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Rules for Cyberwar Having rules for harming and killing people and destroying things seems weird, but not as weird as not having them. We do have some rules about harming and killing in the physical world, but we don't have any for the intangible digital world. We need rules for cyberwar badly. These will require some uncomfortable acknowledgements, some unlikely agreement across cultures, and probably some disaster to happen first. The Technium

The Technium

Follow Me Here… | “I am the world crier, & this is my dangerous career… I am the one to call your bluff, & this is my climate.” —Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972) ‘ Each year since 1945, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists sends a letter to the UN Security Council in which they tell them how close we are from nuclear holocaust using a Doomsday Clock. In 1960 we were two minutes from midnight. Their new 2014 report says we\’re still five minutes from the Apocalypse. “Five minutes is too close,” they say. The organization—which was founded by some of the researchers who participated in the Manhattan Project—counts with the collaboration of a board of sponsors that includes 18 Nobel laureates to analyze current data to give this estimate. They always give good reasons: Follow Me Here… | “I am the world crier, & this is my dangerous career… I am the one to call your bluff, & this is my climate.” —Kenneth Patchen (1911-1972)
Edible Geography Don’t let its name fool you: in between shiny “phablets” and robot armies, Gizmodo still makes time for the ultimate old-school entertainment and educational device, the book. When Gizmodo‘s new editor-in-chief (and my Venue collaborator), Geoff Manaugh, asked me to contribute my top ten books of 2013 to their end-of-year “Best Books” list, I agonised for a very long time, and came up with the following. Edible Geography’s Best Books of 2013 Forget quick-and-easy dinner suggestions: the Edible Geography top ten books of 2013 all sit firmly within the growing genre of writing about food as a way of writing about ideas, though you will find the odd recipe for bioluminescent durian sauce and a sauerkraut-kimchi hybrid.

Edible Geography

NeuroTribes | Mind, Science, Culture NeuroTribes | Mind, Science, Culture "The Structure of Flame" by autistic artist Jessica Park. Courtesy of Pure Vision Arts: In 2007, the United Nations passed a resolution declaring April 2 World Autism Awareness Day — an annual opportunity for fundraising organizations to bring public attention to a condition considered rare just a decade ago. Now society is coming to understand that the broad spectrum of autism — as it’s currently defined, which will change next year with the publication of the DSM-5 – isn’t rare after all. In fact, “autism is common,” said Thomas Frieden, Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last week in a press conference.
Too much of a good thing. Serotonin syndrome is a rare but potentially deadly condition that results from the combination of two or more serotonin-boosting drugs. Taken in sufficient quantities, the drugs can lead to a serotonin overdose. The symptoms of serotonin syndrome range from mild flushing, muscle jerks, and rapid pulse to fever, hypertension, disorientation, respiratory problems, destruction of red blood cells, seizures, and kidney failure. Addiction Inbox Addiction Inbox
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By Rachel, on March 11th, 2011 I recently read Raising a Thinking Child by Myrna Shure and would recommend it to anybody who has had to referee between two arguing children. Working with children as young as three, Myrna has demonstrated that if children can solve everyday interpersonal problems for themselves, they are less likely to be impulsive, insensitive, aggressive, . . . → Read More: Book: Raising a Thinking Child by Myrna Shure By Rachel, on February 21st, 2011 Evidence Based Mummy Evidence Based Mummy
Child's Play Child's Play Trends in Cognitive Sciences recently published a provocative letter by a pair of MIT researchers, Ted Gibson and Ev Fedorenko, which has been causing a bit of a stir in the language camps. The letter - "Weak Quantitative Standards in Linguistic Research" and its companion article - have incited controversy for asserting that much of linguistic research into syntax is little more than - to borrow Dan Jurafsky's unmistakable phrase - a bit of "bathtub theorizing." (You know, you soak in your bathtub for a couple of hours, reinventing the wheel). It's a (gently) defiant piece of work: Gibson and Fedorenko are asserting that the methods typically employed in much of linguistic research are not scientific, and that if certain camps of linguists want to be taken seriously, they need to adopt more rigorous methods. I found the response, by Ray Jackendoff and Peter Culicover, a little underwhelming, to say the least.
Mind Hacks

Mind Hacks

The headlines BBC: Truth or lie – trust your instinct, says research British Psychological Society: Our subconscious mind may detect liars Daily Mail: Why you SHOULD go with your gut: Instinct is better at detecting lies than our conscious mind The Story Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have shown that we have the ability to unconsciously detect lies, even when we’re not able to explicitly say who is lying and who is telling the truth. What they actually did The team, led by Leanne ten Brinke of the Haas School of Business, created a set of videos using a “mock high-stakes crime scenario”.