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The brain is an amazing organ. It gives us conscious control over our actions and is the seat of our thoughts and experiences. There are millions of things in our environment that enter our world everyday, but only a few of them get past the steely discrimination of our perception...

July 11, 2011 — Princess Ojiaku

"Project Nim" Reveals a Scientific Scandal

The most important sign language study done with an ape was surely the first one back in the 1960s, with Washoe, for it established that chimpanzees can use American Sign Language (ASL)...

July 10, 2011 — Edmund Blair Bolles

Seeing Schizophrenia Before It's Too Late

According to his two brothers, my uncle Glenn had always been a little odd. He was a quiet kid, and when he spoke—he talked at you, not to you. If he got excited, he might splay his fingers incongruously or his body would abruptly quiver...

July 8, 2011 — Ingrid Wickelgren

18 Attributes of Highly Effective Liars

Niccolò Machiavelli might well have titled his 16 th -century Dell'arte Della Guerra (" The Art of War ") as The Art of Lying , since verbal deception—mainly, how to get away with it—was so central to his political psychology...

July 7, 2011 — Jesse Bering

The educational value of creative disobedience

  “The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, inventive and discoverers” –Jean Piaget   Looking back on my childhood, the times I remember most fondly were spent with my father, learning how to be a scientist...

July 7, 2011 — Andrea Kuszewski

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