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Newsweek
19 min read
Tech

Freedom From Choice: How Big Data Manipulates Voters

The opening chords of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” rocked a hotel ballroom in New York City as a nattily dressed British man strode onstage several weeks before last fall’s U.S. election. I see the bad moon rising, I see trouble on the way The speaker, Alexander Nix, an Eton man, was very much among his own kind—global elites with names like Buffett, Soros, Brokaw, Pickens, Petraeus and Blair. Trouble was indeed on the way for some of the attendees at the annual summit of policymakers and philanthropists whose world order was about to be wrecked by the American election. B
Nautilus
18 min read
Self-Improvement

Why Your Brain Hates Other People: And how to make it think differently.

As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote about its filming: At lunchtime, the people playing chimps and those playing gorillas ate in separate groups. It’s been said, “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don’t.” In reality, there’s lots more of the former. And it can be vastly consequential when people are divided into Us and Them, ingroup and outgroup, “the people” (i.e., our kind) and the Others. The core of Us/Them-ing is
Nautilus
14 min read
Science

The Crisis of the Multiverse: In an infinite multiverse, physics loses its ability to make predictions.

Physicists have always hoped that once we understood the fundamental laws of physics, they would make unambiguous predictions for physical quantities. We imagined that the underlying physical laws would explain why the mass of the Higgs particle must be 125 gigaelectron-volts, as was recently discovered, and not any other value, and also make predictions for new particles that are yet to be discovered. For example, we would like to predict what kind of particles make up the dark matter. These hopes now appear to have been hopelessly naïve. Our most promising fundamental theory, string theory,
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From the Editors

Rocked the scientific community…

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is the powerful true story of the woman who spawned a medical revolution. Skloot seamlessly weaves the stories of Henrietta’s life, her cells which rocked the scientific community, and a family struggling to cope with her mother’s immortality.

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Scribd Editors, Scribd Editor
From the Editors

It’s time to power down…

Facebook and phone games are addicting, but it’s hard to see how much they’ve shifted our behavior personally and societally. Alter makes connections between drug addictions and tech ones, and provides advice on how to overcome constantly checking emails to form meaningful IRL relationships once again.