To Measure the Universe’s Expansion, We Might Need New Physics

Image credit: NASA by Creative Commons IN BRIEF Studies prove almost unanimously that the universe is, indeed, expanding. However, different measurements of the rate by which it expands consistently yield different results. Could this mean we need new physics to understand what’s going on? A CONSTANT DISCREPANCY As far as astronomers can tell, the universe is continuing to expand — and our understanding of how it is doing this needs to expand as well. In fact, recent findings from researchers partnering with NASA suggest that we may need to discover new physics to explain discrepancies between measurements of universal expansion. The rate … Continue reading To Measure the Universe’s Expansion, We Might Need New Physics

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?


by Anna Hunt, Staff Writer Waking Times The world has changed tremendously from the time of our ancestors. Today, we develop most of our beliefs based on external forces, with very little first-hand experience. Where the early humans relied on direct sensory experience to shape their beliefs, we now rely on language and our own ability to discern falsehoods from truth. With language, we undoubtedly receive a plethora of opinions and bias based on the orator’s own belief system. Yet, we are willing to believe much, without taking the time to investigate new ideas or seeking to experience them first-hand. What is … Continue reading THE SCIENCE BEHIND WHY PEOPLE ARE SO EASILY FOOLED

Waiting For the Robot Rembrandt

A BEAUTIFUL DREAM: This series, called “Deep Rembrandt,” was displayed in Category 3, Machine Art / Human Aesthetics. It was generated with Google’s Deep Dream AI software.Courtesy of the Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Research Group What needs to happen for artificial intelligence to make fine art. BY HIDEKI NAKAZAWA The cellist Jan Vogler famously claimed that art is what makes us human. But what if machines start making art too?Here’s an example of a piece of art made by an artificial intelligence (AI): A BIT OF ART: A computer trained with images of graffiti produces its own art by spraying water … Continue reading Waiting For the Robot Rembrandt

How We Make Gods

ILLUSTRATION BY JONATHON ROSEN Taking lessons from the rise and fall of divinity in online games. BY JASON ANTHONY From the moment he arrived, Egor lived for mayhem. The time was 1982, and the place was the first online game world, called MUD (short for Multi-User Dungeon). Before Egor there had been duels, pranks, and the occasional fire-breathing dragon, all amiably playing out in the MUD world, hosted on the servers of the University of Essex. A rough kind of social contract had held. Egor was the screen name of a player who set out to test the limits. He … Continue reading How We Make Gods

The Case Against Reality

Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman explains why human perceptions of an independent reality are all illusions.David McNew / Quanta by AMANDA GEFTER A professor of cognitive science argues that the world is nothing like the one we experience through our senses. As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions—sights, sounds, textures, tastes—are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it—or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion—we realize with a jolt that what we perceive is never the world directly, but rather our brain’s best guess … Continue reading The Case Against Reality


Dr. Richard Alan Miller, Guest  Waking Times The Mandela Effect, and Memory A new internet meme, related to confabulation, is known as the Mandela Effect. This is a situation where a number of people have memories that are different from available evidence. The term was coined by Fiona Broome, who says she, and other people, remember Nelson Mandela dying in the 1980s, rather than in 2013. She argues that common memories which appear mistaken could be explained by the existence of parallel universes that are able to interact with each other. A common thread of discussion regarding this “effect” is misremembering the … Continue reading THE ILLUSION OF REALITY