Surprising Science

4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.

Personal Growth

Touching Primes the Brain to Learn and Care for Others

Constant touching and emotional warmth are essential to cognitive development, yet our educational and professional environments are skeptical, often for litigious reasons.

Personal Growth

Enhancing Your Brain May Mean Shutting Parts of It Down

Just as Shakespeare's Prince Hamlet is more often bedeviled by his own thoughts, enhancing your brain might one day mean shutting parts of it down, not getting it to fire on all cylinders.

No Engineer Would Have Designed the Human Brain the Way It Is

As François Jacob famously said, evolution is a tinkerer and not an engineer. When you're a tinkerer, you throw things together to solve the problem at hand. 

Love is the Product of Lousy Neurons

Why are humans so aberrant? It’s because our neurons are lousy processors, so we need big, fat brains to make clever us.

The Pleasure of the Tweet

Humans are hardwired to get a pleasure buzz from uncertainty. Neuroscientist David Linden explains how tweeting is like watching the ball spinning in the roulette wheel.

Surprising Science

The Singularity Is Not Near

The fusion of mind and machine—what futurist Ray Kurzweil calls the Singularity—depends on the faulty premise that our understanding of neurobiology increases exponentially.