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Gmail - Free Storage and Email from Google. Why the only future worth building includes everyone. Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket”: A Fraught Painting Sparks Fraught Calls for Its Destruction. An art world controversy widely reported over the last week has rekindled the debate about left-wing-advocated censorship.

Dana Schutz’s “Open Casket”: A Fraught Painting Sparks Fraught Calls for Its Destruction

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News : NPR Ed. How Did Marijuana Become Illegal in the First Place? In less than a week a number of states will decide the fate of legalized or medical marijuana.

How Did Marijuana Become Illegal in the First Place?

While progress has been a long time coming locally there has been no sign marijuana will budge from its Schedule 1 status federally, which means that research into the plant’s therapeutic efficacy continues to suffer. It also means that the feds will keep intervening with state’s rights when they so choose.

For a plant that humans have utilized for millennia—our brain’s endogenous cannabinoid receptors make us easy targets—restrictions are recent. In his book, Marijuana: A Short History, Brookings Institution senior fellow John Hudak points to the 1906 Federal Food and Drug Act as the beginning of what would become a series of legislative acts and fear-mongering campaigns associating marijuana with a variety of cognitive and bodily diseases, most of which are patently false.

The 1906 act did not restrict marijuana, Hudak writes, but did expand the federal government’s power regarding drugs. On 8th Anniversary of Lehman Bankruptcy, Senator Warren Calls for IG Review of DOJ's Failed Response to Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Referrals. Review of recently released archives shows no DOJ criminal prosecutions of FCIC-referred individuals or companies Text of letter to DOJ IG available here (PDF)Text of letter to FBI Director Comey available here (PDF) Washington, DC - On the eighth anniversary of the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conduct an investigation into the inability of the DOJ to prosecute any of the individuals referred to the agency by the FCIC for potential law-breaking related to the 2008 financial crisis.

On 8th Anniversary of Lehman Bankruptcy, Senator Warren Calls for IG Review of DOJ's Failed Response to Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission Referrals

Recently-released documents revealed that the FCIC referred nine individuals and 14 corporations to the DOJ in 2010 based on "serious indications of violation(s)" of federal securities or other laws. Cognitive biases that affect decisions. How Many Things Are There? Sentiment Building to Deport Nation’s Billionaires. THE HAMPTONS (The Borowitz Report)—They don’t pay taxes.

Sentiment Building to Deport Nation’s Billionaires

They circumvent our laws. They get free stuff from the government. They are America’s billionaires, and many would like to see them gone. According to a new survey by the University of Minnesota’s Opinion Research Institute, the American people hold the nation’s billionaires in lower esteem than ever before, and a majority would like to see new laws enacted to deport them. VS Ramachandran: The neurons that shaped civilization. The Original Star Trek is Still Driving Innovation at Apple and Google. By Robert Montenegro When George Takei visited us last month, we were fascinated with his explanation of Star Trek's influence on the social progress and emerging technologies of today.

The Original Star Trek is Still Driving Innovation at Apple and Google

Series creator Gene Roddenberry was a visionary figure in so many ways that 50 years later we're still trying to turn his dreams into reality. Farhad Manjoo covers Star Trek tech-made-incarnate in this piece for The New York Times, commenting on major improvements to the Siri software for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The new Siri is hands free; you can access it via voice at any time. Its capabilities have been boosted to the point where we're awfully close to what Captain Kirk is able to do in the video below. “The Star Trek computer is not just a metaphor that we use to explain to others what we’re building,” Amit Singhal, the head of Google’s search team, told Manjoo. Six Famous Thought Experiments, Animated in 60 Seconds Each. Trump’s Ghostwriter Speaks - sorry he wrote the book for him.

Last June, as dusk fell outside Tony Schwartz’s sprawling house, on a leafy back road in Riverdale, New York, he pulled out his laptop and caught up with the day’s big news: Donald J.

Trump’s Ghostwriter Speaks - sorry he wrote the book for him

Trump had declared his candidacy for President. As Schwartz watched a video of the speech, he began to feel personally implicated. Trump, facing a crowd that had gathered in the lobby of Trump Tower, on Fifth Avenue, laid out his qualifications, saying, “We need a leader that wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ” If that was so, Schwartz thought, then he, not Trump, should be running. Schwartz dashed off a tweet: “Many thanks Donald Trump for suggesting I run for President, based on the fact that I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal.’ ” Schwartz had ghostwritten Trump’s 1987 breakthrough memoir, earning a joint byline on the cover, half of the book’s five-hundred-thousand-dollar advance, and half of the royalties. “I put lipstick on a pig,” he said. An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments. A reader recently wrote in asking if I could share a bit about the process of putting the book together and talk about how the project started.

An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Certainly. I go on two solitary walks every day. There is a small park off the Embarcadero that is tucked away in a quiet spot. It has a pleasant stream flowing through it and an unassuming bench beside that stream. Spanking Children Affects Behavior as Adults, Not in a good way- New Study. A new study that analyzed 50 years of research on spanking concludes that the more children are spanked, the more chance there is that they'll actually listen less to parents and will grow up with a host of issues, ranging from aggression to cognitive and mental health problems.

Spanking Children Affects Behavior as Adults, Not in a good way- New Study

In fact, spanking has the opposite effects of what parents want to accomplish. "Our analysis focuses on what most Americans would recognize as spanking and not on potentially abusive behaviors," said professor Elizabeth Gershoff of the University of Texas at Austin. "We found that spanking was associated with unintended detrimental outcomes and was not associated with more immediate or long-term compliance, which are parents' intended outcomes when they discipline their children. " Perhaps you think that spanking is no longer a widespread practice, but as many as 80% of parents worlwide spank their children, according to a 2014 UNICEF report. In related research, here's Dr. Lack of belief in gods.

At work as at home, men reap the benefits of women’s “invisible labor” By now, many of us have at least seen the trailer for The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio cast as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper and hunter who embarks on a mission for vengeance after being left for dead by his cohorts in the wake of a bear attack.

At work as at home, men reap the benefits of women’s “invisible labor”

As it turns out, Hugh Glass was a real guy who had a pivotal role in the westward expansion of the fur trade, and by extension, America. And he was even more of a badass than we see in the movie—though not for the reasons you might expect. The lucrative fur trade was a driving force behind American exploration, as Eric Jay Dolin explains in his chronicle, Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America. Mountain men. The truth about "political correctness" is that it doesn't actually exist. Jonathan Chait has written an article for New York Magazine about his concerns that political correctness threatens free debate by trying to silence certain points of view.

The truth about "political correctness" is that it doesn't actually exist

Political correctness, in Chait's view, is a "system of left-wing ideological repression" that threatens the "bedrock liberal ideal" of a "free political marketplace where we can reason together as individuals. " He writes, "While politically less threatening than conservatism (the far right still commands far more power in American life), the p.c. left is actually more philosophically threatening. Gloria Steinem: Gender domination "a root cause of violence" (Dec. 4, 2015) Water: Infographic. Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence.

The Silicon Jungle: The Nineteen Eighty-Four Of The 21st Century? 2 click. By Simon Oxenham In 2011 Shumeet Baluja, a senior research scientist at Google and inventor of over 100 patents in algorithms, data mining, privacy, and artificial intelligence published The Silicon Jungle, a novel that envisages a dystopian reality not all too dissimilar from the world we now know we live in today.

Published only a year before the revelations of Edward Snowden, I’ve been surprised that the book hasn’t received more widespread acclaim. Baluja’s tale raises plenty of questions about the personal information that we have become so accustomed to handing over to private companies. General knowledge. 7 Reasons a Government Backdoor to the iPhone Would Be Catastrophic. DARPA Wants to Bring Privacy Back to the American People.

By Natalie Shoemaker Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is perusing technology to make online privacy possible for the individual through a program dubbed The Brandeis project. It's named after Supreme Court Associate Justice Louis Brandeis, who penned the paper The Right to Privacy back in 1890. In his piece, which he co-authored with Samuel D. Warren, the two conceptualized the idea that harm could be done to an individual in other ways beyond the physical. This Is Not Yellow. Teaching Critical Thinking. Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating new study shows that it’s actually quite possible.

Experiments performed by Stanford's Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education demonstrate that students can be instructed to think more critically. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of critical-thinking skills in modern society. The ability to decipher information and interpret it, offering creative solutions, is in direct relation to our intellect. Lucid dreams and metacognition: Awareness of thinking; awareness of dreaming. To control one's dreams and to live 'out there' what is impossible in real life -- a truly tempting idea. Some persons -- so-called lucid dreamers -- can do this. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin and the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich have discovered that the brain area which enables self-reflection is larger in lucid dreamers.

Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses. Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? There's a Word for That: 25 Expressions You Should Have in Your Vocabulary. Recently I came across this amazing little Tumblr named ‘OtherWordly‘ – itself a play on words.

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Strategies Quick Learners Use To Pick Up Anything. 10 facts you should know about Vincent van Gogh. What is money? — Aeon Ideas. Yep Cannabis makes serious dough. Jon Ronson: What happens when online shaming spirals out of control. Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Heal. Charles Darwin Would Be Ashamed of 'Social Darwinism'

By Big Think Editors Charles Robert Darwin (1809 – 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. Buddhism and the Brain: Mindfulness in Modern Times. Desiderata illus by Zen Pencil. I watch therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophy lessons. Parallel worlds exist and interact with our world, say physicists. Quantum mechanics, though firmly tested, is so weird and anti-intuitive that famed physicist Richard Feynman once remarked, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.”

Attempts to explain some of the bizarre consequences of quantum theory have led to some mind-bending ideas, such as the Copenhagen interpretation and the many-worlds interpretation. Sports rage. Theory of Knowledge. 5 examples of how the languages we speak can affect the way we think. Note: "Types of Creative Thinking" Rhetological Fallacies. The benefits of a bilingual brain - Mia Nacamulli. List of fallacies. How's the Anthropocene Era going? Synchronicity. 8 - Polar Mythology.

The Phrontistery: Obscure Words and Vocabulary Resources. In All Chaos There is a Cosmos – Carl Jung. Prague Holds The Secret To Great Art. Chimps, Like Humans, Act Out When They Know They're Right. Top 10 Ways to Teach Yourself to Code. What is the Meaning of Life. Top 100 Speeches of the 20th Century by Rank. List of common misconceptions.

Rethinking thinking - Trevor Maber. Guanxi. Rhetological Fallacies. Hearing Is Our Least Trustworthy Sense. Alltop - Top Anthropology News. Thou shalt not commit logical fallacies.

Leonard Nimoy - photographer. World of Ideas: Isaac Asimov. We don't see things as they are, we see them as. Learning resources. 18 Rules of Living by the Dalai Lama. The Egg. The Full Body Project by Leonard Nimoy – in pictures. Visual-spatial learners.