When Facts Threaten Our Beliefs, We Resort To Bullshit Rationalizations

Facts are great, except when they undermine our worldview. As a new study shows, when confronted with factual challenges, we often retreat by presenting weak explanations that are difficult — if not impossible — to disprove. More proof that you just can't win. » 1/20/15 12:46pm 1/20/15 12:46pm

8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making things more difficult, their misconceptions about science are often driven by logical fallacies, or errors in deductive reasoning. Here are eight of the most common… » 1/14/15 10:25am 1/14/15 10:25am

The Neuroscience of Anti-Science Activists

When confronted with facts that contradict our beliefs, there's a solid evolutionary reason why we double down and refuse to change our minds. It's called "motivated reasoning," and it suggests that rationality is always a process of rationalization. » 5/02/14 4:19pm 5/02/14 4:19pm

This Calculator Tells You How Much Money Your Time Is Really Worth

As a finite resource, our time is a precious commodity. But determining the precise value it holds in our lives is not easy. But a new tool can now tell you how much money your time is really worth — and how to spend it more wisely. » 3/31/14 8:40am 3/31/14 8:40am

How Your Mistakes Can Make You a More Rational Person

As humans we make mistakes all the time, but we don't often recognize them for what they are: setbacks that are begging to be recognized as useful lessons. Here are some amazing brain hacks that help you learn from your screw-ups and become more rational. » 11/21/13 11:20am 11/21/13 11:20am

A Test to Measure How Rational You Really Are

Standard IQ tests are problematic on many levels — not least, because they do very little to tell us about the quality of our thinking. Looking to overcome this oversight, psychologist Keith Stanovich has started to work on the first-ever Rationality Quotient test. We spoke to him to learn more. » 6/28/13 11:44am 6/28/13 11:44am

How Bayes’ Rule Can Make You A Better Thinker

Having a strong opinion about an issue can make it hard to take in new information about it, or to consider other options when they're presented. Thankfully, there’s an old rule that can help us avoid this problem — and even help us make good decisions when we’re uncertain. Here’s how Bayesian Reasoning works, and why… » 4/08/13 12:30pm 4/08/13 12:30pm

Why you're probably not as rational as you think you are — and what you…

When it comes to self-improvement, few people consider their reasoning skills. Most of us simply assume - and take for granted - that under most circumstances, we formulate perfectly rational opinions. But according to an emerging subculture of rationality gurus, there's still plenty of room for improvement. They… » 11/02/12 11:00am 11/02/12 11:00am