Artisanal Tacos on Paper Plates In June, the venerable Katz’s Delicatessen, one of America’s oldest restaurants, opened its first satellite in 119 years. For the location, the proprietors chose the windowless basement of a shopping mall in Brooklyn, across from … Continue reading The rise of food halls
The Rise and Fall of Cognitive Control Reasoning, problem solving, symbolic language, planning—these faculties are fundamental to virtually all of our individual and societal accomplishments. At the heart of them all lies cognitive control. Psychologists and neuroscientists refer to cognitive … Continue reading The downsides of controlled processing
Information overload fuels ‘fake news’: study “Fake news” has become a troubling phenomenon, allegedly used to manipulate voters and fuel a rise in global populism. In one case, it inspired a man to shoot up a Washington pizzeria. On Monday, … Continue reading Source your news well
Why is society so anxious about delusional beliefs? Desperately striving for an objective view of reality is a technique to reduce anxiety-provoking uncertainty. It promises itself as a way to stop a descent into madness, to avoid being completely disorientated … Continue reading Beliefs are subjective
The Dangers Of Hidden Jargon In Communicating Science One of the challenges that can arise in communicating science and other forms of scholarship to non-experts is the jargon involved. How many people can confidently explain the meaning of broadband asymmetric … Continue reading Learning language
Smartphones Make It Easier to Follow the News, but Harder to Comprehend News coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee felt a lot like a live choose your own adventure game. You could watch … Continue reading Mobile vs. computers
Why is society so anxious about delusional beliefs? Desperately striving for an objective view of reality is a technique to reduce anxiety-provoking uncertainty. It promises itself as a way to stop a descent into madness, to avoid being completely disorientated … Continue reading Is delusion just a false belief?