FaceApp and the Savage Shock of Aging Several years ago I was in a department store, frazzled and running late, looking for things I couldn’t find. As I was hastening along an aisle, a woman came toward me. She was … Continue reading Temporal vertigo
We Need a Word for Destructive Group Outrage The English language needs a word for what happens when a group of people, outraged by some real or imagined transgression, responds in a way that is disproportionate to the occasion, thus … Continue reading The age of lapidation
Why Do You Grab Your Bag When Running Off a Burning Plane? Imagine trying to get out of a plane, but the passenger ahead of you is blocking the aisle as he tries to wrestle his carry-on free. Frustrating, right? … Continue reading Cognitive disorientation
The Harsh Reality of Video-Game Addiction Jonas Odell, a Swedish filmmaker, has long been interested in animation and game design. Like many in his field, he has been keeping up with the recent spate of articles about video-game addiction. One … Continue reading Gaming addiction
Scientists Are Totally Rethinking Animal Cognition A red structure with cages on its roof rises three stories above the labyrinth of neon-lit stalls and narrow alleyways, its top floor emblazoned with two words: birds hospital. On a hot day last … Continue reading Are animals conscious?
Researchers Explore A “Striking Phenomenon” In Young Children’s Thinking – Their Denial That Improbable Events Are Possible Sure, it’s unlikely that a girl would ride a hippo or that a boy would drink onion juice, but as adults, we know … Continue reading Thinking about distant lands
The Art of Decision-Making In July of 1838, Charles Darwin was twenty-nine years old and single. Two years earlier, he had returned from his voyage aboard H.M.S. Beagle with the observations that would eventually form the basis of “On the … Continue reading Choose wisely