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Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr. Illustration by Guy Billout "Dave, stop.

Is Google Making Us Stupid? - Nicholas Carr

Stop, will you? Stop, Dave. Will you stop, Dave?” So the supercomputer HAL pleads with the implacable astronaut Dave Bowman in a famous and weirdly poignant scene toward the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Quaz4r comments on Physics misconceptions stickied thread: What are popular misconceptions about physics, and who is at fault? Is there something you've heard about physics that may be a misconception? Rosemary85 comments on As a historian, do you edit Wikipedia? How are the quality of articles on Wikipedia for your field of history? Mehworth comments on WATCH: Rand Paul Says Dick Cheney Pushed for the Iraq War so Halliburton Would Profit. /u/mywan explains why the older generations tend to be more blind to police misconduct than the younger generations. : bestof. Thebusterbluth comments on Highway 401 at Dixie Road [3485x2032] Teens of Reddit what's cool nowadays? : AskReddit. Hobby Lobby and contraception: How conservative evangelicals went from not caring about abortion and birth control to being obsessed with them.

Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images In its challenge to the “contraception mandate” of the Affordable Care Act, Hobby Lobby claims that certain forms of birth control—Plan B, “ella,” and IUDs—induce abortion and therefore go against the owners’ religious beliefs.

Hobby Lobby and contraception: How conservative evangelicals went from not caring about abortion and birth control to being obsessed with them.

The government’s response is that none of these contraceptives ends a pregnancy. Rather, they prevent implantation in the uterine lining. Jamelle Bouie is a Slate staff writer covering politics, policy, and race. _AnonymousCoward_ comments on ELI5: Why do Americans put so much importance on the thoughts of their founding fathers? Dwwo explains why corporate income tax isn't as big a problem as it's made out to be. : bestof. As an Australian I have grown up with universal health care and see it as a necessity in a western democracy. Im curious, why is it Americans are against "Obama Care" or universal health care for all? : AskReddit. Britain's five richest families worth more than poorest 20% : worldnews. If Other Businesses Worked Like the Cable Company.

Where Good Grows - Recycle. WGG Use Terms These Use Terms form part of the Service’s Terms and incorporate WGG’s General Terms by reference.

Where Good Grows - Recycle

This means that the General Terms supplement these Use Terms and you are bound by them as part of your contract with WGG. Texpeare comments on Why do actors in modern movies today feel more "real" than the acting we see in old movies like Casablanca? /u/DashingLeech ELI5 in /r/politics the importance of unions in the free market. : bestof. Wilbarp comments on Did celebrity efforts like Band Aid's "Do they know it's Christmas?" and USA for Africa's "We Are The World" actually help alleviate famine in the 1980s?

She Thinks Too Much [Such Girls Are Dangerous] My Grandfather's childhood toy : WTF. That’s Zef: The True Story Behind Die Antwoord’s Mysterious Style. Does zef exist?

That’s Zef: The True Story Behind Die Antwoord’s Mysterious Style

Or did Yolandis and Ninja of Die Antwoord make it all up in a frenzied (and successful) bid to capture international attention a year ago? Does it even matter now? Ghostalker474 comments on Rant: A good portion of people I deal with are incompetent, not just IT staff. Take a Look At These Fascinating Happiness-Related Word Clouds. A thoughtful reader sent me the link to Michael Kelley’s piece, “Scientists Used Facebook for the Largest Ever Study of Language and Personality, about a fascinating study done by University of Pennsylvania researchers, “Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media.”

Take a Look At These Fascinating Happiness-Related Word Clouds

They used 700 million words, phrases, and topic instances taken from Facebook, from 75,000 volunteers, to analyze linguistic patterns. This might not sound fascinating, but looking at the word clouds generated by this study is riveting. They generated word clouds that track the traits of introversion and extroversion, neuroticism and emotional stability, gender, and age. It’s quite funny to compare the word clouds generated by 13-18 year old, 19-22 year olds, 23-29 year olds, and 30-65 year olds (I didn’t notice an explanation of why they picked these particular age groupings). Chinese immigrants find Australian small talk too awkward. Are language skills alone enough to ensure overseas Chinese fit well into their new home?

Chinese immigrants find Australian small talk too awkward

The answer is no, according to a study of the social experience of recent Chinese immigrants in Australia, which found that their biggest barrier to communication is not language or knowledge, but the ability to make small talk. The experience of 25-year-old Fei - a financial adviser who has lived in Melbourne for seven years, speaks fluent English and considers himself outgoing - is typical. Every time the company holds a social function, he's reluctant to join, he says. "Australians can walk into a party where they know no one and straight away they are able to talk with anyone, but we Chinese tend to hang on to one person, usually also Chinese or Asian, and stick to that person throughout. It feels awkward," he says. His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick.

John Green: Good morning, Hank, it's Tuesday.

His First 4 Sentences Are Interesting. The 5th Blew My Mind. And Made Me A Little Sick.

I wanted to talk today about why healthcare costs in the United States are so phenomenally, fascinatingly expensive, but first I have to blow your mind. Alright, so you've probably heard that the reason people enjoy "free" healthcare in Australia and the UK and Canada, etc., etc., is that they pay higher taxes. That money then goes into a big pot and is used to pay for peoples' healthcare. But IN FACT, in the United States, we spend more tax money per capita on healthcare than Germany, Australia, the United Kingdom, or Canada. YkLLtyl.jpg (309×600) The World of 100 : Toby Ng Design.

The World of 100 If the world were a village of 100 people, what would its composition be?

The World of 100 : Toby Ng Design

This set of 20 posters is built on statistics about the spread of population around the world under various classifications. The numbers are turned into graphics to give another sense a touch – Look, this is the world we are living in. The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society's Hidden Social Network. We’ve all experienced the sense of being familiar with somebody without knowing their name or even having spoken to them.

The Science of Familiar Strangers: Society's Hidden Social Network

These so-called “familiar strangers” are the people we see every day on the bus on the way to work, in the sandwich shop at lunchtime, or in the local restaurant or supermarket in the evening. These people are the bedrock of society and a rich source of social potential as neighbours, friends, or even lovers. But while many researchers have studied the network of intentional links between individuals—using mobile-phone records, for example—little work has been on these unintentional links, which form a kind of hidden social network. Paula Deen’s Racist Wedding Fantasy Was Once Reality. Paula Deen is in trouble.

Paula Deen’s Racist Wedding Fantasy Was Once Reality

Last month, in a deposition for a discrimination suit brought by an employee, the Food Network star blithely admitted to using racial slurs. Perhaps equally disturbing, she also said she had fantasized about throwing a slavery-themed wedding for her brother, an idea that came to her after eating at a restaurant with an all-black staff. Deen has apologized, though the Food Network has announced that it won’t renew her contract. Generation X: An Inconvenient Era. A data-based look at the financial context of the past 30 years from the perspective of Gen X. I am honored to publish an insightful essay by longtime contributor Eric A. on the inconvenient financial era Generation X finds itself in.

What sets this essay apart from most other generational analyses is its focus on data and charts. In The Brewing Generational Conflict (May 15, 2013), I mentioned the Cultural Monster Id (CMI) that arises whenever inter-generational emotions are freely expressed. Every generation-- the Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y/Millennials--is slammed for its supposed character flaws. Generation X: An Inconvenient Era. I don’t hate millennials anymore! Like many of my colleagues in the American academy, each fall I consult the Mindset List for entering college freshmen produced annually by Beloit College of Wisconsin. Designed to identify “the experiences and event horizons of students and . . . not meant to reflect on their preparatory education,” the list is marked by a frequent use of “always” and “never,” reminding us that many cultural and experiential commonplaces for those writing syllabi are foreign, inscrutable, and sometimes ancient history to the syllabi’s intended audience.

On the list for the class of 2013, three facts controverting my own early experience catch the eye: one demographic, one geographic, and one pedagogic. First, in these students’ lifetime, “Smokers have never been promoted as an economic force that deserves respect.” The Marlboro Man never galloped across their television screens, nor will they recall Virginia Slims’ women’s-lib-hijacking “You’ve come a long way, baby!” Is 'Adventure Time' One Big Allegory For Discovering Sex? Cuber presents five more short graybles in latest "Adventure Time. " Cartoon Network Watching last night's anthology episode of "Adventure Time," entitled "Five More Short Graybles," I was reminded of the crazed photographer in Leos Carax's "Holy Motors" when he first spots the scraggly-haired Merde character, played by Denis Lavant, in the middle of a crowd and can't stop snapping pictures: "So... weird!

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes. 4 June 2013Last updated at 06:15 ET By Helena Lee BBC News For 75 years, Finland's expectant mothers have been given a box by the state. It's like a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys that can even be used as a bed. And some say it helped Finland achieve one of the world's lowest infant mortality rates. It's a tradition that dates back to the 1930s and it's designed to give all children in Finland, no matter what background they're from, an equal start in life. Transhumanism. Transhumanism (abbreviated as H+ or h+) is an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.[1] Transhumanist thinkers study the potential benefits and dangers of emerging technologies that could overcome fundamental human limitations, as well as the ethics of developing and using such technologies.

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