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'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

The 86-year-old social scientist says accepting the impending end of most life on Earth might be the very thing needed to help us prolong it<p>“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most …

Climate Change

Science's "Reproducibility Crisis" Is Being Used as Political Ammunition

<i>This story originally appeared on Undark and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>David Randall and Christopher Welser are unlikely authorities …

Victorian Era

Barbara Ehrenreich Urges Us to Accept, Accept the Dying of the Light

The most purely, proudly American genre of writing might be the to-do list. From Benjamin Franklin’s 13-week plan for self-optimization to young Gatsby’s daily routine (“practice elocution, poise and how to attain it”), nothing captures quite so well our essential optimism, mania for …

Immune System

The Contract With Authoritarianism

In 1994, Newt Gingrich, brandishing his Contract with America, led a Republican revolution that swept aside Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate, initiating an epoch of conservative ascendancy that lingers on. Don Sipple, a Republican campaign consultant, declared at the time that the …

Political Science

How Silicon Valley, spooks and the super rich took control of the 21st century

The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal has dominated the headlines over the past fortnight. The allegations centre around online strategies for the …

Silicon Valley

Generation Z Is Already Bored by the Internet

Today’s teens are still bored, often incredibly so. They’re just more likely to experience a new type of boredom: phone bored.<p>Teenagers today have …

Social Media

Is science broken?

A communications scholar offers an argument that science isn’t broken or in crisis and that it’s media’s job to educate people about how science …

Journalism

Say goodbye to the information age: it's all about reputation now

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the …

Flat Earth

In Praise of A.D.H.D.

Ten years ago, when my son Nicolai was 11, his doctor wanted to put him on medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “It would make him less wild,” I explained to my mother, who was then 85. “It would slow him down a bit.”<p>My mother grumbled. “Look around you,” she said in Yiddish. …

The Brain

Are research papers less accurate and truthful than in the past?

AN ESSENTIAL of science is that experiments should yield similar results if repeated. In recent years, however, some people have raised concerns that …

Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans

Jan 16, 2018<p>9 Min read time<p>We live in Philip K. Dick’s future, not George Orwell’s or Aldous Huxley’s.<p><b>This essay is featured in Global Dystopias.</b> …

Why We’re Underestimating American Collapse – Eudaimonia and Co

You might say, having read some of my recent essays, “Umair! Don’t worry! Everything will be fine! It’s not that bad!” I would look at you politely, …

Numb

It’s True: False News Spreads Faster and Wider. And Humans Are to Blame.

What if the scourge of false news on the internet is not the result of Russian operatives or partisan zealots or computer-controlled bots? What if the main problem is us?<p>People are the principal culprits, according to a new study examining the flow of stories on Twitter. And people, the study’s …

Social Media

Illuminated Signs Ironically Reveal the Antisocial Reality of Social Media

Combining photography, illustration, and computer-generated imagery, Michigan-based digital artist Mike Campau crafts eye-catching creations that force the viewer to reflect on his/her own life. In his latest series, <i>Antisocial</i>, Campau uses his artistic talents to cleverly comment on the dark side …

Welcome to the Age of Climate Migration

Extreme weather due to climate change displaced more than a million people from their homes last year. It could soon reshape the nation<p>Hurricane …

Asheville

Scientists Aim To Pull Peer Review Out Of The 17th Century

The technology that drives science forward is forever accelerating, but the same can't be said for science communication. The basic process still holds many vestiges from its early days — that is the 17th century.<p>Some scientists are pressing to change that critical part of the scientific enterprise.<p>…

Clinical Trials

Flipboard on Flipboard

Our smartphone obsession looks a lot like the obesity epidemic, MIT psychologist says<p>Chris Weller<p>When Sherry Turkle looks at how obsessed people have …

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble

layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid<p>The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been generated exclusively for me, by a software tool called …

Blockchain

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

Silicon Valley parents are raising their kids tech-free — and it should be a red flag

It's 9 a.m. in Sunnyvale, California and Minni Shahi is on her way to work at the Apple headquarters in Cupertino. Her husband, a former Googler named Vijay Koduri, is meeting his business partner at a local Starbucks to discuss their startup, a YouTube clip-making business called HashCut.<p>Shahi and …

Silicon Valley

The Tyranny of Convenience

Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today. As a driver of human decisions, it may not offer the illicit thrill of Freud’s unconscious sexual desires or the mathematical elegance of the economist’s incentives. Convenience is boring. But boring is not the …

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

Artificial Intelligence

Despite Rise in Pacific Northwest Fires, Critical Unburned Areas Remain

While increased fire activity has threatened Pacific Northwest forests, University of Idaho researchers have found a silver-lining: the proportion of …

Inside the Two Years That Shook Facebook—and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook’s employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks. His …

Social Media

“It’s not a drug, but it may as well be”: Expert opinions on whether kids are addicted to tech

Most people associate the word “addiction” with problems like gambling, alcoholism or drug abuse. But look at a child bent intently over the electric-blue glow of a smartphone, and it’s hard not to wonder whether we need to expand our definition of “addiction”.<p>The question of whether kids are …

America’s Real Digital Divide

A group of former Facebook and Google employees last week began a campaign to change the tech companies they had a hand in creating. The initiative, called Truth About Tech, aims to push these companies to make their products less addictive for children — and it’s a good start.<p>But there’s more to …

Medical Journals

What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids

Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.<p>One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn't have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.<p>But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So when I was interviewing dozens of them for my …

Parenting

Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

SAN FRANCISCO — A group of Silicon Valley technologists who were early employees at Facebook and Google, alarmed over the ill effects of social networks and smartphones, are banding together to challenge the companies they helped build.<p>The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the …

Social Media

The Follower Factory

Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it. Inside social media’s black market.

Social Media