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Human Condition
An examination of challenges facing humans in general
Curated by James Burns
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Your app makes me fat

Your app makes me fat | Human Condition | Scoop.it
In 1999, Professor Baba Shiv (currently at Stanford) and his co-author Alex
Fedorikhin did a simple experiment on 165 grad students.They asked half to
memorize a seven-digit number and the other half to memorize a two-digit number.
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Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class

Jaron Lanier: The Internet destroyed the middle class | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Kodak employed 140,000 people. Instagram, 13. A digital visionary says the Web kills jobs, wealth -- even democracy
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With few other outlets, inmates review prisons on Yelp

With few other outlets, inmates review prisons on Yelp | Human Condition | Scoop.it
The site best known for restaurant reviews has also become a place to report serious abuse.
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Rehabilitation or Punishment: When we think of someone in prison what do we desire for them?

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Stop externalising your life | James Shakespeare

Stop externalising your life | James Shakespeare | Human Condition | Scoop.it
I design and build websites, I write things in English and computer-speak and I'm an all-round good egg.
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"The key thing to remember is that you are not enriching your experiences by sharing them online; you’re detracting from them because all your efforts are focussed on making them look attractive to other people. Your experience of something, even if similar to the experience of many others, is unique and cannot be reproduced within the constraints of social media. So internalise that experience instead. Think about it. Go home and think about it some more. Write about it in more than 140 characters; on paper even. Paint a picture of it. Talk about it face to face with your friends. Talk about how it made you feel."

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Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town

Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Two years after the the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the following tsunami and nuclear disaster, a large area around the failed Fukushima nuclear plant is still considered an exclusion zone...
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So...I Bought A Firetruck

So...I Bought A Firetruck | Human Condition | Scoop.it
When I was a little guy I was infatuated with firetrucks. That's probably not unusual. Boys like trucks. But kids usually grow out of this kind of thing. I didn't. I'm 32 and a half years old and never stopped thinking firetrucks are awesome.
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Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America

Unfit for Work: The startling rise of disability in America | Human Condition | Scoop.it
In the past three decades, the number of Americans who are on disability has skyrocketed.
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Schneier on Security: Restoring Trust in Government and the Internet

Schneier on Security: Restoring Trust in Government and the Internet | Human Condition | Scoop.it

Oversight involves meaningful constraints on the NSA, the FBI and others. This will be a combination of things: a court system that acts as a third-party advocate for the rule of law rather than a rubber-stamp organization, a legislature that understands what these organizations are doing and regularly debates requests for increased power, and vibrant public-sector watchdog groups that analyze and debate the government's actions.

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The $12 Gongkai Phone « bunnie's blog

The $12 Gongkai Phone « bunnie's blog | Human Condition | Scoop.it
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The price of the means of communication is falling. What are the impacts for the non-Western world?

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Saturday Soapbox: The high cost of free-to-play

Saturday Soapbox: The high cost of free-to-play | Human Condition | Scoop.it
The Dutch called it tulpenwoede. In 1635, as Dutch society was enjoying its golden age, a craze for tulips swept the country. At the height of the fad, a si…
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Now My Kinect Can Tell Me If I’m Depressed With 90% Accuracy

Now My Kinect Can Tell Me If I’m Depressed With 90% Accuracy | Human Condition | Scoop.it
Kinect may not still be the end-all must have device in the living room for the gamer set but it is still being ...
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Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Politics News | Rolling Stone

Cruel and Unusual Punishment: The Shame of Three Strikes Laws | Politics News | Rolling Stone | Human Condition | Scoop.it
While Wall Street crooks walk, thousands sit in California prisons for life over crimes as trivial as stealing socks
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Amusing Ourselves to Death: Huxley vs Orwell | High Existence

A clever comic over on the accuracy of George Orwell's predictions about future society over those of Aldous Huxley. It's informative and scary at the same time.
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Wherein SFPD is still going surveillance-nutty.

Wherein SFPD is still going surveillance-nutty. | Human Condition | Scoop.it
We got a funny phone call today, and by "funny" I mean "not actually even a little funny." Officer Chan, the permitting officer for SFPD, called to remind us that we're required to have video surveillance that records everything our customers do,...
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Best Advice: What I Learned from a Sex-Crazed Short-Order Cook

Best Advice: What I Learned from a Sex-Crazed Short-Order Cook | Human Condition | Scoop.it
I know when business leaders dispense the best advice they ever got, it's supposed to come from other titans of industry. But mine came from a food-splattered, sex-crazed short-order cook at a
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Is getting rich worth it? - curaqion

Is getting rich worth it? - curaqion | Human Condition | Scoop.it
curaqion is a monthly curation of high quality answers from fascinating topics and questions on Quora.
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