Hunter "Toto" Maats

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Why did humans evolve to be so defensive of our beliefs?

Working with teenagers, you get used to seeing a very particular and charming side of the human animal: defensive behavior. A simple suggestion that students might want to ask...

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Truncate and Renormalize: Do Scientists Actually Think of the Earth as Round?

The wonderful thing about living in the age of the internet is things people long thought but never dared say have come bursting out on the world. As someone who loves science,...

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The Orange Belt – The Tribe

By achieving the first two belts in this series you have learned: you’re in a cult(ure) that’s adapted to environment, you downloaded your culture through awe, and that...

The Iron Throne: Why do Americans cheer for Khaleesi but want to depose dictators?

‘The breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.’For all the praise that has been rightly heaped on Game of Thrones its greatest...

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How Do You Deliberately Create a Golden Age?

Golden Ages: Why Not Deliberately Create Them? Across the world and throughout the ages, Golden Ages have appeared. Ancient Greece, Han Dynasty China, the early days of Islam,...

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Silicon Valley: Does a Culture Famous for Autism Understand How Humans Work?

This week an engineer at Google wrote a piece, in part, about what he saw as a certain amount of scientific denialism at Google. Diversity programs incorporate science denial....

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Middleman Minorities: Jews, Armenians, the Overseas Chinese and Other Victims of Their Own Success

Imagine moving into a community with a tight-knit culture to which you obviously don’t belong. You don’t have any property. You don’t have any connections. And...

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Why Argue About Fish Evolution When We Can Build Consensus on Evolving a Better Society?

Humanity loves stupid arguments over symbols. There’s arguments about flags. There’s arguments about holy books. There was the Affair of the Sausages. There’s...

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Truth: The Most Destructive Idea in Human History

If you ask most people, they’d tell you that truth is a good thing. Perhaps even the best of things. However, as Shakespeare taught us and science has confirmed, there is...

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Taxonomy and Quacksonomy: Pluto, The Definition of a Planet and How Your Culture Gets You Talking Out of Uranus

As an educator, you become deeply familiar with the process by which humans acquire culture and reach conclusions. Kids pick up ideas, words and attitudes all the time without...