Curiosity Daily Podcast: Seeing Opinions as Facts, Bird-Killing Pisonia Trees, and How Much the Tooth Fairy Pays
In this podcast, Cody Gough and Ashley Hamer discuss the following stories to help you get smarter and learn something new in just a few minutes:
June 13, 2018
Episode Show Notes:
- Your Brain Involuntarily Sees Opinions You Agree With as Facts
- The Stroop Effect Is A Window Into Perception
- The Pisonia Tree Lures and Murders Birds for No Good Reason
- The Tooth Fairy Pays a Lot More Than She Used To
For a more adult perspective on dental health over time in the United States, check out "Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America" by health journalist Mary Otto. Curious for more of nature's killers? Check out "Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities."
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