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7 Illogical Statements that Smart People Never Make | Inc.com

Never in modern times have so many people in so many powerful positions had so feeble a grasp on the basics of logic and reason. With this in mind, here's what passes for "a sound argument" among the intellectually challenged:<p>1. This is true because it has not yet been proven false.<p><b>AKA:</b> Argument …

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How Neil Gorsuch Could Help Decide the Future of LGBTQ Civil Rights

Legal experts explain how the future of LGBTQ civil rights will be tested over the next few years.<p>On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump nominated Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Antonin Scalia's death nearly a year ago. As a federal judge for the Tenth Circuit, Gorsuch …

Alternative Facts In A Post-Truth World?

<i>This article was originally published at Stratfor.com.</i><p><b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>The Global Affairs column is curated by Stratfor’s board of contributors, a diverse group of thinkers whose expertise inspires rigorous and innovative thought. Their opinions are their own and serve to complement and even challenge</i> …

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Trump reinstated the global gag rule. It won't stop abortion, but it will make it less safe.

Thousands of women will die across the world, and millions will lose access to both safe abortion and birth control.<p>President Donald Trump reinstated — and massively expanded — an executive order Monday barring US foreign aid from going to any nongovernmental organization (NGO) that either provides …

U.S. Ethics Official: Trump's Divestiture Is Hard, Pricey And Essential

At a Wednesday press conference, President-elect Donald Trump and his lawyer described the steps the real estate mogul would take to separate from his business empire while in office. It wasn't nearly enough, according to Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub.<p>"The president is now …

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Neuroscience Can’t Explain How an Atari Works - MIT Technology Review

When you apply tools used to analyze the human brain to a computer chip that plays Donkey Kong, can they reveal how the hardware works?<p>Many research …

Here's what Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and 29 other successful people ask job candidates during interviews

They're not in the habit of wasting time with dumb or irrelevant queries.<p>In fact, they often have one favorite go-to question they like to ask. This typically reveals everything they need to know about a job candidate.<p>Here are 31 of those questions.<p><i>Jacquelyn Smith, Alison Griswold, and Vivian Giang</i> …

Kids Aren't Interested in Moral Conflict

Adults admire people who overcome temptation, but children judge them for feeling tempted in the first place.<p>When was the last time you were tempted, even briefly, to do something a little immoral? To lie, betray a friend’s confidence, cut in line, or take a little more than your share? I’m willing …

Can IBM’s Watson Do It All?

Big Blue’s artificial intelligence division is a sprawling effort to corner seemingly every market in AI.<p>From winning <i>Jeopardy</i> in 2011 to helping write a sad song last year, IBM’s Watson cognitive computing platform is all over popular culture. Press releases fly out about Watson producing a movie …

Why Men Don’t Want the Jobs Done Mostly by Women

It hasn’t been a great time to be a man without a job.<p>The jobs that have been disappearing, like machine operator, are predominantly those that men do. The occupations that are growing, like health aide, employ mostly women.<p>One solution is for the men who have lost jobs in factories to become …

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Donald Trump didn't save the ethics committee. You did

House Republicans drop rule change gutting ethics watchdog<p>Read more<p>The last time a Republican president took office after losing the popular vote, he made it clear that ethics were his highest priority. How could we tell? At every campaign stop, George W Bush ended his stump speech by raising his …

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The little-known agency trying to hold Trump's billionaires accountable

Donald Trump's nominees will soon start trudging to Capitol Hill to face tough questioning from lawmakers. But a small army of experts at one federal agency is already working around-the-clock to make sure they resolve their financial conflicts before they start their new jobs.<p>The little-known …

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House Republicans just voted to gut the independent office overseeing their ethics

One of the steps Congress will take after new members are sworn in Tuesday: getting rid of the independent office that’s supposed to make sure that members of Congress are acting ethically.<p>House Republicans voted 119-74 Monday evening to all but eliminate the Office of Congressional Ethics. Right …

4 practical ways to teach critical thinking in the classroom

19 December 2016<p>There’s an often-touted debate in modern education about the nature of the teaching in schools. For a long time, it has been believed …

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Finland to pay unemployed basic income of $587 per month

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland has become the first country in Europe to pay its unemployed citizens a basic monthly income, amounting to 560 euros ($587), …

Basic Income

Study: Moral foundations predict willingness to take action to avert climate change

A person’s moral foundations influences their willingness to take personal action to fight climate change, according to research published in PLoS …

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Japanese white-collar workers are already being replaced by artificial intelligence

Most of the attention around automation focuses on how factory robots and self-driving cars may fundamentally change our workforce, potentially eliminating millions of jobs. But AI that can handle knowledge-based, white-collar work are also becoming increasingly competent.<p>One Japanese insurance …

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Hope for 2017: Six policy ideas that can lay the groundwork for a more progressive America

If Democrats can capture power in state legislatures, these realistic policies can build toward long-term victory<p>Had FBI director James Comey not made the decision to send a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, and if House Republicans had not taken the letter out of context and if the media …

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Artificial intelligence isn't the scary future. It's the amazing present.

The year 2017 arrives and we humans are still in charge. Whew! The machines haven't taken over yet, but they are gaining on us.<p>Google's DeepMind AlphaGo computer program recently beat the world champ at Go, a complex board game, while Japanese researchers plan to build the world's fastest …

Self-Driving Cars Could Cause a Major Organ Shortage

Fewer vehicle-related fatalities means fewer organs to harvest for hospitals.<p>One of the most highly-lauded advantages of self-driving cars is that a world filled with interconnected autonomous vehicles will significantly reduce the number of traffic accidents and resulting deaths. But this comes …

The real political divide is education

Steve Welch Contributor<p>Steve Welch is the founder and managing partner of Dreamit.<p>The two main political parties in this country are about to face a challenge that will create a complete realignment as politicians are forced to choose between robots and people.<p>Vespasian ruled Rome from AD 69 to AD …

A Very Short History Of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

1308 Catalan poet and theologian Ramon Llull publishes <i>Ars generalis ultima</i> (The Ultimate General Art), further perfecting his method of using paper-based mechanical means to create new knowledge from combinations of concepts.<p>1666 Mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Leibniz publishes <i>Dissertatio</i> …

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What You Can Do to Improve Ethics at Your Company

Enron. Wells Fargo. Volkswagen. It’s hard for good, ethical people to imagine how these meltdowns could possibly happen. We assume it’s only the Ken Lays and Bernie Madoffs of the world who will cheat people. But what about the ordinary engineers, managers, and employees who designed cars to cheat …

British woman 'kidnapped and abused as a sex slave for 13 years'

A British woman has told the horrific story of how she was kidnapped and abused as a sex slave for 13 years.<p>Anna Ruston claims she was locked in a …

Here are some of the self-driving startups to watch in 2017

2016 was a big year for self-driving startups; 2017 will be bigger.<p>2016 was the year of many things. For the auto and tech industries, it was the year the companies that already placed their bets on self-driving technology began showing their hands.<p>Auto giants — some of which were increasingly …