Melissa Statler

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What Science Can Tell Us About Trans People’s Brains—And What It Cannot

What does gender dysphoria feel like?<p>For those who are not transgender themselves—and, in the United States, that’s all but 1.4 million of us—the …

The Brain

Winning words: the language that got Donald Trump elected

His rhetorical tics were dismissed as a sign of stupidity, but they may have secured him the presidency<p>“I’m very highly educated. I know words. I have the best words.”<p>This is one of Trump’s many infamous lines that make him as quotable as Oscar Wilde - for polar opposite reasons. If only Wilde were …

Margaret Atwood and David Mitchell Have Written New Fiction—If You Can Wait 98 Years to Read It

At 1:15 a.m. on May 24, 2016, author David Mitchell wrote the last line of his latest novella, <i>From Me Flows What You Call Time</i>. He printed out the …

7 TED Talks to Help You De-Stress Your Busy Girl Life

Feeling a little stressed out now and again is a normal part of life. But while a little stress might actually be good for you, anxiety buildup is definitely something that we should all take seriously. Some people de-stress by lighting a scented candle and escaping the world through a good book. …

TED Talks

Five Great Apps That Will Teach You How to Code

A few years ago, if you wanted to learn coding you had to buy a 20-pound paperback with some cute animal on the cover and then navigate through …

Go ahead, curse in front of your kids

I always seasoned my vocabulary with as many four-letter words as 50-cent ones, at least until my first child was born two years ago. That's when I found myself — and I'm almost embarrassed to admit it — watching my language. Something deep in my subconscious told me that profanity might harm him …

Psychology

You Can't Always Trust Your Own Thoughts, And This Terrifying Chart Shows Why

Here’s the newest guide for learning about cognitive biases and debugging your brain.<p>The human brain has been sculpted over the course of millions of years of evolution, so you’d think it’s been debugged pretty well.<p>But it’s still left with so many mental glitches.<p>Just take a look at this …

What Dogs, Lies And Sex Teach Us About Our True Selves

New research suggests that even college students who overwhelmingly report that they accept interracial relationships show greater activity in the insula — a brain region associated with disgust — when presented with images of black-white interracial couples than when presented with images of …

Humans may speak a 'universal' language

Even though you’re not fluent in different languages, you may be able to recognise words in others. In German for water is ‘wasser’, in Dutch it's …

The Problems with Jainism — A Friendly Atheist Perspective

I don’t write about my parent’s religion here very often, but since this weekend marks the 16th Biennial Jaina Convention, we might as well discuss …

Add All 19 Of These New Science Fiction And Fantasy Books To Your September Reading List

September's new books feature aliens, superheroes, time travel and what sounds like a wonderfully genre-busting new novel from Alan Moore. This list …

11 reasons to be excited about the future of technology

In the year 1820, a person could expect to live less than 35 years, 94% of the global population lived in extreme poverty, and less that 20% of the population was literate. Today, human life expectancy is over 70 years, less that 10% of the global population lives in extreme poverty, and over 80% …

Artificial Intelligence

3 Easy Hacks to Becoming a Constant Learner

Don't have time to carve out an hour a day for deep learning? Here's how to do it throughout your day.<p>It's no surprise many of the most successful people share the constant learner gene. They carve out significant time for absorbing new information and deliberate learning. Some dedicate an hour …

"God is dead": what Nietzsche really meant

It’s been 134 years since Friedrich Nietzsche declared: “God is Dead” (or <i>Gott ist tot</i>, in German), giving philosophy students a collective headache …

7 Freaking Good Books That I Just Need Everyone To Read, Okay

I tried to think of an appealing common theme as an excuse to recommend all of these books but I failed. I just need you to read them because they’re …

How to Get Your Dog to Stop Barking

Six ways to control your dog's barking<p>Here's a list of six techniques that can help stop your dog from barking. While all of them can be very …

Not an Oxymoron — Marijuana and Intelligence

So I’m sure we have all known a “brain-dead stoner” or two, but for as many of those types out there, there are also the opposite: the highly …

Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

Research suggests we may be predisposed to speak more than one language and that doing so brings health benefits, such as delaying the onset of dementia<p>In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Language Learning

12 Women Who Ran For President Before Hillary

<i>"Don't know much about history..."</i>That single lyric, smoothly sung by Sam Cooke, has been rolling around in my head since June 7th, when Hillary Rodham Clinton became the first woman in our 240-year history to lead the presidential ticket for a major political party.<p>While I remember 2008--I <i>voted</i> in …

Government

Ernest M. Hemingway

"The writer's job is to tell the truth," Ernest Hemingway once said. When he was having difficulty writing he reminded himself of this, as he …

Picasso Was Wrong: How coding is leading the future of arts related careers

Pablo Picasso, in one of his more famous quotes said "Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up."<p>But Picasso did not envision a future where tech and coding would be so prevalent and important. A large number of these types of jobs require computer science skills …

A 30-Minute Yoga Workout to Get Your Heart Racing

When your days are packed with work deadlines, dinners, and, let's be honest, Netflix and chilling, squeezing in a full-on yoga session sounds …

A controversial tool that lets scientists rewrite DNA just achieved a major milestone

On Thursday, Science Magazine announced the gene-editing technique won its Breakthrough of the Year Award, beating out other events such as the discovery of Homo Naledi, a previously unknown ancestor to humans and the Pluto flyby, which allowed scientists to get an up-close view of Pluto and its …

9 crazy things that could happen after the singularity, when robots become smarter than humans

Futurists say that our destiny will be shaped by the Singularity, the moment when artificial intelligence surpasses human intelligence.<p>Scholars don't agree on the details, but they say it will happen between 30 and 1000 years from today, with most predicting it will emerge in the next century.<p>It …

Singularity

Can a thinking person still have faith? My skeptical, honest quest for religious answers

<b>(AP/Andrew Medichini/Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>I was a skeptic, until my son and wife got sick and suddenly faith in something seemed important. But in 2015, how?<p>Darin Strauss<p>September 26, 2015 7:30pm (UTC)<p><i>"I do not believe in God and I am not an atheist." -- Camus</i><p>When I searched for God I found a man who …

Why Mindfulness Is Overrated

Mindfulness has its upsides, but the human brain isn’t wired to be so attentive all the time.<p>The shower might be the most creative place on Earth. Every day, people stop mid-rinse, struck by a sudden burst of creativity. Yet the idea of “aha!” moments stands in stark contrast to the current …

App aims to make meditation easy for skeptics

The idea of meditation can be intimidating for beginners. You know it’s good for you, but you just can’t get into it. Now, there’s a program that aims to make meditating easier— and it’s accessible right at your fingertips.<p>The app 10 Percent Happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics is based on Dan …

How It Feels To Be An Atheist In A Highly Religious Society

Death threats, ostracism, and imprisonment in a psychiatric facility: Being an atheist can be dangerous.<p>"The day I decided to declare my atheism and discuss it publicly was the end of an era of my life. Some of my friends from the pre-atheism-declaration era won't accept me any more. I now have …

Religion