Chris Ballinger

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The Millionaire, the Cowboy, and the Horse That Won’t Scare

The last and only horse from Montana to win the Kentucky Derby was a horse named Spokane in 1889. They called Spokane the “Spirit Horse of the …

The Strange Online Aesthetic of the YouTube Shooting Suspect

“Speculation” has meant close, contemplative attention to a matter since the fourteenth century. In the negative sense of conjecture, the sixteenth …

I Took Shrooms and Made Up Nonsensical Words

Thinking up nonsense words is a common effect of psychedelics.<p>When I dropped acid in a garden in Berkeley in summer 2016, the word “hypnaldoozy” popped into my head, accompanied by a mental image of my younger self holding a hot dog. Two months later, after taking magic mushrooms at a park in …

How the South Korean language was designed to unify

‘Uri’ isn’t a mere grammar point, it’s a cultural canon that captures the very essence of a nation.<p>“Our husband is also a teacher,” my co-worker told me as she noisily slurped her soup. She was seated beside another colleague, who was slurping hers, too.<p>I was confused. Had I misheard her? Were …

South Korea

Watch Thom Yorke Debut New Song “I’m a Very Rude Person”

Last night, Thom Yorke kicked off a series of solo shows with a set at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre. He played a number of new and unreleased songs during the performance, as Consequence of Sound points out. Below, watch Yorke debut “I’m a Very Rude Person,” and scroll down for a performance of the …

Do not let the cat into the library

Max is the internet's new hero, and, mercifully, not a duck. That's not to say, though, that Max is not a problem for his humans.<p>This warning was …

Narcissus and Echo: The Myth and Tragedy of Relationships with Narcissists

Narcissus and Echo were tragic Greek characters in a story told by the Roman poet Ovid in <i>Metamorphoses</i>. This poignant myth crystallizes the tragic …

The Case for Not Being Born

The anti-natalist philosopher David Benatar argues that it would be better if no one had children ever again.<p>David Benatar may be the world’s most pessimistic philosopher. An “anti-natalist,” he believes that life is so bad, so painful, that human beings should stop having children for reasons of …

World Trade Center

I interviewed Sophia, the artificially intelligent robot that said it wanted to 'destroy humans'

Clearly, Sophia isn't perfect.<p>And that's before we get to the infamous video in which, prodded by its creator, this artificially intelligent robot which can hold a conversation casually says, "OK, I will destroy humans!"<p>Sophia's lack of sophistication isn't the point.<p>Rather, it's what it <i>can</i> do that …

Robotics

Power Causes Brain Damage

How leaders lose mental capacities—most notably for reading other people—that were essential to their rise<p>If power were a prescription drug, it would come with a long list of known side effects. It can intoxicate. It can corrupt. It can even make Henry Kissinger believe that he’s sexually magnetic. …

Psychology

Beluga whale learns to 'talk' to pod of bottlenose dolphins

A beluga whale living in captivity with a pod of bottlenose dolphins has learned their language of whistles and clicks, scientists believe.<p>The four-year-old whale was moved to live with dolphins in the Koktebel dolphinarium in Crimea, in 2013 but initially struggled to communicate with her new tank …

UPDATED: Scientists Discover a Giant Void Hidden in The Great Pyramid of Giza

A secret kept for 4,500 years.<p>For millennia, a towering wonder – the Great Pyramid of Giza – was the tallest human-made structure on Earth, and as …

Archaeology

The alt-right is creating its own dialect. Here’s the dictionary

Vocabulary pop quiz. Define the following words: “hypergamy,” “femoids,” “meeks.” If you got all of those right, you’re on your way to becoming fluent in alt-right.<p>No political movement has created an internet dialect with the speed and scale of the alt-right. Comprised of conspiracy theorists, …

Alt-Right

The Unsettling Sound Of Tritones, The Devil's Interval

Everyone knows the sounds of Halloween: creaky floorboards, howling winds, the amplified sound of a beating heart. But back in the day, the devil was said to exist in a particular musical tone. For centuries, it was called the devil's interval — or, in Latin, <i>diabolus in musica</i>. In music theory, …

West Side Story

John Crowley's new epic 'Ka' is a late masterpiece in a stellar fantasy career

Neil Gaiman calls John Crowley's best-known novel, "Little, Big," "one of my favourite books in the world." Michael Chabon claims Crowley as an inspiration for his own work, alongside Borges, Steven Millhauser and Thomas Pynchon, "writers who can dwell between worlds." Other fans include the late …

If You Want to Have Lucid Dreams, Here's a Tip From a Recent Study

We're so down for this.<p>Having a degree of control of our dreams while we're in the middle of them can be one hell of a fun ride, adding a vivid new …

Top 10 Free Graphic Design Software and Online Tools for Beginners

Graphic Design Software are infamous for being pricey and if you are just beginning your career as a Graphic Designer or are looking for casual …

Graphic Design

An AI god will emerge by 2042 and write its own bible. Will you worship it?

In the next 25 years, AI will evolve to the point where it will know more on an intellectual level than any human. In the next 50 or 100 years, an AI might know more than the entire population of the planet put together. At that point, there are serious questions to ask about whether this AI — …

Artificial Intelligence

The Terrifying Tale of the Killer Cannibal Who Walked Free

In 1981, Issei Sagawa shot a beautiful Dutch woman and cannibalized her to, in his words, consume her energy. He is the subject of a disturbing new …

To be creative, learn these seven stages of creativity

• <b>Prioritize:</b> To have the space for creative work, you need to have a clear picture of what you’re doing in any given moment. The clearer your priorities, the more focused you can be on the task at hand. The <i>Getting Things Done</i> system can keep distractions out of your head, and in a “trusted system.” …

Creativity

7 Powerful Chatbot Building Platforms

Some of the popular chatbot publishing platforms are FB Messenger, Kik, Slack, Telegram, and WeChat.<p>A chatbot publishing platform is a medium through …

How This Native American Ritual Dance Sparked a Massacre

The dust rose from the ground as hundreds of Lakota tribesmen and women danced around a pine tree, lifting their voices to the heavens. Adorned with …

Artificial Intelligence will lead to the human soul, not destroy it

Elon Musk famously equated Artifical Intelligence with “summoning the demon” and sounds the alarm that AI is advancing faster than anyone realizes, posing an existential threat to humanity. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could take off and leave the human race, limited by evolution’s slow pace, …

Greece’s disappearing whistled language

For some 2,500 years, residents of this mountainous village have used an astonishing language that only they understand. But there are only six people left who can ‘speak’ it.<p>Hidden deep in the south-east corner of the Greek island of Evia, above a twisting maze of ravines that tumbles toward the …

Language

In China, internet censors are accidentally helping revive an invented “Martian” language

When Chinese social media users on microblog Weibo came across an almost illegible post earlier this month, many of them would have instantly recognized it as “Martian,” a coded language based on Chinese characters that was very popular many years ago.<p>It was a version of a post by a prominent …

Super-intelligence and eternal life: transhumanism's faithful follow it blindly into a future for the elite

The rapid development of so-called NBIC technologies – nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology and cognitive science – are giving rise …