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What is the future of the study of the brain, and what is the future of the brain itself?
Cities will increasingly define our futures, so what’s the future of cities?
Just as we define our technologies, they define us.
By 2022, the demand for qualified cybersecurity personnel will outstrip supply by 1.8 million workers. What can the industry do to reduce this global threat?
In a “Minimal Turing Test,” people and machines get only one word to convince a human judge that they’re alive. What would you say?
Before you start calling yourself a Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, or Charlotte, let’s see what researchers really found.
A skeptic and a mystic seek common ground. Part four of four.
A skeptic and a mystic seek common ground. Part three of four.
A skeptic and a mystic seek common ground. Part two of four.
A skeptic and a mystic seek common ground. Part one of four.
Do not debate Deepak Chopra. Not because he’s right. Or because he’s wrong. But because he will not play ball.
She speaks about the complex emotions around victimhood, the role of plus-size models, and her advice for Logan Paul.
When does it make sense to rely on algorithms?
A couple months ago I got hustled in Istanbul, and it illuminated how much con games are like judo.
Candy Crush is a lot like life. I don’t mean to say life is just a grid of colorful confections waiting to be destroyed by your pointer finger; I mean to say they both rely on the same set of cognitive processes. Here’s a rundown.
New research shows that a simple algorithm adding up your Facebook Likes can actually assess your soul better than your soulmate can.
Uri Gneezy and John List are known for their field experiments, testing hypotheses in the real world.
We wondered how much typos matter, and exactly how they matter, and ran a couple of quick experiments to find out.
Expressions of positive thinking about the future—in inaugural addresses from 1933 to 2009 and newspaper articles from 2007 to 2009—reliably predicted economic decline.
Recent research helps explain why we pick January 1 for personal renovation, and how we can restart the clock if we slip up.
An analysis of astronauts’ reports reveals that for many, the awesomeness of spaceflight increased their belief in God. New research may explain why.
Halloween, with its witches and ghouls and talking foxes, might just be the most creative day of the year.
Which cognitive biases lead to which supernatural beliefs?
You’d have to be pretty cold-hearted to shove someone off a bridge into the path of a train. But from another perspective, that is the most beneficial thing you could do.
New research suggests even scientists intuitively believe in divine intervention and intelligent design.
A paper published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) shows just how revealing Facebook Likes can be.
A bat and a ball cost $1.10 in total. The bat costs $1.00 more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?
Your answer to this question will help me guess whether you believe in God.
Today Jonah Lehrer gave a talk in which he apologized for his journalistic wrongs and attempted to explain them. It's unclear whether his fundamental personal flaws can be fixed.
Wednesday night I attended a panel discussion at the New York Academy of Sciences titled “The Thinking Ape: The Enigma of Human Consciousness,” featuring Daniel Kahneman, David Chalmers, and others.
In Sunday’s New York Times, I wrote about the influence of the Puritans on modern American culture and morality, but there’s more to the story than could fit in the article.
Matthew Hutson is a science journalist in New York City.