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Tania Lombrozo

Tania Lombrozo appears in the following:

Are Factual And Religious Belief The Same?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers a new paper that may help make sense of the coexistence of seemingly contradictory religious and scientific beliefs.

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Putting A Critical Eye On Brain Imaging Studies

Monday, October 06, 2014

Studies based on fMRI scans are released frequently. But how do you know what's for real? Commentator Tania Lombrozo points to MIT's Nancy Kanwisher for tips on how to become a discerning consumer.

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Domesticated Robots And The Art Of Being Human

Monday, September 29, 2014

Commentator Tania Lombrozo interviews Alexander Reben, an MIT-trained roboticist and artist whose work, she says, forces us to confront our expectations when it comes to ourselves and our creations.

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Being Good Isn't Zero Sum

Monday, September 22, 2014

Sometimes our values conflict. But sometimes they don't and the implications are liberating. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes a look at the case for veganism.

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How Not To Teach Climate Change

Monday, September 15, 2014

If you want to promote green behavior, inducing fear and touting science isn't the way to go. Commentator Tania Lombrozo considers some recent lessons from the social psychology of climate change.

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Awe, With And Without The Gods

Monday, September 08, 2014

Awe is often associated with religion and spirituality, but atheists are no less capable of experiencing it. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo considers the common core of religious and scientific awe.

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Using Science To Blame Mothers

Monday, August 25, 2014

The complex science of fetal and early childhood development is sometimes distilled into a single, unhelpful message: It's all about mom. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo explains how values can play in.

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Thinking Like A Scientist Can Help Overcome Allure Of Appearances

Monday, August 18, 2014

What can a near-encounter with poison hemlock tell us about childhood development and problems of induction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo explains.

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Of This And That: Intimacy In Social Media

Monday, August 11, 2014

That moment when you first open Twitter. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes a look at the language of social media.

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Reports Of Psychology's Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Monday, August 04, 2014

Last week, The Onion declared psychology dead, hoisted by its own circularity. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo responds.

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Cognitive Science Honors Its Pioneers And Leaders

Monday, July 28, 2014

There isn't a Nobel Prize for cognitive science: the interdisciplinary study of the mind. But the field does have the Rumelhart Prize and its 15th winner has a familiar name.

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From 'Star Trek' To LGBT Spokesman, What It Takes 'To Be Takei'

Monday, July 28, 2014

George Takei is famous for his role as Mr. Sulu on Star Trek. Now a new documentary, To Be Takei, delves into his personal story โ€” including growing up in Japanese internment camps, and coming out.

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Rituals That Work And Why

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Are rituals a sign of human irrationality? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to Egyptian pyramids, World Cup quirks and Indonesian birds to help explain why rituals sometimes actually work.

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Sex, Death And Evolution ... Nursery Rhyme Style

Monday, July 14, 2014

What we need is a children's song about natural selection: sex, death and all. Commentator Tania Lombrozo takes up the challenge with her debut of "Five Violet Spiders."

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Is Obesity A Disease?

Monday, July 07, 2014

Last year the American Medical Association voted to recognize obesity as a disease. But what's in a name? Commentator Tania Lombrozo reviews new evidence that suggests it matters.

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3 Things Everyone Should Know Before Growing Up

Monday, June 30, 2014

Would you like to see the world more clearly? Commentator Tania Lombrozo extracts some useful life lessons from the field of psychology.

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The Past Is Where It's At For The Future Of Barbecue

Monday, June 30, 2014

The future of good barbecue isn't in new technology, but in the old way of cooking with wood and smoke, says one expert. The science of slow-cooked meat seems to support his argument.

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Why We Aren't The Parents We Know We Could Be

Monday, June 23, 2014

Knowing how to be a good parent and actually being a good parent are two very different things. Tania Lombrozo takes a look at the science and the reality of raising children.

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Kerry Lands In Badhdad, Bearing Warnings For Iraqi Leaders

Monday, June 23, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry is touching on a number of complex foreign policy issues this week โ€” from violence in Iraq, to political instability in Egypt and the conflict in Ukraine.NPR's Jackie Northam is on the trip and talks with All Things Considered.

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Blame Your Brain: The Fault Lies Somewhere Within

Monday, June 16, 2014

Can thinking about how the brain works also change how we think about crime and punishment? Commentator Tania Lombrozo says new research suggests it may be so.

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