Power Causes Brain Damage If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe that he’s sexually magnetic. But can … Continue reading Neurons and power
How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media Hours after the Las Vegas massacre, Travis McKinney’s Facebook feed was hit with a scattershot of conspiracy theories. The police were lying. There were multiple shooters in the hotel, not just one. The … Continue reading Cultural hacks
Do people like government ‘nudges’? Study says: Yes On Oct. 9, Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago won the Nobel Prize for his extraordinary, world-transforming work in behavioral economics. In its press release, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences … Continue reading A world of nudges
Can we trust government to correct our cognitive biases? Economist Richard Thaler recently won the 2017 Nobel Prize in economics for his important work documenting widespread cognitive errors in human decision-making. All too often, people fail to act as rationally … Continue reading Are politicians biased?
Mass hysteria may explain ‘sonic attacks’ in Cuba, say top neurologists Senior neurologists have suggested that a spate of mysterious ailments among US diplomats in Cuba – which has caused a diplomat rift between the two countries – could have … Continue reading Psychogenic facts
The Social Experiment Facebook Should Run Facebook’s greatest strength—its ability to identify and connect like-minded people—is also a major vulnerability. Over the past month, the company has revealed that Russia-linked accounts purchased thousands of fake political ads on its platform … Continue reading Is Facebook a force for good?
The Trump-Goldfinger Illusion Remember the duck-rabbit illusion? It can be seen both as a duck and as a rabbit. If you first see it as a duck and later notice that it can also be seen as a rabbit, your … Continue reading It all starts with perception