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There’s One Thing We Still Haven’t Learned About the Internet

Enjoyed this Essay.   "We’ve got to stop thinking of the internet as an extension of who we are, and start to realize that it’s an...

This could be the one key hormone that set us apart from apes

"Even though you might not believe it on a crowded subway train, humans have a unique set of social skills that set us apart...

The Science of the Keto Diet Explains Why Nobody Can Tell if it Works 

"Ketones are formed when the body starts using fat as its primary source of energy instead of the usual carbohydrates; the average person on...

Music may transcend cultural boundaries to become universally human – Harvard Gazette

  "The finding suggests that not only is music deeply rooted in human nature, but that some types of songs transcend cultural boundaries... “It seems like...

The Mental Benefits of Vacationing Somewhere New

"Coming off the winter holidays, most of us start dreaming of, if not planning, our spring and summer getaways. It’s tempting, of course, to...

The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life—A Review – Quillette

I just finished this myself and it's FANTASTIC. "The elephant in the room” is any important and obvious fact that, for whatever reason, no one...

Reward Work Not Wealth (Recommended Read)

  A good Briefing paper linked below. Worth your time if you care about Income Inequality and possible solutions. "Oxfam’s campaign and call for action are...

How to Raise a Prodigy (Achtung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art...

Some great advice here. Excerpts: "What typically emerges from looking at kids, gifted and ordinary, is that, from the kids’ point of view, accomplishment, that...

Are you sleepwalking now? What we now know about mind-wandering 

  "One of the most exciting recent research fields in neuroscience and experimental psychology is mind-wandering – the study of spontaneous or task-unrelated thoughts. Its results have radical implications...
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Balcony Conversations – Bitcoin Guy 

Some Bitcoin, Alt-Coin Humor

Psilocybin plus meditation alters psychological traits for the better, study finds 

"Mystical experiences, aided by the use of psychoactive substances, have played an important role in many cultures. Now scientists want to explore the effects...

Salvia Leads Chemists on a Psychedelic Existential Journey 

"ON AUGUST 2, synthetic organic chemist Ryan Shenvi stood before 300 people at the Natural Products and Bioactive Compounds conference and told them something he...

Should the FDA Ban People From Genetically Engineering Themselves?

"In the past few months, the possibility of do-it-yourself genetic engineering has exited the realm of the purely hypothetical. At a conference last fall,...

10 Science Books That Will Make You See the World Differently

"Science is often counterintuitive. When we become habituated to our environment our frame of reference reflects the minds of those around us and the...

The best border wall is a legal marijuana market

"In a paper published late last year in The Economic Journal, economists Evelina Gavrilova and Floris Zoutman and sociologist Takuma Kamada found that the creation...

We should look closely at what Adam Smith actually believed.

It is an irony of history that Smith’s most famous idea is now usually invoked as a defence of unregulated markets in the face...

In defense of skepticism about deep learning – Gary Marcus 

In a recent appraisal of deep learning (Marcus, 2018) I outlined ten challenges for deep learning, and suggested that deep learning by itself, although...

The Greatest Books of All Time, As Voted by 125 Famous Authors 

"Of the 544 separate titles selected, each is assigned a reverse-order point value based on the number position at which it appears on any...

Coinbase Insider Trading?

"I have long suspected insider trading regarding Litecoin and Coinbase/GDAX, the problem is I did not want to mention this publicly because of Charlie...

Great Ted Talk On Emotions and how we may have more control over them...

Lisa Barrett has studied emotions for 25 years, below she shares her exhaustive research and what she's learned.   If you would like to learn more...
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Exercise won’t help you lose much weight -Signed, Research

You know the drill: Join the gym on January 1 if you want to reach your New Year’s weight loss goal.   But in truth, the...

What exactly is this blockchain thing, anyway?

"One cause of confusion is the phrase the blockchain, which makes it sound like blockchain is one specific thing. In reality, the word blockchain is commonly used...

Supplements that seem to actually be worth the money.

I've found that nothing beats good high-quality food but I've been interested in supplements and nutrition my entire life.  Below are a few of...