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Reality is just part of our evolution: The wild new theory that tests our understanding of the physical world

A University of California cognitive scientist believes we learned to see things as they are as a means of survival<p>Michael Shermer<p>November 5, 2015 5:45pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>One of the deepest problems in epistemology is how we know the nature of …

Google engineer takes on subpar USB Type-C cables

Trying to save a few bucks by purchasing offbrand cables? We've all done it -- but there's something you should know about new USB Type-C connectors popping up on cellphones (Nexus, OnePlus), laptops (Macbook, Pixel), tablets (Pixel C) and even Apple TV. The reason why they can charge so many …

USB Type-C

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

Microsoft's HoloLens explained: How it works and why it's different

Microsoft has a vision for the future, and it involves terms and technology straight out of science fiction.<p>But are we actually glimpsing that future? Yes and no.<p>Microsoft's HoloLens, which the company unveiled at its Redmond, Wash., headquarters on Wednesday, is a sleek, flashy headset with …

The Fallacy of 'Giving Up'

The importance of talking with a doctor about values and priorities in life—at any age<p>At 30 years old, a person's brain weighs about three pounds. In its capaciousness it wears the skull like a well-tailored suit. So notes Harvard professor and surgeon Atul Gawande in his most recent book <i>Being</i> …

Medicine

What I Learned From Alzheimer's

Credit: Fotolia<p>My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's last summer. The signs had been visible for a while, of course, but I refused to accept it. Then, after a fall caused by her increasing confusion, a subsequent operation, and a longer stay in the hospital, the doctors gave an unambiguous …

The battle for America’s broadband: The Internet debate taking the country by storm

<b>(AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Salon)</b><p>As cities clamor to bolster their Internet connectivity, an ideological debate is brewing over how to get it done<p>Henry Grabar<p>January 25, 2015 2:00pm (UTC)<p>In 1932, presidential candidate Franklin Roosevelt delivered a message of civic empowerment to the citizens of …

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Leo Tolstoy’s theory of everything

<b>Leo Tolstoy (Wikimedia)</b><p>Before writing some of the greatest novels in history, Tolstoy asked some of philosophy’s hardest questions<p>Irina Paperno<p>January 11, 2015 12:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “’Who, What Am I?': Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self”<p>Tolstoy’s first diary, started on March 17, 1847, at …

Literature

The Left's Unpopular Populism

Elizabeth Warren and her Democratic allies should not fool themselves into thinking that Americans who are angry at elites and corporations also favor wealth redistribution.<p>The debate between Democrats who want to play up populist themes (let’s call them the Elizabeth Warren camp) and those who …

Middle-class

Suburbs and the New American Poverty

More people with low incomes now live outside of cities, and some areas are ill-equipped to deal with the influx of the poor.<p>NORCROSS, Ga.—Every weekday around 3:15 p.m., a big, yellow school bus stops on Pelican Drive outside Norcross Extended Stay, near the intersection with Best Friend …

Urban Design

One Of These 21 Movies Will Probably Win Best Picture At The 2015 Oscars

<i>Welcome to For Your Consideration, HuffPost Entertainment's breakdown of all things Oscar. Between now and Feb. 22, 2015, entertainment managing editor Christopher Rosen and entertainment editor Matthew Jacobs will pore over awards season and discuss which films will make the most noise at the 87th</i> …

The Oscars

Democrats’ middle-class hypocrisy: Why omnibus will haunt them

<b>Sen. Chuck Schumer (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)</b><p>A populist message won’t be enough to save the party if its leaders continue to serve the interests of Wall Street<p>Richard Kirsch<p>January 1, 2015 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This originally appeared on Next New Deal.<p>Two weeks before New York Senator Charles Schumer once again …

Middle-class

Exposing the charter school lie: Michelle Rhee, Louis C.K. and the year phony education reform revealed its true colors

<b>Arne Duncan, Louis CK, Michelle Rhee (AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Mary Altaffer/FX)</b><p>Charter schools promised new education innovations. Instead, they produced scam after new scam<p>Jeff Bryant<p>January 1, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Since it’s the time of the year when newspapers, websites and television talk shows scan …

Aaron Schock on what millennials want (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: In the above video and the text below, Crossfire co-host S.E. Cupp sits down with a millennial congressman to ask how Republicans can win young voters. Rep. Aaron Schock, a Republican representing Illinois' 18th District, was elected to Congress at age 27. At 33, he's the</i> …