Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think

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 on Sunday 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 False … Continue reading Why Misinformation Is About Who You Trust, Not What You Think

Getting it right

‘…the strength of the thread does not reside in the fact that some one fibre runs through its whole length, but in the overlapping of many fibres’ – Ludwig Wittgenstein. Photo by Getty Truth is neither absolute nor timeless. But the pursuit of truth remains at the heart of the scientific endeavour by Michela Massimi is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She works in history and philosophy of science and was the recipient of the 2017 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal by the Royal Society, London, UK. Edited by Sam Haselby Think of the number of scenarios in which … Continue reading Getting it right

Something Is Not Quite Right In the Universe, Ultraprecise New Measurement Reveals

This Hubble Telescope image shows a doubly-imaged quasar, which can be used to measure the Hubble constant. A new technique of measuring the Hubble Constant from such doubly-imaged quasar systems could help astronomers better understand how the universe’s expansion rate has changed over time. Credit: NASA Hubble Space Telescope, Tommaso Treu/UCLA, and Birrer et al By Mara Johnson-Groh, Live Science Contributor  Something isn’t quite right in the universe. At least based on everything physicists know so far. Stars, galaxies, black holes and all the other celestial objects are hurtling away from each other ever faster over time. Past measurements in our … Continue reading Something Is Not Quite Right In the Universe, Ultraprecise New Measurement Reveals

Scientists Come Closer to Finding Out What Consciousness Looks Like in the Brain 

Photo: Getty Images by Ed Cara Most of the time, it’s easy to tell when someone is consciously aware. But there are many tragic cases when it’s unclear whether a person who is unresponsive after a serious brain injury is truly no longer conscious. That ambiguity can raise ethical questions about how to manage or ultimately end such a person’s life-sustaining care. A new study out Wednesday doesn’t provide any clear answers to those questions, but its findings might someday help us objectively track consciousness in unresponsive people, through their patterns of brain activity. It might even offer a lead … Continue reading Scientists Come Closer to Finding Out What Consciousness Looks Like in the Brain 

Dear Therapist: I Looked Through My Daughter’s Phone, and I Didn’t Like What I Saw

BIANCA BAGNARELLI I thought something was off about one of her new friends—and my suspicions were right. by LORI GOTTLIEB Dear Therapist, We recently moved to a new country and my daughter quickly made some friends who make me uncomfortable. Specifically, there is one boy who used spectacularly sexually explicit language with her in a text, which I find degrading and demeaning. I found this out because after my daughter came home late from an outing with friends for her birthday, I used that as an excuse to go through her phone, as I’d suspected that there was something off … Continue reading Dear Therapist: I Looked Through My Daughter’s Phone, and I Didn’t Like What I Saw

WAYS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

by Soren Dreier Author: Independent The rise of social media has meant that we as a global population are more connected than we have ever been in the history of time. However, our reliance on social media can have a detrimental effect on our mental health, with the average Brit checking their phone as much 28 times a day. While social media platforms can have their benefits, using them too frequently can make you feel increasingly unhappy and isolated in the long run. The constant barrage of perfectly filtered photos that appear on Instagram are bound to knock many people’s … Continue reading WAYS SOCIAL MEDIA AFFECTS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

He’s back: Dalí Museum resurrects Salvador Dalí through artificial intelligence

Dali Lives, an experience that uses artificial intelligence to create an uncanny version of Salvador Dali, opens a the Dali Museum in April. Courtesy of Paradise Public Relations. Want to hear all about Dalí’s work from the artist himself? “Dalí Lives,” an experience that uses artificial intelligence to create an uncanny version of Salvador Dalí, opens a the Dalí Museum in April. By Maggie Duffy ST. PETERSBURG — Things will get even more surreal at the Dalí Museum in April, when the “Dalí Lives” experience opens featuring an artificial intelligence version of Salvador Dalí himself. Dalí died in 1989. But the … Continue reading He’s back: Dalí Museum resurrects Salvador Dalí through artificial intelligence