Back in the mid-2000s, Burger King had a really unnerving ad campaign where a man in a plastic Burger King mask breaks into people's houses and watches them sleep. Over in the New Inquiry, Adam Kotsko uses the skin-crawling mascot, the King, as a jumping-off point to discuss the history of creepiness.
Proving that fame isn't a good measure of success, Marie "Blanche" Wittman, became known both locally and historically as the Queen of Hysterics. Her "medical demonstrations" were a kind of medical reality show — one that inspired the work of Sigmund Freud.
There are plenty of tests that study conformity, but measuring anti-conformity is a tougher proposition. How do you measure something that is only evident after you make your influence felt? Researching this led to some interesting experiments, and the best line ever delivered by Sigmund Freud.
Freudian slips are slips of the tongue that seem to reveal the speaker's secret thoughts. The most famous of these slips, in psychological circles, was analyzed by Sigmund Freud himself. Learn about how Freud connected incorrect Latin to a dark personal secret.
I... he... what?! Further proving there is literally nothing American TV networks won't turn into a crime procedural (or a hospital procedural), the father of modern psychoanalysis will use his knowledge of the oedipal complex to catch bad guys in the new series Freud: The Secret Casebook.
Growing up in the modern world it's impossible not to have knowledge of the famous Freudian concept of penis envy. Less well-known is the concept of womb envy, and even less well-known than that is the woman who came up with it.
Back on New Year's Eve, some assholes broke into a crematorium in London and, in a botched attempt to steal the antique Greek vase containing the ashes of Sigmund Freud and his wife Martha, smashed the urn instead.
He’s been dead for nearly 70 years, but Sigmund Freud’s provocative theories are still a huge part of psychology, neuroscience, and culture — this despite the fact that many of his ideas were mindboggingly, catastrophically wrong. Here’s why Freud just won’t go away.
Eric Kandel helped write the book on modern neuroscience. I mean that literally. If you own a neuroscience textbook, there's a good chance it's this one. You'll notice that Kandel is listed as the first author.
Science is a dangerous business, full of risky propositions and strange experiments. And sometimes, scientists wind up going to jail for their pains. Some of them for the integrity of science, and some for far more sordid reasons.
It's an old cliche, but generally speaking opposites don't attract: we actually tend to be attracted to people who look like us. The big exception is when we get stressed out, as mounting tension pushes us towards different-looking prospective mates.
From Darwin and Einstein to Hawking and Sagan, here are twenty-five amazing books written by world-famous scientists. These are legendary texts, popular science explainers, personal memoirs, and controversial new theories, and they're all enduring monuments to the power of science.