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When You Argue With a Fundamentalist You Don't Know What You're Asking For

How do we talk to people who see the world as collateral damage in the pursuit of the Heavenly Kingdom? Is it even worth trying to nudge people out …

Faith

I’m a former reality TV star who almost became a conservative pundit. I couldn’t stomach it.

I could have been the next Tomi Lahren.<p>“I know you said you’re not politically conservative, but with your doctorate in religious studies and your look, you could get a lot of work as a talking head or host for a conservative outlet. They love blonde, girl-next-door types.”<p>I heard some version of …

Reality TV

How To Actually Deal With Intrusive Thoughts, According To Experts

Ever lie awake at night and surprise yourself with a thought that you just can't shake? Dealing with stressful thoughtscan feel super isolating, but …

Mindfulness

The latest research on disciplining kids will make you a better parent—and a better spouse.

shironosov/Getty<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Imagine, for a moment, that you are lying inside an MRI scanner. A …

Mental Health

Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection

‘Other companies suck in your data too’ Facebook explained in many, many words today with a blog post detailing how it gathers information about you from around the web.<p>Facebook product management director David Baser wrote “Twitter, Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to …

Social Media

New today from Psych Central

by Darius Cikanavicius<p>A tragic number of children have been raised to practice self-sacrifice and self-erasure in order to meet the needs of others, …

Mental Disorders

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

In the early 1950s, the psychologist Muzafer Sherif brought together a group of boys at a US summer camp – and tried to make them fight each other. Does his work teach us anything about our age of resurgent tribalism?<p>• Read an extract from The Lost Boys<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods …

Psychology

Where Can You Find Free Online Psychology Classes

Are you looking for a free online psychology class? There are a number of places to find these no-expense classes, which can be a great way to expand …

Psychology

Can We Please Stop Talking About Generations as if They Are a Thing?

Millennials are not all narcissists and boomers are not inherently selfish. The research on generations is flawed.<p>We spend a lot of time debating the …

Demographics

This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work

LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life.<p>The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history. Electric lighting, cars, plastic, the telephone, and television are all less than 150 years old, while …

Innovation

Evangelical Gnosticism | Abigail Rine Favale

I teach in a great books program at an Evangelical university. Almost all students in the program are born-and-bred Christians of the …

Theology

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

'Xennials' were born in the early '80s — here are all the ways they're different from the millennials they were supposed to be

If you were born between 1977 and 1985, you're officially a member of the microgeneration known as xennials.<p>The term was coined by Sarah Stankorb in a 2014 Good magazine article to describe a group that straddles Gen X, born between 1965 and 1980, and millennials, born between 1981 and 1996, …

Demographics

What makes someone believe or reject information?

Separating fact from fiction in the age of alternate facts is becoming increasingly difficult, and now a new study has helped reveal why.<p>Research by …

Australian National University

Muscle Mass May Reduce Risk of Death and Explain the Obesity Paradox

Nearly twenty years ago, researchers began noticing a curious paradox in health-focused studies: despite common wisdom that being overweight or obese …

Holistic Medicine

Web apps are only getting better

Slack is a web app. Trello is a web app. Google Docs. Gmail. Even Twitter.<p>The web started out as a collection of hyperlinked documents. The “Web 2.0” hype in the mid-2000s was about how the web was becoming interactive. At first we were just commenting and upvoting on hyperlinked documents, but …

Apps

Seven Types of Atheism by John Gray review – is every atheist an inverted believer?

An impressively erudite work, ranging from St Augustine to Joseph Conrad, embraces an atheism that finds enough mystery in the material world<p>There has been a rash of books in recent years by thinkers for whom the human race is getting nicer and nicer. Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley and …

Atheism

New information emerges about young girl's grave that has fascinated for more than a century

History researchers have uncovered new information about a six-year-old girl's lone grave in central Victorian bushland that has fascinated locals …

Archaeology

How to Respond When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting

“Katherine, have a go at it?”<p>I love this scene from the 2017 movie, <i>Hidden Figures.</i> Katherine, played by Taraji P. Henson, is put on the spot by her boss, played by Kevin Costner, in a room filled with top brass NASA officials — all male. She is asked to go to the chalkboard and lay out the math to …

Management

How To Purge Everything You Don't Need From Your Home

Out with the old, in with the new — that’s what ringing in the new year is about, right? And, while that is a good motto for many areas of your life, …

Minimalism

Biases, fallacies, argument: Would you argue with a T-rex?

If you were the brontosaurus, what would you say <i>back</i>? The following cartoon sequence is designed for TOK to prompt examination of assumptions, …

Oxford University

On this day in 1945: Dietrich Bonhoeffer, theologian and anti-Nazi dissident, is executed 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in 1906 in Breslau, Prussia. He was the sixth of eight children. His father was a professor of psychiatry and neurology at the University of Berlin, and his mother was a teacher.<p>Bonhoeffer studied theology at Tübingen and Berlin, before becoming assistant pastor to a …

Theology

Jesus’ Female Disciples: The New Evidence – a timely new take on the ultimate boys’ club

Was Mary Magdalene in fact an important dignitary from a town on the Sea of Galilee? Just one of the surprising theories from this look at the most misogynistic story ever told<p>Until now, the women in the Bible have been split broadly into “pious onlookers or repentant prostitutes”. But in Jesus’ …

Mary Magdalene

How to Hack Wi-Fi: Stealing Wi-Fi Passwords with an Evil Twin Attack

While Wi-Fi networks can be set up by smart IT people, that doesn't mean the users of the network are similarly tech-savvy. We'll demonstrate how an …

White Hat

10 Questions to Spot B.S. From Astrophysicist Carl Sagan

A useful crash course in clear-eyed skepticism for the era of fake news.<p>Baloney, bunk, B.S. Whatever you want to call it, it's probably been with us since the dawn of humanity. But these days it feels like we're living in a golden age of bull.<p>Between politicians' cries of "fake news," fact-free …

Fake News

Which religion has the most followers worldwide?

It’s easy to think we’re a secular society, until events like Easter, Eid, or Passover come along, and plenty of our friends and family are …

Religion

Researchers Discover Common Thread Among Christians Who Voted For Trump

Social scientists have a number of theories on why President Donald Trump captured the votes of 80 percent of white evangelical Protestants in the 2016 election, much more than his support from any other religious group. And the president still enjoys the approval of 78 percent of white …

Religion

With This 1-Minute Video, Will Smith Describes the 1 Thing That Separates People Who Achieve From Those Who Only Dream

Best of all, it that one thing applies to everyone -- and to every pursuit.<p>We all have goals. We all have dreams.<p>So what separates the people who achieve their goals and realize their dreams from those who don't?<p>Here's what Will Smith -- the Grammy Award winning, Oscar nominated actor, producer, …

Motivation

Brain Plasticity: How Experience Changes the Brain

Brain plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity, is a term that refers to the brain's ability to change and adapt as a result of experience. When …

The Brain

Video: Can You Find The Mimics In America's Largest Insect Collection?

Insects are nature's masters of disguise. Take a backstage tour of the largest insect collection in America to experience nature's most convincing mimics.<p>Inside the largest entomology collection in America, there are insects that are out to fool you.<p>We went backstage at the Smithsonian Museum of …

Insects