When Having a Snack Might Save You

Got an important decision to make? If you’re feeling hungry, new research suggests you should probably have a snack or a meal before you...

The Narcissist Trap

How good are you at reflective thinking? If you’re a narcissist, your answer is probably something on the order of “stupendous, just...

Consciousness: Signals in the Noise

StartFragment In February’s blog post, "How your Brain is Like an Ant Colony", we discussed how neural networks follow the concept of...

The Anatomy of Emotion

What is fear made of? In his book Self Comes to Mind, Antonio Demasio describes emotions as complex, largely automated neural programs of...

How Your Brain is Like an Ant Colony

Ants are amazing. They can carry 50 times their body weight. Their total biomass worldwide equals the total biomass of humans. Fungus...

Zen and the Art of Riffing

Q: What did the Zen master say to the hotdog vendor? A: “Make me one with everything...” Central to the premise of this old joke is the...

How Smart are You?

How do we measure intelligence? The ancient Chinese had some of the first tests designed to evaluate a person's smarts: a game called...