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Reactance: The Psychological Phenomenon Behind the Partisan Response to Roseanne and Samantha Bee

Reactance: The Psychological Phenomenon Behind the Partisan Response to Roseanne and Samantha Bee

Beyond how we respond to pop-culture, reactance has become a fundamental part of American political discourse.

How the Church of Climate Change Resembles a (Deadly) Cult

How the Church of Climate Change Resembles a (Deadly) Cult

Doomsday is not around the corner; doomsday is in the heads of those who have swigged the climate-change Kool-Aid.

Political Ideology Is Not the Culprit in Skepticism of Science, Research Shows

Political Ideology Is Not the Culprit in Skepticism of Science, Research Shows

Political ideology is seen by many researchers as the main culprit of science skepticism. The research, however, suggests something else.

John Cleese Has a Theory on Why Political Correctness Is Rampant in Our Culture

John Cleese Has a Theory on Why Political Correctness Is Rampant in Our Culture

John Cleese of Monty Python fame posited an interesting theory on why many people feel compelled to control the words and behaviors of others.

Identity Politics Is Now Undermining Science

Identity Politics Is Now Undermining Science

As Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute shows, the push for diversity has become a clear and present danger to scientific progress.

Yanny or Laurel? It’s Your Brain Not Your Ears That Decides

Yanny or Laurel? It’s Your Brain Not Your Ears That Decides

As a speech scientist, I never thought I’d see so much excitement on social media about one tiny little word.

Ethanol Is a Never-Ending Gravy Train for Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers. But What About the Rest of America?

Ethanol Is a Never-Ending Gravy Train for Corn Farmers and Ethanol Producers. But What About the Rest of America?

Like most people I’ve spoken with, I have no innate, inflexible antipathy to ethanol in gasoline. What upsets me are the deceptive claims used to justify adding mostly corn-based ethanol to this indispensable fuel....

Study: Climate Change Skeptics More Eco-Friendly Than Believers

Study: Climate Change Skeptics More Eco-Friendly Than Believers

It’s usually assumed that climate change skeptics simply don’t care about the environment. But a recent study shows otherwise.

Biomolecular Engineers Say They Have Developed a Cure for Hangovers

Biomolecular Engineers Say They Have Developed a Cure for Hangovers

This sort of antidote won’t stop people from going too far when consuming alcohol, but it could help them recover quicker.

Screenshot of 2004 Conversation Proves Mark Zuckerberg Never Cared About Your Privacy

Screenshot of 2004 Conversation Proves Mark Zuckerberg Never Cared About Your Privacy

People should not be fooled. Mark Zuckerberg never cared about your privacy.

Why Millennials Are So Much Lonelier than the Greatest Generation

Why Millennials Are So Much Lonelier than the Greatest Generation

A new study found that young people are far likelier to report being lonely and in poor health than the elderly.

5 Creepy Science Terms That Explain Your Addiction to Junk Food

5 Creepy Science Terms That Explain Your Addiction to Junk Food

Your inability to stop eating chips isn't merely a lack of willpower; it's the result of a conscious effort on the part of food scientists.

Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)

Why Humans Increasingly Are Unaware of Their Ignorance (And Why it's a Big Problem)

Research out of Yale University suggests the internet is making humans believe they are smarter than they actually are.

Was Darwin Wrong?

Was Darwin Wrong?

Or have critics – and some fans – missed the point?
Learning How to Not Be a Snowflake

Learning How to Not Be a Snowflake

Resilience depends not only on what happens to us but how we interpret what happens to us.  

9 Things We Fail to Admit about Transgender Kids (from an Endocrinologist)

9 Things We Fail to Admit about Transgender Kids (from an Endocrinologist)

Those in the medical community are beginning to speak up about the dangers of helping children transition to the opposite sex.

China’s ‘Social Credit System’ Is a Totalitarian’s Dream Come True. Are We Far Behind?

China’s ‘Social Credit System’ Is a Totalitarian’s Dream Come True. Are We Far Behind?

China’s rating scheme is the latest and most expansive effort by central planners to use government to encourage good behavior.

Do White People Commit a Disproportionate Number of Mass Shootings?

Do White People Commit a Disproportionate Number of Mass Shootings?

Are white people really responsible for carrying out more mass shootings? A look at the data.

Why are the Dutch and Nordics the Happiest People on Earth?

Why are the Dutch and Nordics the Happiest People on Earth?

For the past decade the Nordics, Switzerland and the Netherlands have generally traded around the first seven slots. The United States... not so much.

Was Stephen Hawking Really Just a Computer?

Was Stephen Hawking Really Just a Computer?

Stephen Hawking once pronounced that he thought he was little more than a computer and that, because of this, he was unafraid to die.

I Was a Student of Stephen Hawking’s – Here’s What He Taught Me

I Was a Student of Stephen Hawking’s – Here’s What He Taught Me

There’s no doubt Hawking’s death is a huge loss to physics. But personally, what I will miss most is his humour and the general feeling of inspiration I got from being around him.

Philosopher Erich Fromm on Why People Fail at Love

Philosopher Erich Fromm on Why People Fail at Love

In his classic book 'The Art of Loving,' social psychologist Erich Fromm explained how 'being in love' depends largely on increasing our own capacity to love.

Stephen Hawking’s Greatest Success

Stephen Hawking’s Greatest Success

Stephen Hawking inspired millions by a unique example of achievement against all the odds – a manifestation of amazing willpower and determination.

Euthanasia is Now Being Performed ... on Prisoners

Euthanasia is Now Being Performed ... on Prisoners

Eight prisoners have applied for medical aid in dying.

5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life in a Hurry

5 Types of People Who Can Ruin Your Life in a Hurry

People with high-conflict personality are the source of many of the most intense relationship conflicts, even though they account for just 10 percent of the population.

Humility is the Key to Altruism, Georgetown Psychologist Says

Humility is the Key to Altruism, Georgetown Psychologist Says

Abigail Marsh, an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University, has discovered a trait common among altruistic people. 

Protective Intelligence: The Key to Preventing Classroom Shootings

Protective Intelligence: The Key to Preventing Classroom Shootings

The best thing that a school district security department can do to protect students is to invest heavily in cultivating a personal relationship with every single student.

What’s Really Behind the Multiverse Theory

What’s Really Behind the Multiverse Theory

When it comes to the theory of multiple universes, one of the most important means by which a scientific hypothesis can be confirmed is simply unavailable. 

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