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The future will be good for matchers and bad for strivers

Economist Tyler Cowen says a big part of thriving in the future will come down to attitude.<p>"Matchers gain, strivers lose," he writes in a new book, "The Complacent Class."<p>Matchers, aka enthusiasts, are people who are motivated by personal interests, whether that's record collecting, hiking, …

Success

Cognitive science concepts relevant to misinformation

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The Brain

The Coming Amnesia

[Image: Galaxy M101; full image credits].In a talk delivered in Amsterdam a few years ago, science fiction writer Alastair Reynolds outlined an …

Cosmology

Generative design software will give designers "superpowers"

Generative design tools that produce optimum forms for products and buildings without human intervention are set to transform both the physical world …

Our Miserable 21st Century

A<p>O <br>n the morning of November 8, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. To most privileged and …

Conservative POV

Crony Beliefs

<i>Credits up front: This essay draws heavily from Overcoming Bias, Less Wrong, Slate Star Codex, Robert Kurzban, Robert Trivers, Thomas Schelling, and</i> …

Critical Thinking

Who's in Charge of Our Minds? The Interpreter

One of the most fascinating discoveries of modern neuroscience is that <b>the brain is a collection of distinct modules (grouped, highly connected</b> …

Neurology

Republicans' Gerrymandering Could End Up Helping Democrats

The Tea Party wave of 2010 cost the Democrats the House, and then Republicans gerrymandered congressional districts to remain in power. But drawing districts with the intention of helping your party is an act of statistical modeling, and all models have assumptions, biases and flaws. A midterm …

Elections

Income inequality linked to export “complexity”

In a series of papers over the past 10 years, MIT Professor César Hidalgo and his collaborators have argued that the complexity of a country’s …

Equality

The Downfall Of YouTube’s Biggest Star Is A Symptom Of A Bigger Illness

The schadenfreude over YouTube star Felix Kjellberg’s sudden fall from grace overlooks a much bigger, more insidious pattern of young men testing boundaries in the angriest corners of the internet.<p><i>This essay is a guest post from the Deputy Editor at</i> <b>Screener</b><i>, a site for critical writing on</i> …

Barnes & Noble

Is Trump finished?

Not yet. But it’s hard to see how Trump can last even one term unless his top advisers take away his phone, lock him in a closet, and let him out …

Government

Behind The Rise Of The Anti-Trump Twitter Conspiracy Theorists

While the White House pushes alternative facts, anti-Trumpers and voices on the left are launching their own 140-character investigations and growing ever more conspiratorial.<p>Just after 3 a.m. last Friday morning, <i>Huffington Post</i> contributor and progressive advocate Alex Mohajer set to work on a …

Propaganda

Why Whole Foods is now struggling

Organic food has never been so popular among American consumers. Ironically, that’s bad news for the brand that made organic a household name — namely, the Austin-based Whole Foods.<p>On Wednesday, Whole Foods reported what is arguably its worst performance in a decade, announcing its sixth …

Whole Foods

Political Networking (how social networking is changing politics forever)

Social networking is changing politics, that fact should be clear by now. A simple proof: Trump wouldn't be in the White House without it.<p>But where …

Networking

Becoming better fathers

Considerations On Cost Disease

<b>I.</b><p>Tyler Cowen writes about cost disease. I’d previously heard the term used to refer only to a specific theory of why costs are increasing, involving …

Health Care

Raising the Sanity Waterline

To paraphrase the Black Belt Bayesian: Behind every exciting, dramatic failure, there is a more important story about a larger and less dramatic …

Why magic is overrated

A few days ago you all were speculating about which fictional objects you might wish to own. I was struck by how the more extravagant answers seemed …

Economics

Letters From Jacqueline Kennedy to the Man She Didn’t Marry

LONDON — In November 1967, four years after her husband’s assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy traveled to the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia on a much-publicized trip with David Ormsby Gore, a friend of her husband and himself a recent widower.<p>There was much speculation of a romantic attachment. A …

Biographies

Obsession with ending poverty is where development is going wrong

Almost all development projects focus on alleviating poverty rather than creating prosperity. This is a fundamental flaw<p>How can we alleviate extreme poverty? It’s the question that underpins the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs), and almost all development projects.<p>Because poverty almost …

Poverty

Serial Killers Should Fear This Algorithm - Bloomberg

On Aug. 18, 2010, a police lieutenant in Gary, Ind., received an e-mail, the subject line of which would be right at home in the first few scenes of …

Crime
Innovation

Why Most Published Research Findings are False

Writing in PLoS Medicine, John Ioannidis says:<p>There is increasing concern that in modern research, false findings may be the majority or even the …

Research

A Quiet Giant of Investing Weighs In on Trump

He is the most successful and influential investor you have probably never heard of. His writings are so coveted and followed by Wall Street that a used copy of a book he wrote several decades ago about investing starts at $795 on Amazon, and a new copy sells for as much as $3,500.<p>Perhaps that’s …

Wall Street

UPS drivers don’t turn left—and it saves them 10 million gallons of gas a year

It might seem strange, but UPS delivery vans don’t always take the shortest route between stops. The company gives each driver a specific route to follow and that includes a policy that drivers should never turn through oncoming traffic (that’s left in countries where they drive on the right and …

United Parcel Service

Immigrant Shock: Can California Predict the Nation’s Future?

The political ads warned that illegal immigrants were dashing, by the millions, over the Mexican border, racing to claim taxpayer-funded public services in California.<p>“They keep coming,” the announcer intoned over grainy aerial footage and a thrumming bass line. When viewed on YouTube today, these …

University of Pennsylvania

Ghost in the system: has technology ruined horror films?

Well-dwelling Samara gets streamed in Rings, an HD reboot of The Ring, yet the genre has shown that a tech update doesn’t always lead to more scares<p>Nearly 12 years after The Ring Two – and 15 years after The Ring and 19 years after Ringu, the original Japanese horror movie that inspired it – Rings …

Film (UK)

Snap2

How the White Cube Came to Dominate the Art World<p>Artsy Editorial<p>By Abigail Cain<p>In 1976, artist and critic Brian O’Doherty set the art world abuzz …

Art

The Simple Psychological Trick to Political Persuasion

Conservatives are more likely to support issues like immigration and Obamacare if the message is “morally reframed” to suit their values.<p>Ever since Donald Trump handed down his executive order temporarily halting all immigration from seven majority-Muslim nations for three months and barring …

Conservatives

TrueHoop Presents: Kawhi Leonard's strobe-light training: NBA

With 20 seconds left in the third quarter of the young season's biggest game, Gregg Popovich screams. He wants everyone out of the way so that Kawhi …

NBA