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Alain Elkann

What Tom Stoppard Says About Consciousness in His New Play

Alain Elkann | January 26, 2015 | World
The "hard problem" as you probably know is actually a phrase referring to the problem of accounting for consciousness. Most things are not conscious. This table we are sitting at isn't conscious. Vegetables aren't conscious. We are conscious, and nobody understands how we do that; physically, scientifically or metaphysically. Nobody really knows; and that's the "hard problem."
Tami Shaikh

Why I Won't Be Watching American Sniper

Tami Shaikh | January 26, 2015 | Media
I am an American Muslim. This is my identity, but it's very difficult for me to say it out loud these days. I know it's wrong of me and I constantly get lectured by my other Muslim friends about how I should take pride in my identity and who I am, yet my heart still struggles with it.
Andy Plesser

(VIDEO) Social News Distribution At NYT's Forefront: Poorsattar

Andy Plesser | January 26, 2015 | Media
FORT LAUDERDALE -- The New York Times wants to make a bigger deal out of getting its stories out to users of social networks. Last year's leaked NYT Innovation Report flagged challenges with building audience using social, including insufficient use of Twitter by reporters and a Facebook account...
Bill McGowan

Belichick Under Pressure

Bill McGowan | January 26, 2015 | Sports
Belichick may be a genius on the gridiron, devising offensive and defensive schemes no one has ever thought of before, but in handling controversy, he is tearing pages out of the flawed playbooks of Richard Nixon and Gary Hart.
Dr. Hubert Burda

How the Media Is Changing (Part 3 of 3)

Dr. Hubert Burda | January 26, 2015 | Media
A new global reality is emerging in which people communicate with each other and with the technologies (whether these are smartphones, laptops or wearable devices) and in which technologies are also increasingly able to share information with each other in real time.
Todd Miller

Gaza in Arizona

Todd Miller | January 25, 2015 | Politics
In Arizona, with up to a billion dollars potentially at its disposal, CBP has tasked Elbit with creating a "wall" of "integrated fixed towers" containing the latest in cameras, radar, motion sensors, and control rooms.
Jonathan Schwarz

Survivor of 'Charlie Hebdo' Massacre 'Very Happy Obama Didn't Come to Paris'

Jonathan Schwarz | January 26, 2015 | Politics
In a new interview Laurent Léger, investigations editor of Charlie Hebdo and a survivor of the January 7th assault on the magazine's Paris office, condemned President Obama for his administration's attack on press freedom.
Mark Green

SOTU's Optimism, Populism, Patriotism

Mark Green | January 25, 2015 | Politics
After Obama's popular SOTU agenda to "I won twice," Matalin and Corn debate if he will shape the next two years or 10 with his framework of An Economy for All. Sure looks like he has already now that McConnell and Romney agree the rich have gotten richer at the expense of the poor! Is Boehner-Bibi payback for Speaker forced to sit glumly for an hour?
Sam Husseini

Saudi Myths

Sam Husseini | January 25, 2015 | World
Many are voicing surprise at the comments of IMF head Christine Lagarde following the death of the Saudi monarch. We see here the emptiness of a shallow diversity that seeks to put a woman in a prominent position while maintaining incredibly oppressive power dynamics.
Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D.

Deflated Footballs: Mother Nature Didn't Do It

Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. | January 25, 2015 | Science
Unless you are Rip van Winkle, you are well aware that the footballs in the game in New England were underinflated. There is talk that the weather is to blame. If you run the numbers, here's what the equation looks like.
Julie Dobrow

Peggy Charren: The Godmother of Children's Television

Julie Dobrow | January 24, 2015 | Media
Peggy Charren, sometimes referred to as "the godmother of children's television," died last week. It's a little hard to believe that the New York accented quick witted voice of this indomitable woman will no longer be heard. But it's clear that the many legacies of her words and deeds will be.
Sophia A. McClennen

The Anti-Extremist Satire No One Is Talking About

Sophia A. McClennen | January 23, 2015 | Politics
While everyone is debating the pros and cons of French satire, they are ignoring the robust and vibrant world of Middle Eastern satire. Through irony and puns they are able to send messages that expose the absurdity of those they target.
Liza Donnelly

New Yorker Cartoonist Live Tweets the State of the Union

Liza Donnelly | January 23, 2015 | Green
We all need to laugh! So when Moms Clean Air Force was told Florida Field Manager, Nicole Hernandez Hammer was invited as a personal guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union, I was asked to Live Tweet the event.
Edward Wasserman

Beyond the pieties, the Charlie Hebdo massacre leaves us with painful new ironies and tired old remedies

Edward Wasserman | January 23, 2015 | Media
It's clear that the slaughter in Paris has managed to change the public policy subject, decisively, away from growing doubts over the wisdom of the endlessly renewable, insanely expensive, surveillance state that much of the non-jihadist world has drifted into since 2001.
Damian Bazadona

Why 2015 Will Be a Great Year in TV, Film and Theater

Damian Bazadona | January 26, 2015 | Entertainment
Over the past decade, consumers have been armed with technology that allows us to do great things in our everyday life, but entertainment brands have been extremely late to the game in keeping up with these changes.
Craig Newmark

How to Restore Trust in News

Craig Newmark | January 23, 2015 | Media
It's hard to trust the news overall when many major stories are ignored by news outlets. It's hard to trust the news when the press does so little fact-checking.
Alice Bast

Let's Talk Baloney With Joy Behar

Alice Bast | January 23, 2015 | Healthy Living
I'm not talking about the meat you put in a sandwich. I'm talking about celiac disease -- a serious genetic condition that television personality Joy Behar dubbed as "baloney" on the Jan. 20, 2015 episode of MSNBC's Morning Joe show. Let me say that again: a serious condition.
Matthew Bershadker

USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story

Matthew Bershadker | January 23, 2015 | Green
This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
Janet Tavakoli

Douglas Murray Defends Free Speech to Those Who Question Why You Exercise Your Freedom

Janet Tavakoli | January 23, 2015 | Media
British journalist Douglas Murray provides a brilliant example of how to push back against a perverse narrative, after the Paris murders of journalists and Jews by fundamentalist Muslims.
Tom Young

American Sniper and the Politics of Ignorance

Tom Young | January 22, 2015 | Politics
Between the time the wars start and the movies begin coming out, for God's sake pay attention. Follow the news enough to know that Arab allies are helping us and snipers aren't cowards doing an easy job. How can you support the troops if you don't understand what they do?
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