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Smart Philosophy Idiots – Babies End Racism – 1000 Bucks For Your Genes – Magic Island On Titan – Female Computers To The Moon

Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy? – If babies were randomly allocated to families would racism end? – For $999, Veritas Genetics Will Put Your Genome on a Smartphone App – Spacecraft finds “magic island” in hydrocarbon seas of Titan – How Female Computers Mapped the Universe and Brought America to the Moon – Finding hope in Parkinson’s disease treatments – Can Nicotine Be Good for You? – Five myths about heroin – What Aging Parents Want From Their Kids – These researchers tracked Banksy like a serial killer to reveal his identity – Is Amy Tan actually ‘thrilled’ a leech is named after her? – What Death Row Inmates Say in Their Last Words

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Transparency In Psychology – Microdosing LSD – AI & The Future Of Civilization – How We Lost The Moon

New Critique Sees Flaws in Landmark Analysis of Psychology Studies – Can very small doses of LSD make you a better worker? – The Disturbing Truth About How Ecstasy Affects the Brain – AI & The Future Of Civilization – How we lost the moon – When Biology Meets Ideology – Female genital cutting: Harm, human rights and the possibility of a sex-neutral approach – YOUR BRAIN AS YOU AGE – BOYS LIKE THE GIRLS – Toward an Understanding of Zika’s Neurological Dangers – Why Are Some Doctors Arguing for a Return to Dangerous, Exhausting Work Hours? – A New Way to Trick the Brain and Beat Jet Lag – Think big, be free, have sex … 10 reasons to be an existentialist – Families of Choice Are Remaking America

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Super Intelligence – Death of Bitcoin – Ecosystem Network and Stem Cell Research

Stephen Hsu from Nautilus on: Super-Intelligent Humans Are Coming – Genetic engineering will one day create the smartest humans who have ever lived. – Tom Simonite from MIT Technology Review on: Bitcoin Transactions Get Stranded as Cryptocurrency Maxes Out – Bitcoin hit a capacity limit that could hamper dreams of it becoming widely used. – Aeon Videos presents: How the Maths of Network Resilience Could Help Us Preserve At Risk Ecosystems – Dana Goodyear from The New Yorker on: The Stress Test – Rivalries, intrigue, and fraud in the world of stem-cell research. – Elahe Izadi from The Washington Post on: It’s not just sadness. – Happiness can break your heart, too. – Theodora Stoica from knowingneurons on: Digging Out The “Earworms:” Involuntary Musical Imagery Correlates With Cortical Structure

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Autotelic Personality – Swear Words – Cognitive Dissonance – Inner Earth – Space Travel

Jeanette Bicknell from Nautilus on: How to Learn to Love to Practice – Rebecca Roache from aeon on: Naughty Words – What makes swear words so offensive? It’s not their meaning or even their sound. Is language itself a red herring here? – Christian Jarret from NYMag’s Science of Us on: Can Neuroscience Explain Why Some People Are Total Pushovers? – Sandeep Ravindran from Smithsonian on: Inner Earth Is Teeming With Exotic Forms of Life – More than a mile below the surface, our planet supports diverse creatures that could give us clues about life across the solar system – Marina Koren from the Atlantic on: What One Year of Space Travel Does to the Human Body – After months aboard the International Space Station, Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are coming home.

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Deep Speech – DNA Revolution – Thinking Machines – Poor Science Education – Scattering of Ashes

Tom Simonite from MIT Technology Review on: Conversational Interfaces – Powerful speech technology from China’s leading Internet company makes it much easier to use a smartphone. – David Reich from Harvard Medical School via edge: The Genomic Ancient DNA Revolution – A New Way to Investigate the Past. – Luke Hewitt on his [thinking machines]-blog on: Priors and Prejudice in Thinking Machines. – Lydia Lum from the Atlantic on: The Consequences of Poor Science Education in Kindergarten. – Bob Tedeschi from STAT on: For loved ones, scattering of ashes becomes a healing journey

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Empathy Is Learned, Not Lost

The most prominent reason why the majority of human beings in good mental health cannot turn off empathy has to do with evolution. Mirror neurons are responsible for firing under specific social conditions…

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