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Why Songs Get Stuck in Your Head

They’re called earworms: songs that get stuck in your head and create a “cognitive itch” that you just can’t seem to get rid of, no matter how hard you scratch. It was German psychiatrist Cornelius Eckert who first described such tunes as earworms (or Ohrwürmer) back in 1979 – but people have been getting music stuck in their consciousness for way longer than that. Continue Reading

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Writer Manu Saadia Explains How Star Trek Can Teach Us (a Lot) About Economics

“I grew up in Paris and my parents were very old school – so no TV, no Star Wars. My parents had friends who knew about Star Trek and were like, ‘It’s OK, there’s no violence,’ so I went to see the first movie, The Motion Picture, when I was eight. People knock down The Motion Picture because nothing happens, but I found it very soothing. Continue Reading