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Why Trump Would Enjoy Being a Consciousness Researcher - Facts So Romantic

In a sense, consciousness is like Trump.Photograph from imgur / redditSure, Donald Trump usually isn’t one for heady or complex matters. His business role...   [ continue reading...]

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The Oldest Problem in American Prisons - Issue 48: Chaos

No prison demographic is growing as fast as the elderly. In 2015, there were 6.7 million people under correctional supervision (“more than were enslaved i...   [ continue reading...]

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Are You a Self-Interrupter? - Issue 48: Chaos

Our technology-rich world has proven to be both a blessing and a curse. While on the one hand we have access to information or people anywhere at any time, on t...   [ continue reading...]

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A Linguist Responds to Cormac McCarthy - Issue 48: Chaos

In his recent Nautilus essay, “The Kekulé Problem,” Cormac McCarthy suggests that our unconscious mental processes are a modern echo of the p...   [ continue reading...]

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Shakespeare’s Genius Is Nonsense - Issue 48: Chaos

You’d be forgiven if, settling into the fall 2003 “Literature of the 16th Century” course at University of California, Berkeley, you found the...   [ continue reading...]

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The 6 Most Surprising, Important Inventions From World War I - Facts So Romantic

British soldiers in a World War I trench.Photograph by Ernest Brooks / Australian War Memorial / WikicommonsJust over 100 years ago, on the 28th of June, 1914,...   [ continue reading...]

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The Moral Importance of Understanding Consciousness - Facts So Romantic

As we get better and better ideas of what is conscious and what is not, they might change the kinds of experiments we will be able to comfortably and ethically...   [ continue reading...]

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The Hidden Sexism of How We Think About Risk - Issue 48: Chaos

My eldest son has long been irresistibly drawn to danger. At 6 months old he rolled across the entire expanse of the living room in order to more closely inspec...   [ continue reading...]

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A Complicated Question - Issue 48: Chaos

Asaf Hanuka is an Israeli illustrator and comic book artist, notable for his autobiographical comics “The Realist.” He is twin brother of illustra...   [ continue reading...]

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If ET Calls, Think Twice About Answering - Issue 48: Chaos

Valencia, Spain, Oct. 6, 2006. After four long days, the 57th International Astronautical Congress draws to a close, and two prominent members of the Search for...   [ continue reading...]

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The Physicist Who Denies Dark Matter - Issue 48: Chaos

He is one of those dark matter people,” Mordehai Milgrom said about a colleague stopping by his office at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Milgrom intro...   [ continue reading...]

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To Become a Better Investor, Think Like Darwin - Facts So Romantic

“It’s not surprising that the fight-or-flight response is not going to be the most helpful way to deal with a financial crash in the same way that i...   [ continue reading...]

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A Little Paternalism in Medicine Is a Good Thing - Facts So Romantic

Informed consent has its limits. It isn’t always ideal to treat the patient as a consumer in the decision-making process.Photograph by Monkey Business Ima...   [ continue reading...]

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The Caveman Guide to Parenting - Facts So Romantic

Just as Paleo dieters assume a mismatch between human biology and the food culture of the postindustrial West, Paleo parents believe that modern parenting habit...   [ continue reading...]

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Maybe We Haven’t Seen Any Aliens Because They’re All Dead - Facts So Romantic

If astronomers fail to detect any other civilizations, whether extant or extinct, they may be forced to conclude that we are alone.Photograph by U.S. Department...   [ continue reading...]

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The Multiverse As Muse - Issue 48: Chaos

In his short story “The Garden of Forking Paths,” the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges describes a present that can, at any moment, bifurcate in...   [ continue reading...]

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Can You Ever Really Know an Extraterrestrial? - Issue 48: Chaos

Imagine that you’ve lived your entire life in a small village deep within a continental wilderness. For centuries this community has been isolated from th...   [ continue reading...]

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Defy the Stars - Issue 48: Chaos

Count to five, Noemi decides. If she’s cracking up—if the terror of the past few minutes has scrambled her mind to the point where she’s hallu...   [ continue reading...]

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Does Dark Matter Harbor Life? - Issue 48: Chaos

Even though we know that ordinary matter accounts for only about one-twentieth of the universe’s energy and a sixth of the total energy carried by matter...   [ continue reading...]

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Your Robot Car Should Ignore You - Issue 48: Chaos

In 2014, Google fired a shot heard all the way to Detroit. Google’s newest driverless car prototype had no steering wheel and no brakes. The message was c...   [ continue reading...]

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