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Scientists Identify a Key Cognitive Error that Could Explain Why People Believe in Creationism and Conspiracy Theories

They hope that understanding these thought processes will empower us to avoid such errors in our thinking.As absurd and patently false as it may be, …

Critical Thinking

Intelligent design? How come He made so many blunders? | Robin McKie

Take a look in the mirror and examine your eyes. Are they blurry? Bloodshot from last night’s alcoholic excess? Or perhaps they remain clear, bright and healthy? Whatever their state, our optic organs can tell us a great deal – not just about our wellbeing but about the nature of our species and …

Biology

Why so many people who need the government hate it

Everyone benefits from welfare. Here’s why most people don’t know that.<p>“Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”<p>President Ronald Reagan uttered those words in his 1981 inaugural address to the country. He was referring specifically to the government’s role in …

Political Science

Are We Alone?

According to different estimations the human species has been around for plus minus 4 millions years. What might seem a lot to the mortal human being is a mere blink of an eye in the timeline of the universe.<p>So young a civilization, we are nevertheless pragmatically discussing the cyborgization of …

Universe

A Powerful Psychedelic Drug Gave Users a Taste of a Near-Death Experience

A new study sheds light on a myth surrounding DMT.<p>There’s no universally accepted definition of a near-death experience, but those who have come …

A New Way of Getting High Is as Easy as Applying Deodorant

This could be the future of medicinal marijuana.<p>Just like nearly everyone in Colorado with a chronic health condition, Barbara MacLean has used marijuana medicinally. MacLean, 56, who lives outside of Boulder, has Crohn’s and Lyme diseases. A digital film and special effects producer by trade, she …

Cannabis

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport so we could catch a flight to Hyderabad …

Extinction

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

What 'Interracial' Cuckold Porn Reveals About White Male Insecurity

The genre, in which a Black man has sex with a white man's wife, represents the ultimate threat to white manhood and racial purity. And it's loaded with racist undertones that have real-world implications.<p>In July 2017, director James Camp allegedly twice asked porn actor Maurice McKnight (who …

Black Culture

8 Health Benefits of Fasting, Backed by Science

Despite its recent surge in popularity, fasting is a practice that dates back centuries and plays a central role in many cultures and …

Holistic Medicine

Having Sex Makes You Think Life Is More Meaningful

“Meaning in life often arises when an individual feels their basic need for belonging is met with someone.”<p>What makes for a good life? Current psychological theory highlights the importance of relationships, belonging and having a sense of purpose. Gratitude, forgiveness, generosity and …

Psychology

What is consciousness?

What is being in love, feeling pain or seeing colour made of? How our brains make conscious experience has long been a riddle – but we’re uncovering …

Could The Present Ever Change The Past?

In our everyday lives, things seem to happen in a particular order. Things that happen to us seem to be triggered by earlier events. The upset stomach we have in the evening is caused by that third taco we had at lunch. Doing well on a final exam is thanks to studying the entire week before. Our …

Quantum Physics

Australian Grass Got Kangaroos So High on DMT They Couldn't Walk Straight

A wild grass carries a potent psychedelic.<p>Viral videos of distressed kangaroos bouncing around erratically have stirred up concern and sympathy …

The Story of Human Origins in Africa Is Changing in a Way We Never Expected

This new idea makes a lot of sense.<p>The t-shirt representation of human evolution as a sequence of hunched primates standing tall is a popular …

Shocking then and now photos reveal what 100 years of climate change has done to Arctic glaciers.

bring back some memories<p>8 July 2018<p>36 notes<p>Arctic<br>• nature<br>• history<br>• then and now<br>• photography<br>• landscape<br>• nostalgia<br>• vintage<br>• 1900s<p>Shocking then and now photos …

Electrifying photographs of storms... taken by a pilot at 40,000ft

Most of us know the horror of the white-knuckle red-eye: that dread as the plane is tossed about in nocturnal turbulence. But while passengers clutch the seat and pray, Ecuadorian long-haul pilot Santiago Borja sits in his cockpit trying to focus – not on the altimeter but through the viewfinder of …

UFOs

Why athletes need a ‘quiet eye’

Want to know who will win a World Cup game or Wimbledon match? Look closely at the athletes’ eyes — including when it seems they're about to lose.<p>If anyone knows how to grab a victory from the jaws of defeat, it’s Serena Williams. Just consider her semi-final against Kim Clijsters at the 2003 …

Australian Open (Tennis)

The American Revolution Was Just One Battlefront in a Huge World War

When Americans think of world wars, they picture 20th-century scenes—the blood-drenched trenches at the Battle of the Somme where a million men were …

'It's Almost Like Another Planet' - Coldest Temperature On Earth Recorded In Antarctica

As summer starts heating up, scientists just published the coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth. During the long, dark Antarctica winter temperatures dropped low enough to resemble other planets.<p>The temperature they measured? A stunning negative 144 degrees Fahrenheit (-97.8 degrees Celsius). …

Send This Article to All Your Friends Who Believe in Chemtrails

On the season two premiere of Science Solved It, we dive into one of the most pervasive conspiracy theories: chemtrails.<p>Chemtrails—the theory that the white streaks seen behind airplanes are part of a secret government spraying program—is one of the most pervasive conspiracy theories out there.<p>A …

The secret to a meaningful life is simpler than you think

Some people seem to spend their whole lives dissatisfied, in search of a purpose. But philosopher Iddo Landau suggests that all of us have everything we need for a meaningful existence.<p>According to Landau, a philosophy professor at Haifa University in Israel and author of the 2017 book <i>Finding</i> …

If I Die, Do All My Quantum Selves Die, Too?

We hope you are either very clever or very high for this one<p>The reality you think you’re living in isn’t what you think it is.<p>That’s according to …

Canada just legalized marijuana. That has big implications for US drug policy.

It’s the second country in the world to legalize pot, following Uruguay.<p>Canada has become the first wealthy nation in the world to fully legalize marijuana.<p>The Senate approved Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, on Tuesday. The measure was already approved by the House of Commons, so the …

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Psychedelic Drugs Reshape Cells to "Repair" Neurons in Our Brains

Psychedelics could show the way to a new generation of medicine.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD, DMT, and psilocybin (the chemical in magic mushrooms) …

This super clear video of a nearly perfect tornado is stunning

Mother nature is terrifyingly beautiful.<p>Storm chaser James Hammett caught footage of this tornado in Laramie, Wyoming. Driving along a highway, he …

A new study on the psychology of persistent regrets can teach you how to live now

Lingering regrets, the kind you hang onto for years, can be great company, returning daily to keep some part of you living an alternate version of your life and career. They’re the stuff of sublime tragic novels and films. They can even be functional if they propel you forward, determined not to …

How New Pokemon Cards Are Made

Creatures, Inc. is an often-overlooked arm of the Pokemon machine. The developer has worked on spin-off Pokemon games for years, starting with Pokemon Stadium in 1998 and most recently Detective Pikachu--as well as 3D Pokemon models for various games, including Super Smash Bros. But the company is …

15+ Eerie Photos Taken Just Before Tragedy Hit

What happens after we say cheese? For the subjects of the following photographs they probably din’t predict the answer to be a morbid one. We have …