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Benefit from Chaos: 3 Steps to Antifragility

By: “Wind extinguishes a candle and energizes fire,” Nassim Taleb begins in his latest book Antifragile. “Likewise with randomness, uncertainty, chaos: you want to use them, not hide from them. You want to be the fire and wish for the wind. “We just don’t want to just survive uncertainty, to just about make it. […]

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Here’s What Just a Few Days Without Electronic Devices Did for Children Reading Human Emotion

By: Researchers suggest children’s social skills are declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. Scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at reading […]

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Dancing with the Hologram

By: You have to admit, even if all of this is a construct for some seemingly unknown purpose, this is an incredible world we’re inhabiting. This spontaneous creative Force we’re engulfed in and intrinsically interwoven into is absolutely spectacular despite all the obstacles we encounter. That there’s an invasive parasitic force at work trying […]

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Emails Reveal Close Relationship Between Psychology Group and CIA

By: Newly released emails show a close relationship between the American Psychological Association and the psychologists who helped create the architecture of the CIA’s torture program. One email between CIA psychologist Kirk Hubbard and an executive from the American Psychology Association, or APA, makes a thinly cloaked reference to the role in interrogations of […]

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Why Can’t We Read Anymore?

By: Last year, I read four books. The reasons for that low number are, I guess, the same as your reasons for reading fewer books than you think you should have read last year: I’ve been finding it harder and harder to concentrate on words, sentences, paragraphs. Let alone chapters. Chapters often have page […]

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U.S. Sociologist Exposes a World of “Real Vampires”

By: Jamie Seidel of There really are vampires among us, lurking in the shadows of society and hiding in plain sight. Are they really monsters? Or just misunderstood? One academic has stepped into their world of darkness to find out. DOCTOR John Edgar Browning has been working among them for the past five years […]

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The End of Asymmetric Information

By: Alex Tabarrok and Tyler Cowen of Might the age of asymmetric information – for better or worse – be over? Market institutions are rapidly evolving to a situation where very often the buyer and the seller have roughly equal knowledge. Technological developments are giving everyone who wants it access to the very best […]

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Time to Quit

By: James Altucher of I lost my keys and was locked out my apartment. It was the middle of the night and I had nowhere to go. I left a message for the landlady. I tried to climb up the fire escape to see if I could sneak in but I’m afraid of heights. […]

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How to Cope with the Energy Vampires in Your Life

By: Andrew May of Ever noticed how some people light up a room when they walk in? Their very presence fills you with energy and an abundance of life. On the flip side, have you noticed how sometimes a room only lightens up once a certain person has left? Those people who leave you […]

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Carefully Timed Questions Can Bias Moral Decisions

By: Cathleen O’Grady of Where people look while making a decision is an indicator of their thought processes. Given the choice between a candy bar and potato chips, if you look at the chips more, that’s a clue that you’ll probably choose them. According to a recent paper in PNAS, this influence can work […]

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The Ugliest Sign in America

By: Dan Koeppel of I’m just going to come out and say it: This is the most ubiquitous ugly object in America. Sure, our nation is obsessed with miltary-sized automobiles for personal use, backyard Bigfoot statues, and chicken nuggets— and all those things are grotesque and common. But this 20-inch placard, with a pair […]

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What I Saw at the Conspiracy Theory Conference

By: Jesse Walker of “I get the feeling that a lot of philosophers can poke a hole in anything,” Ted Goertzel complained, his voice radiating with prickly impatience. The site was the University of Miami, where nearly 50 scholars from institutions across Europe and America had gathered to discuss conspiracy theories in a room […]

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Michael Jackson: Posthuman

By: Susan Fast of Mark Ryden’s art for Michael Jackson’s 1991 album Dangerous. Augusto Podrido/Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND The album cover for Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous was painted by American pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden. In it, he depicts a world in which the boundaries between human and animal, living and dead, whole and part, and […]

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