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Here's Why We're Attracted To Some People But Not Others, According To A Doctor

Have you ever wondered why you've been attracted to tall people your whole life? Or maybe you just noticed a pattern in your dating history — say, …

"Uniquely Human" Muscles Found in Apes Contradict Key Evolutionary Dogmas

"These are unverifiable 'just-so stories."<p>In his 1863 book <i>Evidence as to Man’s Place in Nature</i>, Thomas Henry Huxley raised hell by arguing that …

The brain learns completely differently than we’ve assumed, new learning theory says

(credit: Getty)A revolutionary new theory contradicts a fundamental assumption in neuroscience about how the brain learns. According to researchers …

Scientists have discovered two simple psychological differences that make you liberal or conservative

Political battles in the US are often portrayed as a clash between "bleeding heart" liberals and "pull yourself up by your bootstraps" conservatives.<p>Voters who favor opposing parties see various issues differently, but does that mean liberals and conservatives actually process the world through …

Psychology

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

What if Consciousness is Not What Drives the Human Mind?

<i>Summary: Researchers provide new insight into human consciousness, reporting we don’t consciously choose our feelings or thoughts; we simply become</i> …

Consciousness

Religious Belief Has Nothing to Do With Being Irrational, Say Scientists

Trust in the supernatural isn't a cognitive issue.<p>Every year, thousands of Catholic pilgrims trek for 30 days along the long, dusty Camino de …

‘Fairy Godmother’ Molecule Might Be Key Element in the Origin of Life

Scientists think they found the missing ingredient in the primordial soup.<p>In Earth’s early days, there was the so-called primordial soup, a cocktail …

The case for an artificially intelligent God

A former engineer for Waymo, one of Google’s sister companies under Alphabet, recently filed paperwork to become the “CEO” of a religion based on the worship of an AI. He’s not the first person to suggest that technology can be spiritual, and it’s easy to dismiss it as silly or offensive. But his …

Are religious people more moral?

<b>Joel Osteen (AP/Pat Sullivan)</b><p>Why do people distrust atheists?<p>Dimitris Xygalatas<p>October 29, 2017 11:29pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Conversation.<p>A recent study we conducted, led by psychologist Will Gervais, found widespread and extreme moral prejudice against atheists around the …

Religion 101: Examining the Nature of Religion and Religious Beliefs

<b>What is Religion? The Problem of Defining Religion:</b><p>Academic literature is filled with attempts to describe what religion is and many of those …

A New Theory Explains How Consciousness Evolved

A neuroscientist on how we came to be aware of ourselves.<p>Ever since Charles Darwin published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> in 1859, evolution has been the grand unifying theory of biology. Yet one of our most important biological traits, consciousness, is rarely studied in the context of evolution. …

Consciousness

A Woman With 7 Income Streams Explains Why It's One of the Best Things You Can Do For Your Career

She offers advice on how to be your own boss.<p>In 2001, Dorie Clark was working as a political reporter. It was her first job out of grad school.<p>One …

Humans With Amplified Intelligence Could Be More Powerful Than AI

With much of our attention focused the rise of advanced artificial intelligence, few consider the potential for <b>radically amplified human intelligence</b> …

The Atlantic

Americans may be answering not based on knowledge, but on belief. (from 2014)

The biggest myth about our brains is that they are "male" or "female"

Daphna Joel was already an established neuroscientist in 2009, when she chose to launch a gender studies course at Tel Aviv University. While preparing the class curriculum, she became deeply interested in the mechanisms through which gender is formed. Her research led her to an experiment by a …

Los Angeles

Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete?

"I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable."<p>It is hard to know how our future descendants will regard the little sliver of history that we live in. It is hard to know what events will seem important to them, what the narrative of now will look …

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban of killer robots

Open letter signed by Tesla chief and Alphabet’s Mustafa Suleyman urges UN to block use of lethal autonomous weapons to prevent third age of war<p>Some of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

There’s No Such Thing as Free Will

But we’re better off believing in it anyway.<p>For centuries, philosophers and theologians have almost unanimously held that civilization as we know it depends on a widespread belief in free will—and that losing this belief could be calamitous. Our codes of ethics, for example, assume that we can …

Consciousness

Understanding America’s Moral Divides

Psychological research helps explain why conflicts are so intractable when morality is involved.<p>Morality is “like the temple on the hill of human nature,” writes the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. “It is our most sacred attribute.” People cherish this sacred sense of right and wrong, put it on …

Fancy Math Can’t Make Aliens Real

An astrophysicist says extraterrestrial civilizations “almost certainly” existed at one time or another. Here’s what’s wrong with his argument.<p>Last week, <i>The New York Times</i> published an op-ed titled, “Yes, There Have Been Aliens.” As its headline suggests, the piece makes an extraordinary claim. …

If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?

We can think of ourselves as an animal’s peer—or its protector. What will robots decide about us?<p>Harambe, a gorilla, was described as “smart,” “curious,” “courageous,” “magnificent.” But it wasn’t until last spring that Harambe became famous, too. On May 28th, a human boy, also curious and …

New York State

This Simple Philosophical Puzzle Shows How Difficult It Is to Know Something - Facts So Romantic

<i>What is knowledge? Well, thinkers for thousands of years had more or less taken one definition for granted: Knowledge is “justified true belief.” But</i> …

University of Toronto

The Myth of Reverse Racism

The idea of white victimhood is increasingly central to the debate over affirmative action.<p>Contrary to initial indications, the civil-rights division of the Department of Justice won’t be dismantling affirmative action after all. At least, that’s the current word from Trump administration …

Civil Rights

The dangerous delusions of Richard Dawkins

The recent cancellation of a book event with Richard Dawkins by the radio station KPFA has caused reverberations around the world. KPFA cited …

About a Boy

Transgender surgery at sixteen.<p>For high-school seniors like Skylar—who live in prosperous suburbs, have doting parents, attend good schools, and get excellent grades while studding their transcripts with extracurricular activities—the hardest part of the college application is often the personal …

How Intelligence Leads to Stereotyping

A new study complicates the trope of the stupid bigot.<p>Upon seeing a young man hoisting a Hitler salute in 2017, most people likely do not think, “there goes a Rhodes Scholar.” Racists stereotype other people, for the most part, but there are also stereotypes <i>about</i> racists. And the stereotype about …

Psychology

This Quantum Theory Says Time Can Flow Backward

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

First Support for a Physics Theory of Life

Take chemistry, add energy, get life. The first tests of Jeremy England’s provocative origin-of-life hypothesis are in, and they appear to show how …

In Witnessing the Brain's 'Aha!' Moment, Scientists Shed Light on Biology of Consciousness

<i>Summary: Researchers report becoming consciously aware of a decision conforms to the same mechanism the brain goes through to complete a simple</i> …