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Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

Scientific American

Openness to new experiences is the strongest and most consistent personality trait that predicts creative achievement in the arts and …

Why Do Narcissists Lose Popularity Over Time?

Narcissism has been something of a mystery to psychologists. With narcissists, things tend to be extreme: the good is really good, and the bad is <i>really</i> bad. Narcissism expert W. Keith Campbell compares interacting with narcissists to eating chococate cake: "When I eat chococlate cake, 20 minutes …

31 Books That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

Get ready to be inspired.

Books

27 gripping documentaries that are all essential viewing

<b>SeaWorld announced changes this week to the treatment of orcas at their theme parks, a move influenced by the 2013 documentary Blackfish which</b> …

Documentaries

16 psychological tricks that will help you ace a job interview

That means they're susceptible to the same psychological preferences and cognitive biases that affect the rest of us.<p>To help you get into your interviewer's head and learn what they want to see in a candidate, we rounded up a list of science-backed strategies to make yourself seem more likable, …

The four horsemen of bad decision making

Until last week, former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stood among the finest leaders in the world. In 2010, he put a plan in place to turn VW into …

10 apps for your iPhone that are better than the ones Apple made

But it doesn't make the best apps.<p>If you have an iPhone, you know this. You're stuck with certain apps — like Stocks, Tips, Game Center, Calendar, Weather, and Newsstand, among others.<p>You can't delete them from your phone— the best you can do is hide them in a folder, far, far away from your home …

2 climbers crawled through a suffocatingly tiny cave and discovered a new human ancestor that could be 'one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century'

A couple of cavers stumbled across the remains of at least 15 individuals in South Africa's Cave of Stars. The species, which is named Homo naledi ("naledi" means "star" in the South African language Sotho)<i>,</i> had a small brain, yet remarkably humanlike features. And the bones appear to have been …

25 Books Every Man Should Read

Make it a drinking game.<p>Literacy is hot. Like CrossFit. Remember this Instagram account? Next time you're caught in a random girl's iPhone lens, make sure you've got your face buried in one of these puppies.*<p>* Burying your face in a puppy is also a surefire way of ending up in a girl's Instagram …

Mind Before Matter: How Consciousness is Making a Comeback Through Scientific Exploration

A person’s worldview has always been shaped by their culture and period in history. If we grew up in a tribal setting, we would have a remarkably …

Are You and Your Partner Faking Intimacy?

The idea that you can fake a sexual response is often parodied in film and TV. As I discussed in an earlier blog, there are 6 identifiable reasons …

A psychologist reveals the biggest predictor of happiness — and it's not money

When psychologist Arthur Aron was a graduate student in the 1960s, he was looking around for something to study for his dissertation. But he didn't want just any topic. He wanted to find one "that people thought couldn't be studied scientifically and then prove that it could be," he said.<p>And then …

The best novels in English: readers' alternative list

After Robert McCrum finished his two-year-long project compiling the best novels written in English, you had a lot to add. Here are the 15 books that received most votes to join the list<p>Which are the 100 best novels ever written in the English language? No list could possibly satisfy everyone, as …

Language

Billionaire private-equity CEO David Rubenstein explains how rich kids are at a 'disadvantage'

Here's a transcript:<p>One of the complicating things of life if you're successful is — 'What about your children?'<p>My wife and I have three children. They've grown up in what you could call an 'advantaged' upbringing. I grew up in what could've been called a 'disadvantaged' upbringing. But actually, …