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Arguments about (paradoxical) arguments

As regular readers know, I understand paradoxes to be a particular type of argument. In particular, a paradox is an argument:<p>That begins with</i> …

Scientists Create a New Form of Matter That Breaks Laws of Physics

A new kind of matter – dubbed a “time crystal” – has been created by two teams of scientists in a feat once considered theoretically impossible. …

Quantum Mechanics

Why String Theory May Be the Key to Uncovering A "Theory of Everything"

Life, the Universe, and Everything<p>A central goal that modern physicists share is finding a single theory that can explain the entire universe and …

Panpsychism is a crazy theory about consciousness — and it's probably true

Common sense tells us that only living things have an inner life. Rabbits and tigers and mice have feelings, sensations, and experiences; tables and …

Quantum Mechanics

Engineers Have Made A Robot That's Controlled by Brainwaves

A highly decorated young engineer, Marita Cheng, has developed an ingenious, easy to use robot that can help the disabled gain enhanced mobility. …

Why You and the Universe Are One - By Deepak Chopra, MD and Menas Kafatos, PhD.

It takes a lot to overturn the accepted view of reality, but it doesn’t take a lot to begin. The accepted view of reality holds that human beings …

Consciousness

Harvard Researchers Have Found the Source of Human Consciousness

What is human consciousness and where does it come from? Throughout the ages, some of our greatest minds have probed this question, and struggled to …

What Are Colours?

Thanks to John Schwenkler for the invitation to write about my book, <i>A Naïve Realist Theory of Colour</i> (Oxford University Press, 2016).Colours are a …

Limitless Pill NZT-48: Do Smart Drugs Like NZT Exist in Real Life?

If you were hoping to pop a capsule and dominate life in 2018, you’re not alone. Things would be a lot easier if success and wealth came in a …

The Brain

Is Consciousness an Illusion?

In the current issue of the <i>Journal of Consciousness Studies</i>, Keith Frankish argues that consciousness is an illusion -- or at least that "phenomenal …

Consciousness

Epistemology: How do you Know that you Know what you Know?

<b>The role of perception in knowledge</b>It is hard to imagine a world that exists outside of what we can perceive. In the effort to get through each day …

Consciousness

This simple 10-3-2-1-0 formula could make your days more productive

Better sleep and more productivity during the day could be just around the corner using this very simple technique<p>Finding peace and quiet in today’s 24-hour society can be tricky but a simple technique could help boost your productivity, it is claimed.<p>The 10-3-2-1-0 formula can help you sleep …

Time Management

The Truth Behind Serbia's Notorious Witchcraft Subculture

Vlach magic is an integral part in everyday life in eastern Serbia, but the country's mainstream media has linked the practice to mass killings and crime across the country. Is there any truth to those claims?<p>In Serbia, a small subculture of people living in remote villages practice what's known as …

Subculture

How an Aspiring New York Fashion Mogul Became a Serial Killer

Called "Son of Sal" by his neighbors on Staten Island, Salvatore Perrone targeted three shopkeepers in Brooklyn for brutal slayings.<p>Salvatore Perrone, the man called "Son of Sal" by neighbors and who prosecutors said targeted shopkeepers in Brooklyn, was convicted of three counts of second-degree …

Crime

Your Life Will Be Better if You Give Up Your Phone

I believe in the power of technology and my understanding of culture is rooted in the internet, yet by not having an iPhone, I feel exempt from everyone else's bullshit.<p>It feels like a cliché to even ask, but has any piece of technology since the television transformed our lives more quickly and …

Mobile Technology

I Drilled a Hole in My Own Skull to Stay High Forever

Joe Mellen is a 76-year-old former beatnik who turned on, tuned in, dropped out, and used an electric drill to make a hole in his skull.<p>"This is the story of how I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high."<p>As far as opening lines to memoirs go, they don't come much more compelling …

Woodworking

I Asked an Expert to Explain How I Could Get Out from Under My Mountain of Student Loan Debt

I'm over $100,000 in the hole, and thanks to interest my debt pile keeps getting bigger. Is there anything I can do?<p>Student loan debt is a fucking scourge. It leaves countless recent college grads struggling to keep their heads above water while simultaneously trying to find steady employment, and …

Personal Finance

7 Powerful Habits Of Insanely Creative People

When it comes to creativity and success, have you ever wondered what sets certain individuals apart from others? While much is dependent on intrinsic …

Creativity

Here's What You Should Do if You're Buried Under Private Student-Loan Debt

According to an expert who calls himself "The Get Out of Debt Guy," sometimes the best option is declaring bankruptcy or defaulting on them.<p>It's safe to say that when 40 million Americans are saddled with about $1.4 trillion in student debt, it constitutes a crisis. Astronomically high tuition …

Personal Finance

How to Turn Your Worthless College Degree into a Job in the Music Industry

Believe it or not, there are jobs in music besides being a musician. We talked to more than 20 people in the industry to find out how they got to where they are.<p><i>Image by Alex Cook</i><p>Congratulations, graduates! You've earned your degree, stepped out for one last wistful toss of the Frisbee, and …

Employment

What If One Country Achieves the Singularity First?

The possibility of a nationalistic singularity poses some scary ethical questions.<p>​<i>Zoltan Istvan is a futurist, author of The Transhumanist Wager, and founder of and presidential candidate for the Transhumanist Party. He writes an occasional column for Motherboard in which he ruminates on the</i> …

Singularity

This Music Video From Singapore Is Un Un Un Un Unbelievable

Fair warning: the music accompanying this video is <i>un un un un unbelievable</i>.<p>It <i>will</i> be stuck in your head for the rest of the day, and when you close your eyes tonight, there may be no solace in sleep, either.<p>The delightfully odd clip comes from "Spouse for House," a TV sitcom in Singapore.<p>If you …

Music Videos

Naturally High: My Quest to Experience Different Realms Without Psychedelic Drugs

For the past year, I've set out to find natural ways of feeling trippy shit through alternative experiences.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>As a committed pothead, I've recently noticed that the wondrous, mystical wavelengths, which would arise in my brain like bubbles in a …

Iggy Pop

Fighting for Facial Scars in Germany’s Secret Fencing Frats

The secret duels are all that remain of a once widespread practice called "Mensur."<p>"First, they cover the pictures, because the blood can go all over," Hans began. "I saw a lot of duels, and fuck, there's a lot of blood." Fearing reprisals, Hans, a student, insisted on using a fake name. He …

Motorsport

Feeling Dirty? We Know How To Make You A Real Lady (Or Lord)

Need something to lord over your friends? How about a royal-sounding title in front of your name?<p>The HuffPost Weird News team became real Lords and Ladies this week, and all it took was buying a square-foot plot in Scotland for $50. Stephen Rossiter of Highland Titles sat down for the HuffPost …

Neighbors from hell. Huntington Beach, CA.

Extreme Sports

Look At This 29-Year-Old Virgin

This is Patrick.<p>Patrick is a very large, very old wombat who lives at a wildlife preserve in Ballarat, Australia.<p>At 29 years old, poor Patrick is also a virgin.<p>He came out of the womb-at a time when life was simpler. Now, as a young adult, our boy is having trouble looking for that special someone …

Brazil

Robotic printer paints portrait of artist in his own blood

Artist Ted Lawson has created a robotic printer that uses his own blood as ink for a nude self-portrait.<p>It has begun: an artist has given a robot a taste of human blood.<p>Brooklyn-based Ted Lawson (website NSFW) has created Ghost in the Machine (blood robot selfie), a robotic printer that uses human …