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You are almost definitely not living in reality because your brain doesn’t want you to

Every cognitive bias exists for a reason—primarily to save our brains time or energy.<p>I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. But despite trying to …

Why Do Sad Songs Say So Much to Some People, But Not Others?

*cries*<p>Tear-jerkers such as Adele’s <i>Someone Like You</i> frequently top the charts these days, while gloomy classical compositions like Mozart’s <i>Requiem</i> …

Rare disorder that made patient 'feel unreal' linked to grim daydreams

Sleep problems and gloomy daydreams may worsen the symptoms of a rare psychiatric disorder that causes people to feel as though they are "unreal," a new report of one man's case suggests.<p>In the report, researchers in the United Kingdom looked at sleep problems and daydreaming habits in a man with a …

7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According To Science

The brain’s creative circuitry holds some unexpected secrets that scientists are only just beginning to understand.<p>Daydreaming. Horsing around. Aimless wandering. A sudden, traumatic loss. So many things that seem to conjure an automatic, negative connotation can actually have an …

Holocaust heroine's will, lost photos, unearthed in Scotland

A Holocaust heroine’s last will and testament has been unearthed in church archives in Scotland, offering a glimpse into the incredible life of Jane Haining, who died in Auschwitz in 1944.<p>The handwritten will and previously unpublished photographs were recently found in a box in the Church of …

The Eleventh Hour – Remembering America’s Final Bloody Battle of World War One

“The night of this last battle of the war was the most trying night I have ever experienced. The knowledge that in all probability the Armistice was …

31 Fascinating, Little-Known Facts About World War 2

1 of 32<p>World War II's casualty totals by country probably look nothing like you think they do.<p>Germany, as you might expect, ranks high with about …

The Great Plague of 1665: Case Closed?

The presence of Yersinia pestis bacterium in skeletons found in a recently discovered plague pit proves that the Great Plague of 1665 was bubonic. Or …

Environmental Health

Abandoned Places: 19 eerie photos of a world left behind

On the Trail of the Terror

The recent discovery of a long-lost ship throws new light on a strange disappearance.<p>Earlier this week news broke that HMS <i>Terror</i> had been found near …

History

Behind The Stunning Art And Animation Of "Kubo And The Two Strings"

Director Travis Knight reveals how Laika Studios created its latest stop-motion animated masterpiece.<p>Travis Knight, the CEO of Portland-based animation studio Laika, has worked for two decades in the field of stop-motion animation – in which movie characters are built as real-life, physical puppets …

A list of ways our society is already like Pixar’s dystopia in WALL·E

It's been eight years since the film about the lonely robot was made and already its vison of the future is coming true.<p>Often it's the films that …

Beauty and the Beast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alan Menken praise Gaston

When Disney gathered a who’s who of musical heavyweights to celebrate the 25th anniversary of <i>Beauty and the Beast</i>, the group talked at length about …