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Forty New Philosophical SF Recommendations

Since 2014, I've been collecting <b>professional philosophers' recommendations of personal favorite "philosophically interesting" SF</b> -- where "SF" is …

Science Fiction

Questioning If An Election Will Be 'Rigged' Strikes At The Heart Of Democracy

On Dec. 13, 2000, after perhaps the most hotly contested presidential election in American history (and a Supreme Court decision that divided Americans), Al Gore did one of the most important things that keeps American democracy working: He conceded.<p>"Let there be no doubt: While I strongly disagree …

Government

How Rousseau Predicted Trump

The Enlightenment philosopher’s attack on cosmopolitan élites now seems prophetic.<p>“I love the poorly educated,” Donald Trump said during a victory speech in February, and he has repeatedly taken aim at America’s élites and their “false song of globalism.” Voters in Britain, heeding Brexit …

MIT's artificial intelligence passes key Turing test

Can the new artificial intelligence system fool your senses?<p>An MIT algorithm has managed to produce sounds able to fool human listeners and beat …

Why It's Time to Repeal the Second Amendment

"[It] needs to be repealed because it is outdated, a threat to liberty and a suicide pact," says constitutional law professor<p>I teach the Constitution …

Court: No right to carry concealed weapons in public

SAN FRANCISCO — In a victory for gun control advocates, a federal appeals court said Thursday people do not have a right to carry concealed weapons in public under the Second Amendment.<p>An 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said law enforcement officials can require applicants …

Guns

New Funding Source for Public Philosophy Projects

PLATO (Philosophy Learning and Teaching Organization) is a national network devoted to promoting pre-college philosophy education. It just created …

5 exercises to improve your storytelling skills

<i>This article was previously published on PR Daily in April 2016.</i> <br>Football players practice ballet. Pianists repeat small sections of music until it's …

World considers a Trump presidency, and many shudder

BRUSSELS (AP) — Following Donald Trump's breathtaking string of Super Tuesday victories, politicians, editorial writers and ordinary people worldwide were coming to grips Wednesday with the growing possibility the brash New York billionaire might become America's next president_a thought that …

Legionnaires' spike in Michigan county dealing with water crisis | Reuters

(Reuters) - The Michigan county already reeling from lead-contaminated drinking water in the city of Flint has seen a spike of Legionnaires’ disease resulting in 10 deaths that may or may not be related to the water crisis, officials said on Wednesday.<p>Michigan National Guard Staff Sergeant William …

Public Health

Atheists Are Absolutely Infuriated Over What Carly Fiorina Said About ‘People of Faith’

Atheists are angry over Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s claim last week that “people of faith make better leaders,” with one activist dismissing her comments as a form of “bigotry” against nonbelievers.<p>“I do think it’s worth saying that people of faith make better leaders because …

Philosophy saved me from poverty and drugs: that’s why I teach it to kids

Can you be a good person if you do bad things? Who should have power? These are questions of direct relevance to young people from troubled backgrounds<p>When I tell people I teach philosophy, to children their reaction is almost always: “Gosh, you mean in a private school?” When I tell them that I …

Education

A philosophy professor responds to Marco Rubio: The Florida senator thinks I should quit my job.

Dear Sen. Marco Rubio,<p>I’m writing to you instead of grading papers, because the only thing more tedious than grading, as any philosophy and religion …

Why 5+5+5 doesn’t always make 15: Maths exam question divides the internet

A Year 3 pupil was marked down for the solution written out for 5x3<p>Working out the answer to 5x3 may seem simple enough but the solution one student gave has sparked an online debate.<p>The maths question, which asks pupils to work out 5x3 using the repeated addition strategy, was posted on …

Americans are pretty mellow about climate change, terrified of everything else

A survey of 1541 randomly selected US adults ranked the country's fears as of 2015. Items that ranked above climate change included corruption, mass …

The philosophical problem of killing baby Hitler, explained

On Friday, the New York Times Magazine decided to tweet this for some reason:<p>Given certain assumptions, this isn't a hard question. Assume that going back in time merely eliminates Hitler, and that the sole effect of that is that the Nazi Party lacks a charismatic leader and never takes power in …

12 beautiful words describing love that don't have an English equivalent

LONDON — Have you ever had a strong feeling or emotion that you can't easily put into words? Although the English language might not be able to help, …

I’m the new Jesus, Katie Hopkins tells church conference

The controversial commentator Katie Hopkins has told a church conference that she is the new Jesus, giving voice to the voiceless and “leading the way” against the intolerance of the liberal left. Before an audience including bishops and vicars, the former Sun columnist and reality TV star, who in …

Reality TV

Mom Steps to the Mic at UT Campus Carry Forum and Uses Obama to Make Very Pro-Gun Point

Opponents and supporters of “campus carry” offered vastly different opinions on the issue during a public forum at the University of Texas on Monday. On August 16, licensed gun owners will be able to carry on college campuses in Texas.<p>UStream Screengrab<p>One pro-gun mother stepped up to the …

Proof That the Human Body is a Holographic Projection of Consciousness

We will also specifically explore the exact mechanism behind this principle, and provide scientific evidence so let your rational mind be at ease.The …

A Transgender Woman Had a Humiliating TSA Experience, and Live-Tweeted the Entire Ordeal

This is truly horrific.<p>Shadi Petosky, a comics author and executive producer, was in the Orlando airport trying to fly to Minneapolis. What happened next has caused an outcry around how demeaning it can be to "travel while trans."<p>Petosky, who is a transgender woman, told NBC News that she was going …

This map reveals a potential disaster for the next presidential election

In response, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act, which provided over $2 billion to stimulate the voting-machine market.<p>It was enough to help purchase new voting systems for the majority of jurisdictions across the nation by 2006.<p>Consider also that by 2006, Apple's iPod was already in its …

Sex robots are actually going to be good for humanity

“Ban sex robots!” scream the tech headlines, as if they’re heralding the arrival of the latest artificial intelligence threat to humankind since autonomous killer robots. The campaign, led by academics Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing, argues that the development of sex robots should be stopped …

Customer Service

5 silly new words in the Oxford dictionary that could come in handy

Slide 1 of 7<p>“Grexit” is an easy one. Anybody who’s frequented MarketWatch lately knows all too well that catchy mash-up is a word for the potential …

‘Just Being Human Doesn’t Give You a Right to Live’: Singer Sums Up Pro-Abortion Philosophy

by Hilary White on Aug 20, 2012 in Contraception & Abortion, Featured<p>“Membership of the species <i>Homo sapiens</i> is not enough to confer a right to …

Princeton University

MAPPED: The most popular curse words in America, according to Twitter

Forensic Linguist Jack Grieve recently published a set of maps displaying the popularity of various curse words on Twitter in different parts of the country.<p>Grieve used roughly 9 billion geo-coded tweets collected by Diansheng Guo in 2013-14 and funded by Digging into Data to create the maps, …

How Google Could Rig the 2016 Election

Google has the ability to drive millions of votes to a candidate with no one the wiser.<p>America’s next president could be eased into office not just by TV ads or speeches, but by Google’s secret decisions, and no one—except for me and perhaps a few other obscure researchers—would know how this was …

SEO

“People know next to nothing about Reconstruction”: The pernicious Civil War revisionism poisoning American history students

<b>(AP/David Goldman)</b><p>“Reconstruction” author Eric Foner talks Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and what’s become of the GOP<p>Eric Foner<p>August 20, 2015 9:48pm (UTC)<p>The new issue of <i>Jacobin</i>, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Union victory and emancipation, is out now. Subscribe today to get a copy …

Political Science