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7 massive misconceptions you have about communism (and capitalism)

Most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is total nonsense. Here’s a clearer picture<p>As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is …

Our dangerous new McCarthyism: Russia, Noam Chomsky and what the media’s not telling you about the new Cold War

Perverse, diabolical obsession: Policy cliques in D.C. have no intention of desisting in this war until they win it<p>It is time to attempt that hardest of things—to see ourselves for who we are, to see what it is we are doing and what is being done to us.<p>Two things prompt the thought. We have the …

The Absurdity of Infinity: Astrophysicist Janna Levin Explains Whether the Universe Is Infinite or Finite in Letters to Her Mother

“The simpler the insight, the more profound the conclusion.”<p>In 1998, while on the cusp of becoming one of the most significant theoretical cosmologists of our time, mathematician-turned-astrophysicist <b>Janna Levin</b> left her post at Berkeley and moved across the Atlantic for a prestigious position at …

Alice In Wonderland

He’s not suddenly Paul Krugman: Let’s not morph Obama into Elizabeth Warren quite yet

Populist State of the Union with a fiery tone has liberals excited. They’d be wise to remember Obama’s true nature<p>Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech capped an epic political makeover. In two months he went from the living avatar of the political and economic establishment to a self-styled …

U.S.-China solar trade war: SolarWorld case is bad for green jobs.

Solar power is an environmentalist’s dream, but for decades it was too expensive to be practical. In the past few years, that has finally been …

Archaeology of alcohol: Ancient beer, wine, mead, some made at Dogfish Head.

<i>This article originally appeared in</i> New Scientist.<p><i>Resurrecting ancient beers and wines is a subtle alchemy, but Patrick McGovern knows all the</i> …

These are lies the New York Times wants you to believe about Russia

Our sanctions caused Russia’s downturn. They protect Big Oil, the well-connected, and make the world more dangerous<p>You can look at the Russian economy two ways now and you should. So let’s: It is an important moment in the destruction of something and the construction of something else, and we had …

Thomas Piketty is right: Income inequality is holding us back

Two leading economists examine how the wealth divide is especially harmful to the job market<p><i>Barry Z. Cynamon, currently Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and Steven M. Fazzari, Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis, are researchers on consumer</i> …

Google’s secret NSA alliance: The terrifying deals between Silicon Valley and the security state

<b>Cover detail of "@War" by Shane Harris</b><p>Inside the high-level, complicated deals — and the rise of a virtually unchecked surveillance power<p>Shane Harris<p>November 16, 2014 11:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “@WAR: The Rise of the Military-Internet Complex”<p>In mid-December 2009, engineers at Google’s …

Quantum Computers Animated

Conquer Insomnia In 6 Weeks? There’s An App For That–And It Could Change Your Life

There’s plenty of science behind Sleepio, now available on iOS 8, but it’s an animated professor that brings users back for weekly sessions.<p>When Peter Hames complained to doctors about his insomnia, they responded by pulling out a prescription pad. Then came the inevitable: more sleeping pills.<p>But …

Yes, it's official, men are from Mars and women from Venus, and here's the science to prove it

In his fascinating new book the developmental biologist Lewis Wolpert argues that there is actually hard science behind many of our stereotypical gender roles<p>In My Fair Lady Professor Higgins sings a song about the difference between the sexes, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” It comes from …

Psychology

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Singularity

Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously | Threat Level

Edward Snowden has made us painfully aware of the government's sweeping surveillance programs over the last year. But a new program, currently being …