The Easiest, Most Horrifying Way to Create Artificial Wombs abortion. ultimately, i feel like this is how the issue of abortion will be resolved. first, a couple of ground rule, undeniable facts: 1. we do not know when human life worthy of protection - i.e. "personhood" - begins. 2. it is IMPOSSIBLE to know with certainty when "personhood" begins. it will forever be the fodder for philosophical musings and never one of absolute certainty. ultimately, as it manifests in government and societies, it is a matter of pragmatism and the freedom of one party who is undeniably a person with rights - women. as with all rational people, i am pro choice. i do not believe that the 8 cells of a blastocyst are a "person" with a life worth protecting. but at the same time, what of a fetus that 8.5 months old still within the womb of its mother and yet to be born but could easily survive even without an incubator. just as i would instantly dismiss the blastocyst as human in any significant way, i would say an 8.5 month fetus is a human child. not even a iota of doubt.
'Agent Garbo,' The Spy Who Lied About D-Day hide captionJuan Pujol Garcia in his uniform as a lieutenant in the Spanish Republican Army. Courtesy Tamara Kreisler Juan Pujol Garcia in his uniform as a lieutenant in the Spanish Republican Army. hide captionThe former spy's Venezuelan passport. The former spy's Venezuelan passport. Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. Author Stephan Talty tells the story of this unlikely hero in a new book called Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day. "Pujol was the Walter Mitty of the war," a very imaginative daydreamer, Talty tells weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz. "Pujol had failed in almost everything he'd tried in his 32 years: student, businessman, cinema magnate, soldier. Interview Highlights How Agent Garbo became a double agent "When [the British] didn't pay any attention to him, his plans veered toward espionage. "But of course, he didn't have the ability to get to London, so he just went back to Lisbon.
THE HORNET SPOOK LIGHT Twelve miles southwest of Joplin, Missouri, an obscure paved road runs through a open patch of countryside. This nearly forgotten track runs across the Oklahoma border but is only about four miles long. Nearby is the former border village of Hornet, and close to that is the site of what once was a spook light museum. The place is remote and far from civilization, so why do so many people come here? They are searching for an unexplained enigma, a puzzle that most of them actually seem to find. This light has appeared seemingly as a ball of fire for almost 140 years, varying in size from a basketball to larger. No one has ever been injured by the light but many claim to have been frightened by it while walking down this road at night. There have been many theories that have attempted to explain why this mysterious light appears here. Locals claim that the stories of the Hornet Light originated back in the 1800’s but most printed accounts are of a much more recent vintage. Captain Bob E.
The Compassion Revolution — How Society Is Designed To Crush Empathy Chloe Papas is a writer, journalist and prodigious eater based in Perth. chloepapas Approx 8 minute reading time In a time where self-care is considered paramount and we are taught to look after number one, Roman Krznaric sticks out like a sore thumb. Krznaric, who spent his formative years in Australia and now lives in the UK, defines empathy as the “imaginative ability to put yourself in someone else’s position and look at the world through their eyes.” We spoke to Krznaric about the empathy revolution. Why is empathy so important to you? I used to be a political scientist, and I used to think you could change society through elections and changing institutions. I think like everybody I’ve had experiences in my life where I’ve learnt that empathy really matters. Do we naturally display empathy? It’s ingrained in our DNA: scientists say about 50% of our empathic capacities are inherited in our genetic makeup. Do you think society is generally empathic? No. Is anyone born without empathy?
Expectations vs. Reality (16 Pics) | Things don’t always go as planned. Check out the pics below to see a few examples of what happens when our expectations get punched in the face by reality. via via Tickling Expectations: Reality: via via via via via You may also like: Apocalypse Not: Here's Why You Shouldn't Worry About End Times | Wired Science Photo: Garry McLeod; Alamy; Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott/Getty This is the question posed by the website 2012apocalypse.net. “super volcanos? When the sun rises on December 22, as it surely will, do not expect apologies or even a rethink. Religious zealots hardly have a monopoly on apocalyptic thinking. Predictions of global famine and the end of oil in the 1970s proved just as wrong as end-of-the-world forecasts from millennialist priests. Over the five decades since the success of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring in 1962 and the four decades since the success of the Club of Rome’s The Limits to Growth in 1972, prophecies of doom on a colossal scale have become routine. So far all of these specters have turned out to be exaggerated.
How to Stop Being Shy and Start Making Friends If you don’t have a nice circle of friends, that are fun and who also encourage you to get ahead in life, then you’re either shy about meeting and making friends, or you’re not exactly sure about how to do it. On the other hand, perhaps you’re already trying to meet new people, but you’re getting the results you want, because you’re not using the best strategies that could easily bring great people into your life. In this article, I want to share with you how you can stop shyness from sabotaging your social life, and how to start meeting friends. How to Stop Being Shy – Competence over Confidence If you want to “beat” your shyness by learning to build confidence, it can take you a long time, because shyness is deeply wired into your emotions. Instead of trying to change your shyness, I recommend that you focus on learning how to do what shyness is preventing you from doing. Social Competence is key. Here are a couple of tips you can use: Tip #1 – How to get comfortable in a social situation
Rare and very interesting photos Interesting and very rare photographs, you may never see. The first McDonald’s. Che Guevara and Fidel Castro. Capital of Brazil, on the beginning. Pius XII and Hitler. The King. Rare Beatles photos. Osama bin Laden and his family. Titanic. Fall of the Berlin Wall All forms of Coca-Cola bottles. John Lennon shortly before his death. Principles. Statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Albert Einstein. Charlie Chaplin and Gandhi. First computer. Albert Einstein’s diploma. The early Beatles. The first team of Google. Pope John Paul and the man who tried to kill him. Moment when Bush heard about the attacks 11th September.
How Corporations Will Use Artificial Empathy to Sell Us More Shit Empathy is a tricky business. The range and complexity of human emotion makes it difficult, if not impossible, to ever really understand how someone else is feeling. Nevertheless, empathy is considered to be a crucial aspect of what makes us human—indeed, our brains appear to be hardwired for it. So perhaps it won’t come as much of a surprise that as machine learning becomes ever more sophisticated and capable of mimicking some of the most complex functions of the human brain, figuring out a way to teach a computer empathy is quickly becoming a business in itself. Known as artificial empathy, the idea here is to train machines to recognize social signals from humans, aka ‘visual data,’ and then produce an appropriate response. On the one hand, harnessing artificial empathy is considered an essential step toward integrating robots and artificial intelligences into human society as it will allow for more fluid and affective human-robot interaction.
Im a second-generation stay-at-home dad - and I learned from the best My dad had two stories about the men who shaped his childhood. One was about his father, Martin. After my grandmother died in the early 1930s, my grandfather ditched my dad and his siblings, leaving them to live with her family. Martin came around from time to time, always bearing candy. The other story was about Uncle Joe, the man who actually raised him. During my childhood in the ’70s, I heard these stories enough to know they were important, although it wasn’t my dad’s personality to explicitly unpack them, at least with me. But maybe the most radical break from the men of his childhood was that he was a stay-at-home dad, at a time when many Americans were just starting to wonder whether man-hunter/woman-gatherer was still the best way to divide household roles. How did fodder for this year’s trend stories happen so quietly almost four decades ago? My dad retired from his career in the Air Force when I was two years old.