Without the ability to daydream and hallucinate, computers will never think as humans do. David Gelernter, Yale professor of computer science, predicts the next stages of AI.
"Experts writing this year's dietary guidelines say strong evidence indicates that moderate alcohol consumption results in a longer life and slower cognitive decline."
Is freedom of religion still a valued principle in America? "The Ground Zero mosque is only one of several mosques that are being strongly opposed. Opposition to mosques is on the rise."
The arms industry, much like our domestic pacific economy, is looking for a bump in exports given the recession. Weapons manufacturers want to sell arms in the Middle East and Asia.
"Thanks to period-music evangelists, breathtaking virtuosity, and millions of listeners, the art form remains vibrant." The City Journal on the relevance of classical music today.
"If something has been around longer, it must be better. New research suggests we hold onto that bias even in instances where quality has nothing to do with longevity."
Paul Di Filippo on, "How a long-dead Frenchman became one of the most important science fiction writers in current American culture." Join the Jules Verne revival at Salon.com.
A lengthy investigation by the Washington Post reveals the resurgence of the military-industrial complex since 9/11 and how expensive and unaccountable private contractors fill our ranks.
The head of the UN Environmental Programme's Green Economy Initiative, Pavan Sukhdev, sits down for tea with The Economist to discuss how to assign an economic value to nature.
"Despite the hype surrounding microfinance as an answer to solving world poverty, new research shows it isn’t the savior economists envisioned." Read more at Miller-McCune.
"How can the United States legitimately claim the right to promote democracy and human rights at the same time that, at home, it is becoming somewhat less democratic, and a great deal less just?"
"Scientists yesterday hailed a potential breakthrough in the fight against Aids after a vaginal gel was found to cut HIV infection rates by up to 50 per cent." The Independent reports
"Marijuana is one of the top cash crops in the United States. So why is there so little coverage of this business, as a business?" The Big Money inaugurates a blog on the marijuana trade.
A new history of voting through the ages is timely, says The New Yorker, as the U.K. prepares for electoral reform while the U.S. holds out against newer and fairer electoral methods.
Charles Simic recalls the excuses he offered the first time he watched his native Yugoslavia lose at the World Cup. The poet lists the four universal excuses given when a soccer team loses.