Pamela J. Hobart
Pamela used to do philosophy in academia; now she mostly does philosophy on Twitter. Too curious for her own good, Pamela just can't stop reading about psychology, politics, technology, and health, amongst weirder other things. You can find her wandering Manhattan, sometimes with rescue dogs in tow.

Latest Articles

How Toxic Relationships Affect Your Health

Everyone knows that a toxic relationship is unpleasant. But, at the risk of sounding a little dramatic, it's also true that toxic relationships affect your health — and not for the better. Because such relationships are deeply stressful, and because …
By Pamela J. Hobart

Why A Red Electoral Map Isn't As Scary As It Seems

Visual aids, like the vivid red and blue electoral maps on every news source right now, are supposed to help you understand data more easily, but sometimes looks can be deceiving. If watching the maps update tonight is making you nervous, then these …
By Pamela J. Hobart

This TV Network Thinks "The End Is Near"

It's Election Night 2016, and so far, the race has been neck-and-neck. Media coverage is obviously in full swing — and somewhat hilariously, Russian TV network put "the end is near" on screen during their Election Night live stream, along with some p…
By Pamela J. Hobart

How To See The Hunter's Moon

Signs of fall are in the air (and in our Starbucks cups), and they're in the sky too. Tonight, you'll be able to see the Hunter's Moon, another marker that fall is in full swing. This October supermoon (on the night of Oct.15 to 16) will come up soon…
By Pamela J. Hobart

This Is What Happens If You Don't Shower

Especially when it's cold out, bothering to wet yourself down to wash is a chilly pain, and definitely not the highlight of your day. But what happens if you don't shower for just two days is actually pretty disgusting, so maybe you'll suck it up a l…
By Pamela J. Hobart

This Is What Ophiuchus Looks Like

Word on the street is that there might be 13 zodiac signs instead of 12, and the new contender, Ophiuchus, is a doozy. What does Ophiuchus look like? Well, Ophiuchus is basically a man wrestling a serpent, but there's so much more to this story. To t…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Creepy People Share These Habits

It's hard to put your finger on what exactly makes a person seem "creepy," but as it turns out, the habits of creepy people do have some consistency to them. Defining "creepy" is hard, but most people know creepiness when they see it at least. Thanks…
By Pamela J. Hobart

You're Probably Not Cleaning This Enough

Cleaning your home is a boring, tiring, and sometimes thankless job, but there's a big difference between a home that's a little cluttered and one that's dirty enough to make you sick. Strangely, the one thing you're not cleaning enough is itself a c…
By Pamela J. Hobart

These Temp Tattoos Might Be Big News For Science

Ordinarily, tattoos are cosmetic measures undertaken for aesthetic reasons only, but could they ever be more tangibly beneficial? Indeed, temporary tattoos to help chronic disease might be the new frontier in treating immune disorders, and they offer…
By Pamela J. Hobart

The 3 Senses You Didn't Know About

You've almost certainly been told, since a young age, that you have five senses with which to explore the world. But hold onto your hats, because the real truth is that humans have extra senses. These bonus senses — there are three of them, and maybe…
By Pamela J. Hobart

8 Signs You're Allergic To Weed

With the growing movement to legalize marijuana in the United States, of course more people are likely going to use it. But pot isn't all fun and games, so you might want to know about the signs you're allergic to weed. That's right — on top of just …
By Pamela J. Hobart

These Are All Good Reasons To Use Incognito Mode

As most people who browse the internet have noticed by now, most web browser software prominently offers an "incognito mode" option. What is incognito mode anyways, and what are the reasons to use incognito mode? As a recent Reddit thread reveals, th…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Don't Play "Pokemon Go" While Doing This

It's understandable that you want to play "Pokemon Go" literally all of the time. There's at least one time you should stop, though — playing "Pokemon Go" while driving is a big safety no-no. I thought that people had already learned this lesson when…
By Pamela J. Hobart

How To Watch The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse

Did you know that the last eclipse of the year is almost upon us? Learn how to watch the penumbral lunar eclipse so you don't miss this celestial treat. Spoiler alert: Not everyone on Earth will be able to enjoy this penumbral lunar eclipse with thei…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Meet The "Goth" Bagel

A single, sparingly-topped bagel is sort of on the lighter side of breakfast, but if you're looking for something heavier, then the Black Tap special-edition goth bagel burger is for you. This jaw-dropping collaboration, featuring a black and white b…
By Pamela J. Hobart

What Science Says About The 5-Second Rule

In childhood, just about everyone learns that food dropped on the floor can be retrieved and eaten, if it's done quickly enough (hence, the "five-second rule"). But does the five-second rule work? I'm sorry to report that curious scientists have dash…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Your Face Has A Surprising Effect On This

On some primal, evolutionary level, getting ostracized from a group is a horrible fear for many of us, and avoiding it is an important, ongoing goal in life. Not to blame any victims here, but researchers have a new idea of how your facial expression…
By Pamela J. Hobart

Say Goodbye To This Kind Of Soap

For quite a while now, soaps labeled as "antibacterial" have been warming the hearts of clean freaks in America. But antibacterial soap will be banned soon, so it's time to let go of these unnecessary products and their dubious claims. Don't worry, y…
By Pamela J. Hobart

This Upcoming Pokémon Feature Is A Game-Changer

Pokémon Go, the newest iteration of a popular gaming franchise, recently took the world by storm. And the Pokémon Go buddy system promises to become a literal game-changer, if it materializes soon as promised. By some accounts, Pokémon Go is dropping…
By Pamela J. Hobart

How To Watch The Annular Solar Eclipse On Sept. 1

As quickly as all the celestial bodies in the universe move around, some events still occur only occasionally — and we're about to have one of them: A periodic annular solar eclipse. If you were wondering how to watch the annular solar eclipse in 201…
By Pamela J. Hobart