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Flying Cars: What, How, When, and Why?

Flying Cars: What, How, When, and Why?

Futurists and science fiction writers were discussing the possibility of flying cars even before the appearance of cars and highways. As a concept, they have existed for nearly a century. Today, “flying cars” are an esoteric topic and an ambiguous term that refers to something more than simply a car

Randall Mayes
Randall Mayes
9 min read
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The Scout Mindset—A Review

The Scout Mindset—A Review

A review of The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don’t by Julia Galef. Portfolio, 288 pages (April, 2021) Julia Galef’s The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't is a brisk introduction to a particular way of thinking about

Razib Khan
Razib Khan
7 min read
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Deliberately Divided—A Review

Deliberately Divided—A Review

A Review of Deliberately Divided: Inside the Controversial Study of Twins and Triplets Adopted Apart by Nancy L. Segal. Rowman & Littlefield, 520 pages (November, 2021) When I first heard about the Louise Wise Services-Child Development Center (LWS-CDC) twin study, I was shocked but also skeptical. A doctor had separated

Bo Winegard
Bo Winegard
8 min read
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Machine Learning, Deep Fakes, and the Threat of an Artificially Intelligent Hate-Bot

Machine Learning, Deep Fakes, and the Threat of an Artificially Intelligent Hate-Bot

Fake news isn’t new. More than a century ago, newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer helped stir up enthusiasm for war against Spain by hyping the dubious claim that Spanish agents had used explosives to sink the USS Maine in Havana Harbor. The cry of “Remember

James D. Miller
James D. Miller
6 min read
AI Debate
A Perfect Storm: The Chocolate, Coffee, and Climate Crises

A Perfect Storm: The Chocolate, Coffee, and Climate Crises

The major food staples are essential to human survival. Chocolate and coffee are not essential, but try to imagine a world without them. One of the numerous concerns with climate change is that many species will lose their habitats. Scientists are projecting that, in the coming decades, this could lead

Randall Mayes
Randall Mayes
10 min read
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‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio

‘It works! It works! It works!’: Jonas Salk and the Vaccine that Conquered Polio

Jonas Salk was born on October 28th, 1914, in a tenement in East Harlem, New York—the first son of Russian immigrants and the eldest of three brothers. After finishing four years of high school in three, Salk entered the City College of New York and later won a scholarship

Paul A. Offit
Paul A. Offit
7 min read
Health
Vaccine Rejectionism and the Left

Vaccine Rejectionism and the Left

For most of the past two centuries, the Left has been identified with science and against obscurantism; we have believed that rational thought and the fearless analysis of objective reality (both natural and social) are incisive tools for combating the mystifications promoted by the powerful. … Theorizing about “the social construction

Jon Entine and Patrick Whittle
Jon Entine and Patrick Whittle
15 min read
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Autonomous Vehicles: Hype or Reality?

Autonomous Vehicles: Hype or Reality?

Automobile accidents are the second leading cause of death worldwide, with roughly 1.3 million fatalities annually according to the World Health Organization. China accounts for roughly 260,000 of those and the United States roughly 40,000. Car ownership is growing in developing countries, which will increase the number

Randall Mayes
Randall Mayes
13 min read
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