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Magazine Claims We Know Miracles Don't Happen

In a 2013 article in The New Yorker about faith and belief, Adam Gopnik made the following confident statement: "We know … that in the billions ...


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Researchers Identify 'The Perception of Incongruity'

In 1949, researchers asked a group of students at Ivy League schools to perform a simple task: identify playing cards. There were just two catches. First, ...


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How Different Cultures Read the Bible

To help explain the challenges people in the West face reading the Bible, authors E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O'Brien refer to a social experiment ...


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Joke about Listening to the 'Whole' Story

One day an old man was casually walking along a country lane with his dog and his mule. Suddenly a speeding pick-up truck careened around the corner, ...


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Botched Translation Leads to Tragedy

A good translation or translator really does matter. Professional translator Nataly Kelly tells the following story about what journalists have called ...


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Scientist Claimed the Internet Would Be a Fad

In 1995, an American scientist named Clifford Stoll boldly predicted that the Internet would be just another passing fad. He wrote an article for Newsweek ...


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Imaginary Journal Entries from a Wife's and a Husband's Perspective

The following quotes represent two imaginary journal entries as a wife and her husband reflect on the same day's events:

Her Journal: Tonight, my husband ...

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Nobel Prize Winner Says Humans Don't Think Well

He's a very smart man who knows a lot about human intelligence. He's a brilliant psychologist and a Nobel-prize winning economist. Early in his career, ...


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Musical Artists Clash Over a Tiny Musical Piece

In October, 2011, The New York Times ran an article about two musical giants whose longtime relationship unraveled over a tiny piece of music. Helene ...


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Research Shows Our Favoritism Towards Attractive People

Although we like to believe that beauty runs only skin deep, research shows that it pays to be good-looking. A 2010 survey by Newsweek concluded, "In ...


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