This Week in Comments: January 1st—January 7th, 2018

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This Week in Comments: January 1st—January 7th, 2018


What the UN Commission on Human Rights Thinks About Universal Basic Income


Philippe Defonzeus: The idea of an Unconditional Basic Income has now become inevitable and mandatory from a socioeconomic point of view : if not applied, technological and demographic factors will create a social massacre of unseen proportions. Yet, it represents a double edged sword at least from an ecological, and thus more essential point of view : as much as it would lift or even eradicate poverty for millions, if not billions of victims by today's structural violence, we will have to ask ourselves : can we afford throwing vast amounts of additional money upon a human enterprise already putting its own survival at stake through severe ecological disruption caused by mindless mass consumption ? No matter how powerful this idea has become, the larger evolutionary challenge for humanity remains the same : to outgrow the counterproductivity and inbuilt insanity of an obsolete and life threatening monetary system.

What's More Important: 4 Million Jobs or a $7 Trillion Economy?

Brandon Johnson: I wonder how far we'd be if there wasn't always such a fight against progress. Imagine where we'd be if our politicians didn't deny science when it doesn't fit their politics.

Why This Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Thinks Bitcoin Should Be “Outlawed"

James BarrettWhy should it be outlawed? People are free to buy all forms of useless currency like digital currency in video games, collectible tokens, rare cards, etc. People are merely choosing what to buy, hold, and sell with their own money like any other collectible. Being outlawed should require more than being "useless."

President Jimmy Carter on How To Be a Good Husband

James Shannon: The most important piece of advice my mother gave me was "Never let the sun rise on yesterdays' troubles". It has proven true for my 57 years of married life.

Live on Monday: Does the US need one billion people?

What would happen if you tripled the US population? Join Matthew Yglesias and Charles Duhigg at 1pm ET on Monday, September 28.

Should you grow a beard? Here's how women perceive bearded men

Whether or not women think beards are sexy has to do with "moral disgust"

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Sex & Relationships
  • A new study found that women perceive men with facial hair to be more attractive as well as physically and socially dominant.
  • Women tend to associate more masculine faces with physical strength, social assertiveness, and formidability.
  • Women who display higher levels of "moral disgust," or feelings of repugnance toward taboo behaviors, are more likely to prefer hairy faces.
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Learn innovation with 3-star Michelin chef Dominique Crenn

Dominique Crenn, the only female chef in America with three Michelin stars, joins Big Think Live.

Big Think LIVE

Having been exposed to mavericks in the French culinary world at a young age, three-star Michelin chef Dominique Crenn made it her mission to cook in a way that is not only delicious and elegant, but also expressive, memorable, and true to her experience.

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Ultracold gas exhibits bizarre quantum behavior

New experiments find weird quantum activity in supercold gas.

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Surprising Science
  • Experiments on an ultracold gas show strange quantum behavior.
  • The observations point to applications in quantum computing.
  • The find may also advance chaos theory and explain the butterfly effect.
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    3 cognitive biases perpetuating racism at work — and how to overcome them

    Researchers say that moral self-licensing occurs "because good deeds make people feel secure in their moral self-regard."

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    Personal Growth

    Books about race and anti-racism have dominated bestseller lists in the past few months, bringing to prominence authors including Ibram Kendi, Ijeoma Oluo, Reni Eddo-Lodge, and Robin DiAngelo.

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