Ideas

The Nocebo Effect: How We Worry Ourselves Sick

NewYorker.com • April 2013

Many of us hope to find Wi-Fi wherever we go, preferably for free. But some people devote their lives to avoiding Wi-Fi altogether. Sufferers of

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Autism Inc.

New York Times Magazine • November 2012

When Thorkil Sonne and his wife, Annette, learned that their 3-year-old son, Lars, had autism, they did what any parent who has faith in reason

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Beehive management

Boston Globe • April 2012

FOR THOSE interested in doing a better job of managing people - supporting them, inspiring them to greatness - there is plenty of advice out

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Why Do Nations Fail?

Boston Globe • March 2012

SEVERAL CENTURIES ago, there was a nation that rose to become a world power on the strength of its innovation and its dedication to capitalist

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Did the Solutreans settle America first?

Boston Globe • March 2012

Science agrees on this much: For most of their history, the Americas were a vast land with no people. Our ancestors left Africa and populated

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The Brain, Weaponized

Boston Globe • February 2012

ONE BY one, the disciplines of science have lost their innocence. For chemistry, the defining moment came during World War I, when the Germans unleashed

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Neuroscience Challenges Ideas about Free Will

Mind Matters • November 2011

Do we have free will? It is an age-old question which has attracted the attention of philosophers, theologians, lawyers and political theorists. Now it is

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How Crowdsourcing is Changing Science

Boston Globe • November 2011

At the end of the 19th century, a team of British archeologists happened upon what is now one of the world’s most treasured trash dumps. The

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Good Bugs in our Body

Boston Globe • November 2011

MOST OF US look at bacteria as the enemy. They are the invisible things that lay in wait all around us - clinging to food,

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The Dark Side of Happiness

Boston Globe • October 2011

You can be happy starting today! Don't sit by any longer, while friends and co-workers enjoy the good life. Happiness is yours for the taking:

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Modern psychology's God problem

Boston Globe • October 2011

THINK ABOUT something that is very important to you. Like the ability to walk, or your vision. Now carefully visualize an entire day without it.

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Why Japan Surrendered

Boston Globe • August 2011

What ended World War II? For nearly seven decades, the American public has accepted one version of the events that led to Japan's surrender. By the

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Untangling the Mystery of the Inca

Wired • January 2007

Incan civilization was a technological marvel. When the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1532, they found an empire that spanned nearly 3,000 miles, from present-day Ecuador

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