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Quantum Monism Could Save the Soul of Physics

2019-03-09T08:17:50-04:00

Scientific American · by Heinrich Päs · March 9, 2019 “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible, ”Albert Einstein famously once said. These days, however, it is far from being a matter of consensus that the universe is comprehensible, or even that it is unique. Fundamental physics is facing a crisis, related to

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A Pep Talk for People Pleasers for Setting Boundaries

2019-03-06T09:09:01-04:00

Saying no to someone makes you very uncomfortable. So you don’t. You’re always available to everyone. In fact, you tend to put others’ needs above your own. Without hesitation. You rarely express a differing opinion (even when you clearly disagree). Source: A Pep Talk for People Pleasers for Setting Boundaries

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2019-03-06T07:44:05-04:00

Quantum Monism Could Save the Soul of Physics Scientific American · by Heinrich Päs · March 6, 2019 “The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible, ”Albert Einstein famously once said. These days, however, it is far from being a matter of consensus that the universe is comprehensible, or even that it is unique.

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Has the Voynich Manuscript Finally Been Decoded?

2019-02-27T15:09:57-04:00

There are still several ancient languages modern scholars cannot decipher, like Minoan hieroglyphics (called Linear A) or Khipu, the intricate Incan system of writing in knots. These symbols contain within them the wisdom of civilizations, and there’s no telling what might be revealed should we learn to translate them. Maybe scholars will only find accounting logs and

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Jonathan Lethem Reads “The Starlet Apartments”

2019-02-27T14:54:45-04:00

Deborah Treisman hosts the author Jonathan Lethem, who reads his short story “The Starlet Apartments,” from the March 4, 2019, issue of The New Yorker. Jonathan Lethem Reads “The Starlet Apartments” 14 The New Yorker - Culture

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What is acute stress disorder?

2019-02-20T07:37:42-04:00

Acute stress disorder (ASD) is a short-term condition that can develop after a person experiences a traumatic event. Its symptoms are similar to those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and can include mood changes, negative thoughts, flashbacks of the event, and nightmares. Source: What is acute stress disorder?

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The Value of Tinkering

2019-02-20T07:28:36-04:00

It helped develop Stephen Hawking's creativity, and we should encourage it in our children -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com Source: The Value of Tinkering

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Biological and Cultural Evolution

2019-02-20T07:27:14-04:00

Six Characters in Search of an Author An EDGE Original Essay By Freeman Dyson [2.19.19] [ ED. NOTE: With the following essay by Freeman Dyson, we're kicking off a regular subscription-based audio feature, EdgeCast. Listen & Subscribe —JB ] In the near future, we will be in possession of genetic engineering technology which allows us

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Possible Minds: 25 Ways of Looking at AI

2019-02-20T07:26:44-04:00

Chapter 5 - "What Can We Do?" - First Serial on Wired A Conversation With Daniel C. Dennett [2.19.19] WHEN NORBERT WIENER , the father of cybernetics, wrote his book The Human Use of Human Beings in 1950, vacuum tubes were still the primary electronic building blocks, and there were only a few actual computers

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A Different Kind of Theory of Everything

2019-02-20T07:26:19-04:00

In 1964, during a lecture at Cornell University, the physicist Richard Feynman articulated a profound mystery about the physical world. He told his listeners to imagine two objects, each gravitationally attracted to the other. How, he asked, should we predict their movements? Source: A Different Kind of Theory of Everything

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What You Might Not Know About Attention

2019-02-18T14:35:54-04:00

We do actually become less attentive as we get older, but refocusing someone's attention can have concrete physical effects. Source: 3 Smart Things: What You Might Not Know About Attention

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The Costs and Benefits of Worlds Colliding

2019-02-14T10:16:16-04:00

I recently suggested that the rise of social media has undermined something that a great many Americans value: the ability to slip into a given domain and to adopt whatever values and norms are appropriate there, without that affecting one’s reception in other domains. Source: The Costs and Benefits of Worlds Colliding

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