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The Curse of Knowledge

2018-03-24T08:36:47+00:00 March 24th, 2018|Categories: Culture, Science|

Steven Pinker, author of writing manual "The Sense of Style," says the chief impediment to clear communication is a phenomenon called the "curse of knowledge." This cognitive bias basically means that "when you know something, it's extraordinarily difficult to know what it's like not to know it," Pinker tells CNBC Make It. "Your own knowledge seems so obvious

Many of our best theories are not true

2018-03-22T04:12:18+00:00 March 21st, 2018|Categories: Science, Uncategorized|

Many of our best theories are not true in a strict sense, but rather are idealizations. Such concepts, useful in everyday life, are intellectually dangerous Source: Many of our best theories are not true in a strict sense, but rather are idealizations. Such concepts, useful in everyday life, are intellectually dangerous

The Broken Science of Psychology

2018-03-21T00:01:53+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Categories: Psychology, Science, Uncategorized|

There was something wrong with psychology. A cascade of warning signs arrived all at once in 2011. Famous psychological experiments failed, over and over, when researchers re-did them in their own labs. Even worse, the standard methods researchers used in their labs turned out under close scrutiny to be wishy-washy enough to prove just about anything. Nonsense, ridiculous claims

Scientists discover evidence of early human innovation

2018-03-16T07:16:28+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Science, Uncategorized|

Scientists discovered that early humans in East Africa had -- by about 320,000 years ago -- begun trading with distant groups, using color pigments and manufacturing more sophisticated tools than those of the Early Stone Age, tens of thousands of years earlier than previous evidence has shown in eastern Africa. As earthquakes remodeled the landscape

Electric wave engulfs brain at first blush of consciousness

2018-03-07T07:39:41+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Categories: Meta, Psychology, Science, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Our brains are bombarded with information about events around us, but we only become conscious of a few of them. Yale researchers have captured what happens in the split second before the emergence of consciousness, a fundamental state of human life. “There is a very tight window of a few milliseconds when we come aware