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When Academic Disagreement Becomes Harassment and Persecution

Jo Boaler: Honest academic debate lies at the core of good scholarship. But what happens when, under the guise of academic freedom, people distort the truth in order to promote their position and discredit someone’s evidence? I have suffered serious intellectual persecution for a number of years and decided it is now time to reveal the details.

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Philosophy will be the key that unlocks artificial intelligence

Philosophy will be the key that unlocks artificial intelligence | Gavagai | Scoop.it

David Deutsch: AI is achievable, but it will take more than computer science and neuroscience to develop machines that think like people.

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Body swapping and out-of-body experiences – a how-to guide

Body swapping and out-of-body experiences – a how-to guide | Gavagai | Scoop.it

During an out-of-body experience (OBE) a person finds his or her centre of consciousness displaced from their physical body. Research suggests around 10% of people have had an OBE, where they have experienced leaving their body and viewing it from a different location in the room.

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Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer simulation

Physicists say there may be a way to prove that we live in a computer simulation | Gavagai | Scoop.it

According to Silas Beane and his team at the University of Bonn in Germany, a simulation of the universe should still have constraints, no matter how powerful. These limitations, they argue, would be observed by the people within the simulation as a kind of constraint on physical processes.

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Colonised and coloniser, empire's poison infects us all

Colonised and coloniser, empire's poison infects us all | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ideas that underpinned Britain's imperial project led not only to torture in Kenya, but war and catastrophe in Europe.

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Milky Way Speed Racer: Star Near Black Hole Could Test Einstein’s Relativity

Milky Way Speed Racer: Star Near Black Hole Could Test Einstein’s Relativity | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Astronomers have found a star so close to the massive black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy that its orbit around the gravitational Goliath is only 11-and-a-half years. Its discovery may test the very fundamentals of physics.

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Jack Smart has died

Jack Smart has died | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Twitterverse is reporting that Jack (J. J. C.) Smart has died at the age of 92. Smart was a very influential philosopher who, although born in the UK, was regarded as an Australian materialist.

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Evolution is 'lies straight from Hell'

Evolution is 'lies straight from Hell' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Rep. Paul Broun's (R-GA) is a member of the House Science Committee. These remarks were part of his speech at the Liberty Baptist Church Sportsman's Banquet on September 27, 2012, in Hartwell, Georgia.

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Life created from eggs made from skin cells

Life created from eggs made from skin cells | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Stem cells made from skin have become 'grandparents' after generations of life were created in experiments by scientists in Japan.

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Soul Suicide: Alas, the fragrant Sufi core of Sunniism is drying up

Soul Suicide: Alas, the fragrant Sufi core of Sunniism is drying up | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The pogrom-like atmosphere gathering apace vis-a-vis its minorities in Pakistan is a far graver threat to society than is commonly realised. Sunnis, the majority community, do not appear to perceive that what is at stake is not an ‘altruistic’ concern for some weak, insignificant others.

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The Best Way to Find Aliens: Look for Their Solar Power Plants

The Best Way to Find Aliens: Look for Their Solar Power Plants | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A team of astronomers is now looking for Dyson Spheres, massive star-scale solar power plants that extraterrestrial hunters hope alien civilizations employ.

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Martha Nussbaum: How to write about poverty

Martha Nussbaum: How to write about poverty | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The English novel was a social protest movement from the start, and its aim was frequently to acquaint middle-class people with the reality of various social ills.

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Angry Birds, The Particle Physics Board Game

Angry Birds, The Particle Physics Board Game | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Angry Birds-maker Rovio and CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, are to collaborate on developing 'fun learning experiences' aimed at getting kids engaged with science.

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The murky allure of the Loch Ness monster

The murky allure of the Loch Ness monster | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A scientist has spent four painstaking decades studying the loch best known for the creature affectionately known as 'Nessie'. Why does this mythical monster hold such fascination for so many people?

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What number is halfway between 1 and 9? Is it 5 — or 3?

What number is halfway between 1 and 9? Is it 5 — or 3? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

 new information-theoretical model of human sensory perception and memory sheds light on some peculiarities of the nervous system.

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Quantum pioneers win Nobel prize

Quantum pioneers win Nobel prize | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The 2012 Nobel physics prize goes to two scientists for controlling single particles to yield a picture of the world at the most fundamental level.

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Move over DNA: Six new molecules can carry genes

Move over DNA: Six new molecules can carry genes | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Artificial nucleic acids have proved capable of storing genetic information and passing it on, and some can evolve in the lab.

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Pay attention… Time for lessons at animal school

Pay attention… Time for lessons at animal school | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Many species like meerkats school their offspring much like we do. But do they learn lessons like humans?

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Karl Popper, the enemy of certainty: the craving to be right

Karl Popper, the enemy of certainty: the craving to be right | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The knowledge and certainty claims that are common to so many modern ideologies run contrary to Popper's thinking.

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Report: Poor science education impairs U.S. economy

Report: Poor science education impairs U.S. economy | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Stagnant scientific education imperils U.S. economic leadership, says a report by leading business and science figures.

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Do You Only Have a Brain? On Thomas Nagel

Do You Only Have a Brain? On Thomas Nagel | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Nagel’s is the latest in what has become a small cottage industry involving a handful of prominent senior philosophers expressing skepticism about aspects of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.

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Noam Chomsky: Issues That Obama and Romney Avoid

Noam Chomsky: Issues That Obama and Romney Avoid | Gavagai | Scoop.it

With the quadrennial presidential election extravaganza reaching its peak, it’s useful to ask how the political campaigns are dealing with the most crucial issues we face. The simple answer is: badly, or not at all. If so, some important questions arise: why, and what can we do about it?

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