The 19th Century Blueprint For A Massive Mind-Control Machine

James Tilly Matthews was a peace activist 200 years ago, during the Napoleonic Wars. He was confined to Bedlam asylum because he attributed the bloody conflict to a secret society using futuristic mind-control devices, which he illustrated in exquisite detail, rivaling the technical drawings of engineers. » 11/21/14 10:50am Yesterday 10:50am

If You Laugh At This Joke, Then You're A Conformist

We all know that conformity is one of the great weaknesses of humans, who will do almost anything to "fit in." But this isn't exactly news — researchers proved it 70 years ago. They came up with the world's least funny joke, and then tested to see if they could use peer pressure to make people laugh at it. » 11/10/14 1:14pm 11/10/14 1:14pm