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Pre-bunking: can you be ‘brainwashed’ into spotting fake news?

Cambridge University is recruiting thousands of people to play a fake-news simulator, in the hope they will learn to identify the real thing Name: Pre-bunking. Age: A modern malaise/cure, still in its early infancy. Related: Bad News: the game researchers hope will 'vaccinate' public against fake news Continue reading...

Bad News: the game researchers hope will 'vaccinate' public against fake news

Aim is for players to build a fake news empire, which researchers hope will expose propaganda tactics Fake news is already an entire industry, an anti-democratic weapon, a movie, a play, an insult and a cliche. Now it is being turned...Show More Summary

Why don’t the Carillion bosses seem embarrassed?

My father warned me about scoundrels in business. Now bad behaviour can be called out online, but international shame still doesn’t stop rogues As my father had been seriously ripped off three times during his life in business by people...Show More Summary

Are you eager to please? Personality quiz

Do you tend to work to put another person at their ease, or are you happy to let things get awkward? Take these simple questions to find out Choose which statement, a) or b), best applies to you. Asked to give an impromptu speech, you: Continue reading...

Maude Julien: 'How I escaped from my father's cult'

Maude Julien’s father tried to turn her into a ‘superhuman’ through a series of cruel experiments. Now aged 60, she recalls how she survived her her horrifying upbringing and began to lead a happy and well-balanced life In 1936, a 34-year-old...Show More Summary

The media exaggerates negative news. This distortion has consequences | Steven Pinker

Whether or not the world really is getting worse, the nature of news will make us think that it is Every day the news is filled with stories about war, terrorism, crime, pollution, inequality, drug abuse and oppression. And it’s not just the headlines we’re talking about; it’s the op-eds and long-form stories as well. Show More Summary

Earthlings likely to welcome alien life rather than panicking, study shows

Should aliens be discovered, public reaction is likely to be positive, say researchers – despite alarming fictional portrayals of contact “The fear I felt was no rational fear, but a panic terror,” wrote HG Wells, describing his narrator’s response to a Martian invasion in War of the Worlds. Show More Summary

Mindless eating: is there something rotten behind the research?

A storm of retractions, corrections, data irregularities and controversy over duplicate publication are destroying the credibility of Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab. It’s time for the university to be open about what’s going on Most people...Show More Summary

Gaming addiction as a mental disorder: it’s premature to pathologise players

Gaming addiction is expected to be classified as a mental disorder by the World Health Organisation (WHO) but – while concerns over the addictive properties of video games are reasonable – there is a lack of rigorous research to back...Show More Summary

Is the Illuminati running the world? Maybe it’s not such a mad idea | Julian Baggini

Questioning the hidden power of elites – whether big pharma or secret societies – is really quite sane If the Illuminati is real, it’s got to be the least secret secret society in the universe. It’s so bad at keeping itself hidden that...Show More Summary

How to be an academic without working 60 hours a week | Lucy Foulkes

A Twitter argument about how many hours academics should work prompted Lucy Foulkes to seek out advice for early career researchers Last week a tweet about academics’ working hours went viral: I tell my graduate students and post-docs...Show More Summary

Crack and cheese: do things really affect your brain 'like drugs'?

Claims that cheese, sex and Facebook affect your brain in the same way as drugs fundamentally misunderstand how it all works The internet is a weird place. Part of this is due to how things linger rather than disappear, as they tended to do with more “traditional” media. Show More Summary

‘Reason is non-negotiable’: Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment

In an extract from his new book Enlightenment Now, the Harvard psychologist extols the relevance of 18th-century thinking• Read an interview with Steven Pinker on Enlightenment Now here What is enlightenment? In a 1784 essay with that...Show More Summary

Steven Pinker: ‘The way to deal with pollution is not to rail against consumption’

The feather-ruffling Harvard psychologist’s new book, a defence of Enlightenment values, may be his most controversial yet • Read an extract from Enlightenment Now here Say the word “enlightenment” and it tends to conjure images of a certain kind of new-age spiritual “self-improvement”: meditation, candles, chakra lines. Show More Summary

Are you self-disciplined or impulsive? Personality quiz

The trick is to find a good balance between self restraint and spontaneity Below you will find a list of statements with two options, A or B. Choose the one that best applies to you. My trips tend to be: Continue reading...

The Genius Within by David Adam review – to what extent is intelligence determined by genes?

Zapping his brain and taking ‘smart pills’, Adam’s fascinating history of how we define intelligence raises intriguing questions about our future The old myth that you only use 10% of your brain is obviously rubbish. If an iron spike...Show More Summary

Don’t knock Donald Trump for playing so much golf. Here’s why | Oliver Burkeman

It really is good that he is out in nature Spending time in nature, as you’re surely aware by now, is good for your mental health. Like, really, really good. People criticise Donald Trump for whiling away so many hours on golf courses,...Show More Summary

What terminally ill children taught this doctor about how to live

Dr Alastair McAlpine asked some of young patients what gave them joy and meaning – their answers surprised him As a pediatric palliative care physician, I spend my days working with children who have life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses and their families. Show More Summary

How dangerous is Jordan B Peterson, the rightwing professor who 'hit a hornets' nest'?

Since his confrontation with Cathy Newman, the Canadian academic’s book has become a bestseller. But his arguments are riddled with ‘pseudo-facts’ and conspiracy theories The Canadian psychology professor and culture warrior Jordan B Peterson could not have hoped for better publicity than his recent encounter with Cathy Newman on Channel 4 News. Show More Summary

Does watching Fast and Furious turn drivers into speed merchants?

A survey has observed a spike in the average speeds of those who had just seen one of the franchise’s films. But it might be best to cover the breaks before leaping to any hasty conclusions The next time you get a speeding ticket, it might be worth arguing that the movies are to blame. Show More Summary

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