Micah Stafford

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IQs Are Falling All Over The World — Could This Be Why?

With all of the improvements in education and technology, we must be getting smarter as a society, right? As it turns out, we might actually be …

Wellness

The restless soul of Anthony Burgess

When future generations look back on the career of Anthony Burgess (1917-93), they may well decide that his many earthly attainments—as novelist, …

Literature

‘Alternative Nobel Prize’ Finalists Include JK Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood

No Nobel? No problem.<p>Because of a sex abuse scandal at the Swedish Academy, no Nobel Prize in Literature will be awarded in 2018.<p>So over 100 Swedes …

Books

Why We Keep Revisiting Old Stories

Retelling stories from bygone eras is an ancient practice. As the desire to revisit Shakespearean texts and Classical myth appears as popular as …

Literature

Read James Joyce’s Absolutely Filthy Letters To His Wife

“You had an arse full of farts that night, darling, and I fucked them out of you, big fat fellows, long windy ones, quick little merry cracks and a …

Literature

Ditko's Doctor Strange Was Psychedelic Before Psychedelic Was a Thing

While Steve Ditko will forever be best remembered as the co-creator of<p>Fancy Dan of the Enforcers Spider-Man, in a lot of ways, it was his work on …

Comics

Is This Psychedelic The Future of Depression Treatment?

Alternative therapies and medicinal plants are definitely having a moment. Last week the FDA approved a seizure medication derived from cannabis, and …

Depression

A TV Show So Dystopian Its Host Says It Shouldn’t Exist

Paid Off delivers a queasy illustration of American inequality and political dysfunction.<p>Picture the scene: a stage and three podiums at which three contestants line up to face a studio audience. A charismatic host materializes from backstage and asks the guests to share the typical …

TV

America's 21 Most Beautiful Campsites

With 3,794,100 square miles of soaring mountains, pristine beaches and crystal clear lakes, the United States offers endless options for those …

National Parks

The 20 Best Places to Camp in National Parks

Some of the finest places to lay your head are inside our national parks.<p>Thanks to its geysers and grizzlies, the 3,500-square-mile Yellowstone, our …

National Parks

Why identity politics benefits the right more than the left | Sheri Berman

Over a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, commentators are still trying to understand the election and the explosion of intolerance following it. One common view is that Trump’s victory was a consequence of pervasive racism in American society.<p>Studies make clear, however, that racism has been …

Political Science

5 Tactics to Win a Negotiation, According to an FBI Agent

It was 1998 and I was standing in a narrow hallway outside an apartment on the 27th floor of a high-rise in Harlem. I was the head of the New York …

Emotional Intelligence

‘Sorry to Bother You’ cast on the hidden message of their psychedelic sci-fi

The cast and creator of <i>Sorry to Bother You</i>, an absurdist comedy/sci-fi horror film set in the world of telemarketing, tried to answer some serious …

orry

These States Are Leading the Fight to Legalize Shrooms

Psilocybin is a much more complex drug than cannabis and it shouldn’t be treated the same way when it comes to decriminalization.<p>While the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis is becoming more prevalent across the United States, activist organizations in Denver and Oregon are now …

Cannabis

How Artificial Intelligence Could Kill Capitalism

If you believe the hype, then Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to change the world in dramatic ways soon. Nay-sayers claim it will lead to, at best, rising unemployment and civil unrest, and at worst, the eradication of humanity. Advocates, on the other hand, are telling us to look forward to a …

Artificial Intelligence

Évolution Is the Weirdest Sci-Fi Movie on Netflix

A memorable surrealist nightmare, perfect for fans of Annihilation.<p>Sometimes you watch a science fiction film to see visions of the future, and sometimes you watch just to see big-budget robots and spaceships. Other times, you just want to see some weird fucking shit. If you’re the type of sci-fi …

Horror

Highly empathic people have a unique view of music

People with higher empathy levels view music as more than just an art form, with brain scans showing one significant difference, reports a new …

Psychology

John Coltrane's Lost Album A 'Buried Treasure' For Jazz Fans

On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his quartet arrived at Van Gelder Studios in New Jersey to record an album. It was a busy time for the group, which featured pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones. They were at the tail end of a two-week residency at the Birdland …

John Coltrane

AI researchers allege that machine learning is alchemy

Ali Rahimi, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) at Google in San Francisco, California, took a swipe at his field last December—and received …

Machine Learning

Inspired by Trump, the world could be heading back to the 1930s | Jonathan Freedland

You’ll remember Godwin’s law, which holds that the longer an online debate goes on, the likelier it is that someone will mention Hitler or the Nazis. It was an amusing observation and one that served a useful purpose, guarding against hyperbole and fatuous comparison. Except last August, as the …

Donald Trump

The Oppression of White America

White people are oppressed.<p>Stop laughing. It’s true.<p>In recent years, a narrative has formed and spread among the masses that asserts that white …

Civil Rights

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Democracies end<p>when they are too democratic.<p>And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.<p>Illustration by Zohar Lazar<p>As this dystopian …

Political Science

We Already Know How To Build a Time Machine

It’s just a matter of time before we build a machine that can take us into the far future.<p><i>Watch AMC's Visionaries: James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction, a six-part series about focusing on AI, dark futures, aliens, and time travel.</i><p>In September 2015, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka arrived back on …

Physics

If I Die, Do All My Quantum Selves Die, Too?

We hope you are either very clever or very high for this oneThe reality you think you’re living in isn’t what you think it is.That’s according to …

Quantum Mechanics

Which Is Worse For Your Health, Marijuana or Alcohol? Here's The Science

There are some surprises in the data!<p>Which is worse for you: weed or whiskey?<p>It's a tough call, but based on the science, there appears to be a clear …

Cannabis

Meet the AI that IBM Research is teaching to debate human beings

Beating flesh-and-blood chess and Jeopardy champs was one thing. Training Project Debater to sway opinion is a brand new challenge.<p>“Hello, Noa. We meet again. And for the first time in front of a non-IBM audience. I’ve been told it helps to take a deep breath. But unfortunately, I cannot do …

Artificial Intelligence

The Man Who Lied to His Laptop: What We Can Learn About Ourselves from Our Machines

<b>Counterintuitive insights about building successful relationships- based on research into human-computer interaction.</b><p>Books like <i>Predictably Irrational</i> …

Tesla files lawsuit against ex-employee who allegedly shared confidential data with third parties

<b>What just happened?</b> Tesla has filed a lawsuit against a former employee for allegedly hacking into the company’s systems and stealing “gigabytes” of …

Tesla

An Italian Journey with Auden, Goethe, Sex, and God

Recently, I was wandering around some of the less travelled corners of Tuscany with a copy of Goethe’s <i>Italian Journey</i> when I found myself struck, …

Literature

Poem: Self-Portrait With Emily Dickinson (Rebirth of Mourning)

Reading this wildly spirited poem leaves a wondrous “wow” in the mouth. Are those check marks or dashes laddering the left side? It’s a column of vibrating sounds. Pink cypripedium, herbarium, Aeolian, buttercup. The whipping polysyllabics are anchored to the poem’s only question: “How’s that for …

Literature