Harvey Friedman is about to bring incompleteness and infinity out of quarantine.
On the human scale a holographic universe would be indistinguishable from the reality we expect, but on a cosmic scale there could be subtle differences we might be able to detect.
Something like this scenario has actually been discovered in nature, albeit not with humans.
Our brains are pretty good at distinguishing the size of the difference between small numbers (2,000, for instance) and big ones (let's say, 500 million). But we have real trouble figuring out the distance between two big numbers (like 50 billion and 1 trillion). Why?
What makes a person magnetic and why we should be wary.
A chat with the creator of the Stanford Prison Experiment.
When we don’t meet or confront people face to face, says Nicholas Epley, a social psychologist at the University of Chicago, we don’t get to know them or sense what’s in their mind.
From the orderly grid of Manhattan, to the sprawling, snaking streets of Milan, to the bright contrast of Kuwait’s ring-roads, each city leaves its own pattern of tiny glowing dots.
White clover naturally grows three leaflets per leaf in about 9,999 out of every 10,000 plants.
There are two very different interpretations of our dwindling grip strength.
Some psychologists believe suicide and depression can be strategic.
Video games can make one feel a raw guilt for something only happening in the artwork itself.
There might be social dynamical pressures that mean inequity pops up again, and again, and again.
In the past century or so, we’ve discovered that there are hundreds of distinct solid phases — some of which are used to build the silicon chips that run your computer.
It’s a subtle point, but the British comedian Ricky Gervais was not quite right when he told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show yesterday, “Science is constantly being proved all the time.”
Willpower is a dangerous, old idea that needs to be scrapped.
Beyond their level of privilege or the circumstances they were born into, the luckiest people may have a specific set of skills that bring chance opportunities their way.
On the Indonesian island of Java, the Cemani has a long history. Traditionally a bird of the elites and the courts, it is rarely found in the markets and is not eaten for food. It is a chicken with exalted status, used in rituals that date back to the pre-Islamic era, perhaps as long ago as the 12th century.
Explaining the entire universe in one fell swoop is tough, but popular theories rise to prominence with few concrete underpinnings. Carlo Rovelli thinks that because we know so little of what's out there, we should try to explain less.
Auditory pareidolia will have you thinking you've heard a person or people in sounds that are about as far from speech as can be.