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HUMANS CAN'T AGREE ON ANYTHING

There has been a perpetual quest for such universals, because of their value as a North Star that could guide our creative choices, but we've failed to find them.
FALSE FINDINGS

Psychologist Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia says that the most common and problematic bias in science is "motivated reasoning": We interpret observations to fit a particular idea.
LOOKING OUT BELOW

In August 1990, Bob Morse, a physicist at the University of Wisconsin, and Tim Miller, a grad student at the University of California, Berkeley, embarked for Greenland to conduct the first known ice fishing for muons—their fishing line consisting of three photomultiplier tubes that Morse had scavenged.
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