Karl Marx: Anti-lockdowner

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2021-09-26 00:00:07
“The human body is mortal by nature. Hence illnesses are inevitable. Why does a man only go to the do ctor when he is ill, and not when he is well? Because not only the illness, but even the doctor is an evil. Under constant medical tutelage, life would be regarded as an evil and the human body a...

Drugs, Robots, and the Pursuit of Pleasure: Why Experts Are Worried About AIs Becoming Addicts

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2021-09-26 00:00:07
In 1953, a Harvard psychologist thought he discovered pleasure—accidentally—within the cranium of a rat. With an electrode inserted into a specific area of its brain, the rat was allowed to pulse the implant by pulling a lever. It kept returning for more: insatiably, incessantly, lever-pulling. ...

In a First, Scientists Track 1 Million Neurons Near-Simultaneously in a Mouse Brain

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2021-09-26 00:00:06
Researchers have managed to keep tabs on 1 million different neurons in the brains of mice at one time – taking scientists an impressive step closer towards one day being able to track the very-complex activity of human brains. The key is an innovation that's being called 'light beads microscopy'....

Horses, cars, and the disruptive decade

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2021-09-26 00:00:05
This note isn’t about all the companies whose news led to the five laws — i.e., Uber, Didi, Alphabet, etc. Instead, it is about the underlying shifts that make all this news possible. Each of these shifts is, over the long term, is better for both humans and the environment. Mechanical cars ha...

In Praise of the Gods

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2021-09-26 00:00:05
When you have offered your libation and have prayed, as is right, hand your comrade the cup of honey wine, so he may pour out his libation, too, for he looks like someone who offers prayers to the immortals.  Rational insight is a powerful tool, and one of our worst excesses. When it becom...

A Canadian COVID-19 study that turned out to be wrong has spread like wildfire among anti-vaxxers

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2021-09-25 23:30:08
This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. An inaccurate Canadian study suggesting an extremely high rate of heart inflammation afte...

Whither Tartaria? - by Scott Alexander - Astral Codex Ten

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2021-09-25 23:30:06
Imagine a postapocalyptic world. Beside the ruined buildings of our own civilization - St. Peter’s Basilica, the Taj Mahal, those really great Art Deco skyscrapers - dwell savages in mud huts. The savages see the buildings every day, but they never compose legends about how they were built by the ...

What is this? | aws-auth

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2021-09-25 23:30:06
This CLI tool allows you to programmatically authenticate into AWS accounts through IAM roles in a multi-account AWS organization setup. It supports session management, stores all AWS credentials in an encrypted file and by default only grants AWS access through environment variable injection and su...

Microsoft Would Like to Use Your Brainwaves to Mine Cryptocurrency, Please

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2021-09-25 23:30:06
Gear-obsessed editors choose every product we review. We may earn commission if you buy from a link. How we test gear. While cryptocurrency mining is automated, it's also a major energy hog. Research in the journal Joule estimates that Bitcoin mining generates 22.9 metric tons of carbon...

Elder-friendly technology is a growing market

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2021-09-25 23:30:06
In the grim pits of 2020, ElliQ recited a poem to 81-year-old Deanna Dezern. Dezern doesn’t remember what the poem was called or who wrote it, but she says that thematically, it was about persistence and determination — qualities that resonate during a world-altering pandemic. Dezern needed reas...