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Alain de Botton’s School of Life Presents Animated Introductions to Heidegger, The Stoics & Epicurus

Why is Western philosophy so difficult, so abstruse, and so damned wordy? Perhaps it’s simply a matter of job security. It’s generally well-known, …

Teaching robots “gaze aversion” to make humans feel more comfortable

A University of Wisconsin-Madison engineer is teaching robots “gaze aversion.” They have found that having a robot look around a room while in a …

We need to talk about TED | Benjamin Bratton

Science, philosophy and technology run on the model of American Idol – as embodied by TED talks – is a recipe for civilisational disaster<p>In our culture, talking about the future is sometimes a polite way of saying things about the present that would otherwise be rude or risky.<p>But have you ever …

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The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D.

Matthew Might, a computer science professor at the University of Utah, writes: "Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. …

Twitter founder reveals secret formula for getting rich online

Ev Williams has figured out the internet.<p>That's what he told the gathered tech heads at the recent XOXO conference in Portland, Oregon, and while he …

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