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Explainer: Why do Muslim women wear a burka, niqab or hijab?

It has been called a security risk and a "flag of fundamentalism", there have been calls to ban it and it has been associated with terrorism.<p>So what …

What is Attention?

I’m going to push this topic ahead of discussing the visual streams since it is connected to the very active discussion that we had on automaticity …

Scientists Prove God Exists? German Scientists Say They Have

Two scientists believe that they have proven that God exists.<p>Analyzing a theorem from the late Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel with a Macbook has …

How to Build a Universe: Philip K. Dick on Reality, Media Manipulation, and Human Heroism

<b>Philip K. Dick</b> is as well-known today for his era-defining science fiction as he is for the series of unusual experiences he had in the spring of 1974, which he dubbed his “exegesis”. Occupying the intersection of the scientific, the philosophical, and the mystical, the exegesis shaped Dick’s work …

Consciousness is a Process

Last week my fellow Phenom Ed Yong wrote a post about what happens to consciousness when animals die. According to the research Ed described, a rat’s brain shows signs of consciousness for at least 30 seconds after its heart stops.<p>That study got a lot of buzz, understandably, because of what it …

The Unlikely Network at the Core of Your Brain’s Internet

Author: Emily Singer, QUANTA Magazine. Emily Singer, QUANTA Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 10.29.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>To …

Bertrand Russell on Human Nature, Construction vs. Destruction, and Science as a Key to Democracy

In 1926, British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic <b>Bertrand Russell</b> (May 18, 1872–February 2, 1970) — whose ten commandments of teaching endure as a timeless manifesto for education, whose poignant admonition is among history’s greatest insights on love, whose message to …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Your brain sees things you don’t

Our brains process visual input that we never consciously perceive. A study challenges currently accepted models about how the brain processes visual …

The Hyper-Efficient, Highly Scientific Scheme to Help the World’s Poor | WIRED

In 1993, after five years of grad school and low-wage postdoctoral research, Michael Kremer got a job as a professor of economics at MIT. With his …

Are We Happier When We Have More Options?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Misconceptions.<p><b>About Barry Schwartz's TEDTalk</b><p>Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.<p><b>About Barry</b> …

The Psychology of Self-Control

Ever since psychology godfather William James first expounded the crucial role of habit in how we live and who we become, modern psychology has sought to figure out how we can rewire our bad habits, maximize our willpower, and use habits to optimize our productivity. And yet, if the market for …

The Science of Lucid Dreaming and How to Learn to Control Your Dreams, Animated

As if the science of sleep and the emotional function of dreaming weren’t fascinating enough in and of themselves, things get even more bewildering when it comes to lucid dreaming — a dream state in which you’re able to manipulate the plot of the dream and your experience in it. But how, exactly, …

Elevator Groupthink: An Ingenious 1962 Psychology Experiment in Conformity

The psychology of conformity is something we’ve previously explored, but its study dates back to the 1950s, when Gestalt scholar and social psychology pioneer Solomon Asch, known today as the Asch conformity experiments. Among them is this famous elevator experiment, originally conducted as a part …

Creative Evolution: French Philosopher Henri Bergson on Intuition vs. the Intellect

<i>“The intellect by itself is the seat of trouble,”</i> wrote Anaïs Nin in her diary in 1942.<p>A recent passing mention in a chapter on the origin of “nothing” in Jim Holt’s excellent new book on why the universe exists reminded me of <b>Creative Evolution</b> (<i>public library</i>; <i>public domain</i>) by French philosopher …

The Self Illusion: How Our Social Brain Constructs Who We Are

We’ve already seen that the notions of stable character and fixed personality are a myth. And yet, our culture is wired for labels and checkboxes, eager to neatly file people away into categorical cabinets and thrown into furor over the slightest inkling of multiplicity. Take, for instance, Howard …

Redirect: A New Way to Think About Psychological Change

In our ceaseless quest for self-improvement and our relentless pursuit of happiness, most of us have had some brush with the world that lives on the spectrum between self-help books and legitimate clinical psychotherapy. But a compelling new (non-self-help) book suggests many of these methods might …

Henry Miller on the Mystery of the Universe and the Meaning of Life

More than merely one of the most memorable, prolific, and disciplined authors of the twentieth century, <b>Henry Miller</b> (December 26, 1891–June 7, 1980) was also a champion of the wisdom of the heart, a poignant oracle of writing, a modern philosopher. But hardly anywhere does Miller’s spirit shine …

The 13 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2013

After the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of 2013, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating psychology and philosophy books published this year. (Catch up on the 2012 roundup here and 2011’s here.)<p>1. ON LOOKING: ELEVEN WALKS WITH …

Mind and Cosmos: Philosopher Thomas Nagel’s Brave Critique of Scientific Reductionism

<i>“The purpose of science is not to cure us of our sense of mystery and wonder,”</i> Stanford’s Robert Sapolsky famously noted, <i>“but to constantly reinvent and reinvigorate it.”</i> And yet, we live in a media culture that warps seeds of scientific understanding into sensationalist, definitive headlines about …

The Science of How Your Mind-Wandering Is Robbing You of Happiness

<i>“The main thing is to get what little happiness there is out of life in this wartorn world,”</i> Clare Boothe Luce advised her young daughter, <i>“because ‘these are the good old days’ now.”</i> And yet most of us are conditioned to escape into the past, into the future, into our to-do lists — to wander off …

The Psychology of How Mind-Wandering and “Positive Constructive Daydreaming” Boost Our Creativity and Social Skills

Freud asserted that daydreaming is essential to creative writing — something a number of famous creators and theorists intuited in asserting that unconscious processing is essential to how creativity works, from T. S. Eliot’s notion of “idea incubation” to Alexander Graham Bell’s “unconscious …

'Harmful' robot aims to spark AI debate

<b>A robot that can decide whether or not to inflict pain has been built by roboticist and artist Alexander Reben from the University of Berkeley, California.</b><p>The basic machine is capable of pricking a finger but is programmed not to do so every time it can.<p>Mr Reben has nicknamed it "The First Law" …

The Future

Can Personality Be Changed?

Psychologists have long debated how flexible someone’s “true” self is.<p>Almost everyone has something they want to change about their personality. In 2014, a study that traced people’s goals for personality change found that the vast majority of its subjects wanted to be more extraverted, agreeable, …

Psychology

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

As researchers work to understand the human genome, many questions remain, including, perhaps, the most fundamental: Just how much of the human experience is determined before we are already born, by our genes, and how much is dependent upon external environmental factors?<p>Oncologist Siddhartha …

How Berry Gordy Revolutionized Rhythm & Blues

The Motown Sound reflected African American life, culture, and struggle through the Civil Rights Movement<p>F<b>rom 1954</b> through to the emergence of soul …

Discovering little known secrets of the Lincoln Memorial

In a city filled with icons, the Lincoln Memorial is a particularly special place to visit in Washington, D.C. This homage to Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States who guided the country through the Civil War, invites visitors to reflect on America’s history of slavery as well as …

English Heritage launch scheme to nominate more black and Asian people for blue plaques

English Heritage is launching a new initiative to honour more black and minority ethnic public figures on their famous blue plaques.<p>The organisation said just four per cent of the 900 plaques currently on buildings in London commemorate black or Asian figures from history.<p>As of today, they are …