How Faith Theoretically Makes People Less Likely To Be Trustworthy

I am learning that there are a lot of people out there who are surprisingly willful in believing whatever they want and who actively resist information or ideas that they highly suspect (or outright know) would have the power to disabuse them of their errors. We all probably do this to one extent or another [Read More...]

The Dangers of Sitting

I saw this chart last spring and it spooked me, and it has lingered in my mind ever since: A disturbing new Australian study backs up the chart: [Read more...]

Do We Live In The Age of Sociopaths?

Seems like either a pessimistic assessment of the age or a loose use the word to me, but I still found this New Inquiry excerpt from Why We Love Sociopaths: A Guide To Late Capitalist Television a bit thought provoking: My greatest regret is that I’m not a sociopath. I suspect I’m not alone. I have written [Read More...]

The Scale of the Universe

Click here for a gorgeous, interactive science website on the relative sizes of things in nature. If you are a science teacher, this is not just a recommendation. It’s mandatory you explore this resource for your students if you haven’t already. [Read more...]

Brain Electrophysiologist Wants €1 Billion To Model Entire Brain

“Brain researchers are generating 60,000 papers per year,” said Markram as he explained the concept in Bern. “They’re all beautiful, fantastic studies — but all focused on their one little corner: this molecule, this brain region, this function, this map.” The HBP would integrate these discoveries, he said, and create models to explore how neural [Read More...]

What Is Matter?

Learn in a couple minutes: I ran this by a padawan physicist (i.e., a physics graduate student) and here was his verdict on the accuracy: [Read more...]

PROOF of the Flying Spaghetti Monster

As Universe Today puts it: A new computer simulation is showing Earth’s magnetosphere in amazing detail – and it looks a lot like a huge pile of tangled spaghetti (with the Earth as a meatball). Or perhaps a cosmic version of modern art. Read much more about what it means for our planet to be tangled in [Read More...]

How and Why Do We Deceive Ourselves?

Robert Trivers, author of the new book The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life explores some of the stranger scientific studies of self-deception: Robert Trivers: Why Do We Deceive Ourselves? from The RSA on FORA.tv Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

The Illusion of Control

[Much of the content and practice of religion is based on regulating (arousing, maintaining, and inhibiting) the illusion of control.  This illusion is briefly described here.  The neural basis of this illusion is clearly exposed in Wiccan texts.  The illusion of control is said to be an adaptive illusion with personal and prosocial benefits.  The [Read More...]


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