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Better Models of Our Nature

The human condition is more conditional than many think. Iffy ideas and popular errors bedevil our view of ourselves, but violence can lead to better models of our nature.In The Better Angels of Our Nature , Stephen Pinker, cognitive scientist, big-idea-big-book builder, and noted metaphor-breaker, has amassed armies of reason, deployed over 800 pages, to fight faulty ideas about human violence and its surprising decline...

April 4, 2013 — Jag Bhalla

Men, STEM, and Balance: Gilbert

What do you do when the old model no longer works? Our culture used to take it for granted that women would sacrifice their careers to raise the kids, while men sacrifice their family life to build their career...

April 4, 2013 — Dana Hunter

#SciAmBlogs Wednesday - Preprints, smelling personality, BRAIN, egg-mobile, internet addiction, and more.

Check out the brand new Video of the Week!- Jason Hoyt and Peter Binfield - Who Killed the PrePrint and Could it Make a Return? - Scott Barry Kaufman - Can You Smell Personality? - Gary Stix - When It’s Brains, It Pours ($$$$$): Obama’s Big (Neuro) Science Project - DNLee - Racism in Porn industry is newsworthy, so how can science make the cut? - Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L...

STAFFApril 3, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

Illusion of the Week: Steel Magnolias

The Steel Magnolias illusion, by graphic designer Michael Pickard of Sunderland University in the UK, was a Top 10 finalist in the 2007 edition of the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

April 3, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Feed me, Seymour!

Video of the Week #86, April 3rd, 2013: From: Carnivorous Plants in 3D: The Stuff of Horror Films! by Carin Bondar at PsiVid . Source: John Innes Centre on YouTube.

April 3, 2013 — Bora Zivkovic

New Film Examines if Internet Addiction Led to a Baby s Death by Neglect

In March 2010, police in South Korea arrested a husband and wife in a tragically ironic case that gained international notoriety—the couple let their three-month-old daughter, Sarang, starve to death in their apartment while they spent up to 12 hours a day nurturing a virtual daughter as part of 3-D fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game known as Prius...

April 3, 2013 — Larry Greenemeier

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