“In listening to stories we tend to suspend disbelief in order to be entertained, whereas in evaluating statistics we generally have an opposite inclination to suspend belief in order not to be beguiled. A drily named distinction from formal statistics is relevant: we’re said to commit a Type I error when we observe something that is not really there and a Type II error when we fail to observe something that is there. There is no way to always avoid both types, and we have different error thresholds in different endeavors, but the type of error people feel more comfortable [with] may be telling.”
William Shatner is going to space because Jeff Bezos loves Star Trek.
A recent study casts doubt on the notion that watching porn, whether alone or with a partner, damages romantic relationships.
Societal breakdown, whether real or imagined, can lead to dramatic responses — like blood-sucking vampires.
A recent discovery pushes back the date on when dinosaurs first engaged in social behavior.
In hell, we assume a position of moral superiority, looking down over the sinners and the poor decisions that led them to this wretched place. In heaven, Dante is looking down upon us.