Without uttering a word, actor Chris Pratt found himself at the center of a Twitter firestorm.
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False premises, fear-based reasoning and mob thinking are baked into the platform, allowing misinformation to thrive.
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Machine logic can be too precise to seem fully human. Chatbots that learn logic from Aristotle instead might behave more like people.
Are cats really to blame for the worldwide loss of biodiversity?
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Framing cats as responsible for declines in biodiversity is based on faulty scientific logic and fails to account for the real culprit – human activity.
Post-truth questions the very nature of truth itself – that's why it's so dangerous.
U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller makes a statement on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, May 29, 2019.
What’s the role of someone who, like
Robert Mueller, speaks only facts in a tornado of partisan bombast? Is it a breath of fresh air or an abdication of responsibility to protect America’s interests?
So, I am…
No cheating, please.
The lovers’ diaries show how David Pinsent supported Ludwig Wittgenstein through his depression.
Arguments against climate change tend to share the same flaws.
Most of us lack the expertise to evaluate climate science, but there are ways anyone can spot a badly reasoned argument.
Logic, science and critical thinking are working miracles for non-believers.
Put a lamb on an island of lions and they’ll eat it – or will they?
Driverless cars still need to ‘learn’ how to drive on our roads, especially at busy junctions.
We should all learn from mistakes. Driverless cars must do the same when it comes to any accidents they’ve been involved in on our roads, no matter who was to blame.
Kurt Gödel, the perfect mind to examine the US constitution.
The mathematician Kurt Gödel is said to have found a way that the US constitution would allow for a dictator to take control, or so the story goes. He certainly had the mind for it.
An early understanding of numbers may be a sign of mathematical ability.
You may have got what it takes to be a mathematical genius without even being aware of it.
Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can’t get at any other way. Here’s how models work and why we can trust them.
Are you a rigid librarian or an eccentric poet? How you see yourself may enhance your creative performance.
Lots of scientists see things in different ways, but that doesn’t undermine its authority.
Deep disagreements within science might seem to undermine its authority, but they only underscore how science really works.
Are you smarter than a third grader in Vietnam?
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People shouldn’t let these tricky puzzlers reinforce their misguided notion that they stink at math.
A love of puzzles.
Have you heard the one about Cheryl’s birthday? It’s the latest puzzle that’s baffling people across the world.
A model of the Terminator from the popular movie series where machines take over the world.
If machines run by artificial intelligence take over the world it’s only because we programmed them to do so. So how can fuzzy logic help us prevent that?
We can learn to use our minds better by becoming more familiar with how they work.
Some interesting recent research using neuroimaging gives us evidence that different brain systems activate in different reasoning situations. But before we get to that, try the following puzzles: Puzzle…