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Cognitive Dissonance: Stop Lying to Yourself

Home > Psychology Articles > Psychology Articles > <b>Cognitive Dissonance: Stop Lying to Yourself</b><p><i>'Tis not the strongest of the species that survive, nor</i> …

How wartime Britain planned to give the US a copy of Magna Carta

British Library papers reveal plot to relinquish Lincoln cathedral Magna Carta to persuade America to enter second world war: ‘After all, we possess four copies’<p>A secret British plan to butter up the US during the second world war by handing over a copy of Magna Carta has been revealed by the …

Magna Carta

An American researcher noticed something weird in China, and it led to a cultural breakthrough

I spent the next five years giving psychological tests of culture to people from all over China and puzzling over why the root cause of these differences. I soon discovered these differences fall along the traditional dividing line between rice and wheat. Why would rice have anything to do with …

Breakthroughs

Mapping the Global Super-Rich

The favored locales of the 0.002 percent.<p>It’s not just that the one percent is on the rise: The locational prerogatives of the global super-rich are changing the face of some of the world’s greatest cities. Foreign buyers are, for example, buying up huge chunks of central London and Manhattan, …

Over There, and Overlooked

The centennial of the First World War is slipping past unnoticed in the United States, despite its persistent legacy.<p>In a couple of months, we’ll mark the centennial of the sinking of the Lusitania, a history-bending event that will probably engage Americans not very much more than any of the other …

Political Science

The Power of 'Good Enough'

How settling can make people happier and more satisfied than gunning for "the best"<p>Over a decade ago, psychologist Barry Schwartz published what might be the ultimate psychological life-hacking tome, <i>The</i> <i>Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less</i>.​ In it, Schwartz argues that the modern world's smorgasbord …

Consumer Tech