Jonathan Spencer

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"We Will Encounter Superintelligence Much Older than the Human Species" (New Year's Feature)

"I think it very likely – in fact, inevitable – that biological intelligence is only a transitory phenomenon… If we ever encounter extraterrestrial …

Mankind's Forbidden History Holds the Answer for the "Missing Link"

It is perhaps the most convoluted puzzle to ever exist, a timeline which pits some of today’s most dominant dogmas, whether scientific or …

Paris Review - Method in Poetic Composition

Donald Hall<p>Issue 3, Autumn 1953<p>Historically, poets have generally adopted one of two main “poses,” or manners of considering their own <i>metier</i>. One has been the prophet, or <i>vates</i>, the divine madman who scrawls out his gifts from the gods in a state of inspiration and frenzy. The <i>vates</i> corresponds to …

How Advanced Could They Be?

The Physics of Extra-Terrestrial Civilizations<p>To consider habitable worlds, advanced civilizations, and how to find and classify them, Astrobiology …

DIY: Custom Beer Flight Set

<i>Doing It Yourself isn’t always the easiest or cheapest option, but odds are you won’t find anything more satisfying than finishing a DIY project with</i> …

Tech to take the stress out of stress

<b>Mairin Philips (not her real name) suffered from anxiety, so much so that it made the pain from a stomach ulcer far worse.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessConnecting India's offline millionsThe world's fastest ambulanceWhen does an app need regulating?'Air' plastic and mushroom …

Navy Approves First-of-Its-Kind Atheist Lay Leader

October 29, 2014 by Hemant Mehta<p>There are currently no Humanist chaplains in the military (despite there being plenty of atheists in foxholes). The …

Interstellar Travel Won't Look Anything Like The Movie

The astronaut leading humankind's journey to the stars says if we want to get to another Earth, we'll have to expand our thinking.<p>Christopher Nolan's <i>Interstellar</i> imagines a human journey to planets beyond our star. That trip would of course be impossible in today's terms. But there's good news for …

You Can Now Build Oculus Rift Projects In The Free Version Of Unity

Hey, you! Yeah, you! The one with the awesome idea for something that <i>needs</i> to be built in virtual reality!<p>Remember a few weeks back, when Oculus mentioned that its development tools would soon work with the free version of the Unity game engine, rather than just the $1,500 Pro Version?<p>It’s done. …

Researchers Have Created a New Blood Test to Predict Risk of Suicide

In a groundbreaking new genetic discovery, doctors from Johns Hopkins have found a mutation involved in how the brain reacts to stress that can …

Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

Max More will have his brain frozen after he dies, and he’s not alone. Rose Eveleth asks him why he signed up – and how the strange procedure of cryopreserving bodies actually works.<p>In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being …

A New Idea For Colonizing Space: Send Our DNA, Assemble Ourselves Once We Get There

I mean, it’s just too hard to send actual humans, right?<p>It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.<p>“Our best bet for space exploration could …

Planetary Habitability