This page is simply an exported dump of unsorted bookmarks I’ve collected in my web browser over the past several years. It’s stuff that looked interesting to me but that I didn’t have time in the moment to actually read. As such, it’s a window into the variety of stuff that catches my eye.

Having them all here makes the list a little more accessible, since Firefox and Chrome get a little balky about managing bookmarks when you have hundreds of them.

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World
Joe Henrich, Steven Heine and Ara Norenzayan are shaking up psychology and economics with their view of how culture shapes human thought and behavior.
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The Reign of Robots May Be Closer Than You Think: Mark Buchanan – Businessweek
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Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind | MIT World
Contemporary artificial intelligence researchers (as well as neurologists and Karl Jung) are taken to task in this talk by one of the world’s preeminent scholars of artificial intelligence.

Marvin Minsky is worried that after making great strides in its infancy, AI has lost its way, getting bogged down in different theories of machine learning. Researchers “have tried to invent single techniques that could deal with all problems, but each method works only in certain domains.” Minsky believes we’re facing an AI emergency, since soon there won’t be enough human workers to perform the necessary tasks for our rapidly aging population.

So while we have a computer program that can beat a world chess champion, we don’t have one that can reach for an umbrella on a rainy …

Thrivability: A Collaborative Sketch
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Adding server-side protection with htaccess files around the WordPress wp-admin folder adds a second layer of WordPress security.
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Quantum Mechanics and Personal Identity – Less Wrong
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Faking It: How the Media Manipulates the World into War
Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body? | Video on
Mining Our Own Personal Data, for Self-Discovery
Drugs: The Debate Goes Mainstream
Dreamless nights: Brain activity during nonrapid eye movement sleep
GraphicSpeak » Koomey’s Law rewrites the future of computing
Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin
Data Scientists: A New Field, A New Job
Personality Traits Correlate with Brain Activity: Scientific American
The Technium: The Landscape of Possible Intelligences
What is conversation? How can we design for effective conversation?
Gravity-Defying Land Art by Cornelia Konrads | Colossal
Time to transform global drug strategy
Can there be Good Corporations?
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Article: Learning led by curiosity not routines
Our schools and societies can escape the herd-thinking that is leading us all over the cliff-edge. It's time to 'defrost' society's frozen capacity for active engagement and creative problem-solving.

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Wild Elephants gather inexplicably, mourn death of “Elephant Whisperer” | Delight Makers
Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history | Video on
Ephemeral Portraits Cut from Layers of Wire Mesh by Seung Mo Park | Colossal
Eureka! When a Blow to the Head Creates a Sudden Genius – Brian Fung – Health – The Atlantic
Brain trauma can sometimes reveal extraordinary talents in people. Now, savant syndrome is helping to create whole new fields of scientific discovery.
Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore? | Video on
100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design | Brain Pickings
Curating eclectic interestingness from culture's collective brain
What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond | The New York Review of Books
SPIEGEL Interview with Daniel Kahneman: Debunking the Myth of Intuition – SPIEGEL ONLINE
Seeing the Future in Science Fiction
Man vs. Machine: Will Human Workers Become Obsolete? | PBS NewsHour | May 24, 2012
Are We in the Middle of a Sixth Mass Extinction?
Thinking About The Unthinkable | Psychology Today
Demystifying The Mind – Science News A three-part series on the scientific struggle to explain the conscious self
Most Disturbing Presentation Ever: Our Tech Nightmare ("Skinner Box") DICE 2010 Big Brother, Video Game Psychology & Obedient Humans living inside Skinner Boxes. This was a presentation at the recent DICE 2010 Summit. – Cereal boxes with…
What makes something go viral? The Internet according to Gawker’s Neetzan Zimmerman The machine-like blogger has generated huge traffic numbers for Gawker — paying the pageview bills so other writers can focus on less viral work.
Can We Reverse The Stanford Prison Experiment? When I met for lunch with Dr. Phil Zimbardo, the former president of the American Psychological Association, I knew him primarily as the mastermind behind The Stanford Prison Experiment. In the summer of 1971, Zimbardo took healthy Stanford students, gave them roles as either guards or inmates, and …
50 Years Of Government Spending, In 1 Graph : Planet Money : NPR
Of each dollar the federal government spends, how much goes to health care? How much goes to defense? How much goes to other programs? And how has spending changed over time? Posted on April 7, 2012 by admin Reply Click HERE to watch the video on YouTube with subtitles in 14 other languages. Please note: Czech, Danish, Finnish, German, Hindi, Spanish and Russian subtitles are human-generated and accurate. The remaining languages (Arabic,…
Josh Linkner: Never Shoot Down a Bad Idea |
Inc. Live Videos | Entrepreneur and venture capitalist Josh Linkner says you should never discourage them from coming to you with new ideas.
Lifeboat News: The Blog A Future of Fewer Words? Five Trends Shaping the Future of Language By Lawrence Baines Published in 2012 in THE FUTURIST 46(2), 42– 47.
John Kellden – Google+ – Our Future Society, part 52: Generative Ownership …
Robert Lanza, M.D. – BIOCENTRISM
Biocentrism is a new “Theory of Everything” proposed by American scientist Robert Lanza
Probation Fees Multiply as Companies Profit –
In an effort to improve revenue, courts are turning to businesses that specialize in collections, resulting in costs that can reach thousands of dollars for a minor traffic offense.
Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being: Scientific American
Walking Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist, philosopher, and author of such classics as Walden and "Civil Disobedience," contributed a number of writings to The Atlantic in its early years. The month after his death from tuberculosis, in May 1862, the magazine published "Walking," one of his most famous es…
Don Tapscott: Four principles for the open world | Video on TED Talks The recent generations have been bathed in connecting technology from birth, says futurist Don Tapscott, and as a result the world is transforming into one that is far more open and transparent. In this inspiring talk, he lists the four core principles that show how this open world can be …
Can We Automate Creativity? | IdeaFeed | Big Think
Web Lab – London Science Museum Enter Web Lab, a series of interactive Chrome Experiments made by Google that bring the extraordinary workings of the internet to life. A first-of-its-kind w…
R.U. Sirius on Singularity 1 on 1: Question the Authority of Your Brain Want to hear R.U. Sirius discussing his early life, cyberpunk, transhumanism and the singularity? Check out his interview for
Quantum Physics vs. Materialism » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog Physics professor and frequent First Things contributor Stephen Barr discusses the implications of quantum physics at Big Questions Online:
TED Blog | 5 rules for productive conflict Rob Manning did everything in his power to screw up the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars last night. Manning not only cut radio signals to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s control room, but also simulated a hole being poked in the rover’s fuel system and solar flares flying toward the spac…
Scientists discover the truth behind Colbert's 'truthiness' | Machines Like Us A picture inflates the perceived truth of true and false claims. Trusting research over their guts, scientists in New Zealand and Canada examined the phenomenon Stephen Colbert, comedian and news satirist, calls "truthiness"—the feeling that something is true.
Clay Shirky: Unlocking Mankind's Untapped Potential – Forbes VideoThis post is written by Brian Hoffstein, guest writer at Singularity University Clay Shirky thinks deeply about how you spend time on the Internet. Last year Americans spent 200 billion hours of their time watching TV. To put this into perspective, the entire database on Wikipedia is estimated …
What Is Reality Made Of? — FastForward Radio 08/29 by The Speculist | Blog Talk Radio
Candy Chang: Before I die I want to… | Video on In her New Orleans neighborhood, artist and TED Fellow Candy Chang turned an abandoned house into a giant chalkboard asking a fill-in-the-blank question: “Before I die I want to ___.” Her neighbors' answers are surprising, poignant, funny. What's yours?
TED Blog | 6 art installations by Candy Chang that make the viewer part of the piece
TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading — through, our annual conferences, the annual TED Prize and local TEDx events.
How Culture Drove Human Evolution | Conversation | Edge Part of my program of research is to convince people that they should stop distinguishing cultural and biological evolution as separate in that way. We want to think of it all as biological evolution.
Attention to Attention in the Age of Screens
Law and Gospel: The Voter ID Ruse
Does music underlie language acquisition? | Machines Like Us Contrary to the prevailing theories that music and language are cognitively separate or that music is a byproduct of language, theorists at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) advocate that music underlies the ability to acquire language.
Pavan Sukhdev: Put a value on nature! Every day, we use materials from the earth without thinking, for free. But what if we had to pay for their true value: would it make us mo…
How to confuse a moral compass : Nature News & Comment
Survey 'magic trick' causes attitude reversal.
Friday Brain Food: Steve Omohundro on Self Improving Artificial Intelligence
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The Age of Big Data and the Death of Theory
Is the World Wide Web and modern technology… replacing the human mind? Knowledge today is not a set of theories, but instead just Data, and the machine is a better place to store data than the human mind.
5 Transformational Forces That Should Be Driving The Social Sector (But Aren’t) "The future is already here–it’s just not evenly distributed." This observation attributed to science-fiction writer William Gibson perfectly captures the increasing divide between the social sector and the rest of world. The future is already here for the mainstream global economy, built on open d…
John Lloyd: An animated tour of the invisible | Video on TED Talks Gravity. The stars in day. Thoughts. The human genome. Time. Atoms. So much of what really matters in the world is impossible to see. A stunning animation of John Lloyd's classic TEDtalk from 2009, which will make you question what you actually know.
TED Blog | Shea Hembrey sculpts dark matter in a new gallery show Shea Hembrey is 100 artists in one. At TED2011, he shared how he staged an international biennial containing works from 100 artists … all of whom he invented himself. The talk has spun into his first New York gallery exhibit, featuring work he made—this time as himself.
The vast gulf between current technology and theoretical singularity | ExtremeTech The gap between where we are and where we need to be for any sort of technology 'singularity' to occur is huge — and the measures futurologists point to don't actually seem to address the problem.
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TED Blog | Playlist: 6 beautiful talks by data artists In the information age we have access to more data and knowledge than at any previous point in human history. But more accessible data doesn't necessarily mean more processable data — tax returns, court cases and newspaper archives may be available to the public, but they are often hard to interp…..
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The Positive-Sum Game: David Brin vs. Cynicism – It Came From Riverside (Extra) (Visit: Science fiction writer and futurist David Brin bucks the current trend of cynical pessimism, arguing that Wester…
Annals of Science: Numbers Guy : The New Yorker
Online version of the weekly magazine, with current articles, cartoons, blogs, audio, video, slide shows, an archive of articles and abstracts back to 1925
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Joshua Bell is one of the world's greatest violinists. His instrument of choice is a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius. If he played it for spare change, incognito, outside a bustling Metro stop in Washington, would anyone notice?
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TED Blog | 6 TEDxTalks envisioning the city of the future According to the UN, by the year 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. So what will the city of the future look like? These are some of the questions for The City 2.0 …
Holistic Pattern Mining: Collaboration Patterns Project Introducing Holistic Pattern Mining for writing a pattern language for human actions. The case we take in this video is the mining process of the Collaboration Patterns…
The Map of Meaning | Rethinking Complexity How would you describe finding meaning in the work you do? Would you say that work is most meaningful when you are developing yourself? Would you say that that you find the most meaning when you are expressing your full potential? How about when you feel connected with others? Does doing service gi…
[SDF2012] Coexistence 2.0: Towards a Global Brain – Tim O'Reilly Founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Tim O'Reilly, who has been a key influencer of web 2.0 movements, sketches what 'coexistence 2.0' would entail. 웹2.0 운동의 선봉…
CONTRARY BRIN: How Democrats and Republicans Wage War
TED Blog | 5 fascinating findings on how disgust effects us Disgust may have an effect on how we vote, how we grocery shop, and how we discriminate against others.
The consequences of machine intelligence | Machines Like Us
If machines are capable of doing almost any work humans can do, what will humans do?

The question of what happens when machines get to be as intelligent as and even more intelligent than people seems to occupy many science-fiction writers.

BBC News – Man or machine – can robots really write novels? Machines already drive trains, check bus tickets, solve complex mathematical problems, beat humans at chess and conduct countless other tasks. But what happens if technology starts getting more creative – can a machine win ever win the Booker Prize for fiction?
The Science of “Chunking,” Working Memory, and How Pattern Recognition Fuels Creativity
TED Blog | How to give a persuasive presentations: A Q&A with Nancy Duarte Presentation expert Nancy Duarte, who gave the TED Talk “The secret structure of great talks,” has built her career helping people express their ideas in presentations — and helping them get comfortable giving high-stakes talks in public.
A Wild Love For the World Joanna Macy is a philosopher of ecology, a Buddhist scholar, and an exquisite translator of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. We take that poetry as a lens on her wisdom, at 81, on spiritual life and its relevance for the great dramas of our time.
Eye Am a Camera: Surveillance and Sousveillance in the Glassage |
The following is a guest post by Professor Steve Mann. Read Mann's complete bio at the end of this article for more information. Digital eye glasses like Google's Project Glass, and my earlier Digital Eye Glass, will transform society because they introduce a two-sided surveillance and sousveilla…
Pamela Meyer: How to Spot a Liar
Especially when it comes to perpetrating crime and enabling malice, we live in an age when lying and deceit are increasingly tolerated, and not necessarily the exception. High-stakes lying is out of control.
It's the Interest, Stupid! Why Bankers Rule the World
By developing a public banking system, governments can keep the interest and reinvest it locally.
Links 10 Nov: Finally, An Occupy Wall Street Idea We Can All Get Behind, The Rolling Jubilee – Forbes
VideoIt has taken Occupy Wall Street long enough to manage to come up with an idea that I think we can all get behind. But they have managed it: even to the point of convincing me, a neoliberal who believes very strongly in capitalism red in tooth and claw. What […]
Scientists Discover Trends in Pop Music: Scientific American Number crunching decades of top 40 music for psychological insight
TED Blog | Parallels between our minds and networks: A Q&A with Tiffany Shlain Can we draw parallels between the development of the human brain and the emergence of the electronic global 'brain' of the Internet?
Are We Ready For the Coming 'Age of Abundance?' – Dr. Michio Kaku (Full)
JOHN LENNON AT THE TOMORROW SHOW Possibly the last television interview with John Lennon
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An Incredibly Bold Conservative Copyright Reform Proposal, and Why Its Authors immediately Disavowed A Friday afternoon policy memo is not normally the sort of thing that gets one’s heart racing, but “Three Myths About Copyright Law and Where To Start To Fix It” was an exception. It offered a bracing attack on the conventional wisdom about intellectual property that’s dominated Congress for decades…
MIND MELD: Optimistic Scenarios for Our Future World – SF Signal A science fiction blog featuring science fiction book reviews and with frequent ramblings on fantasy, computers and the web.
No.Ordinary.Genius.Richard.Feynman 2of9 The most extraordinary scientist of his time, a unique combination of dazzling intellect and touching simplicity, Feynman had a passion for physics that was …
How Empathy Paves The Way For Innovation In my role as an executive coach, I often work with leaders who have difficulty building support for their ideas and priorities. Especially in complex organizations, such as pharmaceuticals and universities, leaders can often become disoriented by the political landscape, where diverse stakeholders …
John Kellden – Google+ – Redesign Education: The Universe in a Nutshell The…
Jonas Eliasson: How to solve traffic jams | Video on It’s an unfortunate reality in nearly every major city—road congestion, especially during rush hours. Jonas Eliasson reveals how subtly nudging just a small percentage of drivers to stay off major roads can make traffic jams a thing of the past. (<em>Filmed at TEDxHelvetia.</em>)
Universe Grows Like a Giant Brain New, hidden laws of nature may govern both the growth of brain or social networks and the expansion of the universe
Tough Room | This American Life
This week we bring you backstage with comedy writers at The Onion. They start with over 600 potential headlines for their fake-news newspaper each week, and over the course of two days, in the very tough room that is their editorial conference room, they select 16 to go in the paper. Plus other people speaking their minds in very tough rooms.
The Inner Landscape of Beauty | On Being
Poet/philosopher, John O'Donohue, is beloved for his book Anam Ċara, Gaelic for "soul friend," and for his insistence on beauty as a human calling and a defining aspect of God. In one of his last interviews before his death in 2008, he articula
Ants That Count! : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR
Desert ants have a nifty way of finding their way back home after a foray out of the nest to find food — they count their steps. To prove it, some scientists devised a creative experiment that showed just how the little guys do it.
RSA Animate – The Secret Powers of Time – YouTube
Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how…
The Anosognosic's Dilemma: Something's Wrong but You'll Never Know What It Is (Part 1) –
A ludicrously botched bank robbery leads to the question, Can you be too incompetent to understand just how incompetent you are?
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Amy Tan: Where does creativity hide? | Video on
TED Talks Novelist Amy Tan digs deep into the creative process, looking for hints of how hers evolved.
Tools Never Die? : NPR
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To Tug the Heartstrings, Music Must First Tickle the Brain –
Scientists are trying to understand and quantify what makes music expressive, and the results are contributing to a greater understanding of how the brain works.
RSA Animate – Language as a Window into Human Nature – YouTube
In this new RSAnimate Steven Pinker shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings. Taken from the RSA's free publ…
Information Needs of Communities |
Tao of Pauly: 5 Million Books
Out-of-body experience: Master of illusion : Nature News & Comment
Henrik Ehrsson uses mannequins, rubber arms and virtual reality to create body illusions, all in the name of neuroscience.
The Believer – Interview with Laurie Anderson
Let Me Down Easy – Watch the Full Program | Great Performances | PBS
Originally presented at Long Wharf Theatre, the play received its New York premiere at Second Stage Theatre. The Great Performances production was recorded in February 2011 in the Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, DC, launching a national tour that concluded in September. Watch the full performance below.
How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy – Kathleen McAuliffe – The Atlantic
The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.
Adventures In Behavioral Neurology—or—what Neurology Can Tell Us About Human Nature | Conversation | Edge
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The Irrationality of Irrationality: The Paradox of Popular Psychology | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network
In 1996, Lyle Brenner, Derek Koehler and Amos Tversky conducted a study involving students from San Jose State University and Stanford University. The researchers were interested …
NOVA | Smartest Machine on Earth
Jeopardy! challenges even the best human minds. Can a computer win the game?
Colleges Turn to Crowd-Sourcing Courses –
Colleges are building global student bodies and trying to create models for massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can't Protect Us Anymore | Gadget Lab |
You have a secret that can ruin your life. It’s not a well-kept secret, either. Just a simple string of characters—maybe six of them if you’re careless, 16 if you’re cautious—that can reveal everything about you. national/archive/2011/12/ what-americans-keep-ignoring-ab out-finlands-school-success/ 250564/
Sembl: Tapping human knowledge and imagination, link by link
Dr. Neil DeGrasse – A fascinatingly disturbing thought – YouTube
Dr. Neil DeGrasse – Segment of Cosmic Quandaries
Cybernetics, hallucinations, and the mathematics of the mind with mathematician Jack Cowan
Creative Placemaking – 10 ways to achieve authentic participation
This Man Makes Data Look Beautiful
Big data is a big deal, but it means nothing if no one can make sense of it. But some people are born with an innate ability to do just that; Jer Thorp is one such person.
Seeing God in the Third Millenium – Oliver Sacks – The Atlantic
How the brain creates out-of-body experiences and religious epiphanies
Abundance at the Bottom: Stanford’s Solar Benin Project h+ Magazine is a new publication that covers technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing human beings in fundamental ways.
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TED | TED Playlists | How to tell a story Why do we love our favorite stories? Do they need a beginning, middle and end, and a character who changes by the conclusion? Masters of storytelling explore new answers to age-old questions of the craft.
The 10 Most Disruptive Enterprise Tech Companies Everything is changing and these are the companies making that happen.
The New Breed of Children’s Book Authors | Digital Book World This article was written for the program book distributed for participants of Publishers Launch: Children’s Publishing Goes Digital, a full-day conference
Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek Fresh powder beckoned 16 expert skiers and snowboarders into the backcountry. Then the snow gave way.
Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa: Brain physiology limits simultaneous use of both When the brain's analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed, researchers have found. The study shows for the first time that we have a built-in neural constraint on our ability to be both empathetic and analytic at the same time.
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Will a Robot Take Your Job? : The New Yorker
Secretaries have been replaced by word processors and accountants by QuickBooks. Should we be worried?
Scaling online collaboration Jessica Lipnack shared a post with TypePad It's a problem. If you're not in the field, what am I talking about? The web makes it possible for, in effect, infinite numbers of people to collaborate. But how do you collaborate with infinite numbers? You don't. You can't….
Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us | Video on Imagine you're a shipwrecked sailor adrift in the Pacific. You can choose one of three directions to save yourself and your shipmates — but each choice comes with a fearful consequence too. How do you choose?
On trusting your sense of fun | Machines Like Us Maybe, like me, you're a philosophy dork. Maybe, like me, when you were thirteen, you said to your friends, "Is there really a world behind that closed door? Or does the outside world only pop into existence when I open the door?", and they said, "Dude, you're weird!
Tommy Edison Experience – YouTube
Tommy Edison, who has been blind since birth, talks about the funny side of being blind.

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Keep an Eye on These Web Design Trends in 2013
The web is a constantly changing space. Here's what you need to know about the latest trends in web design heading into 2013.
Pickpocketing as performance art and neuroscience
Apollo Robbins takes things from people’s jackets, pants, purses, wrists, fingers, and necks, then returns them in amusing and mind-boggling ways.
Coding Horror
Heart plays Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven, makes Robert Plant cry | Vancouver Sun
There have been some mighty horrible renditions of Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven, but when Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart performed the song in front of the three remaining members of the legendary British rock band at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony on Dec.
Building Communities with Software – Joel on Software
Rules for successful online communities. Plus answers to common questions about the Joel on Software forum.
Winslow Wheeler: Will Chuck Hagel Stand Up to Drone Lobby? « Public Intelligence Blog
Debt! How Human Beings Become Enslaved to Powerful Interests David Graeber's "Debt: The First 5,000 Years" traces the history of debt in human relationships, exploring the complex power dynamics at play.
Thomas Nagel is not crazy Thomas Nagel is not crazy by Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson/October 23, 2012/30 CommentsThe philosopher Thomas Nagel thinks the materialist scientific worldview cannot explain consciousness. Is he right? Image: perpetualplumIf we’re to believe science, we’re made of organs and cells. These cells are ma… 01/15/ the-post-productive-economy/
152 Big Thinkers Answer the Question “What Should We Be Worried About?” It’s a new year, which means it’s time for the to pose its annual question to some of the world’s finest minds.
Why Does Jared Diamond Make Anthropologists So Mad? : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
In his new book, Jared Diamond explores how hunters and gatherers, herders and farmers live in small-scale societies — and urges the rest of us to learn from their practices. Commentator Barbara J. King ponders why the book is making her tribe — anthropologists — so mad.
The End of Labor: How to Protect Workers From the Rise of Robots – Noah Smith – The Atlantic
Technology used to make us better at our jobs. Now it's making us obsolete, and the share of income going to workers is crashing, all over the world. What do we do now?
Erik Davis – On-gurus
All gurus try to undermine their followers' egos and expectations, so does it matter if the teacher is a real fraud?
moon hoax not – YouTube
collins is not sure if men went to the moon. but he is sure they could not have faked it.
Raise or Fold:  A Year of Risky Business: On Being Bad
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A Transaction Fee Might Save Capital Markets… & Protect Us From The Terminator!
Here's a vital issue under discussion (at last) on both sides of the Atlantic. Governments, both rich and poor, urgently need two things: a way to calm speculation in the financial markets and also new ways to raise revenue. In late September 2011, the European Commission proposed a tax or fee on financial transactions. This appears to be part of the newly announced European Union plan, with Britain the sole dissenter.
5 Takeaways From the Creating Change Conference Daniel Villarreal was in Atlanta for Creating Change and brings back five things you should know.
The End of the Web, Computers, and Search as We Know It | Wired Opinion | It all began with the “lifestream,” a phenomenon that I predicted in the 1990s and shared in the pages of Wired almost exactly 16 years ago. It arrived in the form of blog posts and RSS feeds, Twitter and other chatstreams, and Facebook walls and timelines. Today, this diary-like structure is suppla…
The Absolute Minimum Every Software Developer Absolutely, Positively Must Know About Unicode and Character Sets (No Excuses!) – Joel on Software
Haven’t mastered the basics of Unicode and character sets? Please don’t write another line of code until you’ve read this article.
Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams – YouTube
Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Audit…
Efficiency is fundamentally at odds with elegance
10 Tools for Creating Infographics and Visualizations | SEOmoz
Communicating visually is one of the most effective ways to explain complex concepts and relationships, both internally with your teammates and externally with your clients. Our very own Product Manager, Miranda Rensch, offers a list of tools you can use to create beautiful visualizations and let your visual communication skills shine!
The Structuring of Power and the Composition of Norms by Communicative Assent
The Probable Language Brain | Thorold (Thor) May –
Let us suppose that you are a research linguist, tormented by some doubts and questions about the state of your profession, and not constrained by having to repeat a catechism of "known truths" to Linguistics 101 students, and not worried
Study: Hearing Music as Beautiful Is a Learned Trait – Lindsay Abrams – The Atlantic
Appreciating harmonies comes with experience.
This Week in God First up from the God Machine this week is an annual study published by Gallup, showing levels of religiosity by state. The report, released every year around this time, is a reminder that, whatever one's assumptions about faith in America — about seven in 10 Americans consider …
Life without language Thought without symbols — life without language — it's a cognitive reality that is virtually impossible for most modern humans to fathom. For the vast majority of us, our thought processes have b…
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Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet.
Keith Chen: Could your language affect your ability to save money? | Video on What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen introduces a fascinating pattern from his research: that languages without a concept for the future — "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow" — correlate strongly with high savings rates.
Cosmos may be 'inherently unstable' Scientists say further study of the Higgs boson will reveal if there is an inherent instability in the Universe, leading to its eventual replacement.
5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think A look at the ways that the construction of language can have implications for the way we think, act and parse the world around us.
Artistic Depiction Of Climate Change Freaks The Heck Out Of People On The Street
This is deep.
Joshua Foer: John Quijada and Ithkuil, the Language He Invented Quijada, a fifty-four-year-old former employee of the California D.M.V., spent three decades inventing Ithkuil, an artificial language which is both maximally precise and maximally concise.
What Your Culture Really Says – Pretty Little State Machine Toxic lies about culture are afoot in Silicon Valley. They spread too fast as we take our bubble money and designer Powerpoints to drinkups, …
Consciousness science and ethics: Abortion, animal rights, and vegetative-state debates. – Slate Magazine
It is easy to view consciousness as a kind of magic. In religion it is represented by the mysterious soul, and in science the concept of consciousness at first appears quite alien. But many fields, such as the study of what distinguishes life from nonlife, had their earlier magical states…
LISTEN: Dolphins Call Each Other By 'Name' By Virginia Morell Every bottlenose dolphin has its own whistle, a high-pitched, warbly "eeee" that tells the other dolphins that a particular individual is present. Dolphins are excellent vocal mimics, too, able to copy even quirky computer-generated sounds.
Full Show: Taming Capitalism Run Wild | Moyers & Company | Economist Richard Wolff and Restaurant Worker Advocate Saru Jayaraman talk about battling rampant capitalism, and fighting for economic justice.
AAAS – For Better and Worse, Chimpanzee Minds Are Much Like Ours
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The interspecies internet: Peter Gabriel and Vint Cerf at TED2013
In a bold talk at TED2013, Diana Reiss, Peter Gabriel, Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf come together to launch the interspecies internet.
THE POLITICS OF INSECTS There was a good panel at last year’s Eastercon where Charles Stross, Juliet McKenna and others discussed the diversity, or […]
MFM Quaker Quest slideshow
Reflections on the Quaker Quest Full Day Workshop.
”Coinsidensity”, a great new term coined by Stowe Boyd I happened to read Stowe's blog about Googles new Googleplex, an interesting illustration of their upcoming working environment, where
Novel storage mechanism allows command, control of memory (Medical Xpress)—Introductions at a party seemingly go in one ear and out the other. However, if you meet someone two or three times during the party, you are more likely to remember his or her name. Your brain has taken a short-term memory – the introduction – and converted it into a long-term …
The great illusion of the self – New Scientist Your mind's greatest trick is convincing you of your own reality. Discover the elaborate illusions involved and what they mean in our special feature
22 Rules of Storytelling by a Pixar Storyboard Artist
Great Ideas in Personality–Five-Factor Model
Jan Saudek – photography & painting
Social Media Co-Lab
Three Solutions to the Oligarchy Problem A few years back, Simon Johnson wrote a brilliant and important piece in The Atlantic, called “The Quiet Coup.” Johnson’s basic point was that the United States, like a banana republic, has been taken over by oligopolistic powers. Looking at the financial crisis, he saw how concentrated, elite busin…
Without human input augmentation, algorithms alone are making us dumber Are algorithms actually making society dumber? Yes, says at least one big data expert. We can’t throw computers at our problems until we better define those problems though human input.
Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?
Could the sea be conscious? Research reveals how tiny plankton behave like a marine 'megamind' — So Vastly different species of sea microbes work together to respond as one to their surroundings as if they have one 'megamind', new research has revealed. U.S. researchers have discovered communities of infinitesimal creatures in our oceans react in un…
No to NoUI – Timo Arnall
Bach, Brandenburg Concerto 4, 3rd mvt., Bach Collegium Japan – YouTube
J. S. Bach's fourth Brandenburg Concerto, accompanied by a graphical score. FAQ Q: Where can I get the sheet music for this piece? A: Here: http://www.musani…
Colin Camerer: Neuroscience, game theory, monkeys | Video on When two people are trying to make a deal — whether they’re competing or cooperating — what’s really going on inside their brains? Behavioral economist Colin Camerer shows research that reveals just how little we’re able to predict what others are thinking. And that maybe monkeys are better at it …
Should we make animals smarter? – The Boston Globe The science of artificial brain improvement is making quick progress in labs across the country. Earlier this month, a team of researchers from the University of Rochester and the University of California, Los Angeles announced that they’d created smarter-than-average rodents by injecting human brai…
Why Living in the Present Is a Disorder | Wired Opinion | We’re living in the now, we no longer have a sense of future direction, and we have a completely new relationship to time. In this Wired Q&A between author of Present Shock Rushkoff and former editor in chief of cyberpunk magazine Mondo 2000 R.U. Sirius, the two discuss the narrative collapse of Gam…
Steve Rose talks to visionary architect Paolo Soleri | Art and design | The Guardian
In the 1970s, visionary architect Paolo Soleri built an extraordinary eco-city in the Arizona desert. Did it work? Steve Rose tracks down a guru who now finds himself back in demand
Lawrence Lessig: We the People, and the Republic we must reclaim | Video on There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. That's the argument at the core of this blistering talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig. With rapid-fire visuals, he shows how the fundin…
Paolo Soleri, Architect With a Vision, Dies at 93 –
Dr. Soleri was best known as the designer of Arcosanti, a settlement in Arizona.
Bitcoin is ludicrous, but it tells us something important about the nature of money The money illusion is very, very real.
Song challenge: Scientists identify brain's music pleasure zone Suggest a song related to the news story. We'll pick our favourite suggestion and send the reader who made it some CDs as a reward
Bitcoin Is No Longer a Currency – Matthew O'Brien – The Atlantic
It's the ultimate dotcom stock.
Illustrators and Visual Storytellers Map the World "Cartography can be an incredible form of escapism, as maps act as proxies for experiences." "Could it have been the drawing of maps that
Let’s Reform Copyright. With A Sledgehammer. Into Smithereens. – Falkvinge on Infopolicy There are many ways we could reform the copyright monopoly to solve some of its problems. This is politically doable. But long-term, we really just need to abolish this thing altogether.
Closer To Truth asks Stephen Wolfram: Is Mathematics Invented or Discovered? Is Mathematics invented or discovered? Our host Robert Lawrence Kuhn poses the question to Stephen Wolfram, in an interview from our series "Closer To Truth," currently airing on PBS stations nationwi
We Got Merge: Noam Chomsky on the Cognitive Function that Made Language Evolve "You got an operation that enables you to take mental objects … already constructed … and make bigger mental objects out of them."
Neurodiversity Rewires Conventional Thinking About Brains | Wired Magazine | For Wired's 20th anniversary, Steve Silberman chronicles the birth of neurodiversity — a neologism that called attention to the fact that many atypical forms of brain wiring also convey unusual skills and aptitudes.
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Physicist Proposes New Way To Think About Intelligence | Inside Science
The Digital Public Library of America: adding gravitas to your Internet search Not only a hub for books, the DPLA made an API so anyone can build a reading room.
Could Our Deepest Fears Hold the Key to Ending Violence? Feelings of fear and powerlessness are driving the cycle of violence that surrounds us. To change that, we need to recognize that we need each other to thrive as individuals.
Humans of New York 99% of the time, when I ask someone to tell me their favorite thing about their daughter/father/spouse, they give their answer to me. This man looked his son in the eye and said: “I love that you are so honest.”
Esther Perel: The secret to desire in a long-term relationship – YouTube
In long-term relationships, we often expect our beloved to be both best friend and erotic partner. But as Esther Perel argues, good and committed sex draws o…
Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’ – The Washington Post
Researchers identify two dozen words whose sound and meaning have survived the past 15,000 years.
In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech… watch?v=sZ3eCfCfHLI&feature=em- uploademail
Scientists find woman who sees 99 million more colors than others
Newcastle University neuroscientist Dr. Gabriele Jordan, recently announced that she has identified a woman who is a "tetrachromat," that is, a woman with the ability to see much greater color depth than the ordinary person.
This is why an octopus is more awesome than your mom – The Oatmeal
The too-smart city – Ideas – The Boston Globe
The smart city has become a buzzword in urban planning and university engineering departments, and a topic of breathless coverage in science and business magazines. But as political leaders, engineers, and environmentalists join the smart-city bandwagon, a growing chorus of thinkers from social sciences, architecture, urban planning, and design are starting to sound a note of caution. Though they share enthusiasm for what a smart city could do, they also point out that smart-city programs could—with little public oversight—put us on track to an oversanitized, high-surveillance, serendipity-free urban future that not everyone thinks is ideal.
The Beginner's Guide to Tumblr Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform that churns out more than 64 million posts daily. There are 57.5 million blogs on Tumblr, which might seem intimidating to anyone not already…
America: Bladerunner With Food Stamps – Business Insider
Unbridgeable class divides, fountains of innovation, and tiny islands of great wealth
Beautiful Video! Coca-Cola brings India and Pakistan together
In a beautiful video, Coca-Cola attempts to build positive relations between India and Pakistan through sharing an ice-cold beverage together.
Noam Chomsky: The Kind of Anarchism I Believe in, and What's Wrong with Libertarians Anarchism "assumes that the burden of proof for anyone in a position of power and authority lies on them," explains Chomsky. 06/02/opinion/sunday/ the-banality-of-googles-dont-be -evil.html
Three years old boy explaining why he won't eat octopus – YouTube
This is Luiz Antonio, a three years old Brazilian boy explaining to his mother why he won't eat octopus. I was so moved by the video that I made subtitles to…
Screening for Colorectal Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement
Recommendations on screening for prevent colorectal cancer from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
The Moral Arc of the Universe Bends Towards Justice, But It Will Not Happen on Its Own The arc of history will not bend towards justice without you bending it. Public health needs you to ensure health for all. Seize that history. Bend that arc.
Researcher decodes prairie dog language, discovers they've been talking about us (Video) : TreeHugger
The results show that praire dogs aren't only extremely effective communicators, they also pay close attention to detail.
To Light a Fire To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. – Victor Hugo Umbria, Italy At one magical instant the page of a book – that string of confused, alien ciphe…
Cloud computing is a trap, warns GNU founder | Technology |
He says web-based programs like Google's Gmail will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time
One Minneapolis: Mayoral candidates squirm while peppered with questions about racial equality | Twin Cities Daily Planet
Candidates for Minneapolis Mayor met Thursday night in a forum focused on racial issues. Minneapolis, like the rest of the country, is becoming more diverse racially and whites are expected to be in the minority of city residents within a generation or so.
One of the most abstract fields in math finds application in the 'real' world | Numbers |… Every pure mathematician has experienced that awkward moment when asked, “So what’s your research good for?” There are standard responses: a proud “Nothing!”; an explanation that mathematical research is an art form like, say, Olympic gymnastics (with a much smaller audience); or a stammered respons…
Best Explanation Of Religion I Have Ever Heard, And I'm Practically An Atheist
I might reconsider this whole agnostic thing after seeing this.
The Most Epic Supercell Thunderstorm Footage You Will See Today «TwistedSifter
After 4 years of unsuccessful storm chasing, Mike Olbinski finally found what he was looking for, a massive rotating supercell thunderstorm.
Review of Jaron Lanier’s “Who Owns the Future” – or how to extrapolate from false premises h+ Magazine is a new publication that covers technological, scientific, and cultural trends that are changing human beings in fundamental ways.
These Unresolved Ethical Questions Are About to Get Real
As our technologies take us from the theoretical to the practical, a number of thorny moral quandaries remain unanswered. Here are important unresolved ethical questions that are on the verge of becoming highly relevant.
Howard Rheingold: How to Use Twitter to Become an Expert on Any Topic Twitter is a powerful infotention tool if you use it that way. Discovering experts and learning from them is key. I use Diigo and Delicious as hunting groungs for expertise, then follow the expert …
8 Bizarre Social Networks You Won't Believe Exist
There are plenty of niche social networks out there. We did our best to round up some of the strangest ones for your (WTF) viewing pleasure.
Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong | Video on
Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let's change the way we think about changing the world.
NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into Cyberwar | Threat Level… General Keith Alexander has been building a secret army capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. Now it's ready to unleash hell.
The Truth About Female Desire: It’s Base, Animalistic and Ravenous A new book on women's sexuality turns everything we think we know on its head.
NOVA | Ape Genius Experts zero in on what separates humans from our closest living relatives.
Who's Going to Make That? We asked chefs, scientists, chief executives and others to tell us the invention they crave.
The Genius of Brian Eno On Display in 80 Minute Q&A: Talks Art, iPad Apps, ABBA, & More
It's just "Problems" and "Context" The phrase "first-world problems" is the Godwin's Law of social discussion. A "first-world problem" is a difficulty which is really only felt by the privileged in this world. First-world "problems"…
The Real War on Reality
Cyberutopianism should not be a dirty word. – Slate Magazine
In 1993 Howard Rheingold published The Virtual Community, reflections on the time he’d spent in early electronic forums, including Internet Relay Chat (IRC), a text-based, real-time chat system created in 1988 but still popular today in technical circles. With chapter titles like “Real-time Tribes” and “Japan and the Net,” the…
Turbulent times ahead: Q&A with economist Didier Sornette | TED Blog Economist Didier Sornette tries to predict the next big market instabilities (and their causes). He talks the TED Blog through new analysis.
Beyond the Brain Advances in neuroscience promise many things, but they will never explain everything.
How Google, Yahoo, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon track you (infographic) | VentureBeat
Bob Mankoff: Anatomy of a New Yorker cartoon | Video on The New Yorker receives around 1,000 cartoons each week; it only publishes about 17 of them. In this hilarious, fast-paced, and insightful talk, the magazine's longstanding cartoon editor and self-proclaimed "humor analyst" Bob Mankoff dissects the comedy within just some of the "idea drawings" feat…
Best of Web 4 HD Zapatou – YouTube
6 Ways To Make Sure You Don't Hate Your Life And Actually Enjoy It And Stuff
This is basically the best life advice in the history of the universe.
The science of animal consciousness – Brandon Keim – Aeon Animals have thoughts, feelings and personality, so why has science taken so long to catch up with animal consciousness?
Why wonder is the most human of all emotions – Jesse Prinz – Aeon One emotion inspired our greatest achievements in science, art and religion. We can manipulate it – but why do we have it?
Geometry, space-time and consciousness – YouTube
From the history of mathematics is well known that in Greece were three main problems that should be examined with the tools of ruler and compass: the trisec…
The interspecies internet? An idea in progress… | Video on Apes, dolphins and elephants are animals with remarkable communication skills. Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like them? A new and developing idea from a panel of four great thinkers — dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, musician Peter Gabriel, internet of things visionary N…
The Hut Where the Internet Began When Douglas Engelbart read a Vannevar Bush essay on a Philippine island in the aftermath of World War II, he found the conceptual space to imagine what would become our Internet.
Can Creativity be Taught? Results from creativity studies Creativity at Work
Can Creativity be Taught? If so, how is it done? Creativity studies from George Land and IBM.
Noam Chomsky:"'Language Use and Design: conflicts and their significance" In this talk hosted by UCD School of Philosophy, University College Dublin, and the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, Noam Chomsky discusses his latest views on the nature and function of language.
Edward O. Wilson “The Social Conquest of Earth” In a talk titled “The Social Conquest of Earth” Edward O. Wilson addresses an audience of The Long Now Foundation in San Francisco on his latetest research.
There Are More Things on Heaven and Earth Than Dreamt of in Your Critique | Easily Distracted Just back from some research work that took up my energy for writing and thinking, I spent some time catching up on blogs and social media. I followed one link out from a Facebook friend to Paul Mullins’ excellent Archaeology and Material Culture blog, which often has content that I bookmark and mea…
Life Satisfaction Linked to Personality Changes: Scientific American
Character trumps economic concerns to influence our happiness
Steve Jobs didn’t build that Our patent law doesn't promote innovation, it stifles it by buying into the myth of the "hero inventor." Here's why
Rupert Sheldrake – The Science Delusion BANNED TED TALK – YouTube
Re-uploaded as TED have decided to censor Rupert and remove this video from the TEDx youtube channel. Follow this link for TED's statement on the matter and …
Margaret J. Wheatley: Eight Fearless Questions
Fear and Hope: Climate Change and Policy Solutions | James Fallows, Hal Harvey | Page 1
Few people appreciate just how badly our society will suffer under likely climate change. We are on the verge of unleashing runaway changes, wherein nature&#39;s forces accelerate the impacts of humanity&#39;s emissions, and we get cascading, unstoppable
Simple Daily Habits Of The Delightfully Successful | LinkedIn
I can&rsquo;t promise you&rsquo;ll be as successful as Warren Buffet or Bill Gates or whoever it is you think is super-successful.But I can promise that if you commit to doing the following, each and
Startup Ideas: What are the best ways to think of ideas for a startup? – Quora
Let's get naked: Sheila Kelley at TEDxAmericanRiviera – YouTube
About Sheila Kelley: There exists in every woman an Erotic Creature. When Sheila Kelley discovered this sleeping giant, her life changed irrevocably. She had…
How to Name Your Startup
Coming up with the perfect company name is frustrating at best. Instead of stressing, follow these five simple steps to reach name nirvana.
Douglas Engelbart’s Unfinished Revolution | MIT Technology Review Computing pioneer Doug Engelbart’s inventions transformed computing, but he intended them to transform humans.
A Seemingly Insane Idea That Actually Struck Gold Could we create completely new senses unlike anything in human experience? What would it be like to experience such senses?
Who Owns the Future?: Jaron Lanier: 9781451654967: Books
Who Owns the Future? [Jaron Lanier] on *FREE* super saver shipping on qualifying offers. <B><B>THE DAZZLING NEW MASTERWORK FROM THE PROPHET OF SILICON VALLEY<BR></B></B><BR>Jaron Lanier is the bestselling author of <I>You Are Not a Gadget
Technology as our planet's last best hope Yale Environment 360: The concept of ecological modernism, which sees technology as key to solving big environmental problems, is getting a lot of buzz these days
ProjectImplicit Project Implicit investigates thoughts and feelings that exist outside of conscious awareness or conscious control. Visit the research or demonstration websites to try out some tests and learn more about the research and yourself!
Noam Chomsky: The State Fears Its Own People Chomsky on terror, Snowden, and the state's fear of its own people.
Expectations and Assumptions: A White Man’s Experience With Racial Profiling |… By: Kent Pekel In the days since the verdict in the Trayvon Martin trial and especially following President Obama’s slow and deliberate description of how the most powerful man in the world was once followed in stores and heard car locks clicking as he walked across streets because of his race, I… story/12/09/13/224251/ intel-predicts-ubiquitous-almos t-zero-energy-computing-by-202 0
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Neuroscience hype: Is brain science still trendy? – Slate Magazine
Brain-bashing, once an idle pastime of the science commentariat, went mainstream in June. At the beginning of the month, Slate contributor Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld published Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience, a well-informed attack on the extravagances of “neurocentrist” thought. We’re living in dangerous era, they…
George Saunders's Advice to Graduates –
George Saunders shared with us his notes for a speech he gave at Syracuse University, in which he shares how one of his biggest regrets sprang from something very small.
Did the Constitution Betray the Revolution? YES The Constitution as counterrevolution: a tribute to the Anti-Federalists. The standard American myth celebrates the Constitution as the triumphant
Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities – Tony Golsby-Smith – Harvard Business Review
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
James Surowiecki: Why Do So Many Jobs Pay So Little? The reason the minimum wage has become a big political issue is not that the jobs have changed: it’s that the people doing the jobs have. Historically, low-wage work tended to be done either by the young or by women looking for part-time jobs to supplement family income. Now, plenty of family breadw…
Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors — Tech News and Analysis
Researchers have simulated 1 second of real brain activity, on a network equivalent to 1 percent of an actual brain's neural network, using the world's fourth-fastest supercomputer. The results aren't revolutionary just yet, but they do hint at what will be possible as computing power increases.
IBM Develops Programming Language Inspired By The Human Brain – Forbes
IBM has developed a programming language for tomorrows cognitive computers.
9 Mind-Blowing Epiphanies That Turned My World Upside-Down Human beings have a habit of compulsive thinking that is so pervasive that we lose sight of the fact that we are nearly always thinking.
Bret Victor The Future of Programming Presented at Dropbox's DBX conference on July 9, 2013. All of the slides are available at: "The most dangerous thought you can hav…
The Useless Web – StumbleUpon
100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) | TED Blog
200 websites you need to know about, from e-commerce to search to media + culture. A list of 100 new ones, plus our original 100 from 2007.
Watch Videos Go Viral on Twitter
Why do some Internet videos go viral while others sit and collect virtual dust? Twitter explored the phenomenon in a recent study.
40 maps that explain the world
Chaos and Creativity | KQED
Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasio – review Steven Rose examines a neurologist's attempt to explain why we have conscious selves
Hyper-Intelligent Superbrains Floating In Deep Space Probably Don't Outnumber Humanity, Say Physicists
Physicists say there is now good evidence that a legion of floating space brains are not spontaneously bursting into existence throughout the universe. For about a decade there has been a theory (really a thought experiment) that so-called Boltzmann brains – self-aware conscious entities with no external physical presence – might exist in space.
Five Successful Startups That Started As Blogs ⚙ Co.Labs ⚙ code + community
Is it worth building out a functioning prototype to validate your startup idea Here are five successful startups that began life as blogs and why the…
Policing and Race in a Bankers’ Paradise | Opine Season
The Minneapolis Police have been getting the kind of attention they don't like. Twice, recently, officers have been filmed engaging in racist harassment. The department was already in damage control mode after Terrance Franklin, a young unarmed black man, was killed by a police SWAT team in an uptown basement, shot multiple times in the…
The Universal Rules of Civilized Discourse
Just Thinking about Science Triggers Moral Behavior: Scientific American Psychologists find deep connection between scientific method and morality
John Kellden – Google+ – The Psychology of 'Adapting to Change' on Google Plus.…
The Psychology of 'Adapting to Change' on Google Plus. (NEW)
After a long wait due to some tech issues, here is my latest blog post. I hope you enjoy it!

Physicists To Test If Universe Is A Computer Simulation Physicists have devised a new experiment to test if the universe is a computer. A philosophical thought experiment has long held that it is more likely than not that we're living inside a machine.
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The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares the science of why storytelling is so uniqu…
Why I don’t believe in science…and students shouldn’t either | Sci-Ed
Björk interviews Arvo Pärt Björk interviews Arvo Pärt for the BBC program 'Modern Minimalists' (1997).
Book Reviews for Kids – SlimeKids
10 Best Websites with Book Reviews for Children's Books
There are so many fantastic websites online today that provide excellent reviews and a synopsis of the most popular childrens books today. The following list is ten of the best childrens book review websites on the Internet.
Reviews < Children's Literature in the Yahoo! Directory
Yahoo! reviewed these sites and found them related to Children's Literature > Reviews
How to Not Pay Taxes – Shareable
Nine years ago, I started living a more bountiful life by working less, earning less, and spending less.
I started by going to my employer’s human resources department to ask if I might take a significant pay cut. “How significant?” they asked. I said, “I’m not sure yet; maybe 75 percent?”
What We Can Never, Ever Know: Does Science Have Limits? : NPR If we had enough time, enough brain power, the right computers, the occasional genius, is there any limit to what we can know about the universe? Or is nature designed to keep its own secrets, no matter how hard we try to crack the code? What can we never know?
Radical Cartography, brought to you by Bill Rankin
peoplemovin – A visualization of migration flows
Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization Neuroscientist and fiction writer David Eagleman presents "Six Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization."Civilizations always think they're immorta
National Geographic Photographer Meets Deadly Leopard Seal
National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen was in Antarctica to capture shots of leopard seals. One approached him, jaws wide and ready for biting…and if you haven't heard the rest of the story yet, you need to watch this brief clip.
Radiolab – Colors
Evil’s Shadowy Existence « The Dish
Listening to teen entrepreneurs | David Strom's Web Informant
I spent some time today listening to several teen entrepreneurs who gathered from all over the country as part of an event put on by Independent Youth and St. Louis University's Entrepreneurship Center. It was very inspiring. How many 15 year olds do you know who have started companies? Not many, I bet. How about…
The Peacemaker Documentary – Amardeep Kaleka The official website for the Peacemaker Documentary by Neverending Light Productions. Led by Amardeep Kaleka in a search for answers after Oak Creek shooting.
CONTRARY BRIN: Is There Such a Thing as Progress?
Dogs Are People, Too By looking directly at their brains and bypassing the constraints of behaviorism, M.R.I.’s can tell us about dogs’ internal states.
Physicists Discover Geometry Underlying Particle Physics | Simons Foundation
Physicists have discovered a jewel-shaped geometric object that challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental constituents of nature.
Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
The Heritability of Intelligence: Not What You Think | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network
One of the longest standing assumptions about the nature of human intelligence has just been seriously challenged.
According to the traditional 
Piraha: Cognitive anumeracy in a language without numbers.
The Pirahã are an indigenous people, numbering around 700, living along the banks of the Maici River in the jungle of northwest Brazil. Their language, also called Pirahã, is so unusual in so many ways that it was profiled in 2007 in a 12,000-word piece in the New Yorker by…
Can You Count Without Numbers? – The Language Blog by K International
Even if you're not a "math person," counting seems almost instinctive. But is it, really? Could you count without having words for numbers?
Unreliable research: Trouble at the lab | The Economist
“I SEE a train wreck looming,” warned Daniel Kahneman, an eminent psychologist, in an open letter last year. The premonition concerned research on a phenomenon…
Why We Are Wired To Connect: Scientific American Scientist Matthew Lieberman uncovers the neuroscience of human connections — and the broad implications for how we live our lives
7 Data Viz Sites to Inspire Your Creative Eye
These sites help you find useful ways of interpreting big data, including infographics and other data visualizations.
Science has lost its way, at a big cost to humanity In today's world, brimful as it is with opinion and falsehoods masquerading as facts, you'd think the one place you can depend on for verifiable facts is science.
The Case for Hate Speech – Jonathan Rauch – The Atlantic
How Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell, and Orson Scott Card have advanced the cause of gay rights
Meme Motes – Harry Chesley's Weblog: Rumor Monger
[ The following was originally written for the Apple Computer History Weblog. It has been amended slightly.] Around 1990 I was working in the Apple's Advanced Technology Group. ATG was an incredible place to work, especially when Larry Tesler was…
A Game of Shark and Minnow – Who Will Win Control of the South China Sea? –
Who Will Win Control of the South China Sea?
Escaping the Cycle of Scarcity –
The bad decisions of the poor, says a new book, are not a product of bad character or low intelligence. They are a product of poverty itself.
Why You Are Immortal (No Religion Involved) |
Yesterday I wrote about immortality and people agreed with me more than I expected. Today I will write about immortality again and I expect most people to tell
Richard Feynman on How Computers Think [or Not] A classic Richard Feynman video lecture on what is a computer and whether computers think or not. A must see for everyone interested in AI.
Vicky Pryce: 'Prison clearly does not work' | Society | The Guardian
Fresh from jail, the economist and author of Prisonomics explains why the system costs too much, locks up the wrong people and does not prevent reoffending
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CONTRARY BRIN: Liberals, you must reclaim Adam Smith For years I've been berating both liberal and conservative friends for ignoring Adam Smith — arguably the founder of our present, spectacularly successful social and economic compact. Now I lay it down so clearly, you'll have to see the point! Above all, liberals should reclaim the founder of their movement. Doing so would be the greatest possible jiu-jitsu move, contrasting from their opponents, who have gradually let themselves be talked into becoming apologists for cheaters and monopolists, whom Smith despised. Come have a look. Rediscover the "First Liberal."
Matthew Schuler | Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense Why Creative People Sometimes Make No SensePosted by Matthew in for usI’ve been having an insightful shuffle through Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People. Mihaly is a seminal professor of Psychology and Management, and is the Founding Co-Director of the…
Switzerland’s Proposal to Pay People for Being Alive –
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You Might Never Upload Your Brain Into a Computer | Follow Facts
Many futurists predict that one day we'll upload our minds into computers, where we'll romp around in virtual reality environments. That's possible
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Is Bitcoin For Real? Macroeconomic Considerations For An Alternative Currency The history of money has certainly evolved since the barter days. Over the years, payments have been used in the form of tobacco, elephant hair, stone money, salt and also in the form of commodity currency, or money that coul
"Why Silicon Valley Funds Instagrams, Not Hyperloops," written by Jerzy J. Gangi
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Gut Bacteria Might Guide The Workings Of Our Minds : Shots – Health News : NPR
Anxious mice calm down when they get an infusion of gut microbes from mellow mice. That has scientists wondering if gut microbes play a role in the human brain, too. Research on that is only just beginning. But it's intriguing to think there could be a real truth to the phrase "gut feelings".
Bitcoin: More than Money –
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The Hyper-Efficient, Highly Scientific Scheme to Help the World's Poor – Wired Science The Connective is a crowd-sourced digital magazine made in just 48 hours, chronicling how our conversations with our things are thoroughly changing our world. Learn more >
False Memories: When Your Brain Makes Stuff Up |
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The 50 Greatest Breakthroughs Since the Wheel Why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow? Have we hit peak innovation? What our list reveals about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress.
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Sentient code: An inside look at Stephen Wolfram's utterly new, insanely ambitious computational… In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released A New Kind of Science and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer, and entrepreneur overtu…
This Is Your Brain On Music [Infographic] | Popular Science
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33rd Square | Daniel Dewey on the Intelligence Explosion For Daniel Dewey the possibility of an intelligence explosion, the rapid advance of recursively self-improving artificial intelligence is one of the most important yet understudied phenomenon in our potential futures.
In a "Rainbow" Universe Time May Have No Beginning: Scientific American If different wavelengths of light experience spacetime differently, the big bang may never have happened
What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario : Krulwich Wonders… : NPR
Whatever happened on Easter Island, it wasn't good. Polynesians landed there, farmed, thrived, built their famous statues, and then things went very bad, very fast. Sixteen million trees vanished. What happened? Was this a case of ecological collapse? Not exactly, say two anthropologists. It was, arguably, worse than that.
Defining a Measure of Intelligence for Cid | Hack The Multiverse
I have a childhood memory. I remember picking dandelions, and singing "Mommy had a baby and her head popped off", while thumb-flick-decapitating the dandelion. Yesterday this little slice of life came up in conversation with Suzanne. She had similar memories but thought it went "Miss Polly had a dolly and her head popped off." For…
Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality – Robert Wright – The Atlantic
Squaring recent research suggesting we're "naturally moral" with all the strife in the world
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What is the purpose of the Universe? Here is one possible answer.
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Is Math a Feature of the Universe or a Feature of Human Creation? | Idea Channel | PBS Math is invisible. Unlike physics, chemistry, and biology we can't see it, smell it, or even directly observe it in the universe. And so that has made a lot …
Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence
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How Tech Giants Lost Control Of Messaging The WhatsApps, Snapchats, and Kiks of the world have all the power.
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Bertrand Russell saw the history of civilization as being shaped by an unfortunate oscillation between two opposing evils: tyranny and anarchy, each of
How consciousness works – Michael Graziano – Aeon
Consciousness is the ‘hard problem’, the mystery that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory cracked it?
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The Genius of Dogs: A Dimensional Definition of Human Intelligence "Genius means that someone can be gifted with one type of cognition while being average or below average in another."
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Do You Know What Life Will Be Like In 5 Years? IBM's Top Scientist Does The company's annual report of five predictions for the next five years is all about the benefits of big data: stores cities classrooms and hospitals.
Scientists looking closer at what happens when body dies Scientists are stretching the boundaries of understanding what happens as the body dies – and learning more about ways to perhaps interrupt the process, which takes longer than we might suppose.
A Basic Income for all: Could Switzerland's experiment work in the US?
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Neuroscience vs philosophy: Taking aim at free will : Nature News
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Linking Human Brains: Ramez Naam at TEDxRainier This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. We are closer to being able to think together, through the literal …
Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share | Video on "The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment." In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to…
Proposed Time Machine Could Also Clone Objects | Inside Science Access to the past would open all sorts of new possibilities of more than travel.
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A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origin of Life | Simons Foundation
An MIT physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire lifelike physical properties.
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The fiction of memory Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus explains how our memories might not be what they seem — and how implanted memories can have real-life repercussions.
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Discovery of quantum vibrations in microtubules inside brain neurons corroborates controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness | KurzweilAI
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Digital art is what you can do, not how you did it – Tom Uglow – Aeon
Digital art and culture mustn’t get caught up in the tools of its making or it will never transport us somewhere new
Virtual afterlives will transform humanity – Michael Graziano – Aeon
The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do
The “Lynn Effect” – How the world’s IQ is in decline Rockstar Research Magazine Remember the “Flynn Effect”? It turns out that even James Flynn now agrees with the new mainstream consensus that genotypic intelligence is declining over time. The Flynn Effect was merely capturing enviromental improvements that temporarily boosted average IQ for a few decades.
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Michael Pollan: "Our Food Is Dishonestly Priced" Industry plays up the image of the food snob to keep us divided, but the stereotype hides a much more diverse and savvy movement, says best-selling author and food activist Michael Pollan.
Cryptography Breakthrough Could Make Software Unhackable – Wired Science

Naomi Klein: How science is telling us all to revolt
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A new equation for intelligence Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means.
Christians Might Be Surprised to Find That Not God, But Men, Decided What They Would Believe

An Olympic bronze can bring more joy than a silver medal, classic study suggests – Yahoo Sports Canada
From Yahoo Sports Canada: TORONTO – If you are an Olympic athlete and you don't win the gold, taking the bronze may bring you more joy than winning a silver medal. The idea is that in the self-questioning internal dialogue every athlete goes through after a competition, a silver medallist is focused on what he or she could have done differently to have finished in first place. Quebec City's Kim Lamarre, who won bronze Tuesday in women's slopestyle skiing, said her goal was simply to make the final so she was thrilled when she ended up on the podium. The idea that bronze may be more satisfying is explored in "When less is more: counterfactual thinking and satisfaction among Olympic medallists," a scientific paper published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 1995.
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The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence – Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee – The Atlantic
Reasons to cheer the rise of the machines
How Bitcoin is Reinventing The Monetary System: Q&A with Laissez Faire Books' Jeffrey Tucker "We're talking about reinventing the world's monetary system…from the ground up," says Jeffrey Tucker, executive editor of Laissez Faire Books, and
How we should understand consciousness Philosopher John Searle lays out the case for studying human consciousness — and shoots down the common objections.
What Happens After Death? – Ram Dass The process is realizing that you and I exist on more than one plane of awareness simultaneously and on one plane suffering stinks, and on another plane suf
James Piereson: The Truth About the 'One Percent' –
In The Wall Street Journal, James Piereson writes that the typical 'rich' person works for a salary. Only 18% are in the financial industry.
The Secret Behind How This Guy Balances Rocks Is Very Unusual. Can You Guess It? – German Television does first Edward Snowden Interview (ENGLISH) German Television Channel NDR does an exclusive interview with Edward Snowden. Uploaded on LiveLeak cause German Television thinks the rest of…
The psychology of evil Why good people sometimes turn bad, and what drives the potential for acts of human evil and cruelty.
Searching For The Elephant’s Genius Inside the Largest Brain on Land | Brainwaves, Scientific… Many years ago, while wandering through Amboseli National Park in Kenya, an elephant matriarch named Echo came upon the bones of her former…
Math: Your Secret Weapon Against Wall Street and the NSA | Mother Jones

Did Hitler Want War? – Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Rel=Confused? Answers to Your Rel=Canonical Questions – Moz
In light of Google's recent post on common rel=canonical mistakes, I explore the most commonly asked questions we get in Q&A regarding canonicalization.
18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently
Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere…
Swiss To Pay Basic Income 2,500 Francs Per Month To Every Adult | Spirit Science and Metaphysics
Switzerland may start paying every adult (whether they work or not) a salary of over $2000 per month, based on the idea that their citizens will have more
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Tomorrow's Apps Will Come From Brilliant (And Risky) Bitcoin Code | Wired Opinion |
A variety of new applications have adapted the bitcoin protocol to fulfill different purposes; the latest is Ethereum. These platforms all rely on decentralized architectures to build and maintain network applications that are operated by the community for the community. But while they enable a whole new set of possibilities, they also raise new issues — and of a completely different kind than those found in traditional P2P architectures.
A Wild New Look at Birds, Thanks to Time-Bending Video Trickery | Wired Design |
Dennis Hlynsky thinks of his trippy videos of bird flocks as art–but they could help answer an enduring scientific question.
8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains Thanks to technology, our brains are being rewired — for better or worse.
Justice Stevens Calls For Constitutional Amendment To Get Money Out Of Politics In New Book Justice John Paul Steven's has written a new book, and in it, he proposes six potential amendments to the Constitution — including one to reform the current camaign finance system. It reads: Nei
Thomas Kelly: Room For the Infinite – YouTube
Thomas Kelly (1893-January 17, 1941) was an American Quaker educator. He taught and wrote on the subject of mysticism. This visual essay is the work of Colem…
What is so special about the human brain? The human brain is curiously large given the size of our bodies, uses a tremendous amount of energy for its weight, and has a bizarrely dense cerebral cortex. Here's why.
In Stephen Wolfram's future, 'a box of a trillion souls' will create any universe we want (interview) | VentureBeat | Dev | by Dylan Tweney

Silicon's Valley's Brutal Ageism | New Republic
A behind-the-scenes report from the most ageist place in America: Silicon Valley.
What makes something funny? A bold new attempt at a unified theory of comedy.
Over the past five years, at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado, Boulder, researchers have been giving subjects some funny tasks. Rate the comedy of a joke about a kitten used as a sex toy. Appraise the humor of Hot Tub Time Machine clips while sitting…
A Nonbeliever Tries To Make Sense Of The Visions She Had As A Teen : NPR
Barbara Ehrenreich — a rationalist, atheist and scientist by training — has written a new memoir called Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything.
Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society
Joe Henrich, Steven Heine, and Ara Norenzayan are shaking up psychology and economics with their view of how culture shapes human thought and behavior.
Monkeys Capable Of Mathematics | I Fucking Love Science
Next time you describe a job as so easy a trained monkey could do it, consider you might be underselling them. Rhesus monkeys have been found to be able to learn simple addition, and their rare errors may tell us something about how we estimate quantities ourselves.  
The way we board airplanes makes absolutely no sense – Vox
Most US airlines use the slowest possible method to board flights. Here are much faster options.
BBC – Future – What do animals dream about?
If animals dream like us, where do they go in their slumber? Jason G Goldman explores how we can peer into the minds of sleeping cats, birds and other creatures
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Orphan Black Shows Us The Hidden Clones In All Of Us, Says PBS Idea Channel | Geekosystem
Orphan Black is a perfect explanation of the concept of simulacra. You know who else might be a simulacrum? You.
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Why Do People Persist in Believing Things That Just Aren't True? : The New Yorker
To change false beliefs, appealing to a person’s sense of self may be more important than the facts.
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Fruit flies show mark of intelligence in thinking before they act, study suggests — ScienceDaily
Fruit flies 'think' before they act, a study suggests. Neuroscientists showed that fruit flies take longer to make more difficult decisions. In experiments asking fruit flies to distinguish between ever closer concentrations of an odor, the researchers found that the flies don't act instinctively or impulsively. Instead they appear to accumulate information before committing to a choice.
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Spirit Into Matter — The Geometry of Life | Article
What is atomic geometry & its role in harnessing the energy of the future? #freeenergy #harmony #torus
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Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, And It’s Not What You’ve Been Told | The Mind Unleashed
The Culture of Shut Up – Jon Lovett – The Atlantic
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Alison Gopnik: What do babies think? | Talk Video |
"Babies and young children are like the R&D division of the human species," says psychologist Alison Gopnik. Her research explores the sophisticated intelligence-gathering and decision-making that babies are really doing when they play.
Material world: how Google discovered what software is made of | The Verge
"It is a sufficiently advanced form of paper as to be indistinguishable from magic."
Matias Duarte, vice president of design at Google, is telling me about the central principle of Material Design….
To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | MindShift
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning
What God does to your brain – Telegraph
The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an
age-old question: why do we believe?
How Different Cultures Understand Time – Business Insider
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently.
Sasha Frere-Jones: Brian Eno’s Quiet Influence : The New Yorker
The genius of Brian Eno is in removing the idea of genius. His method is a rebuke to the assumption that a project can be powered by one person’s intent, or that intent is even worth worrying about. The growing influence of this idea, ironically, makes it difficult to see clearly Eno’s distinct contributions to music: his catalogue of recordings doesn’t completely contain his contribution to the pop canon.
Researchers Translate Chimpanzee "Language" | IFLScience
After analyzing thousands of wild chimp-to-chimp gestures, University of St Andrews researchers believe that they have translated the meanings of 36 chimpanzee gestures that are used to communicate. According to the researchers, this is the first time that another animal communication system has been found to have meaning. Furthermore, this novel information may also offer an insight into the evolution of human language.
This Is What Stephen Colbert & John Travolta Were Doing When Apollo 11 Landed On The Moon
Where were you when the Apollo 11 astronauts landed on the moon? Or if you weren't around in the late 1960's, what do you make of that "giant leap for mankind?"

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Vishen draws 7 important lessons he learned in the past nine years of building Mindvalley without ever having to seek Loans, VCs or Angel Money.
Joi Ito: Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist" – YouTube
"Remember before the internet?" asks Joi Ito. "Remember when people used to try to predict the future?" In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab …
Take An Electrifying Look Inside The World's First Light Art Museum | The Creators Project
The Centre for International Light Art in Germany includes work by James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson, plus it just announced a major award for emerging light artists.
Consciousness as a Fundamental Building Block of the Universe | Science and Nonduality
In this wonderful TED talk, the philosopher David Chalmers invites for a new paradigm in science in which consciousness is established as a fundamental and
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iPhones have a major security hole that Apple installed on purpose – Quartz
If you use an iPhone or iPad, your photos, web history, and GPS logs are vulnerable to theft and surveillance via back-door protocols running on all iOS devices, according forensic scientist Jonathan Zdziarski, better known by the hacker moniker "NerveGas." In a security-conscious era, we’re used to hearing about zero-day exploits—newly-discovered security holes that can be used to steal personal data or snoop…
Here Are 5 Infuriating Examples of Facts Making People Dumber | Mother Jones

Solving It : TED Radio Hour : NPR
In this hour, TED speakers share some big ideas on how to solve the seemingly impossible.
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Cinematic Cuts Exploit How Your Brain Edits What You See | Science | WIRED
It's amazing that film editing works, because it's so disruptive to the visual information coming into the brain, says Jeffrey Zacks, a neuroscientist at Washington University in St. Louis. On the other hand, Zacks says, our brains do quite a bit of editing of their own—and we're every bit as oblivious to that as we are to the film editor's cuts.
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Irving Fisher was once the most famous economist in the world. Some would say he was the greatest economist who ever lived. “Anywhere from a decade to two generations ahead of his time,” opined the first Nobel laureate economist Ragnar Frisch, in
Why we love repetition in music | IFLScience
Years ago, music psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Margulis decided to investigate why songs with repetitive melodies are often more satisfying to listen to. She designed a study in which participants rated two versions of a musical excerpt by composer Luciano Berio: one was the original piece and the other was an audio-sliced version crafted to be more repetitive. So why was the latter more highly rated? To find out, watch the TED-Ed video below.
These Ancient Structures Are So Advanced, They Shouldn't Exist… Even If Built Today
We tend to underestimate the achievements of ancient cultures. There's a good chance you've never heard of these 5 ancient structures that flat out should not exist.
A Financial Model Comparing Car Ownership with UberX (Los Angeles) — Medium
Can Uber really replace car ownership in US cities? Here’s a look at the numbers.
Is A Simulated Brain Conscious? | Popular Science
Dr. Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.
Discover Interview: Roger Penrose Says Physics Is Wrong, From String Theory to Quantum Mechanics |
One of the greatest thinkers in physics says the human brain—and the universe itself—must function according to some theory we haven't yet discovered.
David Deutsch – On Artificial Intelligence
The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What's holding us up?
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Free will persists (even if your brain made you do it) – health – 19 September 2014 – New Scientist
If neuroscientists were one day able to predict your every action and decision based on brain scans, will you abandon the concept of free will? Probably
Do cockroaches have a form of consciousness? – Brandon Keim – Aeon
Do insects feel pain? Are they conscious? A science kit for at-home cyborg cockroaches provokes the hard questions
Why Not Eat Octopus? – The New Yorker

What Is The Cognitive Rift Between Humans And Other Animals? — ScienceDaily
A Harvard scientist presents a new hypothesis on what defines the cognitive rift between humans and animals. He identifies four key differences in human thought that make it unique. Animals, for example, have "laser beam" intelligence, in which a specific solution is used to solve a specific problem. But these solutions cannot be applied to new situations or to solve different kinds of problem. In contrast, humans have "floodlight" cognition, allowing us to use thought processes in new ways and to apply the solution of one problem to another situation.
Dolphins: Adorable, Playful, Not As Smart As You Might Think : NPR
Dolphins are often considered the geniuses of the ocean. But some researchers have begun to challenge that notion, saying many mammals have similar skills and dolphins might not be that special.
Matt Stoller: Why We Need to Break Up Amazon – and How to Do It | naked capitalism
Amazon, a powerful monopolist, is a threat to the health and functioning of a large range of markets. Time to turn to antitrust.
Taming the Polar Bears: Consciousness Explained – Part One
Global incident maps tell you how screwed the world is in real time
You are looking at the current disease outbreaks in the United States, as displayed in real time by Global Incidents Map. They have many more: Forest fires, hazardous materials accidents, amber alerts, border security, drug interdictions, gang crime, and now two new ones: Human trafficking and food/medicine incidents.
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A complete guide to all the features of the Ello social network.
The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 7 Myths That Need To Go Away | Serious Eats
There's a mysterious, myth-packed lore when it comes to cast iron pans. On the one hand there's the folks who claim you've got to treat your cast iron cookware like a delicate little flower. On the other, there's the macho types who chime in with their my cast iron is hella non-stick or goddam, does my pan heat evenly! In the world of cast iron, there are unfounded, untested claims left right and center. It's time to put a few of those myths to rest.\n
Founder Of Skeptic’s Society Rattled After Witnessing A Paranormal Event (Michael Shermer) | Collective-Evolution
Michael Shermer is a well respected man amongst his community. He is the founding Publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, a regular contributor to, and Presidential Fellow at Chapman University. He is very skeptical and scientific by nature and until now had never had a supernatural or paranormal experience. “I […] – Video Dailymotion
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'Billionaires' Book Review: Money Can't Buy Happiness | New Republic
The filthy rich, writes Michael Lewis, are unhappy, unhelpful, and always wanting more.
Brain Training Can Teach Synesthesia-Like Perception | IFLScience
For 95.6% of the people reading this, every word in this article (excluding hyperlinks) will appear black. The remaining 4.4% will have a different experience altogether. Perhaps the M's will appear orange, while the A's take on a violet hue. These individuals have a condition known as synesthesia, which is a tangling of sensory input.
The Entire Bible Explained In One Facebook Post. This Guy Nails It.
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Use a ‘Fake’ Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets | TIME
Most people don’t know there is a simple trick to get a cheaper flight on an airline’s website
Groundbreaking Idea Of Life's Origin – Business Insider
It could liberate biologists from relying too much on a Darwinian explanation.
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Parable of the Polygons – a playable post on the shape of society
A playable post on how harmless choices can make a harmful world.
The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos Is Probably Superintelligent Robots | Motherboard
The NASA scientists, philosophers, and futurists who believe that the aliens we meet most likely won't be a life form at all.
Scientists Translate Monkey Sounds To English | IFLScience
Monkeys not only have language, but distinct local dialects. Research into the variations could throw light on both our own linguistics and the way our fellow primates think.
6 things I learned from riding in a Google Self-Driving Car – The Oatmeal
Karen Armstrong on Sam Harris and Bill Maher: “It fills me with despair, because this is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps” –
Blaming religion for violence, says Karen Armstrong, allows us to dismiss the violence we've exported worldwide
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7 cultural concepts we don't have in the U.S. | MNN – Mother Nature Network
These ideas could improve your day or inspire you to think differently in your day-to-day life.
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Physicists Claim that Consciousness Lives in Quantum State After Death
Does quantum mechanics predict the existence of a spiritual "soul"? Testimonials from prominent physics researchers from institutions such as Cambridg…
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6 Tips for Writing a Persuasive Speech (On Any Topic) | TIME
Obama's former speechwriter shares tricks of the trade
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Facebook just taught us all how to build websites — Medium
Sometimes in software development, we take giant leaps.
Robert Reich: Why Work Is Turning Into a Nightmare | Alternet
The new "sharing" economy is really about sharing the scraps.
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Scientific Seeker Stuart Kauffman on Free Will, God, ESP and Other Mysteries | Cross-Check, Scientific American Blog Network
Few living scientists are as ambitious in their choice of problems as Stuart Kauffman. He is a polymath, with a degree in medicine and training in …
4 Things You Probably Know About Poverty That Bill and Melinda Gates Don’t | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
To fix global poverty, you first need to acknowledge where it comes from.
Tom Wujec: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast | Talk Video |
Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated — until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work. Learn how to run this exercise yourself, and hear Wujec’s surprising insights from watching thousands of people draw toast.
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Meet Walter Pitts, the Homeless Genius Who Revolutionized Artificial Intelligence
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Why We Remember So Many Things Wrong – The New Yorker
If we remember dramatic and emotional moments so well, why do most people forget what they were doing when the Challenger exploded?
Mass incarceration: A provocative new theory for why so many Americans are in prison.
Criminal justice reform is a contentious political issue, but there’s one point on which pretty much everyone agrees: America’s prison population is way too high. It’s possible that a decline has already begun, with the number of state and federal inmates dropping for three years straight starting in 2010, from…
Elizabeth Lesser: Take "the Other" to lunch | Talk Video |
There's an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them "the mystic" and "the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn't agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what's really in their hearts.
Why The Human Brain Isn't As Special As We Think It Is
The human brain is special. Just not that special. To understand animal minds, and our own place in the living world, we should remove ourselves from centre stage.
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The Miracle of Minneapolis – Atlantic Mobile
No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well. What’s its secret?
Mental projection can make life meaningful: Critique of mindfulness and being here now.
Mental health experts bombard us with advice to “focus on the present,” “savor the moment,” and “live in the now.” Prominent branches of meditation highlight the importance of being aware of the present moment, and research has demonstrated that the mind is unhappy when it wanders. The human tendency to…
Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer –
I am now face to face with dying. But I am not finished with living.
Urban Fitters – Inside Amy Schumer Video Clip | Comedy Central
Amy's attempt to be racially sensitive backfires.
BBC – Future – The contagious thought that could kill you
To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.
Kathryn Schulz: On being wrong | Talk Video |
Most of us will do anything to avoid being wrong. But what if we're wrong about that? "Wrongologist" Kathryn Schulz makes a compelling case for not just admitting but embracing our fallibility.
What is blue and how do we see color? – Business Insider
Is the sky really blue? Or do you just think it is because you know it is?
So long, transistor: How the 'memristor' could revolutionize electronics –
A new type of electrical component called "memristor" could mean the end of electronics as we know it and the beginning of a new era called "ionics".
Scientists designed music specifically for cats, and it is pretty beautiful –
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A Teacher Had Her Students Write To Their Favorite Authors. How One Author Replied Made My Day [STORY]
Here are some words of wisdom from Kurt Vonnegut.
That Way We’re All Writing Now — The Message — Medium
First we LOLed. Now we’re changing the way a sentence works
Robert Reich: In Our Horrifying Future, Very Few People Will Have Work or Make Money | Alternet
Think you're safe because you're a professional? Think again.
Here Comes Ethereum, an Information Technology Dreamed Up By a Wunderkind 19-Year-Old That Could One Day Transform Law, Finance, and Civil Society – Hit & Run :
Can Ethereum help eliminate corruption and bureaucracy in the developing world?
Seeking Genius in Negative Space — 7 Days of Genius — Medium
Enhance your mental acuity and perception of reality by learning to think in the negative space of the mind.
7 Days of Genius Festival – 92nd Street Y – New York, NY
Venture into the extraordinary. #7DaysofGenius starts March 1.
25 Things Creative People Do Differently
Creative people share some common traits that allow them to bring that creativity to life, including the following 25 things creative people do differently:
In Real Life by Jon Mitchell – living mindfully with technology
In Real Life: Searching for Connection in High-Tech Times. A book about
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7 scientifically proven ways to capture someone's attention – Agenda – The World Economic Forum
Richard Feloni outlines the 7 triggers you can use to grab anyone's attention.
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Being There: Heidegger on Why Our Presence Matters –
We need to look beyond cognitive science to cultivate a truly profound relationship to the world we live in.
I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons | Film | The Guardian
The dilemma in chilling new drama Force Majeure raises philosophical quandaries, but it’s not the first film to do so. Memento, Ida and It’s A Wonderful Life all address the Big Questions
The Relativistic Brain: How it works and why it cannot be simulated by a Turing machine: Dr. Miguel A. Nicolelis, Dr. Ronald M. Cicurel: 9781511617024: Books
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Brainstorming Does Not Work — Galleys — Medium
Why people who brainstorm are wasting their time.
I Stared Into the Void at a Secret Light Show in Las Vegas | The Creators Project
It’s the only piece of art I’ve ever had to sign a liability waiver to view.
A TED speaker coach shares 11 tips for right before you go on stage | TED Blog
We asked Gina Barnett, longtime TED speaker coach, to share some tips to help every speaker feel their best the day of their talk.
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Elon Musk: The World's Raddest Man | Wait But Why
A post about how Elon Musk became the real world Iron Man.
12 Futuristic Forms of Government That Could One Day Rule the World
As history has repeatedly shown, political systems come and go. Given our rapid technological and social advances, it's a trend we can expect to continue. Here are 12 extraordinary — and even frightening — ways our governments could be run in the future.
This Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Has a Few Concerns | WIRED
Increasingly rapid advances in AI have given Stuart Russell's concerns heightened urgency.
Virtual afterlives will transform humanity – Michael Graziano – Aeon
The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do
Contact (mis)management — Medium
It’s 2015, and contact management sucks. How is this still true? Plaxo launched 13 years ago! Surely in that time someon…
Scott Rickard: The beautiful math behind the ugliest music | Talk Video |
Scott Rickard set out to engineer the ugliest possible piece of music, devoid of repetition, using a mathematical concept known as the Costas Array. In this talk, he shares the math behind musical beauty (and its opposite).
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Ray Kurzweil's Mind-Boggling Predictions for the Next 25 Years – Singularity HUB

Studies: Crows count, chimps know when they're right –
Crows can count, and chimps know when they've nailed a test, according to two new studies that say our animal friends may be smarter than we once thought.
15 Enlightening TED Talks That’ll Change Your Life | ViewMixed

Wikipedia editing disputes: The crowdsourced encyclopedia has become a rancorous, sexist mess.
Wikipedia is a paradox and a miracle—a crowdsourced encyclopedia that has become the default destination for nonessential information. That it has survived almost 15 years and remained the top Google result for a vast number of searches is a testament to the impressive vision of founder Jimmy Wales and the…
7 future web design trends — Medium
Too many articles will tell you what is cool in web design. I’m going to take you past the obvious to make some real pre…
Listen to Isaac Asimov read his favorite short story "The Last Question" – Boing Boing

Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional income – Europe – World – The Independent
The Dutch city of Utrecht will start an experiment which hopes to determine whether society works effectively with universal, unconditional income introduced.
Swedish Scientists Build Artificial Neurons Able to Communicate With Organic Neurons | Hacked
How Seattle is upending everything we think about how cops do their job – The Washington Post
Seattle's cops are embracing the philosophy of 'hug-a-thug'
Orion Magazine | Deep Intellect
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Why Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence Will Evolve Together, by Stephen Hsu
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Consciousness May Be a Lot Like Making Coffee, Say Scientists
We tend to think of losing consciousness as an abrupt shutting down of our awareness of the world, like flicking a light switch. But it’s actually more of a gradual process. The best way to understand it is to brew a cup of coffee.
Dangerous Knowledge – Top Documentary Films
In this one-off documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians – Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing – whose…
Scientists discover the on-off switch for human consciousness deep within the brain | ExtremeTech
Researchers at GWU are reporting that they've discovered the human consciousness on-off switch, deep within the brain. When this specific …
These Beautiful "Mental Maps" Of Cities Help Your Brain Regain What It Has Lost To GPS
We're getting to a point where we can't navigate even our own neighborhoods without the help of smartphones. Here's an antidote.
The Singularity, Virtual Immortality and the Trouble with Consciousness
If you really want to upload your mind to a computer or create a sentient machine, you first must come to grips with what consciousness is, argues Robert Lawrence Kuhn.
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Remaking the Federal Reserve, Building Public Banks and Opting Out of Wall Street
This second installment of 'Creating a Finance System That Serves the People' maps the opacity surrounding banking and finance and shows why these fields should not be left to 'experts.'
Software Eats Software Development As Andreessen Invests $10M In App Outsourcer Gigster | TechCrunch
Send Gigster your app idea and it sends you back that app. No coding. No hiring. No wrangling freelancers. Just a fundamental shift in how software gets..
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Is Bitcoin’s Promise Going Up In Smoke? | TechCrunch
In the beginning, Bitcoin was a noble experiment. Now, it is a distraction.
The Political Scientist Who Debunked Mainstream Economics – Evonomics

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious | WIRED
It's a question that's perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from? Neuroscientist Christof Koch, chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, thinks he has an answer.
Consciousness as Integrated Information: a Provisional Manifesto
The world's smallest language has only 100 words — and you can say almost anything – Business Insider
Find out how primitive hunter-gatherers inspired a language based on a beautiful and simple philosophy.
How bilingualism affects children’s beliefs
A Concordia study shows that kids exposed to two languages have different expectations than those who are monolingual.
New Research May Establish Australian Rock Art as the Oldest in the World | Ancient Origins
Australian Indigenous art is the longest unbroken tradition of art in the world. It is so old in fact, that examples have been found that depict long extinct megafauna. Now a push is underway to establish just how old it really is. It is expected that
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It is time for a global Debt Jubilee: Part II — Emergent Culture — Medium
In Part 1 of this series, I examined the rationale behind a global debt jubilee. In brief the argument ran like this:
Could The Language Barrier Actually Fall Within The Next 10 Years? | IFLScience
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to travel to a foreign country without having to worry about the nuisance of communicating in a different language? In a recent Wall Street Journal article, technology policy expert Alec Ross argued that, within a decade or so, we’ll be able to communicate with one another via small earpieces with built-in microphones.
This Optical Illusion Will Completely Mess With Your Sense Of Perspective | IFLScience
These mind-melting light shades are like something straight out of M.C. Escher's imagination. The handmade hanging lights, called "Lee Lights," were designed by Glen Lewis-Steele. Along with seeming to change their positioning as you move around them, the lamps also give the impression of being three-dimensional cubes. However, once viewed from behind, you can see that they are simply imposters playing with your sense of perception.
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In 2012, network scientist and data theorist Samuel Arbesman published a disturbing thesis: What we think of as established knowledge decays over time. Accordin…
Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium
A new way of thinking about consciousness is sweeping through science like wildfire. Now physicists are using it to form…
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Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began | Science | News | The Independent
Insects have a form of consciousness, according to a new paper that might show us how our own began.&#13; &#13; Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that they have the capacity to be conscious and show egocentric behaviour, apparently indicating that they have such a thing as subjective experience.&#13; &#13; And those same scans could show the true origins of consciousness in humans other animals – working towards solving one of the deepest mysteries of human experience.
Your Family: Past, Present, and Future – Wait But Why
The past, present, and future of your family tree are all far more fascinating than you realize.
This incredible visualization explains what kills Americans at every age – Vox
How we die morphs dramatically with every passing decade.
The Curse Of Certainty In Science And Religion : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR
In spite of all evidence to the contrary, we exhaust ourselves in an endless search for solidity and certainty. Commentator Adam Frank says, however, that release and happiness are the reward for people who accept the uncertain, ever-changing nature of the universe.
Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer | Aeon Essays
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
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Cracking the Aging Code: What We Can Learn From the Widely Differing Lifespans of Animals
Humans age gradually, but some animals do all their aging in a rush at the end of life, while others don’t age at all, and a few&#8230;
How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist — Medium
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Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness | Research News @ Vanderbilt | Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University researchers took a significant step toward answering longstanding questions about the origins of consciousness with a recent discovery of global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness.
How Did Consciousness Evolve? – The Atlantic
A neuroscientist on how we came to be aware of ourselves.
BBC – Culture – The mysterious origins of punctuation
Commas, semicolons and question marks are so commonplace it seems as if they were always there – but that’s not the case. Keith Houston explains their history.
The Ecstatic Poetry of Hafiz
The passionate and ecstatic poetry of mystic and poet Hafiz.
How Slime Molds Make Decisions | IFLScience
Physarum polycephalum is a single-celled organism, but its capacity to solve the two-armed-bandit problem is astonishing.
Yes, There Have Been Aliens – The New York Times
They may not exist now. But new discoveries imply that they once did.
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