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Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Yes, really. Sci-fi technology that can float objects in mid-air like magic could become reality.<p>Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the …

Are there true philosophical theories that we cannot believe?

Few philosophical theories are so hard to believe that no philosopher has ever defended them. But at least one theory is.<p>Suppose that you think lying …

Ethnography

What's 'Hume’s guillotine' in Philosophy

Also known as Hume’s law or the is-ought problem, this refers to the observation that many thinkers derive prescriptive moral statements (about how …

What is the value of rationality, and why does it matter?

Rationality is a widely discussed term. Economists and other social scientists routinely talk about rational agents making rational choices in light …

This is why Facebook arguments don’t work—according to science

Next time you’re inclined to spend hours arguing with a Facebook friend, or even a stranger, in the comments of a post, take a moment to close your …

The 19 Women Who Accused President Trump of Sexual Misconduct

The "Weinstein effect" continues to roil the nation’s power centers. But the allegations against the president have largely stayed in the background.<p>It’s been two months since the reckoning began. In early October, <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>The New Yorker</i> first published the alarming accounts of women …

Donald Trump

Pennsylvania lawmaker calls fellow rep gay after he touched his arm

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A Pennsylvania lawmaker is under fire after insinuating that a fellow state representative was gay for touching his arm during a committee meeting.<p>The incident, captured on a video feed, took place during a state government committee meeting in the Pennsylvania House of …

CNN

This Simple Philosophical Puzzle Shows How Difficult It Is to Know Something - Facts So Romantic

<i>What is knowledge? Well, thinkers for thousands of years had more or less taken one definition for granted: Knowledge is “justified true belief.” But</i> …

Mathematics

Atheism and Agnosticism

[Revised entry by Paul Draper on August 2, 2017. Changes to: 0] The purpose of this entry is to explore how atheism and agnosticism are related to …

Stanford University

There's Actually a Reason Characters Always Drink Milk in Movies

Not just because it's creepy.<p>Of all the many brilliant set pieces in <i>Inglourious Basterds</i>, the most memorable scene in the movie involves Christoph Waltz enjoying a fresh glass of milk. Maybe you found it unsettling, or even gross, and didn't know why—the way he happily chugs the glass down, smacks …

Christoph Waltz