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If Humans Were Tools, Which Would We Be?

Do you know someone that displays the shovel-like tendency to dig themselves into a hole? Some people have easy-to-find similarities, but what tool would we use to represent the whole human race? The question was asked of behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational, Irrationally Yours, and The Upside of Irrationality. He answered to the tune of a Swiss Army Knife. And what a noble…

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From Color to Consciousness: The Trouble With Describing Experience

We see distinct colors in the spectrum, but their boundaries are impossible to measure precisely. — Adam Alter In Drunk Tank Pink, Adam Alter points out that the labels we use in our respective languages influence the way we perceive a given item. …Russian students perceive dark blue to be just as different from light blue as the…

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