Why do smart people disagree on divisive issues like climate change? It might be connected to their level of curiosity.
We all are looking for our tribes, but this can be an especially difficult thing to accomplish for African Americans atheists, leaving them to become a minority within a minority.
Planet Earth II’s extended trailer is now out and it’s beautiful.
Honesty is the best policy, right? But what if that honesty means never being able to see your grandchildren or being told you should never have children?
Being curious apes, we have accomplished more than any species on the planet. But we are still apes.
Why would someone leave a faith? In a recent Blab interview, we discover that this question is as messy as life.
On this day in 1934, some star stuff became Carl Sagan, and because of him we’ve never looked at the universe the same way again.
A full 22 percent of the world’s countries have laws against blasphemy, controlling freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition with the threat of prison, fines, or death.
Oliver Sacks, neurologist and bestselling author, passed away and now the world is a less interesting place.
I’m always surprised to discover people who haven’t yet heard The Infinite Monkey Cage or Radiolab; this week I become their evangelist.
Comments sections are known for their vitriol and racism, but how do they get so out of control? It turns out that mob rule is also an internet thing.
Ever wondered why you’re always right? There’s a good reason for it; googling your research told you so.
An orangutan studies and rescues a fragile chick from water. What did you do today?
Though Carl Sagan didn’t actually say oft-attributed words, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known,” he undoubtedly thought it. It is impossible to think of Sagan and not connect the idea of discovery and curiosity. When we become adults, we are coaxed by social norms into being incurious. But the human brain doesn’t reward the incurious.
“Every plot, worth the name,” says Edgar Allan Poe, “must be elaborated to its dénouement before any thing be attempted with the pen.” As it turns out, this is also the way Poe thought of the universe, leading him to become one of the earliest to conceive of a big bang cosmology.