Why Intelligent People Do Weird Things
Smart people have long had a history of quirky and inexplicable habits: Nietzsche wound up hugging horses, Freud couldn’t kick a drug addiction, Nikola Tesla adored white pigeons and loathed pearls, and the list goes on. The explanation for this extends beyond the somewhat romantic notion of an intrinsic link between genius and insanity: humans have been evolutionarily wired to do certain "natural" things, and it takes a heightened intelligence to stray from the norm and form novel solutions to life’s problems. As today’s guest, Satoshi Kanazawa, explains, there are a number of beliefs and everyday activities that we can associate with an evolutionarily unique intellect, from atheism, political liberalism and homosexuality, to staying up all night.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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