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Meghan Markle engagement to Prince Harry exposes 'quiet' racism

LONDON — Disparaging reactions to Prince Harry's relationship with actress Meghan Markle have highlighted the racism and class snobbery that persist in British society.<p>The American will become the first person who identifies as biracial to join the upper echelons of the U.K.'s royal family when she …

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Consciousness Persists: Even after Death

<b>We all know it’s coming, sooner or hopefully later! Death is just one of those things that happen to us all, eventually.</b><p>One thing many of us agree …

Consciousness

The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions

Irrationality may be a consequence of the brain’s ravenous energy needs.<p>Humans often make bad decisions. If you like Snickers more than Milky Way, it …

Researchers find lab rats on marijuana just can't be bothered

THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, makes rats less willing to exert cognitive effort – lazy – but, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man<p>The main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana makes lab rats lazy, according to University of British Columbia researchers.<p>The new …

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Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”

History is peppered with famous artists, actors and musicians who were highly intelligence and creative, and experienced significant mood swings. …

13 Cognitive Biases That Really Screw Things Up For You

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of processing power, you would think our judgment would be highly accurate, but that’s far from the case.<p>Our judgments are often inaccurate because the …

A Harvard psychologist says too many people think about happiness all wrong

Generally speaking, trying hard is a great way to achieve most of what you want in life.<p>Put in more effort at work and your prospects for a promotion will almost definitely improve — at least more than they would if you simply accepted the status quo of being a slacker.<p>Date a lot of people and …

Happiness

Insects may be able to feel fear, anger and empathy, after all

A recent survey suggests that, for most of us who have ever had a pet companion, it’s a no-brainer that mammals and birds are emotional creatures, sharing emotions with multiple species and not just their own. Yet despite the thousands of YouTube videos and hundreds of recent scientific studies …

Emotional Intelligence