Theory & political commentary
Neither happiness nor success “can be pursued,” says Viktor Frankl. These states of being must “ensue...as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.”
The Achilles heel of AI is an inability to discriminate between sources of knowledge that are trustworthy and those that are deceitful and manipulative.
The cognitive equivalent of snacking on Twinkies dipped in whey protein to prepare for a triathalon.
People who prevail in competitions have an unfortunate tendency to swindle others to keep up their winning streaks. Even a small win against an unfamiliar foe in a game with very low stakes seems to light a fire...
Despite all those weeks sunning themselves and enjoying breaks from work, the French are among the most productive workers in the world. Americans could be, too.
A concern with quiet students' well-being should not push us back to outdated educational models.
Scalia was sitting right next to Clarence Thomas, the sole African-American justice, when he made these startling comments.
As it turns out, assessing long-term risk/reward ratio isn't our strong suit.
Those who want to keep Syrian refugees out of the country are succumbing to a classic error of logical reasoning.
Reading is dangerous, but there's no harm in preparing students for the challenge.
Should you check yourself before you bedeck yourself?
Breast-augmentation ads? Sure. But period panties?
I can see it in your eyes. I can see it in your smile.
Envy hurts, and it can devolve into nastiness and even violence, but envy can also encourage us to aspire to our better or our best selves at work, school or at home.
The just-world fallacy in action.
On August 14th, an 11-year-old Paraguayan girl gave birth to a baby girl. She had been impregnated after being raped by her stepfather; the pregnancy only became evident when she was 22 weeks along....
In Inside Out, this summer’s fantastic Pixar film about the fraught emotional landscape of childhood, a girl named Riley gets hauled away from her idyllic life in Minnesota to a very-foreign-seeming San...
If you're one of the 85,000 readers who took the three-question quiz I posted last week, chances are you answered some items incorrectly. Like some of my smart, accomplished friends and family members who took the...
If you avoid the common errors of reasoning that lead large majorities of subjects to do the irrational thing on repeated experiments, you may justly gloat a little.
The death of any given person is just a lack of connectedness to future experiences.