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Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to tell for …

Universe

Angels of the Resistance (and a Serial Killer) in Nazi-Occupied Paris

Brave women helped downed Allied flyers escape the Germans. But more than that, they showed Hitler’s white nationalists they would not surrender, …

France

30 Books You Need to Read to Earn 'Well-Read' Status | Inc.com

<i>What books should one read to feel well-read? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Cristina Hartmann, writer who abandoned a career in law, on Quora:</b><p>For anyone who wants to attain the vaunted …

Literature

20 Best Movies of 2016

NOW PLAYING<p>20 Best Movies of 2016<p>By<p>In 2016, Hollywood showed us a world where black lives matter, a musical had meaning, young filmmakers could strut …

Black Lives Matter

A More Detailed Guide to Dealing With Trump's Lies

Yesterday from China, I did a long item on the utter inadequacy of standard press practices in the face of a person like Donald Trump. Everything about “balance” and “objectivity” as news standards rests on a benefit-of-the-doubt assumption about public figures, and about the public audience. For …

A Reading Guide for Those in Despair About American Politics

Nearly three dozen book recommendations to help make sense of the state of U.S. democracy, from academics, comedians, activists, and more<p>No matter who wins the U.S. presidential election on November 8, America’s got some grappling to do. This race has been full of sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, …

The Multiverse Idea Is Rotting Culture

What looks at first glance like an opening up of possibilities is actually an attack on the human imagination.<p>You might not like what I’m about to say about the multiverse. But don’t worry; you’ve already had your revenge. If there are an infinite number of parallel universes, there will be any …

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The Best Documentaries On Netflix Streaming Right Now

<b>Last Updated: May 4th</b><p>Streaming video is the best thing that’s ever happened to documentaries. People who would never have paid for a ticket to a theatrical nonfiction film are now, thanks to Netflix’s robust selection, scarfing down the stuff by the barrel. But where to start among the masses? …

Entertainment

Grand Unification May Be A Dead End For Physics

There’s a beautiful, elegant idea that’s out there in physics: that everything we see, perceive, and interact with in this Universe is just a different manifestation of the same fundamental force in some way. Advances towards this end have appeared before: the discovery that the scores of different …

Physics

Frequently Asked Questions about Scientific Pantheism

/ Jun 19, 2016<p>There are several compelling reasons.<p>1. Most traditional religions have elements which are hard to believe or to reconcile with common …

Farmers have modified our food for at least 10,000 years, why does it matter all of a sudden?

In the past week you’ve probably eaten crops that wouldn’t exist in nature, or that have evolved extra genes to reach freakish sizes. You’ve probably eaten “cloned” food and you may have even eaten plants whose ancestors were once deliberately blasted with radiation. And you could have bought all …

Agriculture

The return of eugenics

Researchers don’t like the word – but they're running ahead with the idea, and Britain is at the forefront<p>The only way of cutting off the constant stream of idiots and imbeciles and feeble-minded persons who help to fill our prisons and workhouses, reformatories, and asylums is to prevent those who …

Best Documentaries on Netflix

The 10 Best Documentaries on Netflix<p>Unlike narrative films, documentaries have the power to legitimately illuminate a subject in a straightforward …

16 Netflix hacks that will take your binge-watching to the next level

Everyone loves Netflix.<p>The service has taken over the world because it lets you binge on your favorite shows and movies to your hearts content. And you can watch whenever, wherever.<p>But even though the standard Netflix experience is good, it doesn't mean you can't improve it with few tricks.<p>From …

Why 'The Force Awakens' Is the 'Star Wars' Movie We Needed

J.J. Abrams' insanely popular film plays like a 'New Hope' remake — which is exactly why it works<p>Until recently, the most powerful scene from a <i>Star</i> …

Star Wars

The 51 Best Fantasy Series Ever Written

Whether you're a Swords and Sorcery type of fantasy reader, a fan of battles and betrayal, or you just want a few more goddamn elves in your life, there's something for you here. These are the truly great fantasy series written in the last 50 years.

Books

GOP’s fear of a black America: The long, racist history which explains Dylann Roof and stains the so-called “party of Lincoln”

Dylann Roof’s assault was the latest salvo in the racial struggle we have fought since 1865: Who owns America?<p>Dylann Roof’s murder of nine people worshipping at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church was not about mental illness; it was not about religious freedom; it was not an …

The real story behind Santa Claus

<b>(CNN) —</b> Don't tell the kids, but we've got Santa Claus all wrong.<p>Countless Christmas songs tell us that Santa is basically the Judge Judy of juveniles. He decides who's been naughty or nice, and doles out presents or punishments accordingly.<p>But historians say Kris Kringle was originally created to …

The best films of 2014 – readers' picks

From book adaptations to chilling thrillers, here are your picks of this year’s best<p>• Our critics’ top 10 • Video: 2014 in review<p>Earlier in the year, we asked for your favourite films of the year so far, and you came out in droves in support for The Lego Movie and Under the Skin. This time round, …

The True Origins of 'X-Men'

It was mid-1963, and Stan Lee was on a roll. In a mad burst of invention, he and star artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko had just birthed the …

Comics

“Bloodiest thing the world has seen”: David Cay Johnston on inequality’s looming disaster

<b>David Cay Johnston (The New Press/Cheryl Amati Martin)</b><p>Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston tells Salon how America’s economic story could end — and it isn’t pretty<p>Elias Isquith<p>May 22, 2014 12:30pm (UTC)<p>Long before anyone knew the name Thomas Piketty, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay …

Bitcoins: Widely known and widely misunderstood

Back in the 1980s, when I lived in Nairobi, foreign residents had a simple way of obtaining Kenyan shillings.<p>They'd write a check in, say, U.S. dollars on their U.S. bank accounts to the Indian man who owned the ice cream store down the block. He'd pay over shillings at the current black market …

Bitcoin

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

Face It: America Is Likely to Torture Again

The taboo surrounding it hasn't recovered from the Bush years—and helping to reestablish it is our generation's responsibility.<p>Is torture ethical? Should the United States torture prisoners in its custody? A generation ago, an ambitious politician would have known how to answer those questions. …

Here's Why Health Insurance Is So Weird

Every so often, I write about how Obamacare transfers wealth from the healthy to the sick, and while that's a just thing, we can't necessarily expect the healthy to be happy about it.<p>When I write this, I tend to get responses from liberals arguing that transfers from the healthy to the sick aren't …

Health Care

Supreme Court Case Puts Public Prayer Back In The Spotlight

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case questioning the use of prayer at government meetings. But first, the marshal will ask "God" to "save the United States and this honorable court."<p>In 1983, the high court ruled that legislatures could begin their sessions with a prayer, as …

How the religious right won: Birth of the fundamentalists, in our modern times

As a historical phenomenon, fundamentalism is wholly modern. Its victories have come from decades of organizing<p>Fundamentalism is a paradox. Its partisans—of any faith—call for the return to an imagined arcadia in which God’s voice boomed plainly from scripture. Yet as a historical phenomenon, …