Top 25 List: August 2011

Browse the posts that made last month sizzle.

Creativity

Even those of us not in explicitly creative fields must come up with new ideas and insights in order to move ahead. How can we shake up our thinking patterns?

Religion

Though we can't prove the existence of one (or many) god(s), we can provide evidence for the power of religion. For good or for evil, faith factors into our everyday functioning: We've evolved to believe. Religion can help us make sense of our world, provide motivation, and bind us together. Nevertheless, structured belief has its drawbacks. So keep your mind open when dealing with dogma.

Beauty

That gorgeous people get preferential treatment is a not-too-pretty fact of life, long attributed to the halo effect. Now there's evidence that beauty and intelligence (and other positive characteristics) go hand in hand.