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Rights > Political Empowerment & Participation > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Post-election: picking up the pieces by David Brin

Okay, back to a general post-mortem: let’s focus on the election itself, starting with two quick dismissals.  This was not about working class pain, or racism.

Technopolitics > Sociology > Philosophy
Memes 101 | How Cultural Evolution Works Big Think

We are what we are because of genes; we are who we are because of memes. Philosopher Daniel Dennett muses on an idea put forward by Richard Dawkins in 1976

Technopolitics > Psychology > SciencePolicy > Neuroscience > Directors > George Dvorsky
George Dvorsky
Monkeys Learn to Pass a Classic Test For Self-Awareness by George Dvorsky

The ability to look into a mirror and recognize oneself is a cognitive skill we all take for granted, but very few animals outside of humans are able to do it. New research shows that monkeys can be trained to pass the so-called “mirror test,” suggesting that more species may be self-aware than previously thought. It’s a fascinating result, but one that shows how far we are from being able to accurately gauge consciousness in another animal.

Rights > CognitiveLiberty > Education
How a Math Algorithm Could Educate the Whole World — for Free Big Think

Po-Shen Loh is a Princeton-educated mathematician, Carnegie Mellon professor, the head coach of the U.S. International Math Olympiad team, and now he’s adding start-up entrepreneur to his knock-out resume.

Staff > Marcelo Rinesi
Marcelo Rinesi
Short Story: The Eater of Silicon Sins by Marcelo Rinesi

His job is not to press the button. When he fails at his job, people don’t die.

SciencePolicy > Artificial Intelligence > Fellows > Kevin LaGrandeur
Kevin LaGrandeur published new book Artificial Slaves RoutledgePress

Artificial Slaves has just been published in a relatively inexpensive paperback edition.  It won a 2014 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Prize, and has been well-reviewed in a number of journals (see below). The attached coupon gives an additional 20% discount.  For more information, please visit the RoutledgePress website.

Technopolitics > Futurism > Fellows > David Brin
David Brin
Tech marvels and wonders by David Brin

Let’s do a quick, midweek palate cleaner, and switch to the part of our nation and civilization that is doing fabulously…. science! And for starters—

Rights > Economic > Technological Unemployment
Can Universal Basic Income / Social Democracy Fix America’s Inequality? Big Think

Can’t the U.S. be a little more like Scandinavia in its ethos? Fixing inequality in America will take more than economic reform, it will also need a cultural shift. From a human rights and decency standard, everybody in a society should be able to meet their basic needs, says economist and Columbia professor Jeffrey Sachs – but he questions whether a popular proposal known as Universal Basic Income (UBI) is the way to achieve a better standard of living in the U.S.

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Affiliate Scholar > John G. Messerly
John G. Messerly
A Defence of Hope by John G. Messerly

Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope is not prognostication. It is an orientation of the spirit, and orientation of the heart; it transcends the world that is immediately experienced, and is anchored somewhere beyond its horizons. Hope … is not the same as joy that things are going well … but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.                                            &nb...

Technopolitics > Philosophy > Psychology > SciencePolicy > Neuroscience
How Human Consciousness Evolved Big Think

Daniel Dennett has been mulling consciousness over for the last 50 years, and he’s ended up where we began: evolution. When this theory was proposed by Darwin, it inverted everything people at the time held to be true – it revealed that we were not created by intelligent design, but rather we evolved into intelligent designers ourselves.