Psychology professor Frank T. McAndrew writes that the type of ghost you see depends on the religion you have faith in.
People across eras, religions, and cultures have always been curious about a spiritual world that exists behind the curtain of death.
For centuries, men prevented women from writing music. These classical composers broke with social norms and made their mark on history.
The retraction crisis has morphed into a citation crisis.
Russian movies continue to be used as a mouthpiece for the country's political leadership.
An almost 40-year-old theory finally has ‘smoking gun’ evidence for it. During most of their lives, stars burn stably, changing imperceptibly. The rotten egg nebula, at lower right (and shown in […]
Research suggests that your name affects the level of success you’ll achieve in your career and love life, and even where you choose to live.
If you want flexibility, transparency, and decent health policies, it seems like working in tech pays off.
By the end of the decade, we may discover one million black holes. A large enough mass in a compact volume inevitably forms a black hole. Both inside and outside the […]
A curated list of must-watch films from Big Think readers.
Astrophysicists calculate the likely number of civilization out there capable of communicating with us.
A thorough understanding of anxious personality traits could lead to targeted therapies.
Trump is #45 but Pence is #48 – and other strange consequences of the curious office of vice president.
The very concept of a "problem with no solution" goes against human nature. But we must accept this harsh reality to have peace in our lives.
Perhaps downhill and cross-country skiers don't face the fate of potters, typesetters and saddlers, but their situation is certainly unclear.
According to recent papers by Zucman, and his colleague Emmanuel Saez, one should be implemented.
Here’s a formula for chaos: Collect a diverse and volatile group of eccentric comedians and comedy writers, and give them a nearly impossible task with a just-barely-possible deadline. Oh, and […]
A recent report compared the youth marijuana usage rates across the U.S. states, revealing some surprising differences.
In 2006, the IAU demoted Pluto. Here’s what we know today. In 2006, the last planet in our Solar System suffered an unforgettable insult, as Pluto — known for generations as our ninth […]
A measles comeback is not the sort of return our children deserve.
More vaccine-autism facts for the fact-averse.
Thinking your life is worthwhile is correlated with a variety of positive outcomes.