Human Nature’s Pathologist

CARL ZIMMER CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Steven Pinker was a 15-year-old anarchist. He didn’t think people needed a police force to keep the peace. Governments caused the very problems they were supposed to solve. Besides, it was 1969, said Dr. Pinker, who is now a 57-year-old psychologist at Harvard. “If you weren’t an anarchist,” he said, … Continue reading

Marvels and Flaws of Intuitive Thinking

The power of settings, the power of priming, and the power of unconscious thinking, all of those are a major change in psychology. Daniel Kahneman … If you want to characterize how something is done, then one of the most powerful ways of characterizing the way the mind does anything is by looking at the … Continue reading

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

In the late 1950s, three men who identified as the Son of God were forced to live together in a mental hospital. What happened? By Vaughan Bell. In the late 1950s, psychologist Milton Rokeach was gripped by an eccentric plan. He gathered three psychiatric patients, each with the delusion that they were Jesus Christ, to … Continue reading