Written by Jacqui Palumbo, CNN Picture a sunlit modern interior built from light wood, where private apartments open up into airy communal spaces. Residents organize their social activities and hobbies in groups, connecting over shared interests. They meet regularly to vote on community rules. If you are elderly or a new parent — or simply lonely — there is always someone around for support.This way of living may sound like an impossible utopia, but some are already experiencing its potential. “What We Share. A model for cohousing” is a concept for a housing project designed by founding architects Siv Helene … Continue reading These architects believe communal living is the way of the future
You cannot be reduced to a body, a mind or a particular social role. An emerging theory of selfhood gets this complexity Kathleen Wallace is professor of philosophy at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. She works on ethics and metaphysics of personal identity and is the author of The Network Self: Relation, Process, and Personal Identity (2019). She lives in New York City. Edited by Sam Dresser Who am I? We all ask ourselves this question, and many like it. Is my identity determined by my DNA or am I product of how I’m raised? Can I change, and if so, how … Continue reading You are a network
A famous thought experiment from the 1970s is more relevant today than ever before. by Jonny Thomson Philosopher Robert Nozick asked if we would rather live in the real world or inside a virtual reality machine of never-ending pleasure. Frederich Nietzsche asked if truth is really the greatest virtue. People seem to be hard-wired to want the truth, no matter how brutal or unpleasant. The year is 2045, and an eccentric billionaire has revealed to the world an incredible new invention. It’s called the “experience machine,” and it’s an utterly immersive virtual reality device. It provides multi-sensory stimulation with such … Continue reading Will virtual reality be the death of truth?
Two philosophers of science diagnose our age of fake news. BY BRIAN GALLAGHER & KEVIN BERGER Ican’t see them. Therefore they’re not real.” From which century was this quote drawn? Not a medieval one. The utterance emerged in February 2019 from Fox & Friends presenter Pete Hegseth, who was referring to … germs. The former Princeton University undergraduate and Afghanistan counterinsurgency instructor said, to the mirth of his co-hosts, that he hadn’t washed his hands in a decade. Naturally this germ of misinformation went viral on social media. The next day, as serendipity would have it, the authors of The Misinformation Age: How … Continue reading Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think
Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project Waking Times As TFTP reported in August of last year, police officers in Michigan were equipped with “Smart Helmets” which allowed them to remotely scan passengers for symptoms of COVID-19. While this was widely accepted by many because of the massive fear campaign pushed on society by the mainstream media, thanks to leaps and bounds in artificial intelligence, detecting fever was only a small portion of what the helmets can do and the rest of its function is solely reserved for the police state. The Smart Helmet is not limited to temperature body scans which any laser … Continue reading MICROSOFT PRESIDENT WARNS 2024 WILL LOOK LIKE ‘1984’ IF WE DON’T STOP AI POLICE STATE
World’s First Invisible Sculpture Sells for a Whopping $18,000 By Spooky An invisible sculpture created by Italian artist Salvatore Garau recently acquired by a private collector who paid a whopping 15,000 euros for it during an auction. If you’re one of those people who just can’t understand how someone can pay large sums of money for digital assets like video game skins, accessories or increasingly popular non-fungible assets (NFTs), then the sale of Salvatore Garau’s immaterial sculpture is really going to do a number on your brain. Titled “I am” the invisible work of art basically represents a void, a … Continue reading WHAT THE FUCK ?
Author Ben Newell Professor of Cognitive Psychology Imagine two doctors presented with identical information about the same patient giving very different diagnoses. Now imagine the reason for the difference is because the doctors have made their diagnosis in the morning or afternoon, or at the beginning or the end of the week. This is “noise” – the reason human judgements that should be identical vary – which Daniel Kahneman, one of the world’s best-known psychologists and winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics, tackles in his latest book, Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment. Kahneman won his Nobel prize for his pioneering … Continue reading Daniel Kahneman on ‘noise’ – the flaw in human judgement harder to detect than cognitive bias
“At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable.” BY MARIA POPOVA “We call it ‘Nature’; only reluctantly admitting ourselves to be ‘Nature’ too,” Denise Levertov wrote in her revelation of a poem “Sojourns in the Parallel World” a generation after history’s most poetic piece of legislature termed that parallel world “wilderness” and defined it as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man* himself is a visitor who does not remain.” Those of us who visit wild places the way others visit … Continue reading Thoreau on Nature and Human Nature, the Tonic of Wildness, and the Value of the Unexplored
What if the need for fabric, not food, in the face of a changing climate is what first tipped humanity towards agriculture? by Ian Gilligan is a prehistorian at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Climate, Clothing, and Agriculture in Prehistory: Linking Evidence, Causes, and Effects (2019). Edited by Sam Dresser Archaeologists and other scientists are beginning to unravel the story of our most intimate technology: clothing. They’re learning when and why our ancestors first started to wear clothes, and how their adoption was crucial to the evolutionary success of our ancestors when they faced climate change on a massive … Continue reading The clothing revolution
Modern windmills. Image courtesy of Pexels/Pixabay By John Carey There’s a recent phenomenon in which smart people, mostly white men, parachute down from a higher plane to tell us mere mortals the truth about fighting climate change. Colorfully dubbed “first-time climate dudes” by journalist Emily Atkin of the newsletter Heated, they invariably offer some version of doom and gloom, whether it’s Bill Gates calling any attempt to rapidly reduce greenhouse emissions to near zero “a fairy tale”, or novelist Jonathan Franzen proclaiming in the New Yorker that we must “accept that disaster is coming.” Sorry, climate dudes, but I think you’re dead wrong. Wrong too is John Kerry, … Continue reading Why Bill Gates and John Kerry are wrong about climate change