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A philosopher explains America’s “post-truth” problem

“We can never really be post-truth.”<p>The president of the United States is a serial liar.<p>In May, the Washington Post created a tally of Trump’s false or misleading claims. The number they found was 3,001, which averages out to roughly six lies or half-lies each day in office. That number has climbed …

Fake News

What's The Best Workout To Help You Wake Up In The Morning? The Scientific 7-Minute Workout Can Give You A Surprising Boost

If mornings aren't your jam, and you hit snooze eleventy-million times before diving head first into a pot of dark roast, you probably don't have a …

Exercise

The White Nationalists Are Winning

Fox News anchors and high-profile politicians are now openly pushing the racism of the alt-right. The fringe movement’s messages have permeated the mainstream Republican Party.<p>The year since the white-supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been difficult for the rogues’ …

Rights & Freedoms

See Albert Camus’ Historic Lecture, “The Human Crisis,” Performed by Actor Viggo Mortensen

Back in 2016, New York City staged a month-long festival celebrating Albert Camus' historic visit to NYC in 1946. One event in the festival featured …

Audiobooks

We analyzed every QAnon post on Reddit. Here’s who QAnon supporters actually are.

The QAnon subreddit, analyzed with data.<p>Late on a recent Thursday night, a Reddit user posted a comment in a forum (or subreddit) devoted to the game Magic: The Gathering about how the company that makes the game is hiring with diversity in mind — and how that was ruining the quality of its …

Donald Trump

Yuval Noah Harari: ‘The idea of free information is extremely dangerous’

Yuval Noah Harari is an Israeli historian who has written two bestsellers: <i>Sapiens</i>, which examined the course of early human history, and <i>Homo Deus</i>, which speculated on where we might be heading as a post-human species. His new book, <i>21 Lessons for the 21st Century</i>, is an exploration of the …

Fake News

How I Got Sucked Into the Alternative Universe of QAnon

Along with everyone else online who spends too much time wallowing in political news, I spent my Tuesday morning reading about QAnon, the operatic …

QAnon

Women in Philosophy: Ask a Senior Woman Philosopher about Social Media

The Women in Philosophy Series at the APA Blog is beginning a new mini-series, Ask A Woman Philosopher, in which senior women philosophers will …

Social Media

What's going on with Donald Trump? Psychologist explains the president’s lies, reversals

Trump's lies and reversals are not due to mental illness but because he reacts to people and situations in the moment, with no thought of future or past.<p>When I saw CNN’s Jake Tapper suddenly blurt out, “What the hell is going on?” in an online video the other day, I thought I’d better speak up.<p>Like …

Donald Trump

The 14 Best Calorie-Burning Exercises, Ranked In Order of Effectiveness

What does the science say about the best way to burn?<p>If you’re dedicating valuable time in your day to a staying in shape, you want to know it’s actually worth your time, right? You’ve probably heard some people say cardio is the ultimate calorie-burner, while others swear by weight lifting—so what …

Exercise

If Trump Is Laundering Russian Money, Here’s How It Works

For Donald Trump, there was the purchase of the $12.6 million Scottish estate and the $79.7 million for golf courses in the United Kingdom, not to …

Corruption

Researchers find quantum 'Maxwell's demon' may give up information to extract work

That we can get energy from information on a macroscopic scale was most famously illustrated in a thought experiment known as Maxwell's Demon. The …

Quantum Physics

Three Recent Books On Physics And Philosophy

One of the evergreen topics in my social-media circles has to do with the relationship between physics and philosophy, which generally comes up in the form of accusations that physicists are too dismissive of philosophy. This may be an indication that I need to get out more.<p>The interaction of …

Here Are 16 New Tips for Shaming and Harassing Trump's Goon Squad – Relatives, Friends, Trolls – Anywhere You Can, While You Still Can

Trump's remaining supporters aren't just living in a bubble. They’re a rolling fortress encircled by trump-card landmines, crushing and detonating …

Framing

Evolutionary algorithm outperforms deep-learning machines at video games - MIT Technology Review

With all the excitement over neural networks and deep-learning techniques, it’s easy to imagine that the world of computer science consists of little …

Deep Learning

Zen and the Art of a Higher Education

WITHIN HOURS of Robert Pirsig’s death at age 88 in April 2017, newspapers and internet outlets began announcing the passing of a philosophical enigma …

Higher Education

White evangelicals fear the future and yearn for the past. Of course Trump is their hero.

White evangelicals saw in Donald Trump a president who could help them in their fight against diversity, abortion and the shrinking role of religion.<p>Donald Trump is about to name his second conservative Supreme Court justice now that Anthony Kennedy is retiring. Conservative evangelicals are …

Donald Trump

The Brits Told Us the Russians Were Hacking Our Election

To the British eavesdroppers who uncovered Russia’s hack of Democratic headquarters, it looked like Watergate all over again. But no one in the US …

How To Find The Summer Constellations (360° Video)

View on a Chrome browser or in the YouTube app to see 360 on mobile.<p>Once, the sky was full of stories. Ancient cultures filled the heavens with heroes and monsters, and spent nights telling epics and memorizing patterns in the stars.<p>These days, the stars are a little less familiar. Our skies are …

Astronomy

30 years later, deniers are still lying about Hansen’s amazing global warming prediction | Dana Nuccitelli

Thirty years ago, James Hansen testified to Congress about the dangers of human-caused climate change. In his testimony, Hansen showed the results of his 1988 study using a climate model to project future global warming under three possible scenarios, ranging from ‘business as usual’ heavy …

A school of thought: why British pupils should study philosophy | Peter Worley

French-style questions would give students a space to learn intellectual responsibility and how to think for themselves<p>Does culture make us more human? Is desire a mark of imperfection? To prove an injustice, do you need to know what is just? These were some of questions French high-school students …

Fake News

People Can’t Stop Reading This Professor’s Trump-Russia Theories

Donald Trump’s presidency is often compared to a TV show. Season 1 started with the election and ended with the firing of James Comey and John …

Trump was sustained through 2008 real estate crash by all-cash transactions from Russian oligarchs

McClatchy documents a flurry of all-cash sales that Donald Trump made directly to oligarchs, mobsters, and Putin-allies in Russian and former Soviet …

How did Germans see Nazism? Not as we see it. Habituation, confusion, distraction, self-interest, fear, rationalization, and a sense of personal powerlessness made terrible things possible

How did Germans see Nazism? Not as we see it. Habituation, confusion, distraction, self-interest, fear, rationalization, and a sense of personal …

It's Become Impossible for Republicans to Deny Their Party Is Racist

Stop acting shocked that a Confederate-loving candidate won in Virginia's primary.<p>When Corey Stewart won the Virginia Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, the reaction from some corners of the GOP was shock and dismay that the party had nominated an overt white nationalist for such an important …

This Is Why Trump Won

Drew Magary on why calls for decorum from Robert De Niro and Samantha Bee are delusional.<p>On Wednesday, MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff got to tour a former Walmart turned detention facility—a prison, really—for immigrant children, many of whom have been forcibly separated from their parents by …

Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 133

Home <b>›</b> Plato's Suggestions <b>›</b> <b>Plato’s reading suggestions, episode 133</b><p><i>on</i> June 1, 2018 • ( 45 )<p>Here it is, our regular Friday diet of suggested readings …

Aristotle’s ethics of virtue offers a flexible philosophy for the 21st century. Yet few people read him today. The problem: his academese

Aristotle’s ethics of virtue offers a flexible philosophy for the 21st century. Yet few people read him today. The problem: his academeseContinue …

Here's How Higher Education Was Destroyed in 5 Basic Steps

Higher education is not what it used to be, and that's no accident.A few years back, Paul E. Lingenfelter began his report on the defunding of public …

Meet the Economist Behind the One Percent’s Stealth Takeover of America

Nobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions.Ask people to name the key minds that …