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6 Things Quantum Computers Will Be Incredibly Useful For

Computers don’t exist in a vacuum. They serve to solve problems, and the type of problems they can solve are influenced by their hardware. Graphics …

“Morality is a collective illusion foisted upon us by our genes”

The philosopher Michael Ruse has argued that “morality is a collective illusion foisted upon us by our genes.” If that’s true, why have our genes …

Why Humans Care for the Bodies of the Dead

In tracing the history and culture of corpses, a new book shows the importance of remembrance to our species.<p>The ancient Greek Cynic philosopher Diogenes was extreme in a lot of ways. He deliberately lived on the street, and, in accordance with his teachings that people should not be embarrassed to …

University of California

The Purpose-Driven Life? No Thanks!

A lot of people these last few thousand years seem to be obsessed with something called "purpose" --especially with people having a purpose, actions having a purpose, life having a purpose.<p>Why does everyone care so much about having purpose?<p>Because the idea of purpose is part of the definition of …

Is our destiny in our own hands?

There’s a case to be made, from things like Google search figures, that Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken – you know, the one about two paths diverging in a wood – is the most popular in modern history. (It recently turned 100; that wood is probably a Starbucks now.) Yet people still can’t …

Google Search

Why We Become Such Assholes When We’re Behind the Wheel

I hate being tailgated. Once, I surprised the hell out of myself when I initiated an exceptionally dangerous game of tit-for-tat with an offending …

Meet Viv: the AI that wants to read your mind and run your life

So I’ve arrived late at the office of Viv, an artificial intelligence company based in San Jose, California. I missed my train from San Francisco after dawdling leaving my apartment and then finding the taxi service app on my phone wouldn’t work. Dag Kittlaus, who I’ve kept waiting, looks on the …

Artificial Intelligence

The Trolley Cart Problem & Moral Decisions

Many of us feel we have a good understanding between right and wrong; between good and bad. Yet, things are never so black and white. A great example …

Harvard

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates another Darwin Day, much of humanity still refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with …

Abolishing religion wouldn't make us more moral

<b>Christian worshippers attend the Sunday mass in the Ethiopian Orthodox church in the centre of the refugee camp in Calais, also known as the “New</b> …

Religion

Augustine: Searching for Truth and Wisdom | Lawrence W. Reed

To write about a man known chiefly as a theologian — a bishop in the early Catholic Church, no less — might suggest at first a discourse on religious …

Theology

If 8-year-olds understand the morality of murder, should they be held accountable for killing?

It’s rare for young children to kill. But there are exceptions. Last October, an 8-year-old boy in Alabama strangled a toddler to death. That same month, an 11-year-old in Tennessee shot and killed another child after an argument over puppies.<p>Between 1980 and 2008, children under age 14 made just …

This Is Your Brain on Nature

When we get closer to nature—be it untouched wilderness or a backyard tree—we do our overstressed brains a favor.<p><b>When you head out</b> to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the …

Brainwaves

Greater good vs the fat man: A popular moral dilemma can tell you whether you’re likable

Imagine that an out-of-control trolley is speeding towards a group of five people. You are standing on a footbridge above, next to a large man. If you push him off the bridge onto the track below, his body will stop the trolley before it hits the five people. He will die, but the five others will …

Empty Space Isn't Empty, And Quantum Researchers Now Have Direct Evidence

If there's one thing you need to know about the quantum world, it's that things aren't what you expect them to be. Nothing, for example. In classical …

Colonizing Mars Might Require Humans to Radically Alter Their Bodies and Minds

In 2016, two astronauts finished nearly a year of work on the International Space Station. NASA's Scott Kelly and Russia's Mikhail Kornienko were …

How Did Mars Lose its Atmosphere?

With no magnetic shield to protect it, Mars continually loses its atmosphere in a way that our planet doesn’t. We may be similar to the Red Planet in …

How Scientists Are Starting to Conquer Complexity | Inc.com

Today, even an ordinary teenager with a smartphone has almost godlike power over information. With a few swipes and clicks, anybody can access the world's information, use advanced tools to analyze its meaning and share it with anyone else. That's really changed how we innovate.<p>So it's strange that …

Why String Theory Could Be The Key to Uncovering The 'Theory of Everything'

Life, the Universe, and everything.<p>A central goal that modern physicists share is finding a single theory that can explain the entire Universe and …

“Blurred” flow of time: When quantum mechanics meets general relativity

When measuring time, we normally assume that clocks do not affect space and time, and that time can be measured with infinite accuracy at nearby …

Birds Evolved From Dinosaurs In a 'Supercharged' Evolutionary Surge

"This one lineage of dinosaurs that became ever-more-birdy over time happened to hit on something successful."<p>Bird evolution is like a <i>Legend of Zelda</i> puzzle: the pieces may take a while to come together, but once they do, it's next-level.<p>Paleontologists have created what they claim is the most …

Statistics is growth: let’s eat statistics

While the GVA/GDP data may have sprung a surprise, many other indicators point to an economy that is not investing more, not producing more and not …

Economics

Why the State is wrong in linking Aadhaar to the mid-day meal scheme

We have not conducted any poll but empirical evidence suggests that one of the most popular words in India these days is transparency. This is not …