Monthly Archives: July 2013

Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect

We are profoundly social creatures – more than we know. In Social, renowned psychologist Matthew Lieberman explores groundbreaking research in social neuroscience revealing that our need to connect with other people is even more fundamental, more basic, than our need for … Continue reading

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The Future of Humanity

Nick Bostrom, Future of Humanity Institute, Faculty of Philosophy & James Martin 21st Century School, Oxford University, http://www.nickbostrom.com Published in New Waves in Philosophy of Technology, eds. Jan-Kyrre Berg Olsen, Evan Selinger, & Soren Riis (New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2009) … Continue reading

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Jack London for 116 years

I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. Jack London July 25, 1897: After spending his early teens as a cannery worker and oyster pirate (!), novelist Jack … Continue reading

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Billy Graham on technology and faith

Speaking at TED in 1998, Rev. Billy Graham marvels at technology’s power to improve lives and change the world — but says the end of evil, suffering and death will come only after the world accepts Christ. A legendary talk … Continue reading

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Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid … Continue reading

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Lisa Randall: How Will This Age Be Remembered?

A time of short-sighted greed. How do I think . . . I think this age is very likely to be remembered as a time when we made a lot of mistakes in this country. I think we’re . . … Continue reading

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Lisa Randall’s Guide to the Galaxy

And now she thinks she and her Harvard physics colleagues have found something new. What she is excited about is “dark matter,” which—along with “dark energy”—makes up the vast majority of the known universe. The current estimate is that 70 … Continue reading

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Stem-cell therapies

Prometheus unbound Researchers have yet to realise the old dream of regenerating organs. But they are getting closer Jul 6th 2013 |From the print edition PROMETHEUS, a Titan bound to a rock by Zeus, endured the daily torture of an … Continue reading

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Detroit’s Bankruptcy and America’s Future: Robots, Race, Globalization and the 1%

The big question is whether Detroit’s bankruptcy and likely further decline is a fluke or whether it tells us something about the dystopia that the United States is becoming. It seems to me that the city’s problems are the difficulties … Continue reading

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Global crime networks

http://www.ted.com/talks/misha_glenny_investigates_global_crime_networks.html Journalist Misha Glenny spent several years in a courageous investigation of organized crime networks worldwide, which have grown to an estimated 15% of the global economy. From the Russian mafia, to giant drug cartels, his sources include not just … Continue reading

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

By Lawrence Krauss: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw7v6EzJDNM&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecs

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Does life have a purpose?

http://www.aeonmagazine.com/world-views/does-life-have-a-purpose/# Einstein said: “The purpose of life is to ask what is the purpose of life.” Some comments: The most fundamental conceptual point is that there is nothing about a manmade machine that inherently “cares” whether its “purpose” is achieved … Continue reading

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