The missing ingredient in today’s debates? Generosity In the early 1960s a white student who had seen Malcolm X speak at her college went to the Nation of Islam restaurant in New York to challenge him on his philosophy. “Don’t … Continue reading Polarisation and anomie
Why your opinions usually aren’t your own (and how you can fix that) Once upon a time, conformity was a life-saving force. Consider: You’re on the plains with your fellow Homo Sapiens, when, all of a sudden, your Paleolithic homies … Continue reading Social cascades
Hot People Are Stressful In 2010, when I was 24 years old, I endured six straight months of recurring strep-throat infections before I finally got the green light to have my tonsils removed. Midway through a round of antibiotics, I … Continue reading The charisma effect
Bias has been overestimated at the expense of noise Daniel Kahneman (Nobel 2002) is of course known for his extensive work on behavioral biases and how they affect economic decisions. He’s now working on a new book, together with Olivier … Continue reading The cost of noise
You Are Not as Good at Kissing as You Think. But You Are Better at Dancing Do you think you are an above-average driver, as most people do? How do you compare with others as a parent? Are you better … Continue reading Overconfident or underconfident?
Neuroscience proves Nietzsche right: some people are wired to be more spontaneous than others “Why can’t you just relax into it?” is a question many of us have asked in frustration with ourselves or others – be it on the … Continue reading The competitive brain
Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend Forty-nine people are dead and 20 more injured after terrorist attacks on two New Zealand mosques Friday. One of the alleged shooters is a white man who appears to have announced the … Continue reading Viral attack