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An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

The AI Revolution: Our Immortality or Extinction

<i>Note: This is Part 2 of a two-part series on AI. Part 1 is here.</i>___________<i>We have what may be an extremely difficult problem with an unknown time to</i> …

Singularity

The stunning photographs of Irving Penn are some of the 20th century’s best

The master photographer has a new retrospective at the Met<p>When you spend 60 years making pictures every day, you get pretty damn good at it. Take …

How Mayors Can Drive Inclusive Growth

In the race to create innovation districts in low-income urban areas, city leaders play a key role.<p>At the end of June, mayors across the United States came together at the 85th annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors to debate the federal budget, climate change, and how mayors are …

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who was trying to learn whether horses in motion ever become truly airborne.<p>More than a century later, that clip has rejoined the cutting edge. It is now the first …

Famous Creatives Answer the Question "Where Do Ideas Come From?"

Copying others? Wandering around observing things? Or just showing up to work?<p>At design school, one of my professors said that Frank Lloyd Wright …

If You’ve Wondered Where Ideas Come From, This Short Is A Good Start

“Where Do Ideas Come From?” digs into just that, tapping into a bevy of influential creative minds for the answers.<p>Here’s an idea: Think about ideas. Where do they come from? Is an idea the same thing as inspiration? How do you even <i>get</i> an idea?<p>Filmmaker Andrew Norton explores this endless abyss of …

Donald Trump's proposed cuts to the arts and humanities is an attack on reason

Last week, reports surfaced that President Donald Trump will propose a federal budget that would defund entirely the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).<p>The reasons for cutting these agencies cannot be fiscal; combined, they constitute less than …

Humanities