Ricardo J. Rivera-Rodríguez

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You Have No Free Will

According to neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, all of our actions can be attributed to our biology.<p>There is no concept more American than "free will"—the idea that we're all gifted (probably by God) with the power to choose a path of success or destruction and bear responsibility for the resulting …

Malcolm Gladwell

Tear Down That Fence: A Tale of Urban Farms & The Barriers in Their Way

When applied to scenic farms nestled in quiet rural country-sides, the maxim <i>“good fences make good neighbors”</i> might ring true.<p>But that’s not always …

What it's like using the 'iPhone of vaporizers' — a $275 gadget that lets you smoke weed on the go

The marijuana retail industry has been disrupted again and again.<p>Years ago, glass bongs, pipes, and joints dominated the pot paraphernalia space. Those devices gave way to clunky desktop vaporizers used for inhaling marijuana vapor. They gained in popularity through the mid-2000s by delivering …


What we don’t understand about gentrification | Stacey Sutton | TEDxNewYork


A Farm That Floats on Water Could Help Solve Global Food Shortage

With its aquaculture, hydroponics, and photovoltaics mash up, the "floating farm" could produce food 365 days a year, regardless of water scarcity, drought, and even natural disasters.<p>The global population looks likely to hit 9.6 billion by 2050. To meet the hungry demands of so many, food …


The Big Picture: Fight for $15 with Robert Reich


The Big Picture: Help Families Work with Robert Reich


The Big Picture: Expand Social Security with Robert Reich

Social Security

The Big Picture: Tame Wall Street

Wall Street

The Big Picture: Reinvent Education


The Big Picture: End Corporate Welfare


The Big Picture: Strengthen Unions

The Big Picture: Raise the Estate Tax

Estate Tax

The Big Picture: Make Polluters Pay

The Big Picture: End Mass Incarceration


The Big Picture: The Medicare Solution


Big Picture: Get Big Money Out of Politics

Pilot Programs in Central, South America Find New Ways To Reduce Extreme Poverty

This fall is a pivotal time for the international-development community. We are shifting from a Millennium Development Goal that challenged the world to halve the global extreme-poverty rate, to a Sustainable Development Goal that asks us to build on that momentum and work toward a true end to …

Towards a New Anti-Capitalist Politics

Beyond insularity and fragmentation<p>It should be clear by now that the expansive and democratic political imaginary of the movements makes the latter …

Eight Devices to Help You Grow a Garden Indoors | Digital Trends

Ikea<p>It’s summer, which means lots of time in the garden for homeowners. And while some city dwellers have access to community or rooftop gardens, not …


Carta internacional de apoyo a Lula contra el destrozo de su reputación

Lula, nos guste o no, se ha convertido en el icono de un político que pensó en los pobres del mundo, primero de Brasil y después de África. Dentro de …

23 Things People With Borderline Personality Disorder Want You To Know

It isn't about getting attention.<p><i>Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness affecting approximately 1.6% of adults in the U.S. Symptoms — usually beginning in adolescence and early adulthood — include emotional instability, extreme reactions, distorted sense of self, chronic feelings</i> …

Constantly checking your mobile phone can lead to 'cognitive failures'

Whether sitting on a train or having dinner at a restaurant, many people find it hard to stop fiddling with their mobile phones – firing off a …

Stephen Hawking: "La inteligencia artificial augura el fin de la raza humana"

<b>Stephen Hawking advirtió este martes que los esfuerzos por crear máquinas inteligentes representan una amenaza para la humanidad.</b><p>El reconocido científico dijo a la BBC que "el desarrollo de una completa inteligencia artificial (IA) podría traducirse en el fin de la raza humana".<p>El físico teórico, …