Wikileaks invokes the sacred, mythical story of George Washington, who never did say “I can not tell a lie.”(This stained glass window at Mount Vernon is from the 1950s.)
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Do photos need all their pixels to be true?
John D’Agata wrote an essay and a magazine accepted it, but the magazine’s fact-checker said there were some facts that were wrong. Continue reading “Does a nonfiction article need facts?”
A Shinto ritual before the Sumo match.
Sumo wrestling in Japan has been rocked with a scandal. While authorities were investigating illegal baseball betting, they found sumo wrestlers were engaging in match fixing. Continue reading “Does it matter if sumo wrestling is fixed?”
|The looters of ancient sites have switched occupations and begun counterfeiting ancient artifacts instead.
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This should not have fooled me, but it did.
Maybe it will also fool you.
Tulip Mazumdar underwent the treatment.
Reporter Tulip Mazumdar from the BBC – who says one of her guilty pleasure is reading fashion magazines – talks about what she went through:
Continue reading “What does it feel like to be “brushed aside”?”
Here’s an abstract of research which suggests that the difficulty when we lie is not about our brain trying to suppress the truth, but is about our brain trying to keep other people’s mental states in mind when we lie. Continue reading “Why does lying hurt your brain?”
The mask of Guy Fawkes
The real Guy Fawkes was the most public member of a plot to kill King James I in 1605 by blowing up England’s House of Parliament. Continue reading “What is this mask and where does it come from?”
When you pretend to do something physical, such as pick up an "invisible" cup and drink from it, you activate specific parts of your brain. Continue reading “What does your brain do when you fake it? (an fMRI Study)”