Humans are not Machines

Many modern scientists think humans are just "biological machines". If we are just machines then we should not be able to conceptualize us as being anything else than machines, we would have never thought of things like soul or free will. Also, I don't think we could understand anything. A computer can be programmed to act as though it understands patterns and trends, but it can never get that feeling of understanding. I'm not sure if all this is true, its just some arguments against Nihilism. I'm not arguing for an religion (I like Buddhism, its thats a very personal relgion), I just want people to see that there's other beliefs than the sheer Nihilism that too many people are starting to accept.

Car culture and suburban sprawl create rifts in society, claims study

New research links urban planning and political polarization.

Politics & Current Affairs
  • Canadian researchers find that excessive reliance on cars changes political views.
  • Decades of car-centric urban planning normalized unsustainable lifestyles.
  • People who prefer personal comfort elect politicians who represent such views.
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How to split the USA into two countries: Red and Blue

Progressive America would be half as big, but twice as populated as its conservative twin.

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Strange Maps
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  • Perhaps the best way to stop the infighting is to go for a divorce and give the two nations a country each
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NASA astronomer Michelle Thaller on ​the multiple dimensions of space and human sexuality

Science and the squishiness of the human mind. The joys of wearing whatever the hell you want, and so much more.

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Think Again Podcasts
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