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Why Should We Read Spadaro on ‘Catholic Integralism’?

Why Should We Read Spadaro on ‘Catholic Integralism’? By Massimo FaggioliJuly 18, 2017Th­­­­e Rome-based Jesuit magazine <i>La Civiltà Cattolica</i> is one …

Christianity

Questioning the Hype About Artificial Intelligence

Fresh fears about the singularity have prompted new critiques of what it will mean for humanity.<p>Artificial Intelligence has always been hyped by its often-charismatic enthusiasts; lately it seems that the hype may be coming true. Media pundits, technologists, and increasingly the broader public see …

Artificial Intelligence

American democracy is doomed - Vox

America's constitutional democracy is going to collapse.<p>Some day — not tomorrow, not next year, but probably sometime before runaway climate change forces us to seek a new life in outer-space colonies — there is going to be a collapse of the legal and political order and its replacement by …

Political Science

8 Grammy Moments You Couldn't See on TV

Our report from inside the Staples Center, where Kanye paced nervously and fans lit up for Ariana<p>After three and a half hours of the Grammy telecast, …

4 Maps Crucial to Understanding Europe's Population Shift

Despite economic growth in Central and Eastern Europe, the continent is still migrating to the Northwest.<p>Europe’s population is shifting to the Northwest. The GDP in its more easterly nations seems to be booming, while the countryside and many smaller cities continue to empty at the expense of the …

Cicada: Solving the Web's Deepest Mystery

How one teenage whiz kid found himself in a world of international intrigue<p>Marcus Wanner needed a little adventure in his life. A skinny 15-year-old …

Forget Resolutions, What’s Your "Beautiful Question" For 2015?

Big questions can lead to big breakthroughs, writes Warren Berger, author of A More Beautiful Question. Here’s how to find yours.<p>With New Year’s comfortably behind us, we’ve all had enough talk of resolutions. But for those still looking for a way to spark change in their lives, I’d like to suggest …

Creativity

A Graphic Cosmogony: Illustrators Imagine the Origin of the Universe

Humanity’s history of mapping the cosmos is as long as our margin of error in explaining the universe is wide. We have been wrong about so much so often and so staunchly stubborn in admitting our errors. But we have also produced works of immeasurable beauty in giving form to our awe, however …

Graphic Novels

X-ray video shows exactly how much can hide in hamster's chubby cheeks

"Presented with food, he acts as if it's his last meal." Sound familiar?<p>Hamsters stuff their faces with food into a seemingly endless pit, but …

Free Things to Do in Las Vegas

Amid all the high rollers and glitz of the Las Vegas Strip are a surprising number of things to do that won't cost you a thing. The casinos alone are a sensory tour de force, with lights, fountains, shows, and music—much of it free. Use this guide to explore some of the other no-cost opportunities …

Las Vegas

Tech predictions for 2015 that you should actually listen to

January may be coming to a close, but the flood of predictions, forecasts, and prognostications for the year ahead hasn’t abated. Among the dross however is the annual list of predictions from GP Bullhound (pdf), a boutique investment bank that specializes in tech companies. The bank is worth …

Apple Pay

Minimalist Poster Series Depicts the Serious Symptoms of Depression with Geometric Designs

In this eye-opening poster series, Nick Barclay depicts the effects of depression with simple geometric designs and solid colors. The six powerful posters highlight individual symptoms of the often-misidentified and often wrongly treated mental illnesses. Barclay tackles the abstract concepts of …

Posters

The California-Colorado Cannabis War

One’s got the biggest market for legal pot, but the states with smarter regulation could have the edge.<p>Oakland-based Auntie Dolores is a well-known brand in the country’s biggest legal cannabis state. The company has been making cannabis-infused edibles, like brownies and pretzels, for California’s …

Cannabis

State Of The Union: 5 Things To Watch

Even in the era of declining television audiences, President Obama's State of the Union address is still the biggest audience he'll have all year. Historically, seventh-year State of the Union speeches have a short shelf life. Every one of the five lame-duck presidents (that is, presidents …

Taxes

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

State of the Union 2015 analysis: What he said, what he meant

He has messages for his GOP and Democratic critics.<p>President Barack Obama used his State of the Union speech Tuesday night to set an optimistic tone for the rest of his presidency — but also to drop big hints about the fights that lie ahead.<p>He targeted lines at his Republican critics and talked …

Republicans

US federal prison population drops for the first time since 1980

Attorney General Eric Holder says excessive prison terms do not improve public safety and urges ‘holistic’ view of law enforcement<p>The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate count has gone down, according to the …