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Scientists Have Established a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

Sensory Deprivation Chicago - What Floatation Therapy is Really Like

184 Shares<p><b>The term “sensory deprivation tank” doesn’t exactly have the nicest ring to it, but float centres in which participants spend time floating</b> …

Meditation

The 19-year-old who made his fortune in bitcoin says if you don't become a millionaire in the next 10 years, it's your own fault

German teenager Erik Finman has an unusual success story.<p>When was 12 years old, he realized school wasn't his future. Most of his classmates felt the same, of course, but Finman took action: He made a bet with his parents.<p>His parents promised that if he became a millionaire before his 18th …

Cryptocurrency

Stanford analyzed 292 retirement strategies — here's what its experts determined is best

When you're ready to retire, how can you be sure you'll have enough money to last? And what's the best way to withdraw your savings over the years?<p>Steve Vernon, consulting research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, set out to answer these questions by collaborating with the Society of …

Retirement

Everything you know about the Gospel of Paul is likely wrong

This past year, I burdened the English-speaking world with my very own translation of the New Testament – a project that I undertook at the behest of …

Theology

Some people can't see pictures in their imaginations — here's why

Imagine an apple floating in front of you. Now see if you can rotate it around in your mind. Look at it from the top, bottom - does it have any blemishes? How clearly can you see it?<p>Some people see the apple perfectly, like watching a movie, while others have a very poor wavering image. Although it …

21 occupations of the future

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Foreign Policy

You Learn One of These 5 Ways (Infographic) | Inc.com

"Work hard" is such bland, blanket advice because the definition varies greatly depending on the person. Setting goals may be easy for you, but emotional intelligence a struggle. Where you have your challenges really depends on who you are and, in a broader sense, how you take in the world.<p>It is …

Learning

Parents of unsuccessful kids could have these 6 things in common

Raising children requires good parenting techniques as well as avoiding bad habits. A positive body image help children develop socially. Quality time with kids also helps them in school. But just as important are avoiding mistakes that can curtail a child's social, physical, emotional and …

Climber Completes the Most Dangerous Rope-Free Ascent Ever

Alex Honnold has become the first climber to free solo Yosemite’s 3,000-foot El Capitan wall.<p>YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA—Renowned rock climber Alex Honnold on Saturday became the first person to scale the iconic nearly 3,000-foot granite wall known as El Capitan without using ropes or other …

Climbing

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Study Finds Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

Scientists found that damage in a certain part of the brain is linked to an increase in religious fundamentalism. In particular, lesions in the</b> …

Religion

Daniel Dennett: ‘I begrudge every hour I have to spend worrying about politics’

Truth has long been a key concern for the American philosopher. He’s in the UK to discuss his latest book on consciousness, but there’s just no escaping Trump…<p>I meet Daniel Dennett, the great American rationalist, on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, as good a day as any to contemplate the …

Donald Trump

Why You Should Start Skipping Breakfast

"Intermittent fasting" burns fat and makes you healthier—really.<p>Put down the bagel and read this carefully: Skipping breakfast could help you unlock incredible health benefits and live longer. Yes, I'm encouraging you to shatter several dietary rules—never skip meals; eat every two to three hours; …

Holistic Medicine

How people rebuilt after the horrific firebombing of Dresden

Rebuilding Dresden<p>A city rises from the ashes<p>1945<p>1955<p>Over two days and nights in February 1945, American and British bombers dropped 2,400 tons of …

German History

Which connected camera is best for your smart home?

Smart Homes

What your mindless daily habits reveal about you, according to science

You can't make blanket statements, like "All people who cut up their food into tiny pieces are neurotic."<p>You also can't make definitive statements about individual people, like "You talked about yourself this entire conversation, so you're obviously a narcissist."<p>What you can do is look into the …

Psychology

The case against completely merging finances with your spouse

But once you decide to tie the knot, you set off a chain of other difficult decisions, not least among them whether to combine your finances or keep things separate.<p>There's no right or wrong answer, and it depends entirely on the couple — which makes things frustrating. We spoke to both a financial …

You Can't Always Trust Your Own Thoughts, And This Terrifying Chart Shows Why

Here’s the newest guide for learning about cognitive biases and debugging your brain.<p>The human brain has been sculpted over the course of millions of years of evolution, so you’d think it’s been debugged pretty well.<p>But it’s still left with so many mental glitches.<p>Just take a look at this …

Critical Thinking

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.<p>As we …

Consciousness

Habits of extremely boring people

Mike Nudelman/Business Insider<p>We fear boredom — that we might be bored or, even worse, bore others.<p>One example: For a 2014 University of Virginia psychology study, participants gave themselves electrical shocks to avoid sitting alone with their thoughts for 15 minutes.<p>In a similarly themed Quora …

Obama Actually Made America Great Again. Here's the Data.

Believe it or not, life for the vast majority of Americans has improved under President Obama. From health and wellbeing to economic stability and …

Affordable Care Act

What the brain of a guy who climbs massive cliffs without ropes can teach us about fear

It’s hard for most of us to process what Alex Honnold does.<p>A 30-year-old climber, Honnold is known as the master of a discipline known as free solo …

3tags.org

10 reasons 2016 is the best time to be alive, according to an economic globalisation expert

Only 4% of Brits and 6% of Americans believe that the world is getting better, according to polling by YouGov.<p>But despite this universal sense of dread, humans are actually more safe, wealthier, healthier, more free, less hungry, and more literate than ever before, Johan Norberg argues in his book …

Geography

5 Best Apps to Use for Personal Investing

It used to be difficult to be an individual investor, making one’s own decisions about trading on the stock market. The reason? The brokers and fund …

My Social Security Reform Plan: One-Third-One-Third-One-Third

A Real Map of the Middle East

Could this map <i>be</i> any more different from the previous one discussed on this blog? That one dealt with the water, wetlands and shifting shorelines of …

Nobel Prize-winning economist Stiglitz tells us why 'neoliberalism is dead'

Speaking with Business Insider after the launch of his latest book, "The Euro: How A Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe"— which argues that the fundamental flaws with the euro and the broader European economy are causing huge problems for the continent and risk leading to its downfall — …