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Two slits and one hell of a quantum conundrum

Philip Ball lauds a study of a famous experiment and the insights it offers into a thoroughly maddening theory.<p><b>Through Two Doors at Once: The Elegant</b> …

Quantum Physics

The Cognitive Biases Tricking Your Brain

Science suggests we’re hardwired to delude ourselves. Can we do anything about it?<p>I am staring at a photograph of myself that shows me 20 years older than I am now. I have not stepped into the twilight zone. Rather, I am trying to rid myself of some measure of my present bias, which is the tendency …

Psychology

A Number Theorist Who Bridges Math and Time

Akshay Venkatesh, a former prodigy who struggled with the genius stereotype, has won a Fields Medal for his “profound contributions to an …

Mathematics

Finally, a Problem Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Early on in the study of quantum computers, computer scientists posed a question whose answer, they knew, would reveal something deep about the power …

Quantum Computing

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

New findings are fueling an old suspicion that fundamental particles and forces spring from strange eight-part numbers called “octonions.”

Physics

Materialism vs. Supernaturalism?

In my last article on William James’ heretical science I mentioned that among the many opponents of his studies of alleged psychic phenomena were …

Scientific Research

The death of truth: how we gave up on facts and ended up with Trump

Trump made 2,140 false or misleading claims during his first year in office – an average of 5.9 a day<p>For decades, objectivity – or even the aim of ascertaining the best available truth – has been falling out of favour<p>Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the ‘body of …

Fake News

Thomas Bayes and the crisis in science

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz: How the ‘I Ching’ Inspired His Binary System

The 5,000-year-old text struck a chord.<p>While Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz’s work has influenced centuries of technological innovation, his own …

WeChatting American Politics: <br /> Misinformation, Polarization, and Immigrant Chinese Media

<i>This research was generously funded by the Knight Foundation</i>.<p>Executive Summary<p>As the discussion surrounding misinformation and polarization takes …

Journalism

The Snares And Delusions Of Education Research

“You need to be aware of this! You need to use this,” teachers are told. “It’s science!” And yet the scientific whiz-bangery often turns out to be a snare and a delusion.<p>This month, another one bit the dust. Newly-released archive materials have made it clear that the famous Stanford Prison …

Pedagogy

The Stanford Prison Experiment was massively influential. We just learned it was a fraud.

The most famous psychological studies are often wrong, fraudulent, or outdated. Textbooks need to catch up.<p>The Stanford Prison Experiment, one of the most famous and compelling psychological studies of all time, told us a tantalizingly simple story about human nature.<p>The study took paid …

There Are No Laws of Physics. There’s Only the Landscape.

Scientists seek a single description of reality. But modern physics allows for many different descriptions, many equivalent to one another, connected …

Physics

The chords of the universe

It’s no surprise that mathematics has influenced music. But did you know that the influence goes both ways?<i>By Eli Maor</i>Read at Aeon

Why thousands of AI researchers are boycotting the new Nature journal

The ability to pay no longer determines the ability to play<p>Budding authors face a minefield when it comes to publishing their work. For a large fee, as much as $3,000, they can make their work available to anyone who wants to read it. Or they can avoid the fee and have readers pay the publisher …

Machine Learning

Should you trust your gut feelings?

Intuition has fallen out of favour in an age of rational, analytical thinking. But your emotional responses are not as fallible as some would have you believe, says neuroscientist Valerie Van Mulukom.<p>Imagine the director of a big company announcing an important decision and justifying it with it …

Psychology

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

In the Summer of 1995, a young graduate student in anthropology at UCLA named Joe Henrich traveled to Peru to carry out some fieldwork among the …

How Shoddy Statistics Found A Home In Sports Research

At first blush, the studies look reasonable enough. Low-intensity stretching seems to reduce muscle soreness. Beta-alanine supplements may boost …

Sports Science

A Serious Man | John Ganz and Steven Klein

Western Civilization is in crisis. Our faith in the Enlightenment—that bosom of our cherished values—has been shaken. Nefarious forces and groups are …

This brilliant Chinese scientist was taught she was just as capable as men. Then she came to America

Wu Chien-Shiung was ‘The First Lady of Physics,’ but her work was largely unacknowledged<p>When her ocean liner, the <i>President Hoover</i>, docked in San …

Sam Harris and the Myth of Perfectly Rational Thought

Sam Harris, one of the original members of the group dubbed the “New Atheists” (by Wired!) 12 years ago, says he doesn’t like tribalism. During his …

A Chemist Shines Light on a Surprising Prime Number Pattern

When a crystallographer treated prime numbers as a system of particles, the resulting diffraction pattern created a new view of existing conjectures …

From “Economic Man” to Behavioral Economics

When we make decisions, we make mistakes. We all know this from personal experience, of course. But just in case we didn’t, a seemingly unending stream of experimental evidence in recent years has documented the human penchant for error. This line of research—dubbed heuristics and biases, although …

Behavioral Sciences

The puzzle of beauty

Rather than a golden ratio or a moral judgment, beauty is more like a radical jolt that awakens us to the world<i>By Shahidha Bari</i>Read at Aeon

Oklahoma High Schooler's Carbon Discovery Elicits Wonder From Experts

"It's a wonderful, wonderful thing."<p>Taking teenage rebellion to a new level, Oklahoma high school senior George Wang stunned teachers and fellow …

Marx’s America

In the early years of radio, the BBC aired a series about famous exiles in London. One episode included an interview with an elderly man long retired …

Is There Such a Thing as Truth?

Apr 30, 2018<p>21 Min read time<p>Noam Chomsky and Hilary Putnam on how language connects us to the world.<p>It has now been over fifty years since the …

Epistemic Luck, Angst and Disjunctivism

Interview with Richard Marshall.[Cover Image: Bob Dylan: <i>Flat Top Mt. Diner, Tennessee</i>]Duncan Pritchard is a leading epistemologist. Here he discusses …

Philosophy

Did Math Kill God?

Once upon a time, a great Italian published a work called the <i>Siderius Nuncius</i>. Galileo had seen the moons of Jupiter through his telescope. He had …

Kurt Gödel and the mechanization of mathematics

Mathematics