Science

Does Empathy Have a 'Dark Side'?

Does Empathy Have a 'Dark Side'?

Philosopher Jesse Prinz has argued that empathy is prejudiced and leads to “moral myopia.”

Moral Outrage: A Theory on Why We’re Seeing So Much of It

Moral Outrage: A Theory on Why We’re Seeing So Much of It

Academics say in new paper that moral outrage is "a means of reducing guilt over one’s own moral failings and restoring a moral identity.”

Trolling: The Reason People Do It

Trolling: The Reason People Do It

A recent Pew Internet Survey found that four out of 10 people online have been harassed online.

The Subtle Conditioning of Social Media

The Subtle Conditioning of Social Media

In the digital playground that is Facebook, our inputs are binary.

The Ego is an Enemy

The Ego is an Enemy

An unhealthy belief in the importance of the self makes people reactive, defensive, and unhappy. 

How Long Does it Take to Form Good Habits?

How Long Does it Take to Form Good Habits?

Aristotle said rituals define who we are. But a recent study shows new habits are not easily formed.

Five Ways Nanoscience is Making Science Fiction into Fact

Five Ways Nanoscience is Making Science Fiction into Fact

Though nano-techology can’t do everything that science fiction has promised just yet, it is changing the world as we know it.

Gender-Affirming Bathroom Policies ‘Quackery,’ Medical Experts Say

Gender-Affirming Bathroom Policies ‘Quackery,’ Medical Experts Say

Medical experts speak out against supporting transitions for transgender children.

'Parenting Equality' Stereotypes Hurt Both Moms and Dads

'Parenting Equality' Stereotypes Hurt Both Moms and Dads

The stereotype that women are by nature better than men at child rearing is reinforced by the assumption that parental duties must be split equally.

Wikipedia Bans Daily Mail as Source

Wikipedia Bans Daily Mail as Source

The ban comes days after the British paper published a story in which a whistleblower alleged a federal agency manipulated climate data. 

Why We Should Stop Drugging Our Kids

Why We Should Stop Drugging Our Kids

Rather than suppressing our kids’ natural behavior with powerful medications, maybe we need to learn to suppress our own.

The FDA Carefully Manipulates the News You Receive

The FDA Carefully Manipulates the News You Receive

Politics is not the only place to look for 'fake news".

Gridlock Increases Domestic Violence, Study Claims

Gridlock Increases Domestic Violence, Study Claims

A pair of researchers found that traffic jams don't just waste time and fuel, they actually precipitate domestic violence.

Study: Cohabitation Far Less Stable for Children Than Marriage

Study: Cohabitation Far Less Stable for Children Than Marriage

 Children born into cohabiting families are about twice as likely to see their parents split, a new study found.

Battling Porn With Virtue Education (and Common Sense)

Battling Porn With Virtue Education (and Common Sense)

According to recent estimates, the average age at which boys now begin use of Internet pornography is 11.

Euthanasia Could Save Canada Millions in Healthcare Costs

Euthanasia Could Save Canada Millions in Healthcare Costs

“Medical assistance in dying" could save Canada as much as $138.8 million annually.

Hatred of Trump Reveals the Hatred Within

Hatred of Trump Reveals the Hatred Within

Those leading the boycott may be suffering from what one author calls the Othello Principle: “The eye sees what the mind looks for.”

The Human-Pig: Is C.S. Lewis’ 1944 Prediction Coming True?

The Human-Pig: Is C.S. Lewis’ 1944 Prediction Coming True?

Will our efforts to manipulate mankind through science only end in dehumanizing our own selves?

Carl Sagan's Eerie Prediction of America’s Future

Carl Sagan's Eerie Prediction of America’s Future

“I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time – when the United States is a service and information economy… 

It’s called the Executive Branch

It’s called the Executive Branch

Stop panicking about the “gag order” or “censorship” of federal agencies like the EPA. 

What the Holes in the Fossil Record Can Tell Us

What the Holes in the Fossil Record Can Tell Us

Interpreting fossils that aren’t there comes with its own peculiar challenges, but the gaps that haunt the record also tell a story.

Partisanship and the Reason Each Side Thinks the Other Side is Crazy

Partisanship and the Reason Each Side Thinks the Other Side is Crazy

It’s related to something called information avoidance.

Are You Unconsciously Racist?

Are You Unconsciously Racist?

The problem with implicit bias tests.

Stem Cell Science Could Soon Make Sex Obsolete (or Largely Recreational)

Stem Cell Science Could Soon Make Sex Obsolete (or Largely Recreational)

Scientists are close to finding out how to create eggs and sperm in a Petri dish. 

That Teacher Who Got Impregnated by a 13-Year-Old Was Sentenced

That Teacher Who Got Impregnated by a 13-Year-Old Was Sentenced

The judge did not go easy on her.

Penn State Offers Free Psych Counseling as Trump Inauguration Nears

Penn State Offers Free Psych Counseling as Trump Inauguration Nears

Penn State is launching a campaign to help students cope with the stress, anxiety and distress they feel as Trump's presidency nears.

Is Your Smartphone Making You Paranoid?

Is Your Smartphone Making You Paranoid?

A pair of academic researchers found that the more people used their phones the less they trusted strangers.

The Tortured Logic of the Gender Revolutionaries

The Tortured Logic of the Gender Revolutionaries

National Geographic is now trying its hand at gender theory.

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