Turn any place on earth into a New York street corner

ExtendNY stretches the Big Apple's gridiron all across the globe – with some bizarre effects

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  • Manhattan's street grid is famously regular and predictable. What if you extended it across the globe?
  • This web tool does exactly that, and in the process, turning New York into the world's first, last, and only "planetary city."
  • But grids are square, and the world is not. Somewhere in Uzbekistan, global Manhattan goes haywire.
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Raccoons love you, but not unconditionally

Some wild animals thrive near humans, but only up to a point.

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  • A recent study used motion-triggered cameras to study mammal behavior at 61 sites across North America.
  • The results showed that large, carnivorous mammals with slow life histories are most negatively impacted by human presence and development.
  • The researchers noted that although some mammals are able to tolerate or even benefit from humans, there might be a threshold to how much human disturbance mammals can tolerate.
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The science behind ‘us vs. them’

Humans may have evolved to be tribalistic. Is that a bad thing?

  • From politics to every day life, humans have a tendency to form social groups that are defined in part by how they differ from other groups.
  • Neuroendocrinologist Robert Sapolsky, author Dan Shapiro, and others explore the ways that tribalism functions in society, and discuss how—as social creatures—humans have evolved for bias.
  • But bias is not inherently bad. The key to seeing things differently, according to Beau Lotto, is to "embody the fact" that everything is grounded in assumptions, to identify those assumptions, and then to question them.

The power of conformity: How good people do evil things

Many people believe that in the face of profound evil, they would have the courage to speak up. It might be harder than we think.

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  • After World War II, many psychologists wanted to address the question of how it was that people could go along with the evil deeds of fascist regimes.
  • Solomon Asch's experiment alarmingly showed just how easily we conform and how susceptible we are to group influence.
  • People often will not only sacrifice truth and reason to conformity but also their own health and sense of right and wrong.
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Why the world is going crazy—and how to win back our minds

Why are rapture ideologies exploding?

  • The speed at which civilization is progressing has become overwhelming for modern humans and has caused what Jamie Wheal (author of Recapture the Rapture, founder of the Flow Genome Project, and host of the Collective Insights Podcast) calls a "collapse of meaning."
  • For many, Meaning 1.0 (organized religion) and Meaning 2.0 (modern liberalism) no longer provide the structure and guidance that they used to. "It does feel like the handrails, the things we used to look to for stability and security, have evaporated," says Wheal. "If we've experienced a collapse of meaning, how do we go about restoring it?"
  • In order to reach Meaning 3.0—which Wheal says is a blend of traditional religion and modern liberalism without the promise of an escape—we need to focus on mending trauma, reconnecting with inspiration, and connecting better with one another.
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