apparently...

Music Was Once Thought To Be A Neural Pathogen

Music has powerful impacts on the mind and a strange relationship with science and society. It has now...

Why We Crave Justice

This month, a jury sentenced Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death for his role in the 2013 bombing of the Boston...

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