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What Is It Like to Be a Bat?: I’m Batman! (Kind of…)

Problem What is it like to be a bat? What is it like to perceive your surroundings using echolocation, to fly, and to hang upside down to sleep? As humans, we can imagine what it ...

Moral Luck: Who’s to Blame?

Introduction Timmy and Esteban are playing baseball at their local park. On the first pitch, Timmy hits a long fly-ball deep into left field, and it sails over the fence and onto ...

Prisoner’s Dilemma: It’s You or Me

Problem Maggie and Lou are found at a crime scene. Given the physical evidence, they’re each looking at about one year in prison. However, the cops want more than that. They take ...

Status Quo Bias: If It Ain’t Broke, Why Fix It?

Have You Ever? Ever heard the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”? As you probably well know, that saying refers to the idea that if things are fine the way they currently a...

Stanford Prison Experiment: Role-ing With It

Problem Knock, knock. It’s late, but you open the door anyway and find police officers standing outside. They inform you that you’re under arrest for armed robbery. You try to ins...

If-By-Whiskey: Same Drink, Different Glass

Introduction Do you think language affects how we view an object or situation? For example, let’s say you ask one hundred individuals randomly selected from all over America what ...

The Bobo Doll Experiment: Kids See, Kids Do

Have You Ever? One day, your uncle has to work late, so your dad volunteers to take care of both you and your younger cousin. All in all, besides the addition of another person, y...