1. "Psuedo-Dash" theme by victoria.
  1. If someone can correctly explain a position but continue to disagree with it, that position is less likely to be correct. And if ability to correctly explain a position leads almost automatically to agreement with it, that position is more likely to be correct. (See free trade). It’s not a perfect criterion, of course, especially for highly idiosyncratic views. But the ability to pass ideological Turing tests - to state opposing views as clearly and persuasively as their proponents - is a genuine symptom of objectivity and wisdom.
    Bryan Caplan (via soupsoup)
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    laughterkey:

    drawing-bored:

    okay, okay, i’m intrigued. but if she turns out to be a jean grey mark 1 (unable to control and driven mad by her god-like powers because, you know, she’s a dame) or a jean grey mark 2 (corrupted by her powers because, you know, ultimate power corrupts completely and somehow turns a sweet girl from annandale-on-hudson into a genocidal maniac) and has to be put down by the government or, worse, must sacrifice herself the “save the world”, i’m gonna be 100 percent pissed.

    Clearly the endgame here is that she evolves fully, has to hide herself, and finds a way to save herself digitally. It’s a prequel to Her.

  3. Unlike other basic bodily functions, such as eating and breathing, we still do not fully understand why people need to sleep.

    […]

    Sleep deprivation is nearly as misunderstood as sleep itself, but it can physically and mentally harm people in myriad ways. Losing sleep can cause hallucinations, psychosis, and long-term memory impairment. Some studies have linked sleep deprivation to chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and bipolar disorder. In 2003, neurologists at the University of Pennsylvania found that sleep deprivation over three consecutive nights (in the study, staying awake for 88 hours) as well as chronic sleep loss (in the study, four to six hours of sleep each night for 14 nights) seriously impaired cognitive functions in healthy adults. Also in 2003, Japanese researchers found that total sleep deprivation can cause high blood pressure and has “profound” effects on the immune system.

    Fascinating read on how sleep deprivation decays the mind and body. Pair with this equally fascinating read on what we do know about the science of sleep, why we have dreams and nightmares,  and how our internal clocks produce “social jet lag.”  (via explore-blog)
  4. theatlantic:

Why Has Republican Belief in Evolution Declined So Much?

In November, Mischa Fisher took to this space to criticize the notion that Republicans are the anti-science party. Plenty of Democrats hold views that contradict empirically established facts, and Republican skepticism is overblown, he wrote.

And yet …
The Pew Research Center released new numbers Monday on how Americans view evolution. (The question was asked in a way to include those who believe God or a supreme being guided the process.) About six in 10 accept it, the poll found, but the partisan divide is wide
Read more. [Image: Steve Pope/Associated Press]

    theatlantic:

    Why Has Republican Belief in Evolution Declined So Much?

    In November, Mischa Fisher took to this space to criticize the notion that Republicans are the anti-science party. Plenty of Democrats hold views that contradict empirically established facts, and Republican skepticism is overblown, he wrote.

    And yet …

    The Pew Research Center released new numbers Monday on how Americans view evolution. (The question was asked in a way to include those who believe God or a supreme being guided the process.) About six in 10 accept it, the poll found, but the partisan divide is wide

    Read more. [Image: Steve Pope/Associated Press]

  5. theatlantic:

Why Some People Respond to Stress by Falling Asleep

Fight or flight, or sleep.
Read more. [Image: Carianoff/Flickr]

    theatlantic:

    Why Some People Respond to Stress by Falling Asleep

    Fight or flight, or sleep.

    Read more. [Image: Carianoff/Flickr]

  6. theatlantic:

Religion as a Product of Psychotropic Drugs

How much of religion was realized under the influence of mind-altering substances?
Read more. [Image: Wikimedia]

    theatlantic:

    Religion as a Product of Psychotropic Drugs

    How much of religion was realized under the influence of mind-altering substances?

    Read more. [Image: Wikimedia]

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