What makes us fall for a joke or a lie? Why do we believe what we believe? Where is our belief located -- in the heart, the mind, the body, the brain, the world? Today we look at a series of unlikely findings in the study of consciousness and decision-making--most of them true, one of them not.
Yes, preschoolers can and should be taught the art of self-control, says Sandra Aamodt, a writer with a PhD in neuroscience. In the third part of her six part series on self-control, she teaches you how to do it. Eric Kandel reflects on his career in psychiatry and neuroscience, arguing passionately that belief originates in the brain--and that that fact in no way undermines the magic of human experience. Experimental philosopher Jonathon Keats, known for building a celestial observatory for cynobacteria, launches a new project to turn the instability of currency to our advantage. Big Think editor Jason Gots asks, could a dandelion end the global financial crisis?