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The spooky history of how cats bewitched us

Witches have always liked cats. Sure, they’ve been known to hang out with a wide variety of creatures, including lambs, hornets and crabs. But felines are their favorite consorts, according to an academic analysis that tallied up animal “familiars” from 200 historic English witch trials.<p>Is anybody …

Pets

What Your Love of Funny Cat Videos Says About Your Personality, According to Science

Apparently, your preference for cute animals vs. inspirational content says a lot about your personality.<p>Scroll through your Facebook feed and what do you see?<p>Ignoring the current and hopefully temporary barrage of highly partisan election posts (just stop, people! You're not swaying anyone), most …

Psychology

Two More Classic Psychology Studies Just Failed The Reproducibility Test

The scientific method in action.<p>For years now, researchers have been warning about a reproducibility crisis in science - the realisation that a lot …

Psychology

The Problem With Science Writing - Facts So Romantic

Want to hear a seamy insider secret from the science communication industry? The border between journalism and public relations has more turnstiles …

Science

How to watch movies and read books more intelligently, according to New York’s most powerful critics

Sometimes it seems we’ll never get back to the blissful college days of doing nothing but reading, thinking, and discussing. (Or drinking while discussing. Or drinking while not discussing.) The farther you get along in career and family, the more you wonder: Will I ever find time to finish (or …

Clint Eastwood

Here Is the One Perfect Book for Every Single Myers-Briggs Type

Myers-Briggs Type: ENFJ<p>Authentic Happiness (by Martin Seligman)<p>“According to esteemed psychologist and bestselling author Martin Seligman, happiness …

Why Some Men Are Intimidated by Smarter Women

Two women in their late 20s walk into a Manhattan bar. One, an energetic blonde named Jayne, is the cofounder of a financial technology start-up. Her …

Psychology

The Story of Enlightenment: The Neuroscience of Mindfulness Meditation

<i>There have been many studies demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness meditation: how it can</i> <i>increase dopamine levels</i> <i>(more happiness), how it can</i> …

5 Steps To Help You To Design Your Life

When it comes to organizational change, it’s often the case that we don’t try and change things until we really have to. The analogy often used is that of the burning platform, upon which you have little choice but to do something.<p>This post isn’t about organizational change however so much as …

Fun-Da-Mental

Designing The Best Monster In Sci-Fi History

H.R. Giger’s xenomorph design articulates primal fears each of us has at the intersection of sex, death, and monstrosity.<p>After nearly four decades of exposure, the ichor-dripping design of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror classic <i>Alien</i> is the the rare monster concept that hasn’t had its …

H. R. Giger

7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According To Science

The brain’s creative circuitry holds some unexpected secrets that scientists are only just beginning to understand.<p>Daydreaming. Horsing around. Aimless wandering. A sudden, traumatic loss. So many things that seem to conjure an automatic, negative connotation can actually have an …

Creativity