Eugene Wei

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The Unbearable Whiteness of La La Land

Near the middle of Damien Chazelle’s recent movie musical, <i>La La Land</i>, Emma Stone’s character Mia wonders if her proposed one-woman show is too …

La La Land

An Interview with Martin Scorsese

On December 23, Paramount will release <i>Silence</i>, Martin Scorsese’s long-awaited film about the persecution of Christians in 17th-century Japan, based …

Christianity

How ‘Advantage Players’ Game the Casinos

On Flamingo Road in Las Vegas, James Grosjean sat at a steel table outside a Starbucks. In the near distance stood a sign for a local casino, the Palms, where he has been shown the door more than once. Being run out of casinos is an occupational hazard for Grosjean, a professional gambler who …

Casinos

Trump, Twitter and the Art of His Deal

A few weeks after the election of Donald J. Trump, pundits with their eyes glued to Twitter believed they’d finally deciphered the master plan behind the president-elect’s tweeting. Every time he detonated a culture-war bomb on Twitter, they suspected, it was a sly bid to divert the public eye from …

Social Media

America, America

By Jonathan Kirshner “Appalled by the state of affairs, realizing the greatness and the nearness of the danger . . . and thinking, as men are apt to …

Democracy

Mathematical Model Reveals the Patterns of How Innovations Arise

The work could lead to a new approach to the study of what is possible, and how it follows from what already exists.<p>Innovation is one of the driving …

Innovation

Go Wet, Young Man

Following the election of Donald Trump, some Americans are asking whether they should move to Canada. Yet a more radical idea is re-emerging as a vehicle for political liberty, namely seasteading. That's the founding of new and separate governance units on previously unoccupied territory, possibly …

Cruise Ships

Unrecognised simplicities of effective action #1: expertise and a quadrillion dollar business

<b>Introduction</b><p>This series of blogs considers:<p>*<p><b>Summary of the big big problem</b><p>The investor Peter Thiel (founder of PayPal and Palantir, early investor in …

How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games - Issue 44: Luck

On Sept. 16, 2007, a Japanese YouTuber who goes by the handle “Computing Aesthetic” uploaded a forty-eight-second-long video with the deafening …

Gambling

The Risk of Discovery

January 2017<p>Because biographies of famous scientists tend to edit out their mistakes, we underestimate the degree of risk they were willing to take. …

Marc Andreessen

Milton Friedman's Cherished Theory Is Laid to Rest

When you’re wrong, you’re wrong, no matter how famous and respected you might be as a scientist. Albert Einstein was wrong about quantum mechanics. Linus Pauling was wrong about the structure of DNA. And Milton Friedman was wrong about the permanent income hypothesis. But unlike with the first two …

Economics

How to Use Secret Netflix Codes to Unlock Hidden Movie Categories

Netflix may be stocked with fewer movies than it was a few years ago, but there's still more than enough content to feel completely paralyzed by its …

Entertainment

Edge.org

Every human—not excepting scientists—bears the whole stamp of the human condition. This includes evolved neural programs specialized for navigating …

Seals

The Elements of Style

Robert Bresson's cinematic philosophy<p>Dennis Lim<p>Robert Bresson's <i>Notes on the Cinematograph</i> holds a special place on the small shelf of books about …

Filmmaking

How Japan resists the populist tide

After December’s No vote in the Italian referendum, the rise of Donald Trump and the British vote to leave the EU, it appears that the political …

Japan

Alexander Litvinenko: the man who solved his own murder

This week, the inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko will deliver its findings. The former Russian spy was poisoned with a cup of tea in a London hotel. Working with Scotland Yard detectives, as he lay dying, he traced the lethal substance to a former comrade in the Russian secret …

Isaac Asimov Asks, “How Do People Get New Ideas?”

Note from Arthur Obermayer, friend of the author:<p><i>In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT</i> …

Science Fiction

Edge.org

The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that in an isolated system (one that is not taking in energy), entropy never decreases. (The First Law is …

Thermodynamics

NYC's brand new subway is the most expensive in the world — that's a problem

Today, New York City is celebrating the opening of the first phase of the Second Avenue Subway, a project that’s been anticipated for nearly a century and that’s sorely needed to relieve overcrowding on the Lexington Avenue lines and to extend access to some very densely populated neighborhoods. …

New York City

Leia Organa: A Critical Obituary

Leia Organa, the politician and revolutionary who led the defeat of the Galactic Empire, died after a short illness. She was 60 years old. Hers was a …

Darth Vader

Apple’s 2016 in review

This has been the winter of our discontent. 2016 was the year the tone changed. There’s always been a lot of criticism and griping about anything …

Customers

Startups, Secrets, and Abductive Reasoning

<i>Guest post by</i> <i>Joseph Kelly</i><i>.</i><i>But we must conquer the truth by guessing, or not at all.</i> <i>—</i><i> CS Peirce</i>An early episode at at my last company demonstrated one …

Product Management

From Tape Drives to Memory Orbs, the Data Formats of Star Wars Suck (Spoilers) | Motherboard

<i>Rogue One</i> is a great addition to the Star Wars universe because it takes a glaringly stupid plot mechanism—the exhaust port vulnerability in the Death Star—and attributes it to an architect’s sabotage. One of the dumbest things about the Star Wars franchise then becomes something sad, poignant, and …

Science Fiction

How To Be Good

What makes me the same person throughout my life, and a different person from you? And what is the importance of these facts?I believe that most of us have false beliefs about our own nature, and our identity over time, and that, when we see the truth, we ought to change some of our beliefs about …

Better Road, Grumpier Drivers and the Logic of Discontent

As a $1.6 billion project to widen Interstate 405 in Southern California ends, it is becoming evident that this infrastructure program is not improving the flow of traffic for the typical resident. Some observers even are suggesting that congestion now may be worse than before. True or not, that …

Business

The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does

<i>This interview is from the New Statesman's Christmas issue. Take advantage of our special offers and get a subscription for yourself or a loved one</i> …

Politics

Holy Wars

Secularism and the invention of religionJames G. ChappelApril 25, 2016 <i><br>“The Separation of Church and State,”</i> Le Rire<i>, May 20, 1905</i> <i>Relativism and</i> …

Big Ideas

Hagiography Gone Wrong

When historians look back and wonder how we got into this shitty mess (assuming there are still historians), there will be one thing Obama did very, …

Middle-class

Wreckage: the culture war

Both sides of the culture war now believe they are losing.Both sides are wrong: they lost decades ago.We all lost.You don’t need me to tell you that …