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Are Drone Strikes Killing Terrorists or Creating Them?

What the evidence says about one of the biggest questions in the debate over targeted killings.<p>There's been a lot of chatter recently about "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," a new online infographic which shows a chilling visualization of all estimated deaths in Pakistan caused by U.S. drone strikes, …

Has militant atheism become a religion?

<b>Christopher Hitchens (AP/Chad Rachman)</b><p>Can the gap between the religious and the non-religious be bridged, when the debate itself is so attention-getting?<p>Frans de Waal<p>March 25, 2013 1:00am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Bonobo and the Atheist”<p><i>It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was</i> …

Inequality is Killing Capitalism

LONDON – It is generally agreed that the crisis of 2008-2009 was caused by excessive bank lending, and that the failure to recover adequately from it …

Economics

An Eclectic Mix Of Giants Takes On The Origin Of Life

Recently I had the honor of speaking at the Origin of Life conference organized by the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science. It was an exciting and humbling experience.<p>Being a relative newcomer to this research area, I suddenly found myself surrounded by some of the giants of the field. What …

Susan Sontag’s Radical Vision for Remixing Education

<i>“Our whole theory of education,”</i> Henry Miller famously lamented, <i>“is based on the absurd notion that we must learn to swim on land before tackling the water.”</i> With its factory schooling model, its biologically unsound schedules, and its failure to account for different types of intelligence, the …

Anthony Lewis's Ideals — In Far-Off Zimbabwe

Anthony Lewis devoted his life to preserving the ideals of that exceptional and quintessential American liberty: the First Amendment. In 2009, the …

Jaron Lanier: the digital pioneer who became a web rebel –interview

Jaron Lanier is that rarest of rare birds – an uber-geek who is highly critical of the world created by the technology he helped to create. Now in …

Do I have free will? In Zen, the question makes no sense – Tim Lott | Aeon Essays

There is a line in J G Ballard’s book <i>The Atrocity Exhibition</i> (1970) that strikes at the heart of the issue of free will versus fate. Ballard writes: …

Consciousness

What's Behind The Invention Of 'Neuroscience Care'?

Neurology is the branch of medicine concerned with the health of the brain and nervous system. If you've spent time in the office of a neurologist, you'll have noticed that there is something quaintly old-world about the practice.<p>Neurologists ask a lot of questions; they listen; then they hook you …

In A World That's Always On, We Are Trapped In The 'Present'

By now, you've probably heard people call themselves "slaves" to their phones or their computers. We all know what that means — but why are we allowing ourselves to be slaves to the very instruments of technology we've created?<p>Douglas Rushkoff, who spends his days thinking, writing and teaching …

There Is Only Awe

Julian Jaynes, a psychologist at Princeton, had little patience for his colleagues, who spent hours in the lab doing “petty, petty humdrum things.” …

Consciousness

Why Americans Are the Weirdest People in the World

In the Summer of 1995, a young graduate student in anthropology at UCLA named Joe Henrich traveled to Peru to carry out some fieldwork among the …

Psychology

The lure of AI is erotic as much as it is rational – George Zarkadakis | Aeon Essays

Artificial intelligence is arguably the most useless technology that humans have ever aspired to possess. Actually, let me clarify. It would be …

Artificial Intelligence