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Do You Suffer From Illusions Of Moral Superiority?

Do you think you're more honest than the average person? More principled? More fair?<p>If so, you're not alone. Studies consistently find that people think they're morally superior to others: more honest, principled and fair. This is hardly an isolated belief — people also think they're better than …

Psychology

The dark side of empathy

Peter Singer is professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne.<p>Soon after Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, he told a young girl: "We don't have enough empathy in our world today, and it is up to your generation to change …

God Is Unconvincing To Smart Folks

As far as I can discover from interviews and from books, there are at least 21 reasons smart people find God unconvincing. Here are the 21 reasons, explained:<p><b>1. God as an old white man in the sky is unconvincing</b><p>Depictions of God as a humanoid (this is called 'anthropo-morphism' = in human form) …

Faith

Are You Lacking Focus? This Easy Week-Long Ritual Can Help

This short exercise helps clear the mental underbrush. And the biggest skeptics need it the most!<p>You know the benefits of meditation. But still, you don't do it. Hmmm.<p>Maybe it's time to consider an alternate approach. Not an alterna-<i>tive</i>--I have no doubt that meditation is everything you've heard. …

Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

Biology

Why time-starved people are happier

By Christopher Ingraham<p>, Reporter<p>Americans who want more time in their lives are happier than those who want more money, according to new research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.<p>Across a range of surveys and experiments involving over 4,400 people, researchers …

Happiness

The Appeal of Outdoor Sex

The Appeal of Outdoor Sex<p>For a lot of people, the idea of having sex outside is a big turn on. Why should that be, given how awkward, scratchy, sandy …

Christmas Doesn't Belong to Christians

As we Christians draw near to the end of the Advent season and the long-anticipated Christmas holy day, I'd like to offer a word of caution and reflection to my fellow Christians: Christmas isn't <i>ours</i>. Sure, it's a Christian holiday, a high point in the Christian calendar, and a season where we …

Gateway to parallel universe seen in the sky above China

Well, that’s one possible explanation offered by conspiracy theorists for the strange event, which occurred above the Jiangxi and Foshan regions of …

Does expat life really make you healthier, wealthier and happier?

It’s official: living overseas is good for your health, wealth and happiness. Or at least, that’s the case if the latest survey on the topic is to be believed.<p>An online poll of 1,000 people was carried out for international relocations company MoveHub. Half the respondents (located in the UK and …

Magic mushrooms should be used to treat mental health problems, psychiatrist says

Leading psychiatrist calls for lifting of bars on LSD and magic mushrooms so they can be used in clinical trials to treat common mental health problems<p>Magic mushrooms and LSD should be legally reclassified so they can be used to treat common mental health problems, a leading psychiatrist has …

Scientists unearth earliest-known stone tools, 3.3 million years old

Scientists working in Kenya have unearthed the oldest known stone tools, simple cutting and pounding implements crafted by ancient members of the human lineage 3.3 million years ago.<p>At about 700,000 years older than the other stone tools excavated to date, the discovery hints that anthropologists …

Anthropology