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  Why you can’t handle the truth: the psychology of belief

Science journalist Chris Mooney explains how our pre-existing beliefs, far more than facts, color our conclusions about the world, from politics to religion.

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The science of truth

Writing for Mother Jones, Chris Mooney examines the rationalization of self-delusion.

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  Who would you kill? Test your moral intuitions

An out-of-control train is hurtling down the track toward four trapped hikers. What do you do? Test your moral intuitions in life-or-death situations with this interactive quiz.

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Swallowing the whistle: Why we choose to do nothing when the stakes are high

Whether it’s a foul at the end of a basketball game or a an out-of-control train bearing down on four innocent people, human beings often choose to do nothing. Why? Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim, author of “Scorecasting,” explains.

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Does our ability to love also explain our prejudices?

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that brotherly love and xenophobia may be two sides of the same coin. Oxytocin, a hormone often sweetly referred to as a “love drug” or a “cuddle chemical,” may also be responsible for prejudice against outsiders. Carsten K. W. De Dreu, [...]

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