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Mathematicians Measure Infinities, Find They’re Equal

Two mathematicians have proved that two different infinities are equal in size, settling a long-standing question. Their proof rests on a surprising …

Why Science-Fiction Writers Couldn’t Imagine the Internet

Whenever I am speaking at a public event or on the radio, one of the questions I inevitably get is: “What will be the next big discovery?” My answer …

Stephen Hawking

Atmosphere Scientist Slams Climate Change Deniers In Brilliant Viral Post

The overwhelming consensus on climate change in the scientific community is that it's real, and it's man-made. The most commonly-cited figure is that …

The Rogue Neuroscientist on a Mission to Hack Peer Review

Sam Nastase was taking a break from his lab work to peruse Twitter when he saw a tweet about his manuscript. A PhD in cognitive neuroscience at …

Research

Have You Heard of The Great Forgetting? It Happened 10,000 Years Ago & Completely Affects Your Life

/ Oct 5, 2013<p><i>(Excerpted from the book, The Story of B)</i><p>With every audience and every individual, I have to begin by making them see that the cultural …

Documentaries

The Evolution of Trust

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

That’s What You ThinkWhy reason and evidence won’t change our minds.The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. Illustration by Gérard DuBoisIn 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study …

Psychology

Why religion is not going away and science will not destroy it – Peter Harrison

In 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished Canadian-born anthropologist Anthony Wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion …

Dr Con Man: the rise and fall of a celebrity scientist who fooled almost everyone

Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini was hailed for turning the dream of regenerative medicine into a reality – until he was exposed as a con artist and false prophet<p>Scientific pioneer, superstar surgeon, miracle worker – that’s how Paolo Macchiarini was known for several years. Dressed in a white lab coat or …

Medicine

Why economic forecasting has always been a flawed science

A BBC Radio 4 programme examines why experts often get predictions wrong – and meets the people who get them right<p>While accepting the Nobel prize for economics, Friedrich Hayek made an astonishing admission. Not only were economists unsure about their predictions, he noted, but their tendency to …

Austrian Economics

May 2018 ToK Essay Titles

This is a short guide to the May 2018 Essay Titles – just an introduction to each title. I will post deeper, more detailed analyses soon. <b>Please</b> …

Has voodoo been misjudged?

<b>While many African traditions and cultures are under threat from modern life, there is one which is holding its own - voodoo.</b><p>It has suffered from a bad press internationally but is an official religion in the West African country of Benin.<p>In the voodoo heartland of Ouidah, the sound of drums fills …

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

That’s What You ThinkWhy reason and evidence won’t change our minds.The vaunted human capacity for reason may have more to do with winning arguments than with thinking straight. Illustration by Gérard DuBoisIn 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study …

Psychology

A philosopher who studies life changes says our biggest decisions can never be rational

At some point, everyone reaches a crossroads in life: Do you decide to take that job and move to a new country, or stay put? Should you become a parent, or continue your life unencumbered by the needs of children?<p>Instinctively, we try to make these decisions by projecting ourselves into the future, …

Philosophy

Do numbers EXIST? - Numberphile

The Tree of Languages Illustrated in a Big, Beautiful Infographic

<i>Click image, then click again, to enlarge</i><p>Call it counterintuitive clickbait if you must, but Forbes' Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry made an intriguing …

Four UK news sources among top 10 most trusted in US – survey

Economist, Reuters, BBC and the Guardian rated highly by US readers, while Breitbart and BuzzFeed among least trusted<p>Four of the 10 most trusted sources of news among US readers are based in Britain, according to a survey.<p>The Economist was the most trusted source, with Reuters third, the BBC fourth …

Journalism

A Game That Explains Why Nobody Trusts Each Other Anymore

Nepal criminalises banishing menstruating women to huts

<b>Lawmakers in Nepal have passed a law criminalising a practice that forces women from their homes during menstruation.</b><p>Under the law anyone who makes a woman observe the custom faces a three-month jail sentence and a $30 (£23) fine.<p>The practice, known as chhaupadi, has been in the spotlight recently …

Sexism

From Religion to Atheism and Secular Humanism

Atheism

Why we fell for clean eating

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it. By Bee Wilson<p>In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction. At …

Nutrition

A danger to public health? Uproar as scientist urges us to eat more salt

Exclusive: In his new book, James DiNicolantonio claims salt could make us healthier. But experts have condemned the advice as potentially dangerous<p>Public health experts in the UK have spoken out against a new book that claims many of us should be eating more salt, not less – claiming the advice …

Nutrition

How Fake News Breaks Your Brain

Short attention spans and a deluge of rapid-fire articles on social media form a recipe for fake news epidemics<p>Comment on this Story

Social Media

To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game

Fake news has been on Maggie Farley's mind further back than 2016 when President Trump brought the term into the vernacular.<p>Farley, a veteran journalist, says we've had fake news forever and that "people have always been trying to manipulate information for their own ends," but she calls what we're …

Journalism

Six Photographers Took The Same Man’s Picture, What They Captured Will Make You Think

When you hold preconceived thought and beliefs this can manifest itself in sometimes ugly ways and at the very least can skew your judgement. I think …

Mind

A Fight for the Soul of Science

String theory, the multiverse and other ideas of modern physics are potentially untestable. At a historic meeting in Munich, scientists and …

Physics

How do you know that what you know is true? That's epistemology

How do you know what the weather will be like tomorrow? How do you know how old the Universe is? How do you know if you are thinking rationally?<p>These …

Philosophy

The Difference Between a Fact, Hypothesis, Theory, and Law In Science

Words like “fact,” “theory,” and “law,” get thrown around a lot. When it comes to science, however, they mean something very specific; and knowing …

Three Visual Illusions That Reveal The Hidden Workings Of The Brain

Visual illusions show us that we do not have direct access to reality. They can also provide an inkling of the mental processing that delivers our …

Neurology