Four Letter You – Merve Emre – Think Again - a Big Think Podcast #163

How a mother-daughter obsession became a massive and dangerous industry. The weird history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

  • Find out why Carl Jung turns over in his grave every time someone calls herself an 'introvert' or an 'extravert'!
  • Discover how Truman Capote became the subject of psychological experiments on creativity!
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10 smartest books you can read this summer

Recent books that are sure to add to your intelligence.

Summer is a season for relaxation and folly but can also be a time to sharpen your brain against some stimulating literature. These books may not be everyone's idea of beach reading but they are sure to spark up your intelligence. While the list of the smartest books ever would likely be a Sisyphean and ultimately fruitless undertaking, here are some choices from books released within the past year.

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Watch: Why Captain Marvel is the superhero 2018 needs

It's the first time a female superhero has ever scored her own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

  • Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, better known by her alias Captain Marvel.
  • Captain Marvel is the first female superhero to land her own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The movie promises something of an origin story for Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson.
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Inside the secret cities that built the atomic bomb

Both the U.S. and the Soviet Union created secret cities to house the scientists working in their nuclear weapons programs. Both nations went about this in very different ways and with very different, sometimes disastrous, results.

  • Highly secretive, closed cities were used during the Cold War to develop nuclear-grade plutonium and uranium.
  • Oak Ridge and City 40 — two such cities — highlight the world-altering impact of nuclear weapons.
  • Vacationing in the East Ural Mountains? Bring a Geiger counter.
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How power affects the way you behave — and the way you’re punished

We all live by society's invisible rules but for some groups, these rules are tighter than for others, says psychologist Michele Gelfand.

  • Rules, whether they're visible or invisible, govern our behavior every day.
  • Different groups have different rules, and have different views on how strict those rules are.
  • Powerful and dominant social groups have more flexible rules where obeisance is less mandatory.
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