The modern world has made kindness harder. Empathy has dwindled steadily, especially in the 21st century. The average person in 2009 was less empathic than 75 percent of people in 1979.
Modern American society, and Western societies more generally, tend to look back on ancient Rome as the pinnacle of Western civilization. We emulate their institutions and cultural practices. Why? Are they worth it?
"The pronunciation in the Proto-Indo-European was probably 'lox,' and that's exactly how it is pronounced in modern English."
The great irony of black holes is that, in all the decades that we astrophysicists have talked about them, we never had any direct observational evidence for them. Until now.
Any shared sense of "now" is a nonstarter. We don't really share the present moment with anyone.
Scientists might need to take a cue from artists to adapt our cities for climate change.
Clearly, asking questions about consciousness does not prove anything per se. But could an AI zombie formulate such questions by itself, without hearing them from another source or belching them out from random outputs?
A "memory matrix" might solve Stephen Hawking's black-hole paradox.
Two philosophers of science diagnose our age of fake news.
Astronomers turned a fantastic concept into reality.
Bertrand Russell's observation that "the stupid are cocksure while the intelligent are full of doubt" prefigured the scientific discovery of a cognitive bias — the Dunning–Kruger effect — that has been so resonant that it has penetrated popular culture.
"I thought everybody knew 'Imagine' by John Lennon. But people have a finite capacity to remember things."
"The 'G word' is often used to shut down conversation or inquiry into a particular artist, into his or her community and connection to others."
Elevated iron is at the center of a web of disease stretching from cancer to diabetes.
If museums of natural history are temples to science, dinosaurs are their shrines.
An experiment in controlling how much of Scrabble is luck.
Cities around the globe are starting to pay more attention to women's experiences. In Sweden, Umea has started creating public spaces that cater to women in a way they haven't in the past.
We'll need both deep learning and symbol manipulation to build AI.
In tracking another person, we sometimes learn about ourselves. Reflecting on data about her mother's social isolation, Natasha saw a need to change her own life.
A surprising new result catches the attention of the neuroscience community.