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How reliable is the knowledge provided by our senses?

There are many different theories about how our senses actually work. Initially, that may seem surprising: surely our senses just communicate what’s …

Consciousness

20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decisions

You’ve always considered yourself a sound decision-maker. From that heavily researched car that you drove to work this morning to the carefully …

The Brain

A Superhero Power for Our Time: How to Handle the Truth

<i>“What one does when faced with the truth is more difficult than you would think.” — Wonder Woman, in the movie released last month.</i><p>This goes for all of us, not just superheroes.<p>The nuances of how people react when faced with the truth have come into focus in today’s increasingly polarized political …

Psychology

Theory of knowledge on Flipboard

By Martin Nilsson | Martin Nilsson created a magazine on Flipboard. “Theory of knowledge on Flipboard” is available with thousands of other magazines …

Trump, Failure of Prediction, and Lessons for Data Scientists

<b>By Gregory Piatetsky, KDnuggets.</b><p>Just before the Nov 8, 2016 election, most pollsters gave Clinton an edge of ~3% in popular vote. Nate Silver' …

Bret Stephens’ First Column for the New York Times Is Classic Climate Change Denialism

The weekend after the <i>New York Times</i> announced it was hiring Bret Stephens—a conservative formerly of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> whom some consider a …

New York Times

Climate of Complete Certainty

<i>This is Bret Stephens’s first column.</i><p><i>When someone is honestly 55 percent right, that’s very good and there’s no use wrangling. And if someone is 60 percent right, it’s wonderful, it’s great luck, and let him thank God.</i><i><br>But what’s to be said about 75 percent right? Wise people say this is suspicious.</i> …

How a Humble Pineapple Became Art

LONDON — How did a pineapple become a postmodern masterpiece?<p>The aesthetic merits of tropical fruit inadvertently entered Britain’s national cultural conversation after two students jokingly placed a store-bought pineapple on an empty table at an art exhibition this month at Robert Gordon …

Should Art That Infuriates Be Removed?

We all encounter art we don’t like, that upsets and infuriates us. This doesn’t deserve to be exhibited, our brains yell; it should not be allowed to exist. Still, does such aversion mean that an artwork must be removed from view — or, worse, destroyed?<p>This question has been at the heart of the …

That Wasn’t Mark Twain: How a Misquotation Is Born

How fitting that the man often credited with saying “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting on its shoes” most likely did not invent the phrase.<p>Commonly attributed to Mark Twain, that quotation instead appears to be a descendant of a line published centuries ago …

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook’s headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif. The Frank Gehry-designed building has a pristine nine-acre rooftop garden, yet much …

Everybody loves lazy stereotyping of male roles

April 11, 2005<p>Raymond is signing off and not a moment too soon, writes Alison Cameron. Not a moment too soon.<p>For the past nine years the family …

Comedy

‘Passengers’s Plot Twist Has a Major Issue with Consent

A sci-fi movie has real-world implications.<p><i>Passengers</i> had every bit of potential to be a groundbreaking moment in Hollywood. What we knew of the plot was fascinating. It was laced with the elements of a classic, ill-fated love story, but with a mind-bending, futuristic twist. The cinematography was …

Richard Evans interview: the film Denial ‘shows there is such a thing as truth’

The historian, a key player in the libel case involving Holocaust denier David Irving, talks about Trump, Goebbels and why he agrees with John Bercow<p>Towards the end of Denial, released in cinemas this month, the lead character, played by Rachel Weisz, argues passionately that historical truth …

David Irving

Why We Believe Obvious Untruths

How can so many people believe things that are demonstrably false? The question has taken on new urgency as the Trump administration propagates falsehoods about voter fraud, climate change and crime statistics that large swaths of the population have bought into. But collective delusion is not new, …

Years of Ethics Charges, but Star Cancer Researcher Gets a Pass

Dr. Carlo Croce is among the most prolific scientists in an emerging area of cancer research involving what is sometimes called the “dark matter” of the human genome. A department chairman at Ohio State University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Croce has parlayed his …

Has Trump Stolen Philosophy’s Critical Tools?

Truth is pliable in Trumpland.<p>In March, the president fired off a tweet accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower. Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, dismissed the claim. But the Trump team doubled down, writing …

Does '13 Reasons Why' Do More Harm Than Good On Teen Suicide?

<i>This post discusses suicide as well as plot elements of 13 Reasons Why, including the final episode.</i><p>–<p>It’s one of the more ghoulish premises for a TV …

Mental Health

Australia Rejects The Biggest Loser; Are We Closer To Accepting Fatness?

<i>The Biggest Loser Australia</i> is facing its lowest ratings of all time, Michelle Bridges has politely bowed out of the current season, and the show was …

Fitness

Why You Should Read Books You Hate

Here’s a reading challenge: Pick up a book you’re pretty sure you won’t like — the style is wrong, the taste not your own, the author bio unappealing. You might even take it one step further. Pick up a book you think you will hate, of a genre you’ve dismissed since high school, written by an author …

The real American Sniper was a hate-filled killer. Why are simplistic patriots treating him as a hero?

Clint Eastwood’s film about Navy Seal Chris Kyle has hit a raw nerve in America, with right wingers calling for the rape or death of anyone ungrateful enough to criticise his actions<p>I have to confess: I was suckered by the trailer for American Sniper. It’s a masterpiece of short-form tension – a …

For my three years in retail, penalty rates might as well have never existed

I lost thousands of dollars working at Kikki.K because I wasn’t even covered by the basic award. The loophole that allows vulnerable workers to be exploited should be closed urgently<p>For more than three years, I was employed in a Kikki.K store as a retail sales assistant. On a day-to-day basis I …

The lesson of Prince Harry’s grief? We need mental health services for all

Prince Harry has revealed that bottling up his grief after Diana died led to chronic mental health problems. He got help – but ordinary people still struggle<p>One of my strongest memories of attending Princess Diana’s funeral is of sitting up high in Westminster Abbey and looking down on her young …

Nuclear war has become thinkable again – we need a reminder of what it means

As Trump faces down North Korea, it’s alarming to think that most of the world’s nuclear warheads are now in the hands of men who are prepared to use them<p>Last week, Donald Trump deployed his superweapon Moab, the “mother of all bombs” – 10 tonnes of high explosive detonated in mid-air in such a way …

Theory of Knowledge on Flipboard

By Liz Cho | TOK questions in the real world worth discussing!<p>Math in Real Life<p>If you have already logged into ted.com click Log In to verify your …

Theory of Knowledge on Flipboard

By James Williams | The random collection of knowledge issues.<p>The Chinese village with the secret to long life<p>Tourists paying homage to Bama's …