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What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?

What’s the Truth About Placebo Effects?

Some say placebos are so powerful they cure almost anything, while others say they barely work. To sceptics, believing in placebos is as irrational as filling the gas tank of your car with Earl Grey tea“ and thinking it will run. In spite of this controversy many...
Hero of Harlem Beats Ayn Rand With Altruism

Hero of Harlem Beats Ayn Rand With Altruism

Volunteering to help others feels good and improves our health. But if serving others benefits us aren’t we just being selfish? Is altruism (doing something for others even if we don’t benefit) even possible? Philosopher Thomas Nagel thinks not. To him altruism is...
Doing good can do you good

Doing good can do you good

We feel good when we do a good deed, so there must be a psychological benefit to helping others? But how can we know for sure? The best way to study the health benefits of kind deeds is to look at studies of volunteering. In 2011, Daniel George conducted a randomised...
Does marijuana cure depression?

Does marijuana cure depression?

A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party, but they weren’t having fun because people kept interrupting to tell the doctor about their health problems and ask for free medical advice. After a while, the annoyed doctor asked the lawyer, “How do you stop...