Mesmerism

Dr Anton Mesmer believed in the power of “animal magnetism”, as a universal force that could cure illness. His patients would gather around a large enclosed wooden tub with iron wands protruding out of it. The patients would hold the wands and touch them...

Ben Franklin’s Virtues

Benjamin Franklin at the age of 20 created a self-improvement project. He sought to cultivate his character by attempting to follow thirteen virtues. His autobiography lists his thirteen virtues: 1. “TEMPERANCE. Eat not to dullness; drink not to...

Peer Effects

Slate.com discusses research by Alexandre Mas and Enrico Moretti, who studied behaviors of grocery store checkout clerks. Below is an excerpt from slate.com: “What happens when an unusually hardworking (or lazy) worker joins a team? The question is part of the...

Not Even Wrong

Two new books have been released recently that discuss problems with String Theory in the field of physics. One book, “Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law” by Peter Woit discusses how String Theory is not scientific....

Scientific American: Airborne BaloneyThe latest fad in cold remedies is full of hot air