Rodrigo Niño

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Why the latest bitcoin hack should make you worried about your money

<b>(Julia Tsokur via Shutterstock)</b><p>Yes, bitcoin and virtual currency exchanges are changing the world — by showing how vulnerable we are to cybertheft<p>Angelo Young<p>August 13, 2016 8:30pm (UTC)<p>The digital currency markets repeatedly remind us of a tired but true maxim: your money is only as secure as the …

Cryptocurrency

2,300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

In 2008, neuroscientist Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Sleep and Consciousness put forward his “integrated information theory,” which is currently accepted as one of the most compelling explanations about what consciousness is.<p>One of the central claims of the …

Consciousness

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it | Richard Bentall

Patients are being shunned in the mistaken belief they have biological defects. In fact the evidence shows that most have endured traumas<p>It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled, or even worse, hurt. Last week the BBC ran a …

Mental Health

The world’s richest 62 people now have more wealth than the poorest 3.6 billion combined

So much wealth has accumulated among the world’s richest that the 62 wealthiest people on the planet now own more than the poorest 3.6 billion people, or half the planet, according to research published by Oxfam, an anti-poverty charity.<p>That ratio has become a good deal more skewed recently. In …

A Refresher Course on the Ups and Downs of LSD

Psychedelic expert Andy Roberts talks about bad trips, set and setting, and how to figure out how strong a tab is.<p>The dark web has done a good job of making previously unavailable drugs very available. It's partly for this reason that, over the past couple of years, LSD has become increasingly …

Drugs, Wanderlust and Our Innate Desire To Explore

Aldous Huxley’s Role in the History of Psychedelic Science

At the popular lifestyle blog refinery29.com an anonymous writer confesses to taking small doses of psychedelic mushrooms to prevent her migraines. An article at hipster news site vice.com reports that people are taking tiny doses of LSD to deal with work anxiety. <i>The Rolling Stone</i> claims that the …

Why Raising The Minimum Wage Probably Won't Fix Income Inequality

New research shows minimum wage decreases aren't a huge reason inequality has grown since the 1980s.<p>Does raising the minimum wage decrease income inequality?<p>On its face, the answer seems like a fairly straightforward yes. If a huge chunk of people at the bottom of the income distribution are making …

Ayahuasca: a Possible Cure for Alcoholism and Depression

Brazil is at the forefront of research into ayahuasca as a therapeutic drug.<p>Jorge* is around 60 years old, works a white collar job, has gray hair, married children, and grown grandchildren. People who work with him would never imagine that he participates in religious rituals using a mind altering …

5 Powerful Psychedelics That Reorganize the Brain and Elevate Consciousness

Psychoactive plants and hallucinogens have given us the opportunity to see life through different perspectives for thousands of years.<p>Michael …

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What if saving the economy was the easy part?

By Ylan Q. Mui<p>, Reporter<p>As the nation’s financial system teetered on the brink of collapse seven years ago, top officials at the Federal Reserve huddled inside their marbled headquarters in Washington to brainstorm what it would take to save the American economy.<p>They called it “blue-sky thinking,” …

Economy

Religion’s “creative destruction”: Millennials, the new religious “nones,” are experimenting with new forms and rituals

<b>(AP/M. Spencer Green)</b><p>Could spiritual practices like feeding the homeless and fighting injustice take the place of traditional religion?<p>Donald E. Miller<p>December 25, 2015 11:00am (UTC)<p>From the recent attack on Planned Parenthood to the shooting in San Bernardino, extremists of all stripes are …

Religion

Here’s Why You Should Start Working Less

<i>The Entrepreneur Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

'It's been devastating': former NFL players count the cost of concussion

As the Will Smith movie Concussion highlights brain injuries in America’s most popular sport a delayed health epidemic is putting the game’s future in doubt<p>George Visger sat in his truck, a prized possession since everything else was gone, but struggled to remember the model and year. “It’s, uh, a …

Going Against the Flow: Chuck Cohn, Founder & CEO of Varsity Tutors

Chuck Cohn founded Varsity Tutors in 2007 at Washington University in St. Louis. Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students with personalized instruction to accelerate academic achievement. To date, students have accessed more than 1 million hours of live instruction on the …

Startups

The 53 startups that will be huge in 2016, according to venture capitalists

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch them, guide them, hear their pitches, and fund them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which of their young or growth-stage startups did they think were going to boom in 2016.<p>We also asked them which startups …

Construction Industry

This Animated Sculpture is a Tangible Optical Illusion

This would look great on any coffee table.<p>Three students at the Köln International School of Design in Germany have a developed a new kind of animated sculpture that produces a controlled 3D zoetrope optical illusion. <i>Flux</i> displays a tangible animation that tests the eye’s perception of space and …

Sacred Knowledge: how psychedelics shaped an academic's life

William Richards’ new memoir focuses on the way psychedelics have enriched his life and fuelled his own work on ‘entheogens’ and spiritual experiences<p>In 1963, then-psychology grad student William A Richards was studying in Germany when he volunteered to take part in an experiment with psychedelics. …

What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “<p><i>“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] unique brain wiring … allowed him the opportunity to experience the world from the</i> …

10 stunning economic figures powering the Sanders insurgency

<b>(AP)</b><p>Bernie’s outsider status is ultimately beside the point. His message appeals because of runaway income inequality<p>Les Leopold<p>November 13, 2015 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Why are so many drawn to the Sanders message? It's not because he's a political outsider. (He's …

Middle-class

A New Way of Thinking About Spacetime That Turns Everything Inside Out

<i>One of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics is entanglement, because two entangled particles affecting each other across vast distances seems to</i> …

Larry Summers: Advanced economies are so sick we need a new way to think about them

By Lawrence H. Summers<p><i>Lawrence H. Summers</i><i>, the Charles W. Eliot university professor at Harvard, is a former treasury secretary and director of the National Economic Council in the White House. He is writing occasional posts, to be featured on Wonkblog, about issues of national and international</i> …

The Neuroscience of Superfluidity

Consciousness means "the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings." Since the days of René Descartes and John Locke, philosophers have …

Consciousness

Majority of Americans Don't Like Capitalism: YouGov Poll

‘The business of America’ may be business but a new YouGov poll for the Legatum Institute shows that Americans aren’t terribly fond of the financial …

Here's the dirty secret that's inflating the tech bubble

There are over 100 private companies valued at $1 billion or more.<p>This is leading a lot of people to say that we're in the middle of a big tech bubble.<p>But while those companies are richly valued, the public markets are being fairly rational — arguably even cruel — to technology companies.<p>As Sam …

Venture Capital

Title III Crowdfunding: Talking About a Revolution

What took place this morning is nothing short of revolutionary. For the first time in the history of the Securities and Exchange Commission (82 …

9 Totally Legal Substances Way More Addictive Than Marijuana

One of the biggest misconceptions about marijuana is that it is addictive in the same way that other drugs like heroin are addictive. According to …

Crowdfunding of U.S. real estate deals gains momentum

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A tipping point may be near for U.S. investors seeking to benefit from crowdfunding in real estate, an industry that is a clear winner in the early stages of raising capital for small businesses over the Internet.<p>A house under construction has a sold sign out front in the …

Crowd Funding