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Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.<p>In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other …

Critical Thinking

Moral luck

Two people drive drunk at night: one kills a pedestrian, one doesn't. Does the unlucky killer deserve more blame or not?<i>By Robert J Hartman</i>Read at …

Common Sense

Beyond the Five Senses

Telepathy, echolocation, and the future of perception<p>The world we experience is not the real world. It’s a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses? Could they expand our universe?<p>Technology …

Consciousness

Neuralink and the Brain’s Magical Future

<i>Note: If you want to print this post or read it offline, the PDF is probably the way to go. You can buy it here.</i> <i><br>And here’s a G-rated version of the</i> …

Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand

The new availability of huge amounts of data, along with the statistical tools to crunch these numbers, offers a whole new way of understanding the …

Machine Learning

10 scariest theories known to man.

False vacuum. This is, in short, a scientific hypothesis that our universe is in a false phase state as part of a larger universe, like if it were a …

Goodbye things, hello minimalism: can living with less make you happier?

Fumio Sasaki owns a roll-up mattress, three shirts and four pairs of socks. After deciding to scorn possessions, he began feeling happier. He explains why<p>Let me tell you a bit about myself. I’m 35 years old, male, single, never been married. I work as an editor at a publishing company. I recently …

Minimalism

Minding matter

The closer you look, the more the materialist position in physics appears to rest on shaky metaphysical ground<i>By Adam Frank</i>Read at Aeon

Quantum Mechanics

Unspeakable things

Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?<i>By Silvia Jonas</i>Read at Aeon

Consciousness

Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence? - Issue 42: Fakes

Perhaps Arthur C. Clarke was being uncharacteristically unambitious. He once pointed out that any sufficiently advanced technology is going to be …

Arthur C. Clarke

Jeremy England, the Man Who May One-Up Darwin

On a sunny afternoon, at a bustling cafe less than a mile from Stanford University’s campus, near Palo Alto, and more than 5,000 miles from his home, …

Visions of Kenya

By Fran Provedo // A long time went by before I was able to understand this trip. Sometimes, the present is not understood until it becomes the past. …

Cosa sta succedendo?

Bisogna che mettiamo in fila un po’ di idee, perché le cose che negli ultimi anni siamo andati dicendo che “rischiavano di succedere”, adesso stanno …

Temples of modernity: where to see the best cutting-edge art

The floorspace of London’s Tate Modern – one of the city’s greatest tourist attractions – will more than double when the gallery’s multi-million-pound new extension opens this month.<p>So what better time for modern art fans to rewrite their travel wish lists? Here's our pick of the best places to see …

Art

Love of Life: Albert Camus on Happiness, Despair, the Art of Awareness, and Why We Travel

<i>“Those who prefer their principles over their happiness,”</i> <b>Albert Camus</b> (November 7, 1913–January 4, 1960) wrote in his notebook toward the end of his life, <i>“they refuse to be happy outside the conditions they seem to have attached to their happiness.”</i> Indeed, our principles tend to harden into habits …

Literature

Preparing For The Technology Revolution Created By Artificial Intelligence

Randy Komisar Contributor<p>Randy Komisar, a general partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, is dedicated to partnering with entrepreneurs to create businesses with leading-edge technology. He is also the author of The Monk and the Riddle and serves as host of the Ventured …

Artificial Intelligence

The Problem Isn't That Life Is Unfair — It's That You Don't Know The Rules

Unless you're winning, most of life will seem hideously unfair to you.<p>The truth is, life is just playing by different rules.<p>The real rules are there. They actually make sense. But they're a bit more complicated, and a <i>lot</i> less comfortable, which is why most people never manage to learn them.<p>Let's …

Hung Up

La gravità. “È ancora così misteriosache ci vorrebbe un nuovo Einstein”

Einstein è scomparso, la Relatività è in ottima salute e ci servirebbe un altro Einstein. Sembra strano, eppure, nonostante i fisici in circolazione …

Free CBT Worksheets For Professionals & Self-Help | Psychology Tools

Your online library of therapy resources<p>Trusted by over a million therapists worldwide Psychology Tools saves you time so you can focus on your …

Psychology

The Thucydides Trap: Are the U.S. and China Headed for War?

In 12 of 16 past cases in which a rising power has confronted a ruling power, the result has been bloodshed.<p>When Barack Obama meets this week with Xi Jinping during the Chinese president’s first state visit to America, one item probably won’t be on their agenda: the possibility that the United …

Geopolitics

L’ARABIA DEI SA‘ŪD - Limes

A DISTANZA DI SEI MESI DALL’ULTIMA riunione dell’Opec in cui il ministro saudita del Petrolio ‘Alī al-Na‘imī ha lanciato il guanto della sfida ai …

Don’t Worry, Smart Machines Will Take Us With Them - Issue 28: 2050

When it comes to artificial intelligence, we may all be suffering from the fallacy of availability: thinking that creating intelligence is much …

A Manager's Manifesto

<b>10)</b> Always get the full story before making a decision.<p><b>9)</b> It's incredibly easy to 'flip the switch' and start writing people off after a few bad …

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20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Surprisingly Sage Advice on How to Find Your Purpose and Live a Meaningful Life

As a hopeless lover of both letters and notable advice, I was delighted to discover a letter 20-year-old <b>Hunter S. Thompson</b> (July 18, 1937–February 20, 2005) — gonzo journalism godfather, pundit of media politics, dark philosopher — penned to his friend Hume Logan in 1958. Found in <b>Letters of Note:</b> …

Connected, but alone?

As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human …

APIs

Cosa si nasconde dietro le nostre rabbie quotidiane

20 febbraio 2015 13:27<p>“Dovresti finire in galera”. “Sei un cane!”. “Pezzo di merda”. “Peggio della camorra”. “Si vergogni! Sono una professoressa e …

The Bridge From Nowhere - Issue 16: Nothingness

The question of being is the darkest in all philosophy.” So concluded William James in thinking about that most basic of riddles: how did something …