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Between holism and reductionism: a philosophical primer on emergence

Ever since Darwin a great deal of the conceptual history of biology may be read as a struggle between two philosophical positions: reductionism and …

100 years ago African-Americans marched down 5th Avenue to declare that black lives matter

The only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The women and …

Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child

Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Now a new book questions our fixation with IQ and says adults can help almost any child become gifted<p>Join us on <b>Thursday 3 August</b> for an online Q&A looking at what parents and teachers can do to boost children’s brainpower<p>When Maryam Mirzakhani died at …

Nobel Prize

Let’s Talk About Suicide

Chester Bennington, the lead singer of the band Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday in his home near Los Angeles. The coroner’s office has confirmed that the 41-year-old died of suicide. That’s something I — and so many millions of other Americans suffering from mental illness — have considered.<p>…

Rick Perry's claim that renewable energy threatens the stability of the US power grid is ludicrous

Recent statements from Washington suggest that grid reliability will be threatened if old power plants using coal continue to be replaced by modern power plants using natural gas, wind power, and solar power. This is simply not true.<p>In April, energy secretary Rick Perry ordered a study on the …

When Will AI Be Better Than Humans at Everything? 352 AI Experts Answer

Predictions of when machines will make us obsolete seem to come either from AI evangelists or doom-mongers with little practical experience of the …

The GOP Is No Longer A 'Conservative' Party

They've become radical, and they want to remake America.<p>To most Americans, “conservative” is interchangeable with “Republican Party.” After all, the GOP has usually been the more conservative side of a two-party system for a century. We also tend to understand who a conservative is based on the …

Paul Ryan

Maybe We’ve Been Thinking About the Productivity Slump All Wrong

American businesses are doing a terrible job at making their workers more productive.<p>Productivity growth is the weakest it has been since the early 1980s — only 0.8 percent a year over the last half a decade, compared with 2.3 percent on average from 1947 to 2007. This is the root cause of slow …

No One Knows Why Sperm Counts Are Plummeting

Fears of a real-life 'Handmaid's Tale' are 'valid.'<p>In just 38 years, the sperm count of the average Western dude has been cut in half.<p>That’s a “very …

Elon Musk dismisses Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of AI threat as ‘limited’

Someone get Bezos on the line, there’s tech billionaire beef on Twitter<p>The war between AI and humanity may be a long way off, but the war between tech billionaire and tech billionaire is only just beginning. Today on Twitter, Elon Musk dismissed Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of the threat posed …

Mark Zuckerberg

Antidepressants linked to murders and murderous thoughts

Antidepressants have been linked to 28 reports of murder and 32 cases of murderous thoughts, in cases referred to the UK medicines regulator over the past 30 years, a BBC investigation has discovered.<p>The pills, known as Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) which includes common drugs …

Britain to ban sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans from 2040

Plans follow French commitment to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on people’s health<p>Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health.<p>The commitment, which …

Judiciary

Climate change scientists 'very worried' Greenland ice sheet might start to melt 'faster and faster'

Scientists are “very worried” that the Greenland ice sheet might start to melt “faster and faster”, a leading scientist has said.<p>The problem is that …

Global Warming

Enver Hoxha: The Iron Fist of Albania by Blendi Fevziu review – the People’s Republic tyrant

Hoxha proclaimed Albania the world’s first atheist state, and oversaw much economic progress, but adopted the practices of autocracy – purges, torture and executions<p>In 1973, when Enver Hoxha’s dictatorship was at its peak, I slipped into Europe’s most isolated country masquerading as a university …

Anger at plan to let Chinese police patrol in Hong Kong

Critics say mini-constitution would be contravened by Chinese officers controlling part of new high-speed rail station and enforcing mainland law<p>A Hong Kong government plan to lease part of a new high-speed rail station to China and allow Chinese police to enforce mainland laws has sparked new …

Qatar blockade: US urges Gulf states to ease restrictions

<b>US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says Gulf countries must ease the blockade on Qatar, which is accused by Arab neighbours of funding terrorism.</b><p>Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.<p>Mr Tillerson said the blockade was …

Writers recommend great books you've (probably) never heard of

A new book app is challenging the notion that reading “well” necessarily means falling back on the same old classics, from Trollope to Tolstoy. Each week, Alexi, a “digital book club”, turns to writers for inspiration, asking them to rout out hidden gems which are then offered to members to read on …

193 nations urge action to protect oceans _ with US protest

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The 193 U.N. member nations issued an urgent call for action Friday to reverse the decline in the health and productivity of …

Can We Copy the Brain?

Intensive efforts to re-create human cognition will transform the way we work, learn, and play<p>1. A Unique Machine<p>Trying to create consciousness may …

Emmanuel Macron’s Amateur Politicians Are Poised to Remake French Parliament

ST.-JACUT-DE-LA-MER, France — The unmistakable candidate stood out during a campaign stop in a traditional Breton seaside village. “Ah, it’s you!” a middle-aged woman called out excitedly as he worked potential voters at the market — as if it could be anybody else.<p>Hervé Berville — tall, gaunt and …

Iranian Kurds Likely Responsible for ISIS Attacks in Tehran

If confirmed, the news could represent a larger movement of Sunni Iranian Kurds attempting to overtake predominantly-Shiite Iran.<p>In the wake of two deadly terrorist attacks that targeted the Iranian Parliament and the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran, security sources have pointed to Iranian Kurds …

Saudi Arabia

Qatar crisis: Germany seeks to bridge rift with Arab states

<b>Germany has called for diplomatic efforts to resolve a growing crisis over Qatar, which is accused by four Arab neighbours of funding terrorism.</b><p>Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain cut travel and diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday.<p>Speaking after hosting his Qatari …

The App That Does Nothing

A fake social network might be the only thing your smartphone needs.<p>Binky is an app that does everything an app is expected to do. It’s got posts. It’s got likes. It’s got comments. It’s got the infinitely scrolling timeline found in all social apps, from Facebook to Twitter, Instagram to …

Nasa unveils visionary Mars rover which could be future of transport on Red Planet

It looks like the futuristic space truck from Ridley Scott’s film Prometheus but this is Nasa’s visionary new Mars rover which could one day provide transport for manned missions to the Red Planet.<p>The giant six-wheeled concept vehicle was unveiled at Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex this …

This we know: there’s no majority for a hard Brexit | Anne Perkins

Brexit talks are due to take off in less than a fortnight. But May’s strategic blunder of calling an unwanted, unnecessary election has muddled the process<p>Early this morning, the former head of the Foreign Office Simon Fraser summed up the impact of the general election results on Brexit like this: …

Alphabet sells off 'BigDog' robot maker Boston Dynamics to Softbank

Firm acquired by Japanese company was put up for sale in early 2016 after Google’s parent company cooled on its military connections<p>Google’s parent company Alphabet has sold robotics firm Boston Dynamics to Japan’s Softbank for an undisclosed sum, over a year after putting it up for sale.<p>As part of …

The Scientist and the Fascist

How Einstein reacted to Hitler’s rise<p>In September 1930, Germany held its first national elections since the Great Crash of 1929, and the National Socialists won a stunning tally: 6,400,000 votes—10 times their total just two years before—and 107 seats. They were now the second largest party in the …

10 tools based on AI that will change your freelancing career

Is your career endangered by AI?<p><i>The development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race…. It would take off on its own, and re-design itself at an ever increasing rate. Humans, who are limited by slow biological evolution, couldn’t compete, and would be …

Artificial Intelligence

What I Learned About Love from Rereading ‘Their Eyes Were Watching God’ | Blog | American Masters | PBS

<b>By Eve Dunbar</b>, Associate Professor of English, Vassar College<p><i>[Editor’s Note: The following post is part of American Masters’ #InspiringWomanPBS</i> …

Comfort Food: The Importance of Reading Aloud as Adults

<b>1.</b><br>When I was in the third grade, my neighbor, Mrs. Cris — a 60-year-old woman with grown children — invited me and two other girls to form a weekly …