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pbs.org — Guest interviews are usually available online within 24 hours of broadcast. The two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist offers his perspective on the direction of the U.S. under the new Republican leadership and ramifications for 2016. As Atlantic Media's editorial director for strategic partnerships, veteran journalist Ron Brownstein is in charge of long-term editorial strategy.

The Spell of Art

jonahlehrer.com — In the preface to Dave Eggers' 2000 memoir, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, he makes the reader a generous offer. If we are bothered by the dark truth of the work - it is a book set in motion by the near simultaneous death of his parents - then we are free to pretend it's not true at all.

Why alcohol lengthens your lifespan

wired.co.uk — It's one of those medical anomalies that nobody can really explain: Longitudinal studies have consistently shown that people who don't consume any alcohol at all tend to die before people who do. At first glance, this makes little sense. Why would ingesting a psychoactive toxin that increases our risk of cancer, dementia and liver disease lengthen our lifespan?

Spoilers Don’t Spoil Anything

wired.com — I've got a weak spot for pulp fiction, especially when it involves a mysterious twist. I like unironic thrillers and mediocre Agatha Christie imitations. Basically, I like any kind of fiction that lets me forget for vast stretches of time that I'm sitting in an airport terminal.

Do Political Experts Know What They’re Talking About?

wired.com — Philip Tetlock is one of my favorite social scientists. I often joke that every cable news show should be forced to display a disclaimer, streaming in a loop at the bottom of the screen. The disclaimer would read: "These talking heads have been scientifically proven to not know what they are talking about.

Thinking Smarter About People Who Think Differently

wired.com — One of the forthcoming books I'm most excited about is Steve Silberman's NeuroTribes: A smarter way of thinking about people who think differently. Like Oliver Sacks (and Steve has written the definitive profile of the neurologist), Steve is an incredibly sensitive observer of others. (He's also a gifted writer and absurdly nice guy.)

Inside the baby mind

boston.com — WHAT IS IT like to be a baby? For centuries, this question would have seemed absurd: behind that adorable facade was a mostly empty head. A baby, after all, is missing most of the capabilities that define the human mind, such as language and the ability to reason.

The Math Problem

grantland.com — Sabermetrics can help teams identify hidden talent and turn regular sports fans into math nerds. But can the numbers lie? Buying a car is a hard decision. There are just so many variables to think about. We've got to inspect the interior and analyze the engine, and research the reliability of the brand.

Thank You For Reading

jonahlehrer.com — Welcome to my blog. Thank you for reading. I hope this will be a place where I can write about scientific research that interests me. I also hope this blog can be a small step towards regaining the trust of my readers.

Why Do We Watch Sports?

jonahlehrer.com — Why do we watch sports? It's a simple question with a complicated answer. Sports are a huge entertainment business - the NFL alone generates at least $7 billion a year in television revenue - so it's easy to lose sight of their essential absurdity.
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Feb 13, 2013

Here is the text of my speech. I'm deeply sorry for what I've done. t.co/vw3KJgT4

Jun 13, 2012

RT @anniemurphypaul: RT @PsychToday: Want to learn something backwards and forwards? Teach it to someone else. t.co/UprfLTRL

Jun 13, 2012

RT @JuddApatow: 20 Rules of screenwriting from Pixar. I need to laminate this. t.co/qfI2JcKs

Jun 12, 2012

RT @emilynussbaum: Seriously enjoying the Bill Simmons podcast with Lena Dunham: t.co/MB8I6MCD

Jun 12, 2012

RT @BetseyStevenson: Among top med researchers: women are 2.5x as likely to be unmarried, 50% more likely to be childless & still ea ...

Jun 12, 2012

@tnyfrontrow i think they're a reminder that we're still pretty bad at measuring many of the mental attributes that matter.

Jun 09, 2012

My latest Head Case column on how power protects primates from the toxic effects of stress: t.co/htooh6UZ t.co/7rMFW5WA

Jun 07, 2012

RT @katiebakes: Sitting at hotel bar watching bball and wonderin if the question "so, how'd you get so into sports?" has EVER been asked ...

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