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The Archaic Revival

Brandon Kralik | Posted 10.05.2016 | Arts
Brandon Kralik

Utah Phillips walked in the room and dropped a large 2 million year old stone on the foot of a friend who believed that the past was gone and exclaime...

Salute Your Shorts

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 07.16.2015 | Arts

This is about a book you’ve either heard too much about or nothing at all. (If you’ve heard about it at all, you’ve probably heard too much.) It...

Jane Goodall, Rusty and Me

Elizabeth Abbott | Posted 05.14.2016 | Green
Elizabeth Abbott

Jane Goodall had no experience with chimpanzees before she set out on her lifetime's mission of studying them and advocating for them, but she was wel...

People and Other Animals: It's a Croc (Not!)

Ken White | Posted 05.11.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

I have a three-inch scar on my right forearm from when a caiman (a horribly ignored exotic "pet" I was involved in rescuing) tried to separate that part of my limb from the rest of my body. The scar is now decades old but the memory is fresh.

Greece's Rock Portrait Gallery, From Craggy Ogres to de Gaulle's Nose: Suspended in Mid-Air on the Looney Front, Part II

Mike Arkus | Posted 08.22.2014 | Travel
Mike Arkus

When it comes to seeing human, animal or any other likenesses in Mother Nature's giant crags, rocks, cliff faces and mountain outcroppings, nobody can be more obtuse than Yours Truly.

What Does The Boat Say?

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Comedy

"I liked the part where he said BRWABLGABLWRABRABLA," says one YouTube commenter. We 100% agree. Via Tastefully Offensive...

All Paths Lead to Magical Thinking

Matthew Hutson | Posted 11.19.2013 | Science
Matthew Hutson

You believe in God or astrology or a purpose in life because you apply ideas about people -- that they have thoughts and intentions -- to the natural world. What has not been clarified is exactly how various cognitive biases interact to produce specific ideas about the supernatural -- until now.

Oh, the Humanity. Putting Faces on Social Causes

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.21.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

It's very difficult and expensive to get people to comply with social causes -- especially causes that may not benefit us directly. But humanizing issues may, by stirring up guilty feelings about hurting others, lead to selfless action.

When Sentient Artificial Intelligence Becomes Reality

Foz Meadows | Posted 06.14.2013 | TED Weekends
Foz Meadows

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf and when sentient AI becomes reality, will it, too, have the capacity to both anthropomorphize and dehumanize other beings in relation to itself? And if it did, would we view it as more or less human depending on which skill it used to refine its opinion of humanity?

Anthropomorphism: What Science Fiction Can Tell Us About Yelling at Computers and Naming Roombas

Nathan Shedroff | Posted 12.11.2012 | Technology
Nathan Shedroff

For less humanoid systems, people respond idiosyncratically. For example, some people name their Roomba vacuums and speak of them almost like a pet but others do not. So what aspects of a system might provide those triggers?

Apes Have People-Like Personalities? What Scientists Now Say

The Huffington Post | Posted 02.25.2013 | Science

What makes you you? Psychologists say human personalities include what they call "the big five” traits: agreeableness, openness to experience, extro...

Teddy Bears Make You Friendlier -- and Maybe Healthier

Matthew Hutson | Posted 06.30.2012 | Science
Matthew Hutson

Given that isolation increases stress and cortisol production, and that petting dogs reduces blood pressure, the researchers suggest that touching a teddy bear might make you not just happier and nicer but healthier too.

Robots: The New York Times vs. WPTZ

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

From childhood, I have always regarded The New York Times as the world's greatest newspaper, and the leading source of reasonably objective information. Yet, there is something about it that has always bothered me.

Psychology: Anthropomorphism And Dehumanization | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

In a new report in Current Directions in Psychological Science, scientists examine the psychology of anthropomorphism....