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Proof Of 'God Playing Dice With The Universe' Found In The Sun's Interior

Deep inside the Sun’s interior, the fusion of lighter nuclei into heavier ones causes a tiny amount of mass to be lost, converted into energy via the famous <i>E = mc2</i>. At temperatures of 4,000,000 K or above, all the way up to 15,000,000 K in the Sun’s very center, hydrogen and helium isotopes build …

Physics

Brilliant zero-energy air conditioner in India is beautiful and functional

New Delhi-based Ant Studio made a zero-electricity air conditioner to combat the brutally hot summers in India’s capital. Built for a DEKI …

India

Solar is now so cheap in the US it beat government goals by three years

Though US president Donald Trump has promised many times that he will bring back coal, he really can’t do much to fight the forces of good old economics.<p>On Tuesday (Sept. 12), the US Department of Energy announced that utility-grade solar panels have hit 2020 cost targets three years early. …

Solar Power

Who are you calling 'anti-science'? How science serves social and political agendas

Florida recently passed a law that “authorizes county residents to challenge use or adoption of instructional materials” in schools. It’s been …

Critical Thinking

Are moral philosophers forming their theories back to front?

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The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values

Overview<p>The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values by Sam Harris<p><b><br>S</b>am Harris’s first book, <i>The End of Faith,</i> ignited a worldwide debate …

Barnes & Noble

Philosophy in Prison: Capitalist Oppression

<i>“Philosophy in Prison” is a series of posts generated for the APA Blog by Professor Gabriel Rockhill’s philosophy course, “Class, Race and Social</i> …

FIFA World Cup

"Taleb immediately moves from a criticism of Beard, a single, particular historian, to the class generalization, “historians.” Tsk, tsk, I would tell …

The Uses of the Past from Heidegger to Rorty: Doing Philosophy Historically (review)

Most analytical philosophers will consider this book not only an attack on their own philosophical method but also on the discipline in general. …

American Philosophy

Al Gore Is Confused About The Nature Of Truth Itself

Overlooked in the debates about former Vice-President Al Gore’s global warming films, (2006) and (2017), is the fact that truth is not possible in …

Climate

A philosopher who studies life changes says our biggest decisions can never be rational

At some point, everyone reaches a crossroads in life: Do you decide to take that job and move to a new country, or stay put? Should you become a parent, or continue your life unencumbered by the needs of children?<p>Instinctively, we try to make these decisions by projecting ourselves into the future, …

Philosophy
Ethnography

After a long history of avoiding the morality factor, economists are beginning to include it in their work

“We don’t do God,” Tony Blair’s press secretary, Alistair Campbell, once famously remarked. Similarly, economists don’t “do” morality.<p>They are a …

Kantian Ethics in a Nutshell: The Moral Philosophy of Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is, by common consent, one of the most profound and original philosophers who ever lived. He is equally well known for his …

Philosophy

Early Modern Philosophy

From Aquinas (1225) to Kant (1804)<p>The early modern period was one of the most innovative moments in Western philosophy, during which new theories of …

Philosophy

The Art of Philosophy: Visualising Aristotle in Early 17th-Century Paris

With their elaborate interplay of image and text, the several large-scale prints designed by the French friar Martin Meurisse to communicate …

Ethnography

Climate change did not “cause” Harvey or Irma, but it’s a huge part of the story

9 things we can say about hurricanes and climate.<p>The recent Category 4 hurricanes making landfall in the US have revived the perennial discussion about the relationship between extreme storms and climate change. Despite what you might think from the dueling headlines, it’s actually a fairly …

Climate Change

Four ways businesses and cities will get us to a low-carbon future

A little over a week ago, 20 of the world’s power houses came together for the Group of 20 summit. It was disappointing to see Trump hold firm to his …

Bill de Blasio

37 Ways to Cut Your Cancer Risk, According to Science

<b>Cancer is the number two killer in America, second only to heart disease. What can you do to reduce your chances of getting this deadly condition?</b> …

The average American has only one close friend — here's how we got to this point

Alarmingly, when asked how many of them had "real friends" — the kind of confidantes with whom they could talk honestly and vulnerably about life on a regular basis, through good times and bad — only two people raised their hands.<p>It might be tempting to interpret this sense of isolation as a crisis …

Psychology

Oil, gas, and coal industries get a shocking amount of funding from the US government, a new report shows

The report, released July 5, is the product of research conducted by Oil Change International, Friends of the Earth, the Sierra Club, and the World Wildlife Fund's European Policy Office. Their goal was to parse out the amount of public financing — defined as grants, equity, loans, guarantees, and …

Fossil Fuels

The Paris climate deal won’t save us – our future depends on de-growth

The success of the Paris climate deal depends on ‘negative emission’ technologies that have never been proven at scale<p>When Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate deal, the world reacted with outrage. And rightly so: the agreement represents a remarkable achievement in …

Climate

Germany breaks green energy record by generating 35% of power from renewables in first half of 2017

Germany raised the proportion of its power produced by renewable energy to 35 percent in the first half of 2017 from 33 percent the previous year, …

Renewable Energy

Sorry, centrist liberals, the politics of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn are the progressive path forward

Blairites and Clintonites must bring themselves to admit that “third way” centrism is a relic of the past<p>It has been over a week since the U.K. election that left the political establishment reeling in Britain and around the world. And though Prime Minister Theresa May will remain in office — for …

Middle-class

Want to Be Happier and Less Stressed? Here Are 6 Strategies to Taking on Any Challenge | Inc.com

No matter who you are or what you've accomplished, life is full of experiences that can pull you underwater so deeply that it feels as if you will never re-surface.<p>Zen priest and Harvard educator Robert Waldinger leads The Harvard Study of Adult Development, which has tracked 724 men for 75 years …

Self-help

Be Wary of the Orwellian "Enlightened" Class | Robin Koerner

<b>It’s Not What You Believe. It’s How You Believe It</b><p>George Orwell’s novel <i>1984</i> has been selling in large numbers to people scared of a lurch toward …

George Orwell
Humanities

Is Consciousness in the Physical World? We May Be About to Find Out.

Physicist Lucien Hardy of the Perimeter Institute for Quantum Physics in Canada has an experiment he wants to try. His believes his experiment could …

Quantum Mechanics

Study Finds the Unexpected in the Brains of Spirit Mediums

Not easily explained dynamics found in the brains of experienced spirit mediums.<p>Are spirit mediums really communicating with the dead? My Magic 8 …

The Brain

Scientists made a detailed “roadmap” for meeting the Paris climate goals. It’s eye-opening.

Back in 2015, the world’s governments met in Paris and agreed to keep global warming below 2°C, to avoid the worst risks of a hotter planet. See here for background on why, but that’s the goal. For context, the planet’s warmed ~1°C since the 19th century.<p>One problem with framing the goal this way, …

Climate