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The End of Free Will?

Brainwithnumbers
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? The field of neuroscience evolved so rapidly in the past twenty years that it will pose unprecedented challenges to the legal system in the decades to come, changing the way we understand crime and punishment, says neuro-pioneer Joy Hirsch, director of the Functional ...

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The Robot Hiring Boom Has Arrived

Robots
over 2 years ago

The knock against many technology companies is they create too few jobs in their own countries. That complaint needs serious amending. Tech companies are creating plenty of jobs for robots. Foxconn, the leading manufacturer of electronics in the world -- which makes Apples iPhones and iPads, among ...

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Pigeons are Good at Math, Alas

Pigeon_math
over 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? It has been known for a while that birds can count. What researchers have just discovered is pigeons can learn abstract numerical rules, according to a study published in the journal Science . What is astonishing is that pigeons, who learned to peck numbers on a screen in ...

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Big Idea for 2012: Prescience is Overrated

Prescience
over 2 years ago

This idea was submitted and written by Ali Wyne, researcher at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. What is your pick for the most significant idea of 2012 and why?  Many have asked why analysts of geopolitics failed ...

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Who Has the Greatest Philoso-fro?

Einstein
over 2 years ago

Philosofro (fi - los - uh -fro): A magnificent hair nebula worn by one of the greatest thinkers of our time. Whether by design or through forgetting ever to go to the barber, Albert Einstein introduced the intellectual world to a fashion innovation almost as powerful in its sphere as his theory ...