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Waking Up: Sam Harris Discusses the Benefits of Mindfulness - The Minimalists. Sam Harris is the author of several bestselling books and winner of the 2005 PEN Award for Nonfiction. He is a cofounder and the CEO of Project Reason, a nonprofit foundation devoted to spreading scientific knowledge and secular values in society. He received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA.

But don’t let all those credentials scare you; he’s also an awesome guy. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion, Sam’s newest book, is part seeker’s memoir, part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it. Sam was kind enough to discuss Waking Up and mindfulness with me for our readers. Conversation with Sam Harris Sam: That’s part of it. I loved Dan’s book, and I also interviewed him on my blog. It is definitely a more personal book.

Good luck. Newsweek Forensic Analyst Interview. 27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012. We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, science made a lot of breakthroughs this year. 1. Quadriplegic Uses Her Mind to Control Her Robotic Arm At the University of Pittsburgh, the neurobiology department worked with 52-year-old Jan Scheuermann over the course of 13 weeks to create a robotic arm controlled only by the power of Scheuermann’s mind. The team implanted her with two 96-channel intracortical microelectrodes. Placed in the motor cortex, which controls all limb movement, the integration process was faster than anyone expected. 2. Once the robot figures out how to do that without all the wires, humanity is doomed. 3. Photo Courtesy of Indigo Moon Yarns. At the University of Wyoming, scientists modified a group of silkworms to produce silk that is, weight for weight, stronger than steel. 4. 5. 6.

ReCell by Avita Medical is a medical breakthrough for severe-burn victims. 7. 8. 10. 11. Wonder How To » Show & Tell for Creators & Doers. Math: Your Secret Weapon Against Wall Street and the NSA. Edward Frenkel.Elizabeth Lippman As Edward Frenkel sees it, the way we teach math in schools today is about as exciting as watching paint dry. So it's not surprising that when he brings up the fact that he's a mathematician at dinner parties, eyes quickly glaze over. "Most people, unfortunately, have a very bad experience with mathematics," Frenkel says. And no wonder: The math we learn in school is as far from what Frenkel believes is the soul of mathematics as a painted fence is from "The Starry Night" by Van Gogh, Frenkel's favorite painter. The Russian born University of California-Berkeley mathematician, whose day job involves probing the connections between math and quantum physics, wants to change that.

Rather than alienating drudgery, Frenkel views math as an "archipelago of knowledge" that's universally available to all of us, and he's been everywhere of late spreading the word. Frenkel's paean to math begins with an emphasis on its unifying nature. Wonder How To » Show & Tell for Creators & Doers.

The Pleasure of Changing My Mind. (Photo via Simon X) My recent collision with Daniel Dennett on the topic of free will has caused me to reflect on how best to publicly resolve differences of opinion. In fact, this has been a recurring theme of late. In August, I launched the Moral Landscape Challenge, an essay contest in which I invited readers to attack my conception of moral truth. I received more than 400 entries, and I look forward to publishing the winning essay later this year. In response to the Moral Landscape Challenge, the psychologist Jonathan Haidt issued a challenge of his own: He bet $10,000 that the winning essay will fail to persuade me.

Consider the following two passages (keywords expressing “certainty” are in boldface): It is obvious and undeniable—and must always be remembered—that the Bible was the product of merely human minds. It is obvious and undeniable—and must always be remembered—that the Bible was the product of Divine Omniscience. Well, then I must be a very hard case. The Politics of Getting a Life. Work in a capitalist society is a conflicted and contradictory phenomenon, never more so than in hard times.

We simultaneously work not enough and too much; a labor famine for some means feast for others. The United States has allegedly been in economic “recovery” for over two years, and yet 15 million people cannot find work, or cannot find as much work as they say they would like. At the same time, up to two thirds of workers report in surveys that they would like to work fewer hours than they do now, even if doing so would require a loss of income.

The pain of unemployment is well-documented, but the pain of the employed only occasionally sees the light, whether it’s Amazon warehouse employees working at a breakneck pace insweltering heat, or Foxconn workers risking injury and death to build hip electronics for Apple. When work is scarce, political horizons tend to narrow, as critiques of the quality of work give way to the desperate search for work of any kind. Workers Against Work. Learning To Code Through Mentorship. How To Fix Your Posture (the truth) Ken Jennings: Watson, Jeopardy and me, the obsolete know-it-all | Talk Video. Acid Treatment Could Provide Breakthrough Stem Cell Technique. Scientists have found a surprisingly simple way to turn mature cells back into a primitive state. Simply giving mouse blood cells an acid bath is enough to produce so-called pluripotent cells that can develop into any cell type in the body, they report in two new papers this week.

The remarkable transformation contradicts many assumptions about cell biology and may ultimately lead to new ways to treat disease and injuries. Scientists not involved in the work say the technique could be a game-changer if it pans out. "If this new approach is applicable to human cells, it would have great implications for regenerative medicine," says Hongkui Deng, a stem cell researcher at Peking University in Beijing. "It's quite surprising" that the technique "doesn't involve any genetic manipulation," says Rudolf Jaenisch, a developmental biologist at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The scientists took a cue form the world of plants. 40 more maps that explain the world. Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to.

You might consider this, then, a collection of maps meant to inspire your inner map nerd. I've searched far and wide for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not, with a careful eye for sourcing and detail. I've included a link for more information on just about every one. Enjoy. 1. Data source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, World Bank. Those dots represent people: the brighter the dot, the more people. 2.

Click to enlarge. Human beings first left Africa about 60,000 years ago in a series of waves that peopled the globe. 3. (Wikimedia commons) The Mongol conquests are difficult to fathom. 4. Click to enlarge. This map shows the Spanish and Portuguese empires at their height. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Know Thyself.

What does it mean to possess personal intelligence? People who display such an ability understand themselves and know who they are. They evaluate others more accurately and therefore make more allowances for others' foibles; they are better at acknowledging their own limitations, too. Those who are talented at this reasoning power make better guesses about how people are likely to behave. And they have a generally good idea about how their acquaintances, colleagues, and friends perceive them—they know their own reputation.

At still deeper levels, these individuals recognize that their perceptions of the people around them might require revision at times. There are no courses to learn how to read people, no institutions where the highly perceptive among us hang out. And so, I began by consulting biographies for examples of people who appeared unusually insightful in this area. She sought out people she could trust and rely on for guidance. Quantum Computing: Where This New Technology Is Headed This Decade: Part 1. How does my brain work? | Playlist. The Dawn of the Age of Artificial Intelligence - Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee. Reuters The advances we’ve seen in the past few years—cars that drive themselves, useful humanoid robots, speech recognition and synthesis systems, 3D printers, Jeopardy!

-champion computers—are not the crowning achievements of the computer era. They’re the warm-up acts. As we move deeper into the second machine age we’ll see more and more such wonders, and they’ll become more and more impressive. How can we be so sure? Because the exponential, digital, and recombinant powers of the second machine age have made it possible for humanity to create two of the most important one-time events in our history: the emergence of real, useful artificial intelligence (AI) and the connection of most of the people on the planet via a common digital network. Either of these advances alone would fundamentally change our growth prospects. Thinking Machines, Available now Billions of Innovators, Coming Soon This improvement is not a lucky coincidence; it is cause and effect. 'Infinite Computing' and Beyond.

Three Graces Remix by La Féline. DNA Tests for Ethnicity & Genealogical DNA testing at AncestryDNA. Neoteny, sexual selection, cause of autism, human evolution, social transformation, left organizing and internet activism - how they all connect - The American Left, Societal Transformation, and Biological EvolutionNeoteny, sexual selection, cause of auti. What Engineers At Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Airbnb, And Spotify Listen To While Coding.

For developers, a good soundtrack can be as crucial to productivity as Red Bull or coffee. But what's playing through all those headphones? We asked engineers at Facebook, Spotify, Snapchat, Airbnb, and Pinterest to tell us what music has been fueling their latest projects--they even made us playlists. What Facebook’s Paper Team Listens To Earlier this year, Facebook released Paper, its new iOS app that beautifully repackages your Facebook feed. Scott Goodson, lead engineer on Facebook’s Paper team, immediately associated the track “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic with his team's new app.

Goodson says trance music motivates him to code. It seems that other electronic sub-genres fit the bill when it comes to getting projects done as well. For engineer Ben Cunningham there's no better song than “I Can Change” by LCD Soundsystem. What Pinterest Engineers Listen To “Most of my projects are connected with a single track," says Pinterest engineer Michael Ortali. The Snapchat Team Airbnb’s Picks. 8 Ways To Avoid Getting Your Life Hacked. How can you avoid an 'epic hack' involving your Apple iCloud account, as journalist Mat Honan just experienced? Follow these strategies. Who Is Anonymous: 10 Key Facts (click image for larger view and for slideshow) How can cloud service users avoid Mat Honan's fate?

For those not in the know, Honan was the unlucky journalist who had his Macbook Air, iPhone, and iPad remotely wiped Friday by an attacker who seized control of his Twitter account--simply for the lulz--and who wanted to make it difficult for Honan to regain control of it. But as Honan detailed Monday in "How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking," the attack led to the loss of a year's data, including personal photos, as well as the deletion of his Google account and eight years' worth of emails. Security-wise, what should Honan have done differently? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Apple, for example, has temporarily discontinued password resets by phone, and Amazon has stopped taking new credit card numbers by phone. Safe alternative to gmail? Not in USA obviously. Can be paid or free. : privacy. Going Google-Free: The Best Alternatives to Google Services on the Web. THE BEAST FILE: GOOGLE ('HUNGRY BEAST', ABC TV) Facebook Fraud.

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Video: How wolves can alter the course of rivers. The world we see in the movie Her isn't far off | VentureBeat | Business | by Mars Cyrillo, CI&T. Two weeks ago, I watched the movie Her in preparation for an interview by a Brazilian newspaper. I knew I would find something closer to science fiction than reality, but the movie does have a foundation in reality. It was particularly interesting to see that the future depicted in the movie shows a sincere attempt to reconcile technology evolution with things our eyes and hearts can recognize, like handwritten letters and wooden furniture.

I’ve always believed the future of technology lies in making it as transparent as possible so that we can appreciate the human things on top of it. But the interview was very practical and asked me directly how far we are from this reality where computers can interact with us, learn with us, other computers, and ultimately express sentiments and creativity. In more technical terms, are computers going to pass the 1950s Turing test wherein they can fool humans into believing they aren’t machines? They would need to exhibit human-like behavior. 12 ethical dilemmas gnawing at developers today | Application Development.

Credit: Ben Barbante The tech world has always been long on power and short on thinking about the ramifications of this power. If it can be built, there will always be someone who will build it without contemplating a safer, saner way of doing so, let alone whether the technology should even be built in the first place. The software gets written. Who cares where and how it's used? More troubling: While ethics courses have become a staple of physical-world engineering degrees, they remain a begrudging anomaly in computer science pedagogy. What follows are a few of the ethical quandaries confronting developers every day -- whether they know it or not. The trick is to think past the current zeitgeist and anticipate every future utilization of what you build. Ethical dilemma No. 1: Log files -- what to save and how to handle themProgrammers are like pack rats.

How Do You Say ‘Hello’? Personality Impressions from Brief Novel Voices. On hearing a novel voice, listeners readily form personality impressions of that speaker. Accurate or not, these impressions are known to affect subsequent interactions; yet the underlying psychological and acoustical bases remain poorly understood. Furthermore, hitherto studies have focussed on extended speech as opposed to analysing the instantaneous impressions we obtain from first experience. In this paper, through a mass online rating experiment, 320 participants rated 64 sub-second vocal utterances of the word ‘hello’ on one of 10 personality traits. Figures Citation: McAleer P, Todorov A, Belin P (2014) How Do You Say ‘Hello’?

Editor: Charles R. Received: June 5, 2013; Accepted: February 5, 2014; Published: March 12, 2014 Copyright: © 2014 McAleer et al. Funding: This project was funded by an ESRC/MRC large grant RES-060-25-0010. Competing interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Introduction Methods Ethics statement Participants Stimuli Procedure Table 1. Therationalmale.com. ANIMA (2011) DMT The Spirit Molecule FULL DOCUMENTARY. Self-Control is the Key to Success: John Tierney and Roy Baumeister on Willpower. OwnCloud.org | Your Cloud, Your Data, Your Way! SSD Cloud Server, VPS Server, Simple Cloud Hosting. Lifehack - Tips for Life. Target Hackers Broke in Via HVAC Company. Last week, Target told reporters at The Wall Street Journal and Reuters that the initial intrusion into its systems was traced back to network credentials that were stolen from a third party vendor.

Sources now tell KrebsOnSecurity that the vendor in question was a refrigeration, heating and air conditioning subcontractor that has worked at a number of locations at Target and other top retailers. Sources close to the investigation said the attackers first broke into the retailer’s network on Nov. 15, 2013 using network credentials stolen from Fazio Mechanical Services, a Sharpsburg, Penn. -based provider of refrigeration and HVAC systems. Fazio president Ross Fazio confirmed that the U.S. Secret Service visited his company’s offices in connection with the Target investigation, but said he was not present when the visit occurred. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said the company had no additional information to share, citing a “very active and ongoing investigation.” U.S. spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-operations in 2011, documents show. Pearltrees videos. Jobs Of The Future: Where They Are, How To Get Them.