Study: Teaching Students Philosophy Will Improve Their Academic Performance

Study: Teaching Students Philosophy Will Improve Their Academic Performance

There are many attempts to improve student performance which result in a host of measures, ranging from misguided to inspired. Such efforts include not assigning students homework, recalibrating standardized tests to account for unfair background advantages, or subjecting students to the hard-to-fathom Common Core standards. But a recent endeavor in the UK found another solution which actually appeared to have worked – the students were taught philosophy!

Should This Be a New Letter in the Alphabet?

Should This Be a New Letter in the Alphabet?

80 percent of all written paragraphs, including this one, feature the word “the.” This word is the most commonly used word in the English language. So why doesn’t “the” have its own symbol? The Australian restaurateur Paul Mathis has proposed we make language more efficient by employing the symbol Ћ – which is the combination of the letters “T” and “h” – in place of the word “the.” Let’s give it a try. Here is how the above two paragraphs would read: 80 percent of all written paragraphs, including this one, feature Ћ word “Ћ.”…

How to Negotiate with a Liar

How to Negotiate with a Liar

By Leslie K. John Robust social psychology research indicates that people lie—and lie often. One prominent study found that people tell, on average, one or two lies every day. Negotiators are no exception. Judging from studies done in 1999and 2005, roughly half of those making deals will lie when they have a motive and the opportunity to do so. Typically they see it as a way to gain the upper hand (although it can actually cause backlash and prevent the kind of creative problem solving that leads to win-win deals). Deception…

The Cognitive Origins of Religion

The Cognitive Origins of Religion

To understand the human brain we often turn to neuroscientists and psychologists. Two decades ago, Professor of Archaeology Steven Mithen decided to explore the origins of our nervous system (and much more) through his field of study. Besides popularizing the term ‘cognitive fluidity,’ in his landmark book, The Prehistory of the Mind: The Cognitive Origins of Art, Religion, and Science, Mithen speculated on exactly how primates evolved to the current iteration of the brain.