Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo appears in the following:

Storing Information In Other People's Heads

Monday, May 18, 2015

When we can't fit everything in our own heads, we have to outsource information to others. But how do we keep track of who knows what? Commentator Tania Lombrozo shares some recent findings.


Explanation, Orgasm And The Need For Basic Science Research Funding

Monday, May 11, 2015

Psychologist Tania Lombrozo draws a surprising parallel between the function of scientific explanations and orgasms, with implications for basic research funding — and future learning and knowledge.


A Found Poem For Mother's Day

Monday, May 04, 2015

A short and poignant poem for mothers, discovered accidentally by commentator Tania Lombrozo.


The Danger Of GMOs: Is It All In Your Mind?

Monday, April 27, 2015

Genetically modified foods are often regarded as "unnatural" and approached with distrust. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology behind these reactions.


Considering 'The Philosophy Of The Web'

Monday, April 20, 2015

Does contemporary technology fundamentally change our relationship to the world and to each other? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert to learn about this emerging area of philosophy.


Are Scientific And Religious Explanations Incompatible?

Monday, April 13, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo says the answer to whether scientific and religious explanations are fundamentally at odds isn't a simple "yes" or "no" when it comes to explaining the world around us.


Ice Cream Activism

Monday, April 06, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo renews her call for ice-cream-based activism in light of a petition for the creation of her proposed Ben & Jerry's flavor: Ruth Bader Ginger.


France Takes Aim At Companies That Hire Ultrathin Models

Monday, April 06, 2015

The controversial measure is part of an overall healthcare bill expected to pass into law. Spain, Israel and Italy have rules against ultrathin models, but none go as far as the French measure would.


Why We Need Ruth Bader Ginger Ice Cream

Monday, March 30, 2015

Women are underrepresented in ways we notice — and ways we don't. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers the psychology behind our perceptions of gender parity.


Don't Be Myopic About Heritability

Monday, March 23, 2015

A biological trait's heritability can change over time. Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains how genetic influences and environmental variations play together.


We Experience The World We Infer, Not The World As It Is

Friday, March 20, 2015

It can feel like our senses give us direct access to the world as it is now, and our memory to the world as it once was. Commentator Tania Lombrozo challenges these ideas.


Easy Knowledge Can Be A Dangerous Thing (Maybe)

Monday, March 09, 2015

Does heavy smartphone use lead to lazy thinking? Commentator Tania Lombrozo looks beyond the headlines.


Embrace Your Inner Algorithm

Monday, March 02, 2015

Would you trust your own predictions over those of a well-designed statistical model? Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers new evidence on "algorithm aversion" and what it reveals.


Exploring The Metaphysics Of Love

Monday, February 16, 2015

Beyond the roses, hearts and generic declarations of devotion, do you know what love is? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert on the metaphysics of love.


Psychological Biases Play A Part In Vaccination Decisions

Monday, February 09, 2015

Decisions about vaccinating one's children aren't simply a matter of weighing the relative benefits and risks. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers how subtle biases also play into it.


Beware Of The Pseudoscience Of Self

Monday, February 02, 2015

We often tell ourselves stories about how we came to be the people we are today. Commentator Tania Lombrozo is a skeptic: When constructing our own narratives, we don't get a control group.


Is There Something Uncanny About Machines That Can Think?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Commentator Tania Lombrozo says her sense is that thinking machines elicit an existential response — perhaps because we're threatened by the idea that maybe human thinking isn't so special.


Learning About The Human Mind, Magically

Monday, January 12, 2015

What makes something a good magic trick? Commentator Tania Lombrozo discusses new research on what our intuitions about magic tricks may tell us about human cognition.


My Resolution For 2015: Be Smart About My Smartphone

Monday, January 05, 2015

Next time you shoot off an email between errands, will you praise your dedication or lament your inefficiency? Commentator Tania Lombrozo's New Year's resolution is to rethink emailing after hours.


Santa Clues: How Kids Learn The Truth About Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A recent study suggests emerging understanding of physical possibility fuels some reasonable skepticism, says commentator Tania Lombrozo.