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Book Recommendation: The Evolution of Everything

Just finished listening to The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge by Matt Ridley.  This book had been on my Audible wishlist for quite...

Calling Bullshit — Course Lectures

A sign of the Times? "We will record and post all ten lectures from our Spring 2017 course. Each will be presented here as it...

Aristotle’s Timeless Advice on What Real Friendship Is and Why It Matters

"The final form of friendship that Aristotle outlined is also the most preferable out of the three. Rather than utility or pleasure, this kind of...

How Technology Could Help Fix Our Broken Financial System 

The modern financial system has become dangerously complex. Increasing transparency would reduce risk, but that requires modeling the monetary circuit at a level...

One More Really Big Reason to Read Stories to Children 

"When you read stories to your children, you may be providing them with wonderful opportunities for moral growth. As they listen to stories, children...

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality 

"Likely nothing can stop the coming wave of AI-generated content—if we even wanted to. At its worst, scammers and political operatives will deploy machine learning...

Peter Thiel bets on magic mushrooms to treat depression 

A for-profit company that Peter Thiel invests in has plans to start clinical trials of magic mushrooms for depression within the first three...

What Is The Future of Distributed Consensus? A Conversation With The Inventor Of Hashgraph,...

"In this hour-long conversation, we address some of the latest concerns from the blockchain community, as well as some exciting new use cases for Hashgraph. Leemon also shares...
Time

This Present Moment: Experience and Physics (Podcast)

What is now? What is the present moment? These questions continue to stagger us, for nothing i s so simultaneously familiar and alien than the passage...

Bitcoin could cost us our clean-energy future | Grist

In just a few months from now, at bitcoin’s current growth rate, the electricity demanded by the cryptocurrency network will start to outstrip what’s...

Physicist explores the possibility of vestiges of a universe previous to the Big Bang

"Neves challenges the idea that time had a beginning and reintroduces the possibility that the current expansion was preceded by contraction. "I believe the Big Bang...