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Web Searches Reveal What We’re Really Thinking

2018-05-27T07:52:40+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Identity, Mind, Science|

Google as a window into our private thoughts. This is all very entertaining, but according to economist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, who worked at Google as a data scientist (he is now an op-ed writer for the New York Times), such searches may act as a “digital truth serum” for deeper and darker thoughts. As he explains in

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What Is Dark Matter?

2018-05-27T08:05:27+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Science, Uncategorized|Tags: |

An elusive substance that permeates the universe exerts many detectable gravitational influences yet eludes direct detection www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-dark-matter1

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What Is Spacetime?

2018-05-27T08:09:34+00:00May 27th, 2018|Categories: Science, Uncategorized|Tags: |

Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like? www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-is-spacetime

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The Book of Why

2018-05-25T06:58:57+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Categories: Science, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: |

A Turing Prize-winning computer scientist and statistician shows how understanding causality has revolutionized science and will revolutionize artificial intelligence “Correlation is not causation.” This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a century, has led to a virtual prohibition on causal talk. “Correlation is not causation.” This mantra, chanted by scientists for more than a

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Benedict Cumberbatch Meets Albert Einstein in Carlo Rovelli’s New Audiobook

2018-05-16T06:40:37+00:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Science, Uncategorized|

THE ORDER OF TIME  By Carlo Rovelli Translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell Read by Benedict Cumberbatch 4 hours, 19 minutes. Penguin Audio. Some elements of Rovelli’s narrative, like the material on light cones and loop quantum gravity and spin networks, many readers will find incomprehensible. But the many other excellent explanations of science,

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This Random Videogame Powers Quantum Entanglement Experiments

2018-05-14T17:29:37+00:00May 14th, 2018|Categories: Science, Technology, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

IN OCTOBER 2016, while working in Rwanda, a biologist named Jordi Galbany heard about a new online game on one of his favorite podcasts, a Catalan-language radio show called "Versió Rac 1." Playing was simple, he learned: All you did was frantically press 1’s and 0’s as randomly as possible. Galbany was in. Between days of

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Nonfiction: What Does Quantum Physics Actually Tell Us About the World?

2018-05-20T02:41:20+00:00May 11th, 2018|Categories: Meta, Science, Uncategorized|Tags: , , |

Before that, the atom served as an increasingly useful hypothetical construct. At the same time, Einstein defined a new entity: a particle of light, the “light quantum,” now called the photon. Until then, everyone considered light to be a kind of wave. It didn’t bother Einstein that no one could observe this new thing. “It

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Free Will, Video Games, and Quantum Mechanics

2018-05-31T14:10:15+00:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Games, Science, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

he word “predictable” first entered the English language two centuries ago. Its début came in neither a farmer’s almanac nor a cardsharp’s manual but in The Monthly Repository of Theology and General Literature, a Unitarian periodical. In 1820, one Stephen Freeman wrote a dense treatise in which he criticized the notion that human behavior—seemingly manifest “amidst the

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