articles tagged: sociology
why do we believe what we believe in the age of disinformation?
# education

why do we believe what we believe in the age of disinformation?

Debunking scams and disinformation has become exponentially harder. We need to dig deep into why people believe what they do, and how social media exploits their fear and anger.

world of weird things podcast: how dunning-kruger broke politics
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: how dunning-kruger broke politics

You certainly don't want to trample on people's self-esteem. But some people just seem to have way too much, and when they do, a lot of very bad things tend to happen.

why politically incorrect speech can boost politicians’ approval
# science

why politically incorrect speech can boost politicians’ approval

Politicians need to keep their voters happy and voters don't like to be offended. But it turns out, dishing out a little offense once in a while gives politicians a real edge.

why your artificially intelligent assistant should judge you
# tech

why your artificially intelligent assistant should judge you

Interaction with robots on a regular basis has the potential to blur some important lines when it comes to dealing with the world around us. But the good news is that our machines can still enforce them.

this is your brain. this is your brain on wealth and power.
# science

this is your brain. this is your brain on wealth and power.

Wealth and power don’t just change how you live and your priorities. They also change how your mind works in disconcerting ways.

world of weird things podcast: is technology ruining millennials’ sex lives?
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: is technology ruining millennials’ sex lives?

Millennials are suffering from what’s been called “the sex recession,” and a number of researchers and pundits have been blaming technology. They might not be completely off base for a change...

world of weird things podcast: the recipe for conspiracy theories
# podcast

world of weird things podcast: the recipe for conspiracy theories

Nearly 6 in 10 otherwise perfectly normal Americans believe in some sort of conspiracy theory. We look at both current events and science to figure out why.

the skeptic’s guide to porn
# sex

the skeptic’s guide to porn

Moral crusaders insist that porn is the mother of all modern social ills, but every scrap of data we have suggests they couldn't be more wrong.

this is exactly how not to argue a point
# politics

this is exactly how not to argue a point

Dinesh D'Souza, the kind of offensive and intellectually lazy statements has somehow gotten even lazier and more offensive.

why millions of deaths can be “just” a statistic…
# science

why millions of deaths can be “just” a statistic…

The bigger the crime, the less inclined we seem to emphasize with each victim.

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