What our culture wants
Why do reports of positive results for psi experiments, even by respected researchers in high-profile journals, tend to recede from view without consequence? And is there any way that psi research could be re-accepted into mainstream science?
Intensifying “selection pressures” from the Internet and other aspects of modern life may be separating people into two broad cultures — the cognitively strong and the cognitively weak
Shark attacks wouldn’t seem so improbable if we knew more about their risk factors
Given what we already know about gene variants that predispose some people to nicotine addiction, federal permission for the sale of tobacco products — with or without graphic warning labels — looks like a nationwide eugenics project.
Robot car technology is yet another case of geeks bearing gifts — gifts which are bound to disemploy millions.
Hey kids — it’s time to put away childish things. Unless you want to end up working in some Appalachian sweatshop, making Nike Airs for a billion wealthy Chinese (whose parents had the foresight not to indulge their own children with summer vacations)…
“But when American students are competing with children around the world, who are in many cases spending four weeks longer in school each year, larking through summer is a luxury we can’t afford.”
What ancient logic lies behind our modern endurance-for-charity events?
World’s Most Dangerous Idea: That cultural evolution is always good.
Are East Asians for genetic reasons more likely to become Internet addicts? The suggestion is more plausible than it might seem. Indeed, modern life, with all its entertaining stimuli, might even be exerting Darwinian selection pressures against more addiction-prone ethnic groups.
Truly human-like robots are still a long way off. But simpler A.I. systems that automate packaging and delivery could bring an end to the dominance of brick and mortar retail, sooner than you think.
Are we nearing the tipping point for a runaway labor market collapse?
What if the Fed traded like a hedge fund, for profit? How much money could it earn for the Treasury? What would the tradeoffs be?