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The Agony of Perfectionism

The fortress of classic economics was built on the slushy marsh of rational consumer theory. Thinking you can have every piece of information about a product is, in fact, anything but rational.<p>Imagine, for a moment, what it would mean to be a <i>perfectly</i> <i>rational</i> consumer today.<p>Before buying a fridge, …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

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There Is a Paranormal Activity Lab at the University of Virginia

Respected scientists are lending credibility to parapsychological research.<p>The market for stories of paranormal academe is a rich one. There’s Heidi Julavits’s widely acclaimed 2012 novel <i>The Vanishers</i>, which takes place at a New England college for aspiring Sylvia Brownes. And, of course, there’s …

What Americans Don't Know About Science

On a recent survey, just 74 percent of Americans said that the Earth revolves around the sun.<p>Every two years, the National Science Foundation releases a report on the state of science in the U.S. and around the world. It includes survey data for how Americans answer basic scientific questions such …

Big Breakthroughs Come in Your Late 30s

What the ages of Nobel Prize winners tell us about creativity<p>James Murphy, the former frontman of the band LCD Soundsystem, made what he called the biggest mistake of his life at 21, when he turned down a writing job on a sitcom that was about to launch.<p>The sitcom's name was <i>Seinfeld</i>.<p>Instead, he …