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Inventing the Future

The fMRI As Lie Detector

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? At a panel discussion at last week's World Science Festival, scientists and legal experts met to discuss the implication of putting "brains on trial." According to Stanford neuroscientist Anthony Wagner, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans are now ...

Going Mental

Why Our Brains Are Hungry for Puzzles

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about 1 year ago

There are general reasons why we like puzzles and then there are particular reasons why we like crossword puzzles, Sudoku and things like that.  The general reason is we’re faced with problems every day in life.  Most of them don’t have perfect solutions.  We just muddle through the best we can and ...

Power and Influence

The Pros And Cons Of BYOD

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? As employers and employees look into the growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, writer Brian Proffitt looks at the pluses and minuses of reducing or eliminating a corporate hardware standard. For the company, purchasing savings is only one part of the picture ...

Power and Influence

Absence of Ownership

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about 1 year ago

We have a problem with absentee owners. Remember several years ago when, under the Clinton Administration, there was pressure on absentee fathers to bear responsibility for caring for their children? We have the same problem with corporations. But in this case there are no parents at all. No ...

Going Mental

Introducing The Proverbial Skeptic

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about 1 year ago

Political language... is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. –George Orwell, Patron Saint of The Proverbial Skeptic Welcome to The Proverbial Skeptic, Big Think’s new blog about sayings, quotes, aphorisms, quips and ...