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Arnold Kling, Naim's End of Power | Library of Economics and Liberty

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why I'm a crabby patty about AI and cognitive science

why I'm a crabby patty about AI and cognitive science | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
I'm sorry if I am a grump about artificial intelligence. It just happens to be a subject on which our media frequently appears both insufficiently educated and unwilling to learn. My frustration st...
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What’s morally acceptable? It depends on where in the world you live

What’s morally acceptable? It depends on where in the world you live | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
A Pew Research survey asked people in 40 countries what behaviors they considered to be morally acceptable, unacceptable or not posing a moral issue.
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The Republican Who Saved Civil Rights

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The placid town of Piqua, Ohio, sits in the state’s west-central section, barely half-an-hour’s ride from the Dayton bicycle shop where Orville and Wilbur Wright helped prove that man could fly. Its name comes from the Shawnee Indian phrase “Othath-He-Waugh-Pe-Qua,” meaning “He has risen from the ashes!” and its...
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Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy's Mysterious Genius

Looking For Tom Lehrer, Comedy's Mysterious Genius | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Tom Lehrer is considered one of the most influential figures in comedy — despite a body of work consisting of just 37 pitch-black songs and a career that stopped abruptly when the countercult...
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The Dead Zoo Gang

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A globetrotting saga about international rhino horn thieves.
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The Smart Set: The Spirit of Youth - March 25, 2014

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Perfect memory, enhanced vision, an expert golf swing: The future of brain implants

Perfect memory, enhanced vision, an expert golf swing: The future of brain implants | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
How soon can we expect to see brain implants for perfect memory, enhanced vision, hypernormal focus or an expert golf swing? We're closer than you might think.
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What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun? | David Graeber | The Baffler

What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun? | David Graeber | The Baffler | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
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13 Quotes That Show Why Libertarian Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Is A Scary Genius

13 Quotes That Show Why Libertarian Tech Billionaire Peter Thiel Is A Scary Genius | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
He's a libertarian. But he has also funded the secretive data-mining company Palantir, which works for the FBI and the CIA.
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Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood Chat

A passive trap for flying insects.
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California farmers ban together to fight nut rustlers

California farmers ban together to fight nut rustlers | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The soaring value of California's nut crops is attracting a new breed of thieves who have been making off with the pricey commodities by the truckload, recalling images of cattle rustlers of bygone days.
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Freakonomics » Meditating on Those Sunk Costs

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Holmes Helps Americans Go To Hell - The Volokh Conspiracy

Holmes Helps Americans Go To Hell - The Volokh Conspiracy | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The clash between the classical liberalism of the Constitution—which holds that individual rights are primary, and democracy is secondary, and limited by individual rights—and the “wolf’s view” of politics—which...
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The Man Who Would Teach Machines to Think

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Douglas Hofstadter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Gödel, Escher, Bach, thinks we've lost sight of what artificial intelligence really means. His stubborn quest to replicate the human mind.
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A Green Revolution, This Time for Africa

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High-yield wheat and rice produced dramatic gains in harvests in Asia and Latin America. Is it Africa’s turn now?
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What makes most restaurant reviews worthless

What makes most restaurant reviews worthless | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Not just the general reason why they are bad, but rather a very specific reason.  Caitlin Dewey reports about: …a new paper appropriately titled “Demographics, Weather and Online Reviews.” The study analyzed 1.1 million online reviews of 840,000 restaurants, looking […]
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Underbelly: The Greatest Mass Extinction since the Spanish Flu

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Gwyneth Paltrow Talks to Terry Gross About Uncoupling

Gwyneth Paltrow Talks to Terry Gross About Uncoupling | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
She announced that she and Chris Martin are “consciously uncoupling.” Gwyneth, welcome to “Fresh Air.”
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A Conversation With Richard Rodriguez: Will The World End With A Prayer?

A Conversation With Richard Rodriguez: Will The World End With A Prayer? | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The most striking aspect of Richard Rodriguez's latest book, Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography, was its attempt to understand 9/11 in an empathetic way. His response to that atrocity was to draw c...
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"True Detective": Down the Bayou (Far From Any Road) -

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True Detective: Landscape, sacrifice, and American horror
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“Yes, I’m Afraid These Are All Terrifying Abysses”

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Whenever I read the work of the late German writer W.G. Sebald, I get distracted here and there by a preoccupation with the fact that he worked for most of his life as an academic. Probably this is because I’ve spent many of my years in a similar environment, and...
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Balkinization: Reifying Racism: Real Property as Information Law

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On the Edge: Drop the nature-nurture debate

On the Edge: Drop the nature-nurture debate | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
From the Edge symposium, the distinctions between what's learned and what's innate may look natural, but they're no longer scientifically useful.
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stealth of nations: Against Economics

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Does Evolution Evolve Under Pressure? - Wired Science

Does Evolution Evolve Under Pressure? - Wired Science | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Bacteria, yeast and other organisms that are under stress undergo more frequent mutations, which might be an evolutionary mechanism to help them cope with changing environments.
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