The state of nature isn't a "war of all against all." Even no-brainer bacteria "know" that sometimes the game is "Survival of the Friendliest"
Does the thought of death make you anxious? A new study suggests that the fear of mortality isn't really about the afterlife at all.
The Onion founding editor Scott Dikkers says every joke can be categorized in one of 11 "funny filters."
Military veterans nationwide want those diagnosed with PTSD to be able to get a VA doctor's recommendation for medical marijuana.
Steven Kotler talks about the neuroscience about how flow state turns off time.
Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Comedy writer and producer Scott Aukerman on Michael Bolton, transgression in comedy, and cultural turmoil in the USA.
Percy Shelley's 1811 essay, "The Necessity of Atheism," still speaks volumes today.
A growing body of scientific investigation now supports the conclusion that being hopeful has a distinctly positive effect on academic performance.
New research shows that more Americans are giving up on weight loss. How can we change this trend?
A new study tries to figure out who finds dark humor funny.
Studies show that participants who had more travel experience were more likely to cheat on tests, and believe in moral relativity.
Social media is uniquely positioned to detect suicidal tendencies. Facebook's new algorithm offers better detection, live chat support from crisis-support organizations (via messenger), and integrated suicide...
"My theory is true, if I do say so myself." SPOT stands for “Spontaneous Preference For Own Theories,” and it’s a newly identified cognitive bias.
Spontaneous talk on surprise topics. Novelist and essayist Gish Jen on how fundamental East-West differences in the sense of self play out in art, culture, business, education, and more.
How likely are you to help a stranger? What if you were in a war zone? If you think that the desperation of conflict really brings out the worst in people, you might be surprised.
If you think we're talking about someone else, don't be so hasty. One study highlights how the vast majority of people choose ignorance over knowing.
The moment we divided the world into opposites, we opened the gates of Hell.
Mathematics is the academic class that is most socially acceptable to regard as your weak point. This is a shame.
Yale psychologist Paul Bloom suggests a bit of reason in your feeling in his new book, Against Empathy.
In one of the best examples of free education this year, Pixar has released a six-part online course called 'The Art of Storytelling'.