What Burger King's Super-Disturbing Mascot Teaches Us About Creepiness

Back in the mid-2000s, Burger King had a really unnerving ad campaign where a man in a plastic Burger King mask breaks into people's houses and watches them sleep. Over in the New Inquiry, Adam Kotsko uses the skin-crawling mascot, the King, as a jumping-off point to discuss the history of creepiness. » 3/02/15 2:27pm 3/02/15 2:27pm

Meet the "Queen of Hysterics" Who Was Freud's Early Muse

Proving that fame isn't a good measure of success, Marie "Blanche" Wittman, became known both locally and historically as the Queen of Hysterics. Her "medical demonstrations" were a kind of medical reality show — one that inspired the work of Sigmund Freud. » 7/14/14 7:20am 7/14/14 7:20am

Anti-conformity Research Led to Freud's Best Sarcastic One-Liner

There are plenty of tests that study conformity, but measuring anti-conformity is a tougher proposition. How do you measure something that is only evident after you make your influence felt? Researching this led to some interesting experiments, and the best line ever delivered by Sigmund Freud. » 6/12/14 10:40am 6/12/14 10:40am

The Original Example Of A Freudian Slip

Freudian slips are slips of the tongue that seem to reveal the speaker's secret thoughts. The most famous of these slips, in psychological circles, was analyzed by Sigmund Freud himself. Learn about how Freud connected incorrect Latin to a dark personal secret. » 6/02/14 8:20am 6/02/14 8:20am

Newest Insane Cop Procedural To Star A Crime-Solving Sigmund Freud

I... he... what?! Further proving there is literally nothing American TV networks won't turn into a crime procedural (or a hospital procedural), the father of modern psychoanalysis will use his knowledge of the oedipal complex to catch bad guys in the new series Freud: The Secret Casebook. » 4/16/14 1:46pm 4/16/14 1:46pm

You are suffering from womb envy

Growing up in the modern world it's impossible not to have knowledge of the famous Freudian concept of penis envy. Less well-known is the concept of womb envy, and even less well-known than that is the woman who came up with it. » 2/18/14 1:40pm 2/18/14 1:40pm

The urn containing Freud's ashes has been smashed by robbers

Back on New Year's Eve, some assholes broke into a crematorium in London and, in a botched attempt to steal the antique Greek vase containing the ashes of Sigmund Freud and his wife Martha, smashed the urn instead. » 1/16/14 9:40am 1/16/14 9:40am

Why Freud Still Matters, When He Was Wrong About Almost Everything

He’s been dead for nearly 70 years, but Sigmund Freud’s provocative theories are still a huge part of psychology, neuroscience, and culture — this despite the fact that many of his ideas were mindboggingly, catastrophically wrong. Here’s why Freud just won’t go away. » 8/07/13 11:02am 8/07/13 11:02am

Neuroscience pioneer Eric Kandel explains how Vienna and love brought…

Eric Kandel helped write the book on modern neuroscience. I mean that literally. If you own a neuroscience textbook, there's a good chance it's this one. You'll notice that Kandel is listed as the first author. » 10/23/12 1:20pm 10/23/12 1:20pm

10 Scientists Who Spent Time Behind Bars

Science is a dangerous business, full of risky propositions and strange experiments. And sometimes, scientists wind up going to jail for their pains. Some of them for the integrity of science, and some for far more sordid reasons. » 5/04/12 10:00am 5/04/12 10:00am

Opposites really do attract...but only when you're stressed out

It's an old cliche, but generally speaking opposites don't attract: we actually tend to be attracted to people who look like us. The big exception is when we get stressed out, as mounting tension pushes us towards different-looking prospective mates. » 9/04/11 9:45am 9/04/11 9:45am

25 Great Books By Legendary Scientists

From Darwin and Einstein to Hawking and Sagan, here are twenty-five amazing books written by world-famous scientists. These are legendary texts, popular science explainers, personal memoirs, and controversial new theories, and they're all enduring monuments to the power of science. » 4/20/11 9:20am 4/20/11 9:20am