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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.


The science of truth

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


  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.


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.


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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