What Can Crows and Ravens Teach People About Resisting Temptation?

By now you probably know about Walter Mischel's famous 1972 marshmallow task, which used the tasty snacks to measure impulse control in children. What you might not know is why marshmallows can help us better understand what it means to be human. A new study, in which crows and ravens were subjected to a version of… » 3/12/14 4:09pm 3/12/14 4:09pm

How the pseudoscience of Social Darwinism nearly destroyed humanity

Following the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1860, many political theorists and opportunistic politicians applied his findings to human society. In the 20th century, these ideas were put into practice — and it nearly destroyed us. Here’s why Social Darwinism was one of the worst ideas ever. » 9/13/13 11:35am 9/13/13 11:35am

Neuro-Tourism In Charlie Kaufman's Movies

The movie we're most eager to see this spring may well be Synecdoche, New York, the directorial debut of Charlie Kaufman, who wrote Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Will it be science fiction? We don't know yet. But we do know it'll be mind-bending, and judging from the synopses we've… » 3/21/08 4:00pm 3/21/08 4:00pm