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Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

Philosophy

Demographics of the Top 7 Social Networks [Infographic]

There are 2.8 billion people on social media (that's 37% of the world's population!), and knowing who's doing what on which social platforms can be …

Mesmerizing GIFs Illustrate the Art of Traditional Japanese Wood Joinery — All Done Without Screws, Nails, or Glue

Traditional Japanese carpentry, whether used to build a dinner table or the entire house containing it, doesn't use screws, nails, adhesives, or any …

A guide to staying online if the internet or social media gets blocked in your country

For digital rights activists, an important milestone came in 2016 with the adoption of the UN Human Rights Council resolution on promoting and protecting the freedom of users online. Yet, 51 intentional disruptions of the internet and electronic communications took place in the first 10 months of …

Privacy

A 7-Step Plan for Generating Leads With Facebook Ads

Do you want to generate more leads from Facebook? Interested in using Facebook ads to promote a lead magnet? Facebook ads are a great way to build a …

Social Media

Baby Jesus and the War on Christmas

<b>Christmas as a Microcosm of the Roots of Religion</b><p>Christmas and our popular obsessions with it have much to teach us about where religion really comes from. Even before Christianity transformed Yahweh into a three-headed deity, the God of Abraham had a split personality. The same God who lovingly …

Faith

A History of Philosophy in 81 Video Lectures: From Ancient Greece to Modern Times

Above, you can watch 81 video lectures tracing the history of philosophy, moving from Ancient Greece to modern times. Arthur Holmes presented this …

Ancient Greece

The True Cause of All Middle East Conflicts

The two major powers in the Middle East are Saudi Arabia, an Arab population ruled by a Sunni majority, and Iran, a Persian population ruled by a …

Middle East

The Pope forgives abortions as the US government limits reproductive rights

Pope Francis just extended permission to all priests of the Catholic Church to absolve those who have had abortions. Historically, the institution …

What’s the Use of Regret?

A few weeks ago I was sitting poolside in Florida with a friendly retiree who was standing in the warm aqua water, beaming with friendliness. We started chatting, first about his hometown, Pittsburgh, and the many great athletes from there. Soon the conversation pivoted to Vietnam and his …

9 Ways to Become Incredibly Successful: the Ultimate Guide to Accomplishing All Your Goals

Tips, strategies, practical steps, links....<p>It's fairly easy to be modestly successful; you just have to work hard. (Seriously: that is all it takes.) It's harder to be very successful; you have to work hard, and smart, and catch a few breaks along the way.<p>It's extremely difficult to be incredibly …

Transform your smartphone into three interesting, unusual and useful gadgets

Your smartphone is a very versatile tool. Here are some interesting, unusual and useful things you can make it do, from fixing your car to diagnosing …

The right to vote should be restricted to those with knowledge

Who should hold power: the few or the many? Concentrating power in the hands of a few—in monarchy, dictatorship, or oligarchy—tends to result in power for personal benefit at the expense of others. Yet in spreading power among the many—as in a democracy—individual votes no longer matter, and so …

Political Science

The Unknown Hitler: Nazi Roots in the Occult

On April 6, 1919, in Bavaria, left wing socialists and anarchists proclaimed the Bavarian Soviet Republic. The brains of the revolution were a group …

Scientists Trace Society’s Myths to Primordial Origins

The Greek version of a familiar myth starts with Artemis, goddess of the hunt and fierce protectress of innocent young women. Artemis demands that …

Our Town: A Travel Editor’s Guide to Nashville

Associate Digital Editor Caroline Hallemann takes us on a tour of her hometown.<p>My old stomping grounds look a little different than they did when I …

Why humans find it hard to do away with religion

The new atheists decry religion as a poisonous set of lies. But what if a belief in the supernatural is natural?<p>An American scientist visiting the …

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

How to make millions as a YouTube star

We hear conflicting mumblings. We hear that YouTube star PewDiePie has reportedly made $12 million , and that he's not the only one to score a big payday.<p>But we also hear that stars with half a million subscribers can sometimes struggle to make ends meet. There's a disconnect that comes from both …

No, Mexican Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Did Not Threaten to Destroy ISIS 'P*ssies'

<i>Update, December 11th</i>: Well, we fell for a hoax. Writer and satirist Steve Charnock fed the story to CartelBlog.com as "a work of pure fiction" …

The Isis papers: a masterplan for consolidating power

24-page document, translated here, outlines principles for governing territory under the group’s control and strategy for becoming a viable state

Potatoes can help cut cancer risk

New study reveals eating potatoes and cabbage can help reduce risk of developing stomach cancer<p>Scientists have discovered that eating potatoes and cabbage can help reduce the risk of developing stomach cancer.<p>It found that people who eat a large amount of white vegetables, such as onions and …

How Europeans became tall and fair-skinned 8,500 years ago

When agriculture arrived in Europe some 8,500 years ago, humans didn’t simply adapt their lifestyles and eating habits, but also their genes.<p>Researchers, led by geneticist David Reich at Harvard Medical School, analyzed the DNA of 230 ancient humans who lived between 3,000 and 8,500 years ago and …

Anthropology

How To Instantly Age Cheap Bourbon To Make It Taste Expensive

It just takes four ingredients.<p>Want to bring a bottle of fancy bourbon to your next dinner party, but only have enough in your budget for the cheap stuff?<p>The chefs at America's Test Kitchen discovered the best solution -- age it yourself, instantly.<p>In their new book, "Kitchen Hacks: How Clever …

Flavors

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …