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Richard Dawkins on our “queer” universe

No matter how many explanations for scientific phenomena and advances crop up, the world just seems that much more unknowable and bizarre. Perhaps that explains why people tend to cling to their beliefs, even long after they’ve been undeniably debunked. The influential, controversial Richard Dawkins explains that humanity must break More

Al Seckel says our brains are mis-wired

Thanks to his extensive work in neurosurgery and cognitive science, Al Seckel possesses an intimate understanding of the brain’s over-reliance on perception. Because of this biological tendency, humans are susceptible to believing what illusions tell them. Be sure to watch the video of this lecture rather than simply reading the More

Sheena Iyengar on the art of choosing

No matter if options in question stand as amazingly trivial or earth-shatteringly major, the human brain reacts to choice with an incredibly complicated, interesting series of mental processes. Nurture and other cultural factors, of course, do play a significant role in shaping how individuals condition themselves to make choices, as More

Michael Shermer: The pattern behind self-deception

As an expert on debunking myths and urban legends, Michael Shermer understands the intricate psychology behind why people put their faith in everything from UFOs to dowsing rods to 2012 doomsday “prophecies.” He posits that humanity’s ingrained need to believe in something and uncanny ability to recognize patterns (even ones More