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The answers aren't as important as the questions. Here are links to things that have me pondering.
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Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Meditation's benefits may derive from its impact on the shape of the brain, thickening parts associated with mind-wandering, memory and compassion, and shrinking the fear center
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When You’re Poor, Life’s Little Annoyances Actually Ruin Your Life

When You’re Poor, Life’s Little Annoyances Actually Ruin Your Life | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Excerpted from Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado. Out now from Putnam. I once lost a whole truck over a few hundred bucks. It
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Ancient bottom wipers yield evidence of diseases carried along the Silk Road

Ancient bottom wipers yield evidence of diseases carried along the Silk Road | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
‘Personal hygiene sticks’ excavated from a 2,000-year-old latrine pit have preserved evidence of the transmission route for infectious diseases
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The two most dangerous numbers in the universe are threatening the end of physics

The two most dangerous numbers in the universe are threatening the end of physics | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
A deeply disturbing and controversial line of thinking has emerged within the physics community. It's the idea that we are reaching the absolute limit of what we can understand about the world around us through science. 
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The world’s losers are revolting, and Brexit is only the beginning

The world’s losers are revolting, and Brexit is only the beginning | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Brexit represents the end of the end of history
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'Britain's Atlantis' found at bottom of North sea - a huge undersea world swallowed by the sea in 7000BC ...

'Britain's Atlantis' found at bottom of North sea - a huge undersea world swallowed by the sea in 7000BC ... | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Doggerland was an area of land, now lying beneath the southern North Sea, that connected Great Britain to mainland Europe during and after the last…
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The Babayagas’ house, a feminist alternative to old people’s homes, opens in Paris 

The Babayagas’ house, a feminist alternative to old people’s homes, opens in Paris  | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
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Why even driving through suburbia is soul crushing

Why even driving through suburbia is soul crushing | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
I’ve written some in the past about how the predominant suburban design in the US is among the worst features of life here—viewed from the perspective of a European immigrant like me, at any rate. Far from posing a mere logistical or aesthetic problem, it shapes–or perhaps more accurately, it circumscribes–our experience of life and our social relationship
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Atheists don’t need faith, any more than we need religion 

Atheists don’t need faith, any more than we need religion  | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Religion is on the decline in the UK, but any attempt to suggest that non-believers simply have a different kind of faith is misplaced. Our values are rooted in everyday joys
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AI will create 'useless class' of human, predicts bestselling historian

AI will create 'useless class' of human, predicts bestselling historian | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Smarter artificial intelligence is one of 21st century’s most dire threats, writes Yuval Noah Harari in follow-up to Sapiens
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This is the future and it's here already.

“Children alive today will face the consequences. Most of what people learn in school or in college will probably be irrelevant by the time they are 40 or 50. If they want to continue to have a job, and to understand the world, and be relevant to what is happening, people will have to reinvent themselves again and again, and faster and faster.”
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What it means to "hold space" for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well  

What it means to "hold space" for people, plus eight tips on how to do it well   | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Some of my best lessons in what it means to hold space for people came from a palliative care nurse.
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The end of capitalism has begun

The end of capitalism has begun | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Without us noticing, we are entering the postcapitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. The old ways will take a long while to disappear, but it’s time to be utopian
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Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice

Creativity Is Much More Than 10,000 Hours of Deliberate Practice | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Creators are not mere experts. Instead of deliberately practicing down an already existing path, they often create their own path for others to follow
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Do we really want to fuse our brains together? 

New research puts us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?
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Bad Sources And The Spread of Disinformation

Bad Sources And The Spread of Disinformation | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Many bad sources go viral on a regular basis, often because most people do not check the sources they claim to be citing. Do your part: inform your friends
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The day that killed optimism 

The day that killed optimism  | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
 The morning of 1st July, 1916, the opening of the Battle of the Somme, “marked the end of an age of optimism in British life that has never been restored,” as historian John Keegan puts it. But the four years of the First World War also marked one of the greatest leaps forward in technological innovation that the world has seen. Some forces went into the war in 1914 with horses and swords; four years later, the tank had been invented, reliable machine guns, and aircraft capable of firing forwards through their propellers. It was one of the most fertile periods of innovation, contributing to the growth and inventions of the 20th century—Prospect has explored the question of whether we have now reached the end of that period of innovation and economic expansion. In this essay, prompted by a new collection of rarely seen photographs, Geoff Dyer, the novelist and writer, reflects on the transformation from pastoral scenes of 1914 to desolation.
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Arab Free-thinkers and Humanists - Arab Humanists العرب الإنسانويون

Arab Free-thinkers and Humanists - Arab Humanists العرب الإنسانويون | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Contemporary free-thinkers and rationalists  There is a large number of liberals and secularists in the Arab world in addition to a growing number of individuals who identify as non-religious. Many might not necessarily identify as humanists but agree on the principles and share a common goal. Below are just a few of some well-known outspoken …
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Climate scientists, mourning Earth's losses, should make their voices heard  

Climate scientists, mourning Earth's losses, should make their voices heard   | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Sarah Myhre: Climate scientists are feeling the need to engage in social leadership before it’s too late
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What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?  

What Are the Odds We Are Living in a Computer Simulation?   | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Joshua Rothman writes about the suggestion by Elon Musk that we might be living in a simulated environment created by our descendants in the future.
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Failing phytoplankton, failing oxygen: Global warming disaster could suffocate life on planet Earth

Failing phytoplankton, failing oxygen: Global warming disaster could suffocate life on planet Earth | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Falling oxygen levels caused by global warming could be a greater threat to the survival of life on planet Earth than flooding, according to new research.
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This is how it feels to learn your memories are fiction

This is how it feels to learn your memories are fiction | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Due to an unusual illness, Matthew creates false memories that seem as vivid as the real thing. He’s had to learn to live with a past that is as uncertain as the future.
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We are witnessing the rise of global authoritarianism on a chilling scale

We are witnessing the rise of global authoritarianism on a chilling scale | Deep Thought | Scoop.it
Many have observed the authoritarianism underlying the campaign of US presidential hopeful Donald J. Trump, most vividly brought into relief by the attempts to quash protest, to muzzle the press, to stoke violent confrontations, and to deny culpability for any of it. The Harvard scholar Pippa Norris has recently warned that Trump is par
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