Are Robots Quietly Taking Over The World?

image edited by Fernando Kaskais Meet Our New Overlords by Capitalist Exploits By Chris at Intelligence is easily the most profound qualifier for why we humans rule planet earth. It’s also only the smallest percentage that makes all the difference. Consider that we share about 90% of our DNA with blimmin’ mice for goodness sake. And yet the differences couldn’t be starker. In fact, we share fully 99% with chimpanzees, and even though we’ve all met “those people” who make us wish for a chimp, for the most part we humans trump chimps by most any metric. Intelligence is also the most dangerous. … Continue reading Are Robots Quietly Taking Over The World?

‘The Nag,’ Deconstructed

A new study has found the most difficult person in your life is probably a woman. Here’s why. by Tracy Moore New research has found that no matter who the most difficult person in your life is, she’s a woman. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, discovered that participants who self-reported their most difficult relationships indicated those toxic entanglements were always with ladies, specifically wives, mothers and sisters. The reason is simple, the researchers argue. Because women are more emotionally involved in your business, this means they’re more likely to pester you about picking up your … Continue reading ‘The Nag,’ Deconstructed

When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair

The Garden Court at Southdale Shopping Center, Edina, Minnesota, circa 1965Minnesota Historical Society by IAN BOGOST Like it or not, the middle class became global citizens through consumerism—and they did so at the mall. “Okay, we’ll see you in two-and-a-half hours,” the clerk tells me, taking the iPhone from my hand. I’m at the Apple Store, availing myself of a cheap smartphone battery replacement, an offer the company made after taking heat for deliberately slowing down devices. A test run by a young woman typing at a feverish, unnatural pace on an iPad confirms that mine desperately needed the swap. As she … Continue reading When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair

Three Tactics from the Buddha to Forgive without Defeat

Photo by Ed Schipul | Ken McLeod’s piece in the Winter 2017 issue questioned the role of forgiveness in Mahayana Buddhist thought. A Theravadan monk responds. By Thanissaro Bhikkhu When you forgive someone who has wronged you, it doesn’t erase that person’s karma in having done wrong. This is why some think that forgiveness has no place in the karmic universe of the Buddha’s teachings, and that it’s incompatible with the practice of what he taught. But that’s not so. Forgiveness may not be able to undo old bad karma, but it can prevent new bad karma from being done. This … Continue reading Three Tactics from the Buddha to Forgive without Defeat

Confidence tricks

Former Lehman Brothers Chief Executive Richard Fuld. Photo by Kevin Lamarque/Reuters The financial world is a theatrical production, abundantly lubricated by that magical elixir of illusionists: confidence by Matt Seybold assistant professor of American literature and Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in New York. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Companion to Literature and Economics. His writing has appeared in Mark Twain Annual, T S Eliot Studies Annual, Henry James Review, and Reception. Edited by Marina Benjami On 10 June 2008, Dick Fuld, the soon-to-be infamous CEO of a soon-to-be infamous investment bank, Lehman Brothers in New York, assembled his executive committee in response to a second-quarter earnings report … Continue reading Confidence tricks

10 Myths About Menopause

Colormos/Getty Images byJulie Stewart Menopause can seem scary—it might be the biggest change your body has gone through since pregnancy or even puberty. But there’s no reason to be intimidated. You can turn these into the best years yet by putting your mind at ease. A good place to start: Read on to hear experts clear up the biggest misconceptions about menopause. Sporrer/Rupp/Getty Images Myth: Your period will just suddenly stop one day. The truth: This happens to a few ladies, but it’s far from the norm. Your cycles will likely sputter before they stop. “The menopausal transition, which can easily last … Continue reading 10 Myths About Menopause

How can I make money from my DNA?

image edited by Fernando Kaskais  The DNA deal: who should own people’s genetic data, them – or the companies that sequence it? Photograph: Alamy Stock Photo If you have your DNA sequenced, someone somewhere will be making money from the data. A new start-up aims to make sure that you get your share by Zoë Corbyn If you unlock the secrets of your DNA by paying a company to read your genes, behind the scenes it is probably making money by selling on your data for research. Companies like 23andMe and AncestryDNA charge consumers under £150 to learn about their health and/or origins, while … Continue reading How can I make money from my DNA?