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Why can’t we treat mental illness by fixing the brain? – Joe Herbert

Our understanding and treatment of mental disorders is primitive. Why is that? The burden on our society is huge. A quarter of women will have an …

The deviousness of dementia

In November 2010, when I was 25 years old, I moved in with a man who was 98. This man, whom I’ll call Mr Schecter, wasn’t a friend or relation or anyone I knew. He was a Holocaust survivor in the first stages of dementia, and I’d been hired to look after him. Although my background was in clinical …

Mind

The next outbreak? We're not ready

In 2014, the world avoided a global outbreak of Ebola, thanks to thousands of selfless health workers -- plus, frankly, some very good luck. In …

Bill Gates

Immigration and America's Urban Revival

The evidence favors a hypothesis many Americans reject: Immigration has helped reduce crime and revitalize city economies.<p><i>This article appears in the</i> …

To Die of Having Lived

A neurological surgeon reflects on what patients and their families should and should not do when the end draws near<p>By Richard Rapport<p>March 1, …

Medicine

The case against equality of opportunity - Vox

It's an incoherent, impossible ideal. And if we're really going to fight inequality, it needs to be abandoned.<p>"While we don’t promise equal outcomes, we have strived to deliver equal opportunity."<p>– Barack Obama<p>"Instead of focusing on equality of outcomes, we should be focusing on equality of …

Computers are so easy that we’ve forgotten how to create – Samuel Arbesman

My family’s first computer was the Commodore VIC-20. Billed by its pitchman, <i>Star Trek</i>’s William Shatner, as the ‘wonder computer of the 1980s’, I …

The Killing Machines

How to think about drones<p><b>I. Unfairness</b><p>Consider David. The shepherd lad steps up to face in single combat the Philistine giant Goliath. Armed with only a slender staff and a slingshot, he confronts a fearsome warrior clad in a brass helmet and chain mail, wielding a spear with a head as heavy as a …

The Untold Story of Google’s Quest to Bring the Internet Everywhere—By Balloon

• Author: Steven Levy. Steven Levy Gear<br>• Date of Publication: 08.13.13. 08.13.13<br>• Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>On October 16, 2012, the …

The Myth of the Ethical Shopper - The Huffington Post

<b>There’s this video</b> that went viral earlier this year. On Berlin’s Alexanderplatz, a vending machine is selling plain white T-shirts for €2 each. Customers approach in ones and twos, insert coins, pick a size. Then, before the shirt comes out, a photo appears—a black-and-white image of rows of …

Second Chances, Social Forgiveness, and the Internet

We need the means, both technological and legal, to replace measures once woven into the fabric of communities<p>By Amitai Etzioni<p>March 1, 2009<p><i>This</i> …