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Scared straight at "The Science of Fear"

Scared straight at "The Science of Fear"

The new exhibition at Fort Lauderdale’s Museum of Discovery and Science wants to scare you stupid. But there’s a good reason: to make you smarter. The museum’s “Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear,” on tour from the California Science Center, aims to demystify why we recoil at electrical shocks, leap at loud noises and cringe at the touch of a slithering snake, all of which trigger a fear response. And yes, goose bumps are also explained: those arm hairs that stand on end are throwbacks to our hairier, primal ancestors, who once puffed out their chests to ward off predators. The show’s interactive elements — a fear-challenge course, a...

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