How good are you at basketball? What about playing an instrument? Psychological research suggests we’re not actually very good at evaluating our own abilities accurately. In fact, we frequently overestimate our own abilities thanks to something known as the Dunning-Kruger Effect.
Tag Archives: Opinion
Redshirt the Boys
Gender, age, and socioeconomic status play a part in how well someone performs in school. Read about the complicated and layered issue “redshirting” could help solve.
I’m an engineer, not a cheerleader. Let’s abandon silly rules about gender roles.
In this article, 17-year-old science student Sara Sakowitz shares her experience being a girl who loves science.
5 Ways Consumers Can Be More Socially Conscious in Shopping
The tragic consequences of the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh makes us question the ethics of low-cost goods. Should we be more mindful of our buying choices? Experts in ethical shopping share five ways to be more socially conscious when shopping.
Why we’ll always be obsessed with – and afraid of – monsters
Read one author’s take on our “age of fear” and the rise of the zombie.
What Is Your Dog Thinking? A Psychological Guide
Do dogs love each other? Do they feel guilty about the rotten things they sometimes do? Read Stanley Coren’s article to find the answers, and, while you’re at it, discover how to laugh like a dog, interpret a dog’s barks, and tell what a wagging tail really means.
A Conversation with Sir Patrick Stewart
In 2010, a modern version of The Tragedy of Macbeth appeared on PBS’s Great Performances. The star of that groundbreaking production, Sir Patrick Stewart, discusses the choices he and director Rupert Goold made to bring Shakespeare’s work to life on the small screen.
Are you ready to heal?’: Nonbinary activist Alok Vaid-Menon deconstructs gender
Read about Alok Vaid-Menon’s thoughts about gender and gender deconstruction.
What Part of Legal Immigration Don’t You Understand?
This graphic novel-inspired illustration takes an honest yet humorous look at the process of legal immigration. Click on the image to enlarge it and view details.
Banks Warned That Crypto Could Replace Dollar Within Five Years
Is cryptocurrency a fad or here to stay? Read about recent survey results that say it’s not only here to stay, but dollars may become a thing of the past.
Teens around the world are lonelier than a decade ago. The reason may be smartphones.
Read about how smart phones and social media impact the social lives of teens.
Killer robots? Get real. It’ll be easier for AI to just erase our minds and steal our bodies
Have you ever stopped to think that the robot uprising could potentially be more terrifying than certain death? Read this op-ed to learn more about this writer’s thoughts about the future.
A person or a thing? Inside the fight for animal personhood
Happy the elephant is in the middle of a monumental court case with far-reaching consequences.
Forget Everything You Think You Know About Time
A theoretical physicist challenges the widely-accepted linear representation of time.
Helicopters are ruining Shakespeare in the Park
Read about how helicopters disrupt theater-goers in New York City’s Central Park.
What a 13th-Century Medieval Text Can Teach Us About Queerness and Gender
While people may not typically look to the 13th-century medieval texts for shining examples of equitable representation, an old text about a knight in shining armor inspired author Alex Myers.
Worldcoin wants to give you cryptocurrency — in exchange for scanning your eyeballs
Would you take cryptocurrency in exchange for your personal biometric data? Is this a massive privacy breach or the high-tech future of equity? Read to learn more about the pros and cons.
Teens on a Year That Changed Everything
Teenagers reflect on a year of pandemic precautions through their words and artistic representations.
Growing Up Colored
Henry Louis Gates describes what it was like to grow up as an African American in a West Virginia town in the 1950s.
Searching the Brain for the Roots of Fear
Do you know the difference between fearing something and worrying about it? How do things that probably won’t do us any harm come to symbolize threats? This commentary from Joseph LeDoux, the director of the Emotional Brain Institute and a professor of neural science, describes the problems that arise when fear turns to anxiety.