The reason why we see the structure we do is that scientists act like a sieve and focus only on those phenomena that have structure and are predictable.
Humans universally make Us/Them dichotomies along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. And it’s not a pretty picture.
The Arais do not merely dissect illusions, but can generate them, taking an image that looks boringly normal and making subtle changes, to color and contrast, to fool our brains.
"We would have been infinitely better off today had Rafinesque never written or published anything appertaining to the subject."
Many of today’s myriad explanations for how consciousness arises are compelling. But once we enter the arena of the nature of consciousness, there are no outright winners.
It should come as no surprise that some studies have linked childbirth to reduced lifespan. What may come as a surprise is all the evidence pointing in the *other* direction.
Near-miss math provides exact representations of almost-right answers.
The surprising effects of reducing empathy for your own ingroup.
US prisons aren’t prepared for an inmate population that is getting older and sicker.
Why some say searching for ET is best done quietly.
Maybe Newtonian physics doesn’t need dark matter to work.
If men take more risks than women, it’s not because of biology.
For many reasons, humans and robots should not take turns at the wheel.
What's the real difference between man and machine?
In the brain, as in the heart, "just right" means just fractal enough to walk the line between chaos and order.
Does an alien race from "Star Trek" tell the story of human consciousness?
When we make moral judgments, says Fiery Cushman, the lead researcher at Harvard’s Moral Psychology Lab, the "more primitive, so to speak 'you caused it, you should suffer' response never goes away."
Western literature has gradually progressed from narratives that relate actions and events to stories that portray minds in all their meandering, many-layered, self-contradictory complexities.
G looks like a devil, C# is the tree in the Garden of Eden, and F is something like the underbelly of a frog.
How introspection and imagination make robots better.