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Drake Baer

  1. Let’s Add Some Nuance to the ‘Two Americas’ NarrativeBy looking at each state through the Human Development Index, the U.S. looks more like many nations at all different levels of well-being.
  2. Awe Is the Everyperson’s Spiritual ExperienceIt’s the gateway drug for self-transcendence.
  3. animal intelligence
    What’s It Like to Be an Octopus?They have more neurons in their arms than their head, can squeeze through holes, and get into all sorts of mischief. What’s a philosopher to do?
  4. Why Astronauts Speak in ‘Space Creole’Hint: There are cosmonauts involved.
  5. love
    There’s a Word for the Assumption That Everybody Should Be in a RelationshipBecause only defective people are single, right?
  6. The Reason Comic Sans Is a Public GoodIt’s legible to more people.
  7. There Are 3 Kinds of Porn UsersOne is healthy.
  8. Old Dogs Are Getting Adopted Way More Often, and They’re Also Quite SmartWith a little bit of canine advocacy.
  9. This Psychologist Is Figuring Out How Your Brain Makes Emotions“Emotions are not your reactions to your world. They are how you make sense of what’s going on inside your body in relation to the world.”
  10. love and war
    Maybe Monogamy Isn’t the Only Way to LoveExclusivity and commitment may not be one and the same.
  11. relationships
    Maybe Monogamy Isn’t the Only Way to LoveExclusivity and commitment may not be one and the same.
  12. The Weirdest Thing About How Music Triggers MemoriesThe music that recalls memories fastest.
  13. The Best Way to Answer Kids When They Ask ‘Why?’If you don’t satisfy their teleological needs, they’re just going to ask again.
  14. Child-Free People Inspire Moral OutrageBecause it’s so wrong to not have kids, right?
  15. The Two Big Ways Immigrants Drive Down CrimeLess violence, more money.
  16. Yes, You Really Do Look Like Your Name“Our given name is our very first social tagging.”
  17. Weirdly, Success Is About Thinking You’re Not That SuccessfulJust ask Kanye. Or Stanford.
  18. public health
    Australia Is Figuring Out How to Get People to Quit SmokingIt’s all in the packaging.
  19. Why Frequent Sex Makes for Happier HumansCuddle more, says research.
  20. Religion Spreads Through Actions More Than WordsIt’s all about “credibility-enhancing displays.”
  21. Americans Are Outlived by People in Poorer CountriesSouth Korea’s population is slated to become super-long-lived; the U.S. population isn’t.
  22. linguistics
    Women Use Singsong Smarts to Talk to Their DogsIt’s a matter of using “all the resources available to them as language users, with their nonhuman social partners.”
  23. The Personality Trait Most Shared by Morning PeopleAnd why “evening-oriented individuals are at a great disadvantage.”
  24. Maybe Plants Remember Stuff“Overnight, they turn back to where the sun will be in the morning! They seem to encode, store, and retrieve that information.”
  25. neuroscience
    Brain Scans Reveal 4 ‘Biotypes’ of DepressionFiguring out the neural machinery that underlies the condition.
  26. Emotional Swings Make You More GullibleWhy the “good cop, bad cop” routine works.
  27. The Bias That Trump (Like Reagan) Uses to Fool AmericaA claim doesn’t have to be true, it just has to be sticky.
  28. A Unified Theory of Why Men Send Dick PicsThey evolved to do it. Kind of.
  29. Heartbreak Looks a Lot Like Drug Withdrawal in the Brain“The same areas of the brain that were active in the brains of cocaine addicts were active in these people who were heartbroken.”
  30. relationships
    Let’s Stop Treating the Divorce Rate Like the Crime Rate“We don’t know … if we’re measuring a problem, or some kind of healthy churning.”
  31. politics
    America Just Broke a National Stress RecordDonald Trump’s victory has ushered in a new era of national anxiety.
  32. politics
    America Just Broke a National Stress RecordDonald Trump’s victory has ushered in a new era of national anxiety.
  33. (Only) Men Earn Way More Money From Going to Fancy SchoolsWomen who went to the best schools earned as much as men who went to the worst schools.
  34. George Saunders: Fiction Makes You Less Self-AbsorbedWith a little help from Chekhov.
  35. gender
    (Only) Men Earn Way More Money From Going to Fancy SchoolsWomen who went to the best schools earned as much as men who went to the worst schools.
  36. When Awe Turns FrighteningIt’s not all sunsets. It’s also thunderstorms.
  37. Being Mindful Makes You Less Likely to Screw Up Your RelationshipIt helps to be “aware of, and then cope constructively with, negative reactions to challenging relationship experiences.”
  38. perception
    Rich People Literally See the World DifferentlyMoney shapes perception, down to the millisecond.
  39. Remarriage Is the New American MarriageForty percent of weddings have somebody who’s tied the knot before.
  40. Nobody Is Moving, Especially MillennialsTo the greatest extent in 50 years, the young are staying put.
  41. animal intelligence
    Squid Speak an Alphabet With Their SkinAnd their brains are really weird.
  42. Needy Narcissists May Just Be Extreme NeuroticsWhat happens when your distress keeps you from caring about anyone else.
  43. Inside the Linguistic Anatomy of the Perfect Trump InsultIt starts with a state senator calling Trump a “fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon” and only gets better.
  44. 10 Minutes And A Set Of Stairs Are All You Need To Get More FitFitness can and should be convenient.
  45. Psychologists Think They Found the Purpose of DepressionIt can pull you out of the hustle of daily life — and into meaning-making.
  46. Music Tickles the Same Brain System As Sex and DrugsWhich may be why it appears in every human culture.
  47. Everybody Discounts How Much Fun Matters for Their Next JobMoney, money, fun?
  48. Why It Feels Like Years Since Trump’s InaugurationPsychology and philosophy explain why.
  49. The Evolutionary Reason Cats Are Badass LonersNot a pack animal.
  50. Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Whales Do Awesome Leaps Into the AirNow that’s a data breach.
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