What Is Psy-Ops?

Rolling Stone magazine caused turmoil in the U.S. military this week reporting that a commander in Afghanistan ordered a "psychological operations" team to manipulate U.S. senators.

When U.S. senators visit Afghanistan to view progress on the ground, to what extend are they led astray by psychological manipulation? Sgt. Maj. Herb Friedman, an army veteran and psy-ops expert, discusses the technique: "Psychological operations specialists are in a battle for that old canard, the 'hearts and minds' of enemy combatants. In 2010, the psychological operations label was dropped in favor of 'Military Information Supply Operations,' or MISO, which 'everybody hates' because 'it's basically a green soup from Japan."

Russia sends its first android to space

The Russian-built FEDOR was launched on a mission to help ISS astronauts.

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Technology & Innovation
  • Russia launched a spacecraft carrying FEDOR, a humanoid robot.
  • Its mission is to help astronauts aboard the International Space Station.
  • Such androids can eventually help with dangerous missions likes spacewalks.
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Why Secular Humanism can do what Atheism can't.

Atheism doesn't offer much beyond non-belief, can Secular Humanism fill the gaps?

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Culture & Religion
  • Atheism is increasingly popular, but the lack of an organized community around it can be problematic.
  • The decline in social capital once offered by religion can cause severe problems.
  • Secular Humanism can offer both community and meaning, but it has also attracted controversy.
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this incredibly rich machinery – with Antonio Damasio

Picking up where we left off a year ago, a conversation about the homeostatic imperative as it plays out in everything from bacteria to pharmaceutical companies—and how the marvelous apparatus of the human mind also gets us into all kinds of trouble.

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  • "Prior to nervous systems: no mind, no consciousness, no intention in the full sense of the term. After nervous systems, gradually we ascend to this possibility of having to this possibility of having minds, having consciousness, and having reasoning that allows us to arrive at some of these very interesting decisions."
  • "We are fragile culturally and socially…but life is fragile to begin with. All that it takes is a little bit of bad luck in the management of those supports, and you're cooked…you can actually be cooked—with global warming!"



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