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Proof of the Soul

I was brushing my teeth yesterday when it suddenly occurred to me that proof of the soul--the much maligned intangible essence that far too many scientists, materialists and behavioral psychologists like to marginalize as "brain epiphenomenon"--was staring me right in the face.<p>In fact, my face had …

Unveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep Learning

In a recent <i>Scientific American</i> article entitled “Springtime for AI: The Rise of Deep Learning,” computer scientist Yoshua Bengio explains why complex …

“There is just no such thing as God”: A physicist searches for meaning in the natural world

Why are we here? What is our purpose? Only science holds the answers, argues “The Big Picture” author Sean Carroll<p>It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist Sean Carroll says: There is just no such thing as God, or ghosts, or human souls that reside outside …

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Prof Brian Cox: 'There’s a naivety in saying there is no God’

Professor Brian Cox talks about religion, alien life and the Reithian ideals behind his new TV series<p>Once he was a scientist who used to be a rockstar, now he’s a rockstar scientist. So successful have his TV programmes become that Professor Brian Cox is more in the limelight now than he ever was …

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Mexican hats and a metastable universe

Economic announcements, such as interest rate changes or profit warnings, are often discounted by stock markets, meaning that their expected effects are already accounted for in share prices. This can lead to the strange spectacle of an announced increase in profits causing a drop in share price …

Solve for Standing Ovation: Should AI Researchers Bother Building a TED-Bot?

The latest XPrize is, without a doubt, the strangest XPrize so far.<p>It’s called the A.I. XPrize <i>presented by</i> TED, a name that seems to say it all, but doesn’t quite. As announced last week, the competition is “a modern-day Turing test to be awarded to the first A.I. to walk or roll out on stage and …

Strong Link Established Between Trust and Intelligence

If you don't trust this study's conclusions, you must not be smart. (Joking.)<p>Conventional wisdom has a few things to say about trusting strangers--all things being equal, it isn't generally considered a wise thing to do. Perhaps surprisingly, then, new research has found a strong link between …

Gravitational waves discovery: 'We have a first tantalising glimpse of the cosmic birth pangs'

The sighting came from a small telescope on the roof of a laboratory sat on the ice sheet three quarters of a mile from the geographic South Pole. First came the rumours. But then researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics went public. Their telescope had spotted indirect …