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... that the way in which humans learn about the world around them leads them to be predisposed to these superstitions. Children have intuitive theories about how things work. One of these theories is that objects have an essence, or soul. "If you've got a theory, it's very difficult to modify, and no amount of counter evidence will change it. We tend to have a bias to pay attention to those instances which confirm our...

2006-09-04

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In a study released online on July 22 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, researchers at Arizona State University and Princeton University show that ants can accomplish a task more rationally than our – multimodal, egg-headed, tool-using, bipedal, opposing-thumbed – selves.

2009-07-25

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St Thérèse's relics date from her death in 1897 at the age of just 24, and consist of a thigh and a foot. She is apparently in three parts, some in Lisieux and some on perpetual tour of France. Who conducted this gruesome dismemberment is not clear, but her penning of a best-selling autobiography made her patron saint, among others, of aviators, florists, Aids victims and "little things in life"...

2009-09-17

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We're not driven only by emotions, of course—we also reason, deliberate. But reasoning comes later, works slower—and even then, it doesn't take place in an emotional vacuum. Rather, our quick-fire emotions can set us on a course of thinking that's highly biased, especially on topics we care a great deal about. ... Given the power of our prior beliefs to skew how we respond to new information, one thing is becoming clear: If...

2011-04-18

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