It’s Not Irrational to Party Like It’s 1999
Contrary to what the philosopher said, passion can be a slave to reason.
Consciousness Is Just a Feeling
With help from Freud, this neuropsychologist locates consciousness in choice.
Martin Luther Rewired Your Brain
How mass literacy, spurred by Protestantism, reconfigured our neural pathways.
A Clash of Perspectives on Panpsychism
What panpsychism does—and does not—explain about consciousness.
There’s No Homunculus In Our Brain Who Guides Us
Why the cognitive-map theory is misguided.
A Magician Explains Why We See What’s Not There
Our brain is constantly picturing what the future should be.
Bias in the ER
Doctors suffer from the same cognitive distortions as the rest of us.
Goodbye, Turing Test; Bring on the Turing Decathlon
A statue of Alan Turing by sculptor Stephen Kettle made entirely of pieces of slate. The statue depicts Turing working on an Enigma machine, which the Nazis used to encode messages, and is located at Bletchley Park, the British-government site where Turing and colleagues did their code-breaking. Photo by Richard Gillin via Flickr How many […]
Secret Military Test, Coming Soon to Your Spanish Class
A powerful, precise language aptitude test is entering civilian life.
Trying Not to Try
Modern science and Chinese philosophy tell us similar stories about how we think.