Dawn of the cyborgs: how humans will turn themselves into gods

Man and machine … Patrick Stewart as Locutus of Borg in Star Trek Historian Yuval Harari says humanity is heading for an upgrade – via biological manipulation or the creation of a race of cyborgs Name: Cyborg. Age: Infinite. Appearance: Ultra-buff. Who is this we’re talking about? It could be anybody, really. Me? Yes, as long as you’re extremely rich. Ah. Well I haven’t become extremely rich so far. Pity. In that case you’ll miss out on a life of perfect health and theoretically eternal happiness. That sounds good. Will all the pizzas be wood-fired and the Wi-Fi constantly reliable? … Continue reading Dawn of the cyborgs: how humans will turn themselves into gods

The myth of victory

US soldiers inside a Stryker fighting vehicle return to base, Baghdad, Iraq, June 2008. Photo by Moises Saman/Magnum War isn’t like it used to be. Victory is more elusive, and a strong military doesn’t count as much by Mark Kukis (Mark Kukis is the author of Voices from Iraq, and covered the Afghan and Iraq wars for Time, The New Republic and Salon. This fall he will be working with Andrew Bacevich on an open online course, War for the Greater Middle East (Boston Univ./EdX).) Edited by Sam Haselby On 28 December 2014, the US commander of international forces in … Continue reading The myth of victory

Expiration Date

Artwork by Balint Zsako Every story ends with a death sentence. But the story doesn’t end there. by Shozan Jack Haubner A human being has a shelf life. It’s a strange thought, given how essential we tend to think we are, as though we’ll be around forever. But we won’t. We’re born, we ripen, we die. And how do we die? I was on my knees, boxer shorts around an ankle, not only praying but vomiting, and not only vomiting but battling ferocious incontinence, when I realized, We all die like dogs. The monastery was empty, which suited me. I like … Continue reading Expiration Date

What Your Facebook Status Updates Say About Your Personality

by NATALIE SHOEMAKER Researchers never seem to run out of new ways to examine Facebook and the interactions that take place within. Here at Big Think, we’ve written about a number of Facebook studies looking into why it’saddictive, why it may make you feel depressed, and why couples who post more photos are generally happier. This Facebook research studycenters around the topic of status updates: What do we write about and what does it say about us? Psychology professor Tara C. Marshall from Brunel University London led the study where they recruited 555 Facebook users to participate. Researchers had all … Continue reading What Your Facebook Status Updates Say About Your Personality

How the Eyes Can Betray Your Thoughts

by Soren Dreier Author: Mo Costandi It’s sometimes said that the eyes are windows into the soul, revealing deep emotions that we might otherwise want to hide. Although modern science precludes the existence of the soul, it does suggest that there is a kernel of truth in this old saying: it turns out the eyes not only reflect what is happening in the brain but may also influence how we remember things and make decisions. Our eyes are constantly moving, and while some of those movements are under conscious control, many of them occur subconsciously. When we read, for instance, … Continue reading How the Eyes Can Betray Your Thoughts

Coming Soon: Genetically Engineered Athletes

By David Bishop A team from China grabbed the headlines last month when it announced it had edited DNA in the nucleus of human embryos. Whatever the ethics of such research, the breakthrough raises the question of just how far we will take tampering with our genetic make-up? The Chinese team’s work was done using a gene-editing technique called CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) and the results were not spectacular – only four of the 86 eggs injected were successfully modified. Nonetheless, Harvard Professor George Church believes that within five to seven years it will be possible to snip out and replace … Continue reading Coming Soon: Genetically Engineered Athletes

The Evil of Hollywood

Yesterday’s Tomorrowland by CLUSTERFUCK NATION  America takes pause on a big holiday weekend requiring little in the way of real devotions beyond the barbeque deck with two profoundly stupid movie entertainments that epitomize our estrangement from the troubles of the present day. First there’s Mad Max: Fury Road, which depicts the collapse of civilization as a monster car rally. They managed to get it exactly wrong. The present is the monster car show. Houston. Los Angeles. New Jersey, Beijing, Mumbai, etc. In the future, there will be no cars, gasoline-powered, electric, driverless, or otherwise. Mad Max: Fury Road is actually a … Continue reading The Evil of Hollywood

You Are Not Who You Think You Are

by Waking Times Interview – Waking Times contributing author RJ Spina is interviewed by Simon on the Sofa in a enlightening conversation about consciousness and the self. Diving into his journey of awakening, RJ talks about his personal transformation, the practice of meditation, the multi-dimensionality of the self, and his many revelations along the way. Who are you really? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2015/05/26/you-are-not-who-you-think-you-are/ Continue reading You Are Not Who You Think You Are

Half of the Medical Literature Is False

by Arjun Walia  In the past few years more professionals have come forward to share a truth that, for many people, proves difficult to swallow. One such authority is Dr. Richard Horton, the current editor-in-chief of The Lancet — considered to be one of the most well respected peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. Dr. Horton recently published a statement declaring that a lot of published research is in fact unreliable at best, if not completely false. “The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue. Afflicted by studies with small sample … Continue reading Half of the Medical Literature Is False

Uploading human brain for eternal life is possible – Cambridge neuroscientist

Reuters/Michaela Rehle People could “live inside a machine” by turning their brain into a program code once a computer capable of recreating some 100 trillion connections is built, a popular Cambridge neuroscientist said at a UK mass event this weekend. “People could probably live inside a machine. Potentially, I think it is definitely a possibility,” Dr Hannah Critchlow of the Cambridge Neuroscience said at the popular Hay Festival in Wales, as quoted by The Telegraph. Although the human brain is enormously complex, scientists are beginning to better understand its separate parts’ functions, Critchlow said, describing the brain as a complex … Continue reading Uploading human brain for eternal life is possible – Cambridge neuroscientist