Sex and the Brain

Sex and the Brain

Gender differences in cognition and perception are real John Gray, author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, argues that the two sexes have fundamentally different ways of thinking and communicating. Since a growing body of research supports Gray’s premise—...
Driving With Shades is a Terrible Idea

Driving With Shades is a Terrible Idea

Have you ever slammed on the brakes to avoid hitting a car that abruptly braked in front of you, or even a pedestrian suddenly darting into the road? Ever swerved to avoid a deer or piece of junk on the highway? I have, plenty of times. Almost always, I have stopped...
How to Spot Real Ghosts

How to Spot Real Ghosts

Where do ghosts come from? I don’t mean, from which plane of paranormal existence—which spirit world, as it were—but where and how did ghosts originate in our folklore? Cultural anthropologists may never answer that question definitively, but I have an idea, based...
Do We Only Use 10% of Our Brain?

Do We Only Use 10% of Our Brain?

 Exploring the urban legend When I was a lowly  graduate student—doing my PhD  thesis on the brains of boas and pythons—I had the great fortune of  having  dinner with  two Nobel prize winning brain scientists, David Hubel and Torsten Wiesel. Not wanting to waste the...

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