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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 …

Psychology

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 …

Inventions

Neuralink and the Brain's Magical Future

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The Brain

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 …

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

Consciousness

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

Philosophy

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 …

Science Fiction

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, …

Charles Darwin

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. …

Trip

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

Joe MinihaneLonely Planet Writer<p>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 …

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 …

Happiness

Preparing For The Technology Revolution Created By Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence will soon bring on another technological revolution, where machines may take your job and shake up the economy in the process.<p>Drones are being used in warfare; Google, Tesla, and other companies are working on self-driving cars; and robots are designed to be superb …

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 …

Self-improvement

La gravità. “È ancora così misteriosa che 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 …

self

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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 …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

Product Management

Davide Mah-tioli

Ogni volta che dici "frocio di merda", dai un bastone (ed una pacca sulle spalle) a qualcuno che, fino ad allora, non avrebbe mai pensato di …

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> …

Hunter S. Thompson

Connected, but alone? | Sherry Turkle

http://download.ted.com/talks/SherryTurkle_2012-64k.mp4As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies …

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 …

Physics

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Aliens