There is no ironclad guarantee that signing up to hurtle your body at 500+ mph several miles above the ground will result in safe passage to your destination.
A University of Toronto study showed that people who read literary fiction have less need for "cognitive closure," allowing for more creative and sophisticated thinking.
Two thousand Oklahoma City students were given free mobile phones that sent them encouraging texts each day. After nine months, they said they valued education more, but there was no corresponding increase in achievement.
Researchers are working on a method to teach passwords through a series of repetitive actions that, ideally, become so familiar that the user does them without conscious thought.
You can create mental machinery for decision making.
With patients' help, researchers in the UK created a digital avatar of the voice, which then was used to slowly help the patients regain control over their lives.
Irrational tendencies mark human existence. Some can be of service to you, such as the phenomenon of honoring what economists call “sunk costs.”
Recent studies suggest that Americans might be the worst research subjects on the planet. As one writer put it recently, "researchers had been doing the equivalent of studying penguins while believing that they were learning insights applicable to all birds.”
As a spectator you generate a fair amount of creativity in reconstructing an image in your head in a way that is unique for you and is slightly different for me.
How could we be so clueless about the wealth gap that defines our society?
A few years ago, at mile 20 of my second marathon, I promised myself I would never again run a 26.2 mile race. I had trained impeccably, ran my first mile a little slower than goal pace, as everyone advises, and was primed to shave seven minutes off my previous time and traverse the five boroughs ...
We know very little for certain about how TV or iphones affect people at any age, for better or worse. But there's reason to be skeptical about new products designed to make us and our children smarter.
Old school public education reformers put citizenship, and habits of social interaction, front and center. Now we see children only as pre-collegiate, proto-capitalist participants in the global economy.
How long will it take for computers to exhibit human-level intelligence? Experts wildly disagree, and the most exciting scientific race of the 21st century is underway.
"The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity."