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Why Ayn Rand Was Wrong about Altruism, Selfishness, Evolution, and Human Nature – Evonomics

"“Every political philosophy has to begin with a theory of human nature,” wrote Harvard evolutionary biologist Richard Lewontin in his book Biology as Ideology. Thomas Hobbes, for example, believed that humans in a “state of nature,” or what today we... Seguir leyendo →

Por qué el matemático británico Marcus du Sautoy se apasionó con los enigmas en la obra del escritor argentino Jorge Luis Borges – BBC Mundo

""El universo (que otros llaman la Biblioteca) se compone de un número indefinido, y tal vez infinito, de galerías hexagonales…". En el cuento "La Biblioteca de Babel", el escritor argentino Jorge Luis Borges imagina un bibliotecario que investiga la forma... Seguir leyendo →

Elites Want More Competition for Everyone Except Themselves – Evonomics

"The spectacular economic rise of the top 1 percent is now common knowledge, thanks in large part to the work of Thomas Piketty and his collaborators. The top 1 percent of U.S. residents now earn 21 percent of total national... Seguir leyendo →

How statistics lost their power – and why we should fear what comes next | William Davies | Politics | The Guardian

"In theory, statistics should help settle arguments. They ought to provide stable reference points that everyone – no matter what their politics – can agree on. Yet in recent years, divergent levels of trust in statistics has become one of... Seguir leyendo →

Científicos asisten al nacimiento de una nueva tradición cultural entre chimpancés | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"Imagine que fuera posible asistir al momento en que una parte de la humanidad decidió comer con tenedor mientras otro grupo optaba por usar los palillos. Si hubiera sido un punto y lugar concreto, podría parecerse a la situación que... Seguir leyendo →

Reddit Asks The Question: What is a Scientific Fact That You Know is True But Still Blows Your Mind

"Over the weekend, thousands of people around the world marched for science. As per the BBC: Thousands of scientists have taken part in demonstrations around the world in protest against what they see as a global political assault on facts.The... Seguir leyendo →

Stephen Cohen: This is Most Dangerous Moment in U.S.-Russian Relations Since Cuban Missile Crisis | Democracy Now!

"Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has wrapped up a visit to Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The meetings come at a time of increased tension between Washington and Moscow. On... Seguir leyendo →

Estados Unidos lanza sobre Afganistán su mayor bomba no nuclear | Estados Unidos | EL PAÍS

"Estados Unidos lanzó este jueves sobre instalaciones terroristas en Afganistán el mayor artefacto no nuclear que posee, un explosivo conocido como “la madre de todas las bombas” que estuvo desarrollando durante la guerra de Irak pero no había utilizado hasta... Seguir leyendo →

How (And When) To Think Like A Philosopher : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

"As an undergraduate, I majored in philosophy — a purportedly useless major, except that it teaches you how to think, write and speak. The skills I was learning from working through papers and arguments extended well beyond the coursework itself,... Seguir leyendo →

Una revisión de 350 estudios descarta efectos nocivos de las radiofrecuencias sobre la salud | Ciencia | EL PAÍS

"Un grupo de 72 personas participó el año pasado en una inmensa farsa sin saberlo. La mitad de ellas se autodeclaraban “electrosensibles”. Presentaban una catarata de síntomas inespecíficos, como fatiga, vértigo y náuseas, que atribuían a los campos electromagnéticos producidos... Seguir leyendo →

PI-RADOS | Another Day In The Lab

"Hoy es el día π. A muchos esto no os dirá nada, pero yo voy a celebrarlo igualmente con una entrada por dos buenas razones. La primera es que es mi número favorito, soy un πrado. ¿Desde cuándo? No consigo... Seguir leyendo →

Intuition Is The Highest Form Of Intelligence | Forbes.com

"Intuition, argues Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, is less about suddenly "knowing" the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded. Gigerenzer, author of the book... Seguir leyendo →

Inside the Artificial Universe That Creates Itself – The Atlantic

"Every particle in the universe is accounted for. The precise shape and position of every blade of grass on every planet has been calculated. Every snowflake and every raindrop has been numbered. On the screen before us, mountains rise sharply... Seguir leyendo →

Mathematical Model Reveals the Patterns of How Innovations Arise

"Innovation is one of the driving forces in our world. The constant creation of new ideas and their transformation into technologies and products forms a powerful cornerstone for 21st century society. Indeed, many universities and institutes, along with regions such as... Seguir leyendo →

Can We Think Critically Anymore? | Big Think

"In a May 2015 New Yorker article, satirist Andy Borowitz warned of a “powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life.” Although humans are endowed with an ability to “receive and process... Seguir leyendo →

Infamous Gate to Hell Found in Turkey, Where It Continues to Breathe Its Deathly Air | Atlas Obscura

"Missing for centuries, a storied gate to hell was recently uncovered, where poisonous air still breathes out of a cavern where priests once worshiped the gods of the underworld. Known as Pluto’s Gate, or Ploutonion in Greek, the entry to the... Seguir leyendo →

A la mierda el trabajo | ctxt.es

"Para nosotros, los estadounidenses, el trabajo lo es todo. Desde hace siglos, más o menos desde 1650, creemos que imprime carácter (puntualidad, iniciativa, honestidad, autodisciplina y todo lo demás). También creemos que el mercado laboral, donde encontramos el trabajo, ha... Seguir leyendo →

Online science communication and the importance of empathy | PLOS Ecology Community

"Science communication remains as challenging as it is necessary in the era of big data. Scientists are encouraged to reach out to non-experts through social media, collaborations with citizen scientists, and non-technical abstracts. As a science enthusiast (and extrovert), I... Seguir leyendo →

A philosophy webcomic about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world. Also Jokes Source: The Death of Hypatia - Existential Comics

Mi amigo Nietzche on Vimeo

LDD – Medicina Social. Medicina Pública en Podcast Linterna de Diogenes – iVoox

http://www.ivoox.com/13838936 Source: LDD - Medicina Social. Medicina Pública en Podcast Linterna de Diogenes en mp3(20/11 a las 20:45:09) 01:01:17 13838936 - iVoox

What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? | Aeon Essays

"Work means everything to us Americans. For centuries – since, say, 1650 – we’ve believed that it builds character (punctuality, initiative, honesty, self-discipline, and so forth). We’ve also believed that the market in labour, where we go to find work,... Seguir leyendo →

What’s Behind A Science vs. Philosophy Fight? | Big Think

"This is the 3rd diablog with Rebecca Newberger Goldstein (here’s the 1st, and 2nd). JB: Scientists and philosophers are skirmishing, again. Philosopher James Blachowicz writes that "There Is No Scientific Method"—the sciences just do what any field of "systematic investigation"... Seguir leyendo →

Google’s DeepMind AI gives robots the ability to dream – ExtremeTech

"Following in the wake of recent neuroscientific discoveries revealing the importance of dreams for memory consolidation, Google’s AI company DeepMind is pioneering a new technology which allows robots to dream in order to improve their rate of learning.  Not surprisingly... Seguir leyendo →

Newly evolved bacteria can bond silicon to carbon with ease – Business Insider

"Scientists have coaxed life to do something it has never done before: bond silicon to carbon. You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few. But the... Seguir leyendo →

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