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A revolution in our sense of self | Nick Chater

In a radical reassessment of how the mind works, a leading behavioural scientist argues the idea of a deep inner life is an illusion. This is cause for celebration, he says, not despair<p>At the climax of <i>Anna Karenina</i>, the heroine throws herself under a train as it moves out of a station on the edge …

24 Cognitive Biases You Need To Stop Making [Infographic]

Image: iStock<p>Cognitive bias occurs when we make subjective assumptions about people or situations based on our own perception of reality. This can …

R.I.P., Bitcoin. It’s Time to Move on.

Not long ago, venture capitalists were talking about how Bitcoin was going to transform the global currency system and render governments powerless …

The Koch Klan is funding a stealthy war against the principle of the Common Good

From Hightower Lowdown<p>The Corrupt Koch Brothers<br>(Image by YouTube, Channel: The Young Turks) Permission Details DMCA<p>- Advertisement -<p>What's happening …

Middle-class

Homo erectus may have been a sailor – and able to speak

They had bodies similar to modern humans, could make tools, and were possibly the first to cook. Now one expert is arguing that <i>Homo erectus</i> might have been a mariner – complete with sailing lingo.<p><i>Homo erectus</i> first appeared in Africa more than 1.8m years ago and is thought to be the first archaic …

Prehistory

Selfishness Is Killing Liberalism

The path to its revival lies in self-sacrifice, and in placing collective interests ahead of the narrowly personal.<p>The death of liberalism constitutes the publishing world’s biggest mass funeral since the death of God half a century ago. Some authors, like conservative philosopher Patrick Deneen, …

JPMORGAN: Bitcoin miners are in a 'hash rate arms race'

Bitcoin miners are in an arms race that is driving the cost of minting new bitcoin to all-time highs.<p>That's according to a big report on cryptocurrency out Friday by the financial giant JPMorgan.<p>Miners are the folks who unleash new bitcoin into the universe by running computationally intensive …

What Bitcoin Reveals About Financial Markets

The spectacular increase and recent plunge in the price of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have raised concerns that the bursting of the Bitcoin bubble will cause financial markets to crash. They probably won’t, but the Bitcoin bubble should finally destroy our faith in the efficiency of markets.<p>…

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

Bubble, Bubble, Fraud and Trouble

The other day my barber asked me whether he should put all his money in Bitcoin. And the truth is that if he’d bought Bitcoin, say, a year ago he’d be feeling pretty good right now. On the other hand, Dutch speculators who bought tulip bulbs in 1635 also felt pretty good for a while, until tulip …

Iain Macwhirter: RIP capitalism – millennials will dig your grave

The current RBS chairman, Sir Howard Davies, says that the Public Finance Initiative was a “fraud on the people” and he should know because Royal …

The Lightning Network Could Make Bitcoin Faster—and Cheaper

In 2014, Joseph Poon and Thaddeus Dryja were bitcoin-obsessed engineers hanging out at pizza-fueled meetups in San Francisco. Their conversation …

Get Over Yourself, America

The rest of the world couldn’t care less about Donald Trump.<p>For the past few weeks, we’ve been deluged by various retrospectives on Donald Trump’s first year in office. Many made valuable contributions to our understanding of this, shall we say, unique figure in U.S. presidential history. Yet all …

Geopolitics

To Understand Bitcoin, I Studied Karl Marx

<i>Tom Goldenberg is chief technology officer at Commandiv, a combined stock and crypto trading platform providing investors with automated trade</i> …

Here's Everything Science Knows So Far About The Origins of Humans

The story evolves every year.<p>The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new …

Comment: Philippe Coutinho and lack of living wage sums up football's disconnect

Liverpool mayor Steve Rotheram was over the moon about this phenomenal act of generosity, declaring that the club is, "a responsible and progressive …

Soccer

The secret to creativity – according to science

Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that …

Creativity

Life Grounding Marx 150 Years After Capital

Photo by Engyles | CC BY 2.0<p>“One basis for life and another basis for science is an a-priori lie”<p>— Karl Marx, <i>Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts,</i> …

Private Equity

Why You Can Be Dead Wrong but Still Believe You're Right, According to Science

Depressing research demonstrates just how irrational human beings are.<p>Have you ever had an argument with a friend, relative, or co-worker who remains certain of their position, even after you provide irrefutable proof that you're right and they're wrong? It's frustrating, but common. It turns out …

A Nobel Prize-winning economist thinks we’re asking all the wrong questions about inequality

America is trying to come to terms with its economic inequality. Does inequality spur growth or kill it? Is it a necessary evil—or necessarily bad? Angus Deaton, an economics professor at Princeton, and the recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in economics, is asked questions like these all the …

3 Cryptocurrencies to Consider Buying Over Bitcoin

It's time to forget about bitcoin! These virtual currencies have much more to offer over the long run.<p>It may be hard to believe, but it's the truth: …

Time To Make Life Hard For The Rich

It is time for polite, respectable, rational people to start saying what has become painfully obvious: It is time to stop respecting the rich, and …

Campaign Finance

The Climate Crisis? It’s Capitalism, Stupid

Even casual readers of the news know that the earth is probably going to look very different in 2100, and not in a good way.<p>A recent Times opinion piece included this quotation from the paleoclimatologist Lee Kump: “The rate at which we’re injecting CO2 into the atmosphere today, according to our …

Many Strategies Fail Because They’re Not Actually Strategies

Many strategy execution processes fail because the firm does not have something worth executing.<p>The strategy consultants come in, do their work, and document the new strategy in a PowerPoint presentation and a weighty report. Town hall meetings are organized, employees are told to change their …

Management

Scientists update four key fundamental constants

Paving the way for transforming the world's measurement system, an international task force has determined updated values for four fundamental …

Climate Shifts Aren’t Limited to the Weather

I have a simple view of governing today: We are in the middle of not one but three climate changes at once to which government must help citizens respond — and Donald Trump doesn’t have a clue and China does.<p>Here is what I mean: We are in the middle of a change in the climate of the climate. We are …

Synthesizing Obama: Learning Lip Sync from Audio

Barack Obama

Populism isn’t dead. Here are five things you need to know about it | Cas Mudde

Recent victories for European centrists offer a chance to reflect on the phenomenon of populism – and draw some crucial lessons for the future<p>• Cas Mudde is a US-based Dutch academic and writer<p>The electoral victories of Emmanuel Macron in France and Mark Rutte in the Netherlands have significantly …

Eureka? Yes, Eureka!

In the commencement address he delivered at Harvard last month, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, warned the graduating students not to trust the story of innovation that Hollywood promotes — namely, “the idea of a single eureka moment” in which a lone thinker has a groundbreaking …