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Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes

Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes

I have been reading a brilliant book by David Robson, a former BBC science correspondent, on why intelligent people often make foolish decisions. The book is called The Intelligence Trap: Why Smart People Do Dumb Things. David Robson argues that smart people do dumb things not just as often as ordinary people, but they are
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Why It’s Getting Harder to Know What ‘Death’ Is

Why It’s Getting Harder to Know What ‘Death’ Is

There is an old saying which goes, ‘nothing in this world is certain, except death and taxes’, but it turns out that death is not so certain anymore. According to an article that appeared in the highly reliable Nature journal, scientists from Yale University have managed to restore some function in the brains of pigs
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How Healthy Eating Can Lead to Eating Disorders

How Healthy Eating Can Lead to Eating Disorders

According to Victoria’s support group for eating disorders, eating disorders are becoming more common. Somewhere between 4 to 9 percent of the Australian population has an eating disorder. That is around one million Australians! And what is even more amazing is that new types of eating disorders are being discovered. There is now a condition
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How Eating Disorders in Men Are On the Rise

How Eating Disorders in Men Are On the Rise

In my last blog I talked about a new eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa – an unhealthy obsession with ‘healthy’ eating. And I told you that I was surprised to learn that somewhere between 4 to 9 percent of the Australian population has an eating disorder. That is around 1 million Australians! I have never had
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How Hypochondria Can Develop Into Illness Anxiety Disorder

How Hypochondria Can Develop Into Illness Anxiety Disorder

We’ve all met a hypochondriac; someone who always thinks something is wrong with them and is abnormally preoccupied about their health. The truth is we’ve also probably been hypochondriacs at some point, and developed irrational concerns about small symptoms. We’ve asked family members if a freckle is cancer or if a scratch has gone septic.
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Is it scientifically possible to live forever

Is it scientifically possible to live forever?

Throughout history the lifespan of humans has been expanding. Our ancestors living in the stone-age (the Palaeolithic period) only lived to around 33 years of age. Civilisation and farming helped extend our lifespan and in Classic Greece people lived on average to around 41. In ancient Rome, if you survived until 20 you could have
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