War and hockey, although they tap into innate human aggression, are both learned, culturally-driven behaviors.
Blogger “Bee” Hossenfelder is not afraid to sting her fellow physicists.
The late Marvin Minsky, a pioneer of artificial intelligence, was a paradoxical figure, who once said Freud was his favorite theorist of mind.
A new report on a massacre of hunter–gatherers in Africa is consistent with the claim that war, far from being an inborn trait that evolved millions of years ago, is a recent cultural invention
Physics, which decades ago seemed capable of answering the deepest mysteries of existence, is now just recycling once-exciting ideas
A misprint played a crucial role in the origin of the controversial 1996 book The End of Science.
Just because algorithms inspired by Bayes’ theorem can mimic human cognition doesn’t mean our brains employ similar algorithms.
Bayes’s theorem, touted as a powerful method for generating knowledge, can also be used to promote superstition and pseudoscience
In spite of countless prophesies that science is about to transform our bodies and minds, we humans remain stubbornly resistant to change
In a desperate attempt to boost end-of-year page-views, a blogger lists his favorite posts of the year, which explore meditation, "electro-cures," Thomas Kuhn, war and other topics.
Clinton has accused Trump of aiding ISIS recruitment, but she has also contributed to the problem of Muslim militancy.
In the darkest time of year, religious rituals can help even non-believers see that life is a miracle.
Scientists are touting their research far more aggressively than they once did, according to a new study.
Students taught to doubt scientists and other authorities may end up doubting their teachers.
Another major study raises questions about the efficacy of mammography.
Readers react to a critique of a radical new theory of consciousness.
The ubiquity of guns poses a much greater threat to Americans than terrorism
A radical new solution to the mind–body problem poses problems of its own
Physicist Lawrence Krauss, who disparages philosophy, acted like a bad philosopher in a recent debate.
By responding violently to terror attacks, the U.S. and its allies may exacerbate the problem they are trying to solve.