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Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion – Big Think

January 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion – Big Think

Sam Harris describes the properties of consciousness and how mindfulness practices of all stripes can be used to transcend one's ego. — Read on bigthink.com/videos/sam-harris-on-self-transendence

Fact-checking has flourished. But it’s more complicated than it looks. – The Washington Post

January 14th, 2019|Comments Off on Fact-checking has flourished. But it’s more complicated than it looks. – The Washington Post

Like everything else these days, even facts are debatable. — Read on www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/fact-checking-has-flourished-but-its-more-complicated-than-it-looks/2019/01/10/42c52f18-1510-11e9-90a8-136fa44b80ba_story.html

Extremely Overweight

January 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Extremely Overweight

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Creative machines will be the next weapon in our fake news war | WIRED UK

January 13th, 2019|Comments Off on Creative machines will be the next weapon in our fake news war | WIRED UK

Machine-made images and videos offer novel ways to spread fake content online, according to AI experts and neuroscientists — Read on www.wired.co.uk/article/artificial-intelligence-threat-creative-machines-fake-news

How We’ll Forget John Lennon – Issue 68: Context – Nautilus

January 10th, 2019|Comments Off on How We’ll Forget John Lennon – Issue 68: Context – Nautilus

A few years ago a student walked into the office of Cesar A. Hidalgo, director of the Collective Learning group at the MIT Media Lab.… — Read on m.nautil.us/issue/68/context/how-well-forget-john-lennon

The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads – MIT Technology Review

December 30th, 2018|Comments Off on The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads – MIT Technology Review

BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication. — Read on www.technologyreview.com/s/612212/the-first-social-network-of-brains-lets-three-people-transmit-thoughts-to-each-others-heads/

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | Maryanne Wolf | Opinion | The Guardian

December 29th, 2018|Comments Off on Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | Maryanne Wolf | Opinion | The Guardian

When the reading brain skims texts, we don’t have time to grasp complexity, to understand another’s feelings or to perceive beauty. We need a new literacy for the digital age writes Maryanne Wolf, author of

Trauma in childhood leads to empathy in adulthood

December 28th, 2018|Comments Off on Trauma in childhood leads to empathy in adulthood

A new study suggests that children who suffer through major trauma grow up to be adults with greater levels of empathy than others. — Read on bigthink.com/mind-brain/childhood-trauma-adult-empathy

The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected | WIRED

December 21st, 2018|Comments Off on The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected | WIRED

Visionaries thought technology would change books. Instead, it's changed everything about publishing a book. — Read on www.wired.com/story/future-book-is-here-but-not-what-we-expected/

Robot vigil, funny AI, algorithm bible

December 19th, 2018|Comments Off on Robot vigil, funny AI, algorithm bible

Robot vigil, funny AI, algorithm bible — Read on go.technologyreview.com/robot-vigil-funny-ai-algorithm-bible

Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, Reports Say – The New York Times

December 18th, 2018|Comments Off on Tech Companies Dragged Feet on Russian Interference Data, Reports Say – The New York Times

In reports to the Senate on Russian interference, Google, Twitter and Facebook were criticized for their disinclination to reveal details. — Read on www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/technology/tech-companies-russian-interference.html

Is the black hole at our galaxy’s centre a quantum computer? | Aeon Essays

December 15th, 2018|Comments Off on Is the black hole at our galaxy’s centre a quantum computer? | Aeon Essays

Might nature’s bottomless pits actually be ultra-efficient quantum computers? That could explain why data never dies — Read on aeon.co/essays/is-the-black-hole-at-our-galaxy-s-centre-a-quantum-computer

Wit’s End by James Geary review

December 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Wit’s End by James Geary review

In ‘Wit’s End,’James Geary takes a serious look at humor. Like metaphor, the subject of Geary’s previous book “I Is an Other,” wit often yokes together dissimilar entities to achieve a sudden illumination. Geary devotes several pages

Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creativel

December 14th, 2018|Comments Off on Brainwaves suppress obvious ideas to help us think more creativel

The human brain needs to suppress obvious ideas in order to reach the most creative ones, according to scientists. These obvious associations are present in both convergent thinking (finding an 'out-of-the-box' solution) and also

Social Media Is Terrible For Mental Health

December 13th, 2018|Comments Off on Social Media Is Terrible For Mental Health

Last year, Facebook created an algorithm to monitor teenagers’ moods for signs of insecurity and worthlessness (both risk factors for suicidal thoughts) for the purpose of serving them ads for mental health services. Other offerings like