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How We Got “Please” and “Thank You”

<i>“A good thing to think about is what kind of face to make when you say please,”</i> Ruth Krauss wrote in her magnificent final collaboration with Maurice Sendak. “That coat will be the last gift [your mother] gave you. You will regret the small thing you didn’t say for the rest of your life. Say thank …

Labelling others: Part 1 “Bad person”

You no doubt have seen it often enough, perhaps said it yourself: It’s a variation on “Only a bad person would do that!” Yet, we must also wonder …

Sound symbolism and product names

By Barbara Malt<p>In many animal communications, there’s a transparent link between what is being communicated and how that message is communicated. …

Will science someday rule out God? - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience | NBC News

Over the past few centuries, science can be said to have gradually chipped away at the traditional grounds for believing in God. Much of what once seemed mysterious — the existence of humanity, the life-bearing perfection of Earth, the workings of the universe — can now be explained by biology, …

This Light Bulb Will Get Its Glow From Bacteria, Not Electricity

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>University of Wisconsin-Madison students AnaElise Beckman, Alexandra Cohn, and Michael Zaiken recently launched a …

What Species is God?

Science and religion both have very particular ideas about how the world works, ideas that potentially are not totally compatible but that are …

Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong

An extended conversation with the legendary linguist<p>If one were to rank a list of civilization's greatest and most elusive intellectual challenges, the problem of "decoding" ourselves—understanding the inner workings of our minds and our brains, and how the architecture of these elements is encoded …

Why People Have More Sympathy for Puppies than Humans

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>A survey of 240 young men and women has found that adult human crime victims receive less sympathy than do adult dogs, …

Why Romantic Suffering is a Thing of the Past

In Christian culture, suffering is in fact a positive value. The Christian martyrs in the first centuries of our era showed, so to speak, their …

Evolution will punish you if you're selfish and mean

Two Michigan State University evolutionary biologists offer new evidence that evolution doesn’t favor the selfish, disproving a theory popularized in …

Carl Sagan’s Reading List

<i>“Success,”</i> concluded this 1942 anatomy of inspiration, <i>“depends on sufficient knowledge of the special subject, and a variety of extraneous knowledge to produce new and original combinations of ideas.”</i> Few are the heroes of modern history more “successful” and inspired than the great Carl Sagan, and …

Scientific evidence that you probably don’t have free will

How do we know time travelers aren't constantly changing the past?

We take it for granted that the past is fixed. History always happened the way we remember it happening. But how do we know for sure that that's the …