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What's Driving the Plunge in Oil Prices

Back in 2013, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Crude oil price benchmark was around $110. It’s plunged pretty steadily since the middle of last …

Tech policy group brands Elon Musk a ‘Luddite’ for daring to question the future of AI

When it comes to listing people who are enemies of the future, Elon Musk would seem the last person to make the cut.<p>I mean, the guy helped create PayPal to start a revolution in digital payments. He’s running Tesla, which is trying to start the electric car revolution. And he’s running SpaceX, …

Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion

<b>Sam Harris:</b> What one of the problems we have in discussing consciousness scientifically is that consciousness is irreducibly subjective. This is a …

Consciousness

Zen Foxes: A photographer is capturing nature's 'masters of mindfulness'

“The most beautiful animals are happy animals,” says Roeselien Raimond, a Dutch nature photographer who specialises in capturing foxes at rest.<p>“I …

The trouble with whites and transformation in South Africa

Frans Cronjé, CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations, says that young white South Africans must use every resource they have to help …

South Africa

The Propaganda of the Defeated

The noble but defeated figure treated unjustly by posterity is a recurring feature of Britain and its history, often appropriated as a tool to …

Five ways China's economic crisis will affect Africa

<b>Signs of an economic slowdown in China have led to fears of a global recession, including Africa, given the close ties it has built up with China in recent years.</b><p>BBC Africa Business Report's Lerato Mbele looks at five ways the continent could be affected:<p>The rand<p>South Africa's currency has taken …

Social is dead: What 146 startup pitches showed me about the next wave of tech companies

Over the past two weeks, I have listened to 146 startups pitch in rapid-fire succession at demo days for Y Combinator and 500 Startups.<p>Of those startups, probably five or six will emerge as the next Airbnb, Dropbox, or Reddit. The founders of the next billion-dollar startup have probably run …

Startups

The Origins and Legacy of the Idea of the 'Third World'

<i>This post is in collaboration with The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, which brings together scholars and researchers from around</i> …

This is what the world economy actually looks like

Economics is a notoriously complex and jargon-riddled business. Now, the Earth's vast web of economic networks has been reimagined with a psychedelic …

Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

New finding is clear example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children<p>Ewan Birney: Why I’m sceptical about the idea of genetically inherited trauma<p>Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust …

Genetics

An Introduction to the Literary Philosophy of Marcel Proust, Presented in a Monty Python-Style Animation

Those who know the name Marcel Proust, if not his work itself, know it as that of the most solitary and introspective of writers—a name become an …

Matter is Not the Only Reality

A group of internationally recognized scientists have come together to stress the importance of what is still commonly overlooked in the mainstream …

30 Political and Philosophical Quotes By Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is a major figure in analytic philosophy, who has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of …

An insightful warning about the many unforeseen disasters technology might someday bring

<i>The following passage comes from "A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control" by Wendell Wallach.</i><p>SOCIAL DISRUPTIONS, PUBLIC HEALTH AND ECONOMIC CRISES, environmental damage, and personal tragedies all made possible by the adoption of new technologies will increase …

14. Parallels

The interests of genre fiction move in cycles. On year everybody is into zombies, then ninjas, then pirates, then robots, then space operas, then …

The Last of the Incas

The vast Andean territory of plateaux and high valleys which forms the physical core of Peru and Bolivia is a land of harsh beauty and climatic …

South America

15 Books All 20 Somethings Should Read To Know More About The World

Fresh shoots tentatively probe the air while their roots have yet to find purchase. The more firmly they are rooted, the more boldly they stretch …

Literature

8 Pieces of Wisdom from 8 Enlightened Sages

Buddhaimonia.When it comes to wisdom, our newly connected world gives us click-button access to more than we know what to do with. If you do a little …

Wealth

35 books everyone should read at least once in their lifetime

Whether they're written for children, sci-fi lovers, mathematicians, or fiction aficionados, certain stories transcend their genre and should be read by everyone.<p>In a Reddit thread, users were asked what is a book that everyone needs to read at least once in their life?<p>So in honor of World Book …

reading_material - taoism

Reading List<p>Click here to go to the FAQ page.<p>Click here to go to the terminology page.<p><b>Primer</b><p>While Daoism is a fascinating tradition with a rich …

Spirituality

US envoy: Almost every CAR mosque destroyed in war

Almost all of the 436 mosques in the Central African Republic have been destroyed by months of vicious fighting between Christians and Muslims, the US ambassador to the United Nations said.<p>Samantha Power spoke to reporters on Tuesday after a Security Council visit last week to the country, calling …

Africa

I Just Want To Be Alone [100 Words Into The Future]

<i>Meanwhile, in one of many alternate futures…</i><p>It’s 8am. Wet city streets teem with people.<p>Grace hurries along the sidewalk, dazzled by lights from dozens of ad­boards.<p>Her AudioChip feeds snippets of promobabble to her as she dodges other commuters.<p>Normally she’s spared the sensory onslaught, but …

Commuting