The theory of mind myth Following a mass shooting, the gunman’s next-door neighbours are stunned, and tell reporters that he was a good, kind man. Meanwhile, former classmates and co-workers describe him as a ticking time bomb. Pundits attribute Donald … Continue reading Distinguishing from others
Why winning in rock-paper-scissors isn’t everything ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS WORKS GREAT for deciding who has to take out the garbage. But have you ever noticed what happens when, instead of playing best of three, you just let the game continue round after … Continue reading Mixed strategies
To Get Along Better, We Need Better Arguments Both parties complain about the polarization of American politics, but what can individual citizens do about it? We can’t singlehandedly civilize the internet or force elected officials to do their jobs. What … Continue reading What is arguing?
A lot of people genuinely care about the environment Most people, when asked if they would like to save their own hard-earned money while simultaneously doing their bit to save the planet would most likely answer yes. Why wouldn’t they? … Continue reading The altruistic element
To Make Sense of the Present, Brains May Predict the Future Last month, the artificial intelligence company DeepMind introduced new software that can take a single image of a few objects in a virtual room and, without human guidance, infer … Continue reading Is perception a controlled hallucination?
Inside the Mating Rituals of Brands and Online Stars Recently at the Anaheim Convention Center, about 50 people entered a room decorated as a stylish lounge for a speed dating event. They moved from table to table every 20 minutes, … Continue reading Hidden advertising
Why soccer teams that go first in shootouts usually win The penalty kick in soccer is among the highest pressure moments in all of sports. The fate of an entire game, a tournament, even a career can hinge on a … Continue reading The pain of penalty kicks