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Crossing Over: How Science Is Redefining Life and Death

Can death be reversible? And what are we learning about the gray zone between here and the other side?<p><i>The Story of God</i> with Morgan Freeman, premiering Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c, will take viewers on a trip around the world to explore different cultures and religions on the ultimate quest to uncover …

Science Is a Good Substitute for God

Religious believers tend to be happier than non-religious folk, according to a long line of psychological research. Scientists have suggested several …

Social Sciences

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Think You're Thinking for Yourself? Think Again.

<b>Richard Nisbett:</b> There’s no more central message of psychology than the fact that most of what goes on in our heads we have no access to. We have no …

Psychology

14 logical fallacies that keep showing up in bad arguments

Making a good argument is about using logic to prove a conclusion based on some given facts. In a valid argument, the conclusion actually does follow from the facts.<p>Unfortunately, this can go wrong in many ways. Facts don't always support conclusions in the way an argument's author thinks they …

Box Office

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco …

UC Berkeley

Bayes's Theorem: What's the Big Deal?

I’m not sure when I first heard of Bayes’ theorem. But I only really started paying attention to it over the last decade, after a few of my wonkier …

Statistics

20 cognitive biases that screw up your decisions

You make thousands of rational decisions every day — or so you think.<p>From what you'll eat throughout the day to whether you should make a big career move, research suggests that there are a number of cognitive stumbling blocks that affect your behavior, and they can prevent you from acting in your …

Cognition