Chicks Might Map Numbers From Left To Right – Just Like Us!

When you think of the numbers 1–10, you probably envision them running along a line, with 1 on the left and 10 on the right. Scientists have long debated whether this tendency is hardwired or culturally instilled. This week, the hardwired camp scored a major point. Young chickens, it seems, also map numbers from… » 1/30/15 10:40am 1/30/15 10:40am

How Do You Know You're Real?

In this video from TED-Ed, James Zucker teams up with Stretch Films' John R. Dilworth to dish out a cogent, three-minute introduction to René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy. If you've ever wondered how to get from "How do I know I'm real?" to "I think, therefore I am," this one's for you. » 8/17/14 8:00am 8/17/14 8:00am

The 7 Most Intriguing Philosophical Arguments for the Existence of God

Nietzsche is famous for saying that God is dead, but news of The Almighty's demise may have been greatly exaggerated. Here are some of the most fascinating and provocative philosophical arguments for the existence of God. » 1/23/14 10:10am 1/23/14 10:10am

This pre-Internet chatroom conversation between Jim Henson, Ayn Rand,…

Before the Internet, there was ARPANET — an experimental computer network brought to life in the 1960s by the U.S. Department of Defense. The design goals of the DOD's sui generis packet-switching plexus were manifold, and its role in laying the groundwork for what would become the Internet cannot be overstated;… » 12/12/12 2:30pm 12/12/12 2:30pm

Your ability to imagine a number line may not be hardwired after all

Imagine a number line in your head. Got it? Now think about this: how did it get there in the first place; is the ability to map a number line in your mind an innate human ability, or is it a concept that must be learned? » 4/26/12 7:35am 4/26/12 7:35am