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Is “Improving” Your Personality A Thing?

Maybe we should all try to become more compassionate or honest or forgiving, but there’s no comparable moral demand for shy people to become extraverted, or for excitable people to be more placid. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.17.21

The “Other” Brains In Our Bodies

We get constant messages about what’s going on inside our bodies, sensations we can either attend to or ignore. And we belong to tribes that cosset and guide us. Still, we “insist that the brain is the sole locus of thinking. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.10.21

How Too Much Information Can Make Things Less Clear

Sometimes, attention can mislead us about the world. This is not to say that attention always distorts our knowledge of the world, but it does suggest that it might not be the unproblematic guide to knowledge that we originally thought. – Psyche
Tags: Art, Uncategorized, Ideas, 06.15.21

Of Course Networks Are Sexy Right Now. But You, Yourself, Are Not A Network

The network idea is so powerful in our connected world, that it’s tempting to apply it to everything. But not to us… – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.15.21

Eight Parking Stalls For Every Car: Here’s How Cities Are Trying To Change That

We found that the Green Code is changing Buffalo’s urban form in ways that had been difficult, if not impossible, under former zoning rules. – Fast Company
Tags: Art, Ideas, Buffalo, 06.13.21

Tech Was About Disruption. Now It’s “Build Better”?

Taken seriously, the essay seemed to be suggesting an entirely new version of Silicon Valley: a movement away from making software to support existing institutions, and toward creating the institutions themselves. – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, Silicon Valley, 06.14.21

The Purpose Of Scientific Papers?

It’s enough for them to draw attention to an idea that is worth pursuing further—and an idea need not be true, well-justified given all our evidence, nor even believed by the scientist in order to pass that test. – Nautilus
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.02.21

Grappling With The Ethics Of Regulating Artificial Intelligence

“Scientists have to deal with this uneasy balance between being free to do what they like and needing to face the consequences of their unplanned actions, but if science is to thrive that’s the way it has to be.” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.14.21

Sorry — The Brain Is Not A Muscle That Grows Stronger With Use

In recent years, I.Q. scores have stopped rising or have even begun to drop in countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France and Britain. Some researchers suggest that we have pushed our mental equipment as far as it can go. It may be that “our brains are already working at near-optimal capacity.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Britain, 06.1.21, Finland Norway Denmark Germany France

In recent years, I.Q. scores have stopped rising or have even begun to drop in countries like Finland, Norway, Denmark, Germany, France and Britain. Some researchers suggest that we have pushed our mental equipment as far as it can go. It may be that “our brains are already working at near-optimal capacity.” – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, Britain, 06.1.21, Finland Norway Denmark Germany France

Everybody Plagiarizes

And that’s fine. “Published authors, more often than not famous ones, have had few scruples when it comes to committing literary larceny. ‘Authors are like privateers,’ claimed Samuel Johnson, ‘always fair game for one another.'” – The Smart Set
Tags: Art, Ideas, Samuel Johnson, 06.10.21

Quantum Computing Will Not Change Everything

Despite the hype, the reality is different – and to resist the hucksters, we need to understand why. – Wired
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.13.21

How The Pandemic Has Changed Our Brains

It’s been … a lot. “It is a generation-defining cataclysm, but for many of us the day-to-day reality has been lonely, even dull. It is a call to action, but the most useful thing most of us can do is stay at home. Covid-19 is a disease that attacks the lungs, but it has also worsened mental health while causing a drastic reduction in patients seeking care for depression, self-harm, eating disorders and anxiety.” – The Guardian (UK)
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.12.21

Why Has Philosophy Failed?

For almost any abstract notion, some philosopher has wondered what it really is. Yet, despite this wealth of questions and the centuries spent tackling them, philosophers haven’t successfully provided any answers. They’ve tried long and hard but nothing they’ve said towards answering those questions has quite made the grade. – Aeon
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.10.21

How Binary Thinking Constricts Design

The ways that each culture defines gender norms and structures are unique. Historically, the U.S. enforced a rigid gender binary to support its relentless growth, eliminating any traces of those that threatened its perception of normalcy. Prior to colonization, many Indigenous cultures valued queer, trans, and gender-nonconforming people as integral members of society. – Inside Design
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.11.21

Behind The Debate On Critical Race Theory

“The debate isn’t about whether there’s been racism; it’s about what racism has meant and what it’s done to America. Is it something that’s been progressively overcome as we move toward fulfilling our national ideals, or is it something that’s been a constant force in society, making society itself irredeemably racist?” – Christian Science Monitor
Tags: Art, America, Ideas, 06.10.21

Is The Nation-State Still The Best Way To Organize The Globe?

The nation-state is not so old as we are often told, nor has it come to be quite so naturally. Getting this history right means telling a different story about where our international political order has come from—which in turn points the way to an alternative future. – Boston Review
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.27.21

Should Humans Have Empathy For AI Machines?

Empathy, of course, is a two-way street, and we humans don’t exhibit a whole lot more of it for bots than bots do for us. Numerous studies have found that when people are placed in a situation where they can cooperate with a benevolent A.I., they are less likely to do so than if the bot were an actual person. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, Ideas, 6.05.21

Science Has The Final Word. But Is That Too Confining?

“In the prevailing scientific worldview, counterfactual properties of physical systems are unfairly regarded as second-class citizens, or even excluded altogether. Why? It is because of a deep misconception, which, paradoxically, originated within my own field, theoretical physics. The misconception is that once you have specified everything that exists in the physical world and what happens to it—all the actual stuff—then you have explained everything that can be explained. Does that sound ind...
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.09.21

A New Era In Our Relationship With “Non-Human” Things

For the first time, Timothy Morton wrote, we had become aware that “nonhuman beings” were “responsible for the next moment of human history and thinking.” The nonhuman beings Morton had in mind weren’t computers or space aliens but a particular group of objects that were “massively distributed in time and space.” Morton called them “hyperobjects.” – The New Yorker
Tags: Art, Ideas, Morton, Timothy Morton, 06.08.21

AI Is All Around Us Now. But Is It?

“In the past, statistical analysis at this scale was limited by the complexity of the task and the lack of mathematical and computational tools. The triumph of modern machine learning lies in developing increasingly sophisticated, efficient, and data-driven computational methods for doing such analysis. “But is this AI?” ask the skeptics. It is too narrow, too specialized, too dependent on data and statistics.” – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.07.21

How Our Technology Can Change Our Character

There is the possibility that technology can come to influence or reflect our values in ways that are beyond our control. For example, wearable technologies (such as fitness trackers or smart watches) provide us with a stream of biometric information. This information changes the way in which we experience ourselves and the world around us. – 3 Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.07.21

Why Do We Take The Tyranny Of Time For Granted?

“For most people, the last class they had devoted to clocks and time was early in primary school,” Kevin Birth, a professor of anthropology at the City University of New York who has been studying clocks for more than 30 years, told me recently. “There’s this thing that is central to our entire society, that’s built into all of our electronics. And we’re wandering around with an early primary school level of knowledge about it.” Noema Magazine
Tags: Art, Ideas, City University of New York, 06.05.21, Kevin Birth

Study: The Size Of Your Eyes’ Pupils Correlates With Intelligence

Now work conducted in our laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology suggests that baseline pupil size is closely related to individual differences in intelligence. The larger the pupils, the higher the intelligence, as measured by tests of reasoning, attention and memory. – Scientific American
Tags: Art, Ideas, Georgia Institute of Technology, 06.02.21

The Creator Economy Owes A Lot To Gaming Site Twitch

When Twitch entered the picture 10 years ago, most creators – writers, artists, makers, eaters of food on YouTube – weren’t yet earning money through digital patronage. That has changed, and dramatically. Co-founder Justin Kan says “he and his cofounders spent years ruminating on how to make people interact online and give each other money. Should they have a sidebar chatroom? (Yes.) Emotes? (Definitely.) Career potential? (Yes.) The end goal wasn’t live video; it was the creator economy. Subs...
Tags: Art, Ideas, Justin Kan, 06.06.21

Just Chill, And Enjoy Being An Amateur

If you want to be healthier and happier, that is. “Can’t we stop succeeding for just one moment? Cease trying to be exceptional at something? The answer is yes, but to do so you must embrace your inner amateur.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.02.21

Puppies Are Now Born Ready To Communicate With Humans

Humans have probably changed dog genes in this arena. A new study shows that “even 8-week-old puppies with little exposure to humans can understand pointing and show sophisticated levels of social cognition in other tests. On top of that, the study found that each fluffball’s genetic makeup was a strong predictor of its ability to follow a pointed finger to a hidden treat as well as the pup’s tendency to pay attention to human faces.” – Smithsonian
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.03.21

How Memory Works

Precise stimulation may be able to retrieve vanished memories from where they’re encoded – and create fake memories as well. – LitHub
Tags: Art, Ideas, 06.02.12

What Brain-Computer Interfaces Will Do To Our Ideas Of Free Will

You can already see a divide in the literature – positive stories about people with ALS or locked-in syndrome learning to use neural transmitters to control movement; negative stories about the threat of law enforcement “reading” our intentions before we do. It’s the same tech, so what’s the real story? – Three Quarks Daily
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.31.21

The Science Of Pleasure

It goes way – way – beyond dopamine. “You could say that dopamine is to happiness what petrol is to a car; it’s an integral part of making it work, but if you were to literally fill your car with petrol, to the point where it’s leaking out the windows, that wouldn’t help anyone.” – Psyche
Tags: Art, Ideas, 05.31.21