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Opinion, arguments & analyses from guest experts and from the editors of Scientific American

What Is "Normal," Anyway?

In psychology and psychiatry, it really means "average" or "typical," but we too easily think of it as a synonym for "how everyone is supposed to think and feel"

3 hours ago — Jim Kozubek

Measuring the Magic of Healing

While researchers wrestle to define and capture “healing,” its power continues to mend hearts and souls—if not always bodies

February 21, 2018 — Liwanag Ojala

What Makes Us Vibe?

We like other people in part because they think the way we do—but we may also think alike as a result of being friends

February 20, 2018 — Daniel Barron

The Anthropology of Social Media

We often hear broad claims about the impact of Facebook and Twitter on our lives—but that impact can be radically different depending on what sort of community you live in

February 15, 2018 — Daniel Miller

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