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Pessimism reigns, but the introduction of citizens’ juries could help us to reconnect with politicians and fall back in love with politics<p>While in so many obvious and petrifying ways politics has never been bleaker, there is a level on which I have never felt more optimistic. And for better reasons …

Political Science

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Politics of Islamic Law: Local Elites, Colonial Authority and the Making of the Muslim State'

The field of Islamic studies has been of late in a state of renaissance. Not only have remarkable young scholars emerged in virtually all of its subfields, including that of Islamic law, bringing a much-needed breadth of new ideas about Muslim lifeworlds past and present, but one can also discern a …

Desperate NASA Asks Public What to Do With Astronaut Poop

We can put a man in space, but once he’s there, NASA still has no idea what to do with his shit.<p>Here’s where you come in: NASA will award $30,000 to …

Intelligence May Stem From a Basic Algorithm in the Human Brain

Theory of Connectivity<p>The human brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body. The things that the brain can do, and how it does them, have …

How to Tell If Machine Learning Can Solve Your Business Problem

“AI,” “big data,” and “machine learning” are all trending buzzwords, and you might be curious about how they apply to your domain. You might even have startups beating down your door, pitching you their new “AI-powered” product. So how can you know which problems in your business are amenable to …

‘Westworld’ and the Moral Dilemma of Cyborgs

The mathematician Norbert Wiener founded the science of cybernetics in 1948 with a warning that has become a cornerstone of futurist writing. The computer age was still in its infancy when he cautioned that intelligent machines could wreak havoc on civilization — and perhaps even snuff it out — if …

The 15 smartest sci-fi movies of all time

Viewers are praising the film's stunning cinematography, the commanding performance of Amy Adams, and off-the-charts entertainment value, but mostly, they are praising the film's intelligence.<p>What's funny about most of the praise for the movie's smarts is that it's usually accompanied by just a …

Best Courses to Become a Complete Web Developer

Web development has been steadily growing as a career, with many people finding their passion for coding and problem solving. Development has also …

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Meditation in the Time of Low Self-Esteem

I don't practice meditation to become more enlightened. I do it to massage certain qualities within myself that make it difficult for me to live on Earth.<p>One of the ways I've found some relief in life is through a morning meditation practice. I don't practice meditation to become more enlightened, …

Mental Health

Herbal Portraits

The 16th Century witnessed the increasing interest in the natural world and the recording of the discoveries of Asia and the new world. The use of herbal remedies was on the rise as well as the beginning of the classification of plants resulting in the need for scientific illustration. These …

British History, Roman Britain, What the Romans did for us

Roman Britain<p><i>What the Romans did for us</i><p>Long before Julius Caesar invaded Britain the Romans had traded with these islands: Welsh gold and Cornish tin …

This is your brain on pot

Staci Gruber vividly remembers her first hit of marijuana, back when she was in college. It made her so paranoid, she locked herself in a bathroom. …

A groundbreaking book by historian Yuval Harari claims that artificial intelligence and genetic enhancements will usher in a world of inequality and powerful elites. How real is the threat?<p>The BBC Reith Lectures in 1967 were given by Edmund Leach, a Cambridge social anthropologist. “Men have become …

Artificial Intelligence