People See Jesus in Grilled Cheese Because They Want Justice

When people see significant, often religious imagery in everyday images, from grilled cheese to their dog's butt, it's called "pareidolia." But as for exactly why people see divine figures like Jesus in things like potato chips and other ordinary objects, a recent study in the journal cognition says it is due to a… » 4/05/14 4:52pm 4/05/14 4:52pm

Scientists Label 15 New Emotions, Want to Make Robots With Them

Previously, the only scientifically identified basic human emotions were happy, sad, fearful, angry, surprised, and disgusted. In a new study published in the journal PNAS, scientists have added 15 new "compound" emotions to that list, which were created by making different combinations of the six basic emotions. Now,… » 4/05/14 12:50pm 4/05/14 12:50pm

Spike Lee Thinks A.O. Scott Doesn't Understand Brooklyn

On Sunday, New York Times film critic A.O. Scott wrote a column on Brooklyn and its on-screen portrayal in recent years, from Girls to Saturday Night Fever. With a title like "Whose Brooklyn Is It, Anyway?" it was bound to irk at least a few people, but Scott made sure to piss off the one Brooklynite you don't want to… » 3/31/14 7:30pm 3/31/14 7:30pm