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Russell Blackford
Sunday Supervillainy on Thursday – “mutant women of Earth” by Russell Blackford

In the 1980s – well, actually from the second half of the ’70s through to the beginnings of the ’90s – Chris Claremont’s version of the X-Men was a dominant force in superhero comics. Whereas fans of other classic comics franchises may look back to earlier eras (often the 1960s in the case of Marvel, where the original runs of Fantastic Four and Spider-Man still stand up today), the “1980s” set the standard for X-Men.

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Robin Hanson on Singularity 1 on 1 (Part 1 and 2) Nikola Danaylov

“Robin Hanson is not just a well known economist with seminal work in prediction markets. He is also a physicist, philosopher and AI researcher. Besides being a polyglot he is also an extremely likable fellow and both of those make him very hard to argue against. Add up the fact that it’s been over a decade since my study of economics and you will get a better idea as to why I struggled to keep up with him during our conversation. Well, regardless of my poor performance, I have to say that I enjoyed talking to Hanson very much. So I ...

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David Brin
Exciting possibilities in (and about) space! by David Brin

First some exciting news about space-flight.  Then I’ll finish with a followup (and speculative) reflection on our recent multiple encounters with space rocks.

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David Eubanks
Teaching Critical Thinking by David Eubanks

I just came across a 2007 article by Daniel T. Willingham “Critical Thinking: Why is it so hard to teach?” Critical thinking is very commonly found in lists of learning outcomes for general education or even at the institution level. In practice, it’s very difficult to even define, let alone teach or assess. The article is a nice survey of the problem.

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Richard Eskow
Increasing Social Security Benefits: An Idea Whose Time Has Come by Richard Eskow

Archaeologists of the future will sift through our newspapers, websites, and other ephemera and marvel at the inverted shape of our political debate.

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Dick Pelletier
Brain Implants: to thought-talk, control machines, enhance memory by Dick Pelletier

Our brain is the source of everything that makes us human: language, creativity, rationality, emotion, communication, culture, and politics. Now, researchers are set to repair brain functions, to create mind-machine interfaces, and enhance human mental capacities in radical ways.

Vision > Contributors > Rachel Armstrong > HealthLongevity > Enablement
The Age of the inpossible Lift Conference 2013

“So today I’m launching the inpossible dot me forum to create a space in which to explore The inpossible Age and share ideas and projects such as, Persephone and Future Venice – so that maybe, we’ll make the inpossible happen.”

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Urban Data Challenge Lift Conference Location: This is an ONLINE competition with related events in San Francisco, Zurich, and Geneva.

Stay tuned! The Challenge begins on February 6, 2013. Suscribe here for news and updates.

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Feb 6: Kick-off at swissnex San Francisco and in Geneva, Switzerland (Lift Conference) Feb 8: Hackathon, Lift in Geneva (RSVP on until January 30) Feb 23: International Open Data Day; Hackathon, San Francisco at GAFFTA; Meet-up in Zurich, Switzerland April 6: Awards Ceremony, San Francisco and Zurich Busses, t...

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Massimo Pigliucci
Toward a Science of Morality by Massimo Pigliucci

An annotated response to Michael Shermer: Michael Shermer and I have been engaged in what I hope has been a productive discussion on the relationship between science and philosophy as it concerns the field of ethics. Roughly speaking, Michael contends that science has a lot to say about ethical questions (though he is not quite as reductive as Sam Harris, who contends that science is pretty much the only game in town when it comes to ethics). I respond that science provides informative background but grossly underdetermines ethical issues, w...

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David Brin
Things only a zillionaire could do to save America by David Brin

Mention George Soros anywhere on the far-right and you’ll get fulminations.  To Republicans, Soros is an aristocratic mastermind who swore to “spend whatever it takes” to end the Bush-Neocons’ grip on political power in America… a vile plutocrat, striving to trample the will of plain-folks, along with the populist GOP that protects them. Glenn Beck railed to his audience, calling Soros the "Great Oligarch" and a master manipulator "who toppled eight foreign governments." (...