Thinking positively could undermine your ability to succeed

It's become a truism to say that thinking good thoughts can lead to good things. Self-help gurus tell us to visualize success, and psychologists tout the "power of positive thinking." But some scientist have found that positive fantasies lead to bad things. » 2/24/14 4:58pm 2/24/14 4:58pm

How could we engineer humans to have more empathy?

People are capable of amazing kindness, but also of unbelievable callousness. We go out of our way to help strangers, but we also turn a blind eye to misery. But what if you could make human beings kind all the time? What does science teach us about empathy, and how to create it in people? We decided to ask the… » 6/19/13 5:14pm 6/19/13 5:14pm

Neuroscientists take aim at Naomi Wolf's theory of the "conscious…

Well, if Naomi Wolf wanted to draw attention to herself through the publication of her new book, Vagina: A New Biography, she has certainly succeeded — though it may not be the kind of attention she was hoping for. A number of commentators have taken exception to her unfortunate foray into neuroscience, particularly… » 9/06/12 2:40pm 9/06/12 2:40pm

The Right Way and Wrong Way to Let Your Mind Wander

We've all heard stories of inspiration striking out of the blue. It seems as though the moment your mind wanders, ideas and answers spring out of the void. Sometimes you can think about a problem logically for hours, without getting anywhere — but as soon as you "zone out," a clever solution pops into your head. » 8/09/12 3:14pm 8/09/12 3:14pm

The Wrong Way to Plan for the Future

We all know that thinking ahead is the only way to succeed in life. But a ton of new research shows that the more you think about future goals and events, the more mistakes you're likely to make. So how can you make forward-looking plans in a way that maximizes your chances of winning out? » 5/23/12 1:00pm 5/23/12 1:00pm

Myths about the Future that Could Ruin Your Life

Nobody knows what the future will bring, but most of us think about the future all the time. Will we succeed in our goals? Will we fail? Will the world fall apart? Is the Singularity coming soon? » 6/22/11 1:12pm 6/22/11 1:12pm

Learn the Dubious Secrets of Business from Wolverine and the Green…

Sean Wise's Be a Business Superhero uses strained and often terrible superhero analogies to explain the working world. He advises workers to craft their own superhero oath, and view Starbucks as their Fortress of Solitude. Read and laugh. Or weep. » 9/03/09 11:22am 9/03/09 11:22am