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The Ageless and the Useless

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In The Religion of the Future, Roberto Unger, a professor of law at Harvard, identifies humanity's three "irreparable flaws": mortality, groundlessness, and insatiability. We are plagued by death. ...
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Every Building on Every Block: A Time Capsule of 1930s New York - The New York Times

Every Building on Every Block: A Time Capsule of 1930s New York - The New York Times | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Starting in the late 1930s, New York City set out to photograph every property. With those recently digitized photographs in hand, we went back to see how the city has changed — and how it hasn’t.
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Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today | Aeon Essays

Hume is the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need today | Aeon Essays | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Hume believed we were nothing more or less than human: that’s why he’s the amiable, modest, generous philosopher we need now
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Why They Suck: How Michelangelo Made the Reformation Necessary | www.splicetoday.com

He favored big chunky bodies; even his women look like Channing Tatum. || Crispin Sartwell
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“It’s Going to Be 600 Pages Long”: An Interview with Jason Lutes | The Comics Journal

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The Educational Tyranny of the Neurotypicals

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The current school system is too rigid, and it’s designed for a different world anyway.
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Opinion | We Are Merging With Robots. That’s a Good Thing. - The New York Times

Opinion | We Are Merging With Robots. That’s a Good Thing. - The New York Times | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The old boundaries of the human self are being blurred by technology. The risks are real, but the potential is astounding.
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The Tech Backlash We Really Need

The Tech Backlash We Really Need | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Silicon Valley will only be strengthened by its present scandals unless we ask deeper questions, writes L. M. Sacasas
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Why the Most Important Idea in Behavioral Decision-Making Is a Fallacy

Why the Most Important Idea in Behavioral Decision-Making Is a Fallacy | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The popular idea that avoiding losses is a bigger motivator than achieving gains is not supported by the evidence
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Teens Debate Big Issues on Instagram Flop Accounts

Teens Debate Big Issues on Instagram Flop Accounts | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
More teenagers are getting their information from so-called flop accounts.
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Nearly 1,000 Paintings & Drawings by Vincent van Gogh Now Digitized and Put Online: View/Download the Collection



Every artist explores dimensions of space and place, orienting themselves and their works in the world, and orienting their audiences. Then there are artists like Vincent van Gogh, who make space and place a primary subject.
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For the Love of Mars

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James Poulos on why settling the Red Planet would lift us from our antihuman malaise
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Our Fortunetelling Genes

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A new tool for assessing hundreds of thousands of small genetic differences can predict psychological attributes from birth. It will transform how we see ourselves, our capacities and our problems.
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Facebook Is Full of Emotional-Support Groups

Facebook Is Full of Emotional-Support Groups | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
People are sharing their deepest secrets on Facebook. Does the social network understand what it’s gotten into?
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When Tech Knows You Better Than You Know Yourself

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Historian Yuval Noah Harari and ethicist Tristan Harris discuss the future of artificial intelligence with WIRED editor in chief Nicholas Thompson.
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The Causal Revolutionary

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We have never internalized how profound this dichotomy is, which Nancy Cartwright immortalized in: "No causes in no causes out." This means that statistics and big-data cannot answer ANY causal question, for example, what will happen if we intervene (say ban cigarettes) or what would have happened had we acted differently. The latter being counterfactual.

Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Judea Pearl.
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He Was the Visual Voice of the Village Voice - The New York Times

He Was the Visual Voice of the Village Voice - The New York Times | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Fred W. McDarrah’s style was candid, skeptical, fun-loving and humane. Now a book and exhibition shed light on this chronicler of 1950s and ’60s New York.
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Opinion | The Beast in Me - The New York Times

Opinion | The Beast in Me - The New York Times | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
We tend to forget we are animals, until we become prey.
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How to tell the difference between persuasion and manipulation | Aeon Ideas

How to tell the difference between persuasion and manipulation | Aeon Ideas | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
We influence each other in many ways besides pure reason. What’s the moral difference between persuasion and manipulation?
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Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not

Why Westerners Fear Robots and the Japanese Do Not | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The hierarchies of Judeo-Christian religions mean that those cultures tend to fear their overlords. Beliefs like Shinto and Buddhism are more conducive to have faith in peaceful coexistence.
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New Study: The Genetics of Staying in School

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Researchers have found 1,271 gene variants associated with years of formal education. That’s important, but not for the obvious reasons.
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Faith, Fertility, and the Fate of American Religion

Faith, Fertility, and the Fate of American Religion | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The United States just passed a critical statistical landmark, one that I think – I fear – has immense implications for the nation’s religious life. If I am right, and we are dealing with early days, we might seriously be looking at the opening stages of a large scale process of secularization. After being reported …
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The Zuckerberg Follies | Dave Denison

The Zuckerberg Follies | Dave Denison | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan says in his new book that there are only two things wrong with Facebook: “how it works and how people use it.”
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