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The Morality of Artificial Intelligence and the Three Laws of Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 10.02.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

I'm all for development of superior machine intelligence that can help the world out with its brilliant analytical skills. But programming AI with mammalian ideas, modern-day philosophies, and the fallibilities of the human spirit is dangerous and will possibly lead to total chaos.

Obama's ISIS Strategy Resembles Benghazi

Kevin Price | Posted 10.01.2014 | Politics
Kevin Price

Recently President Barack Obama was on CBS' 60 Minutes discussing the problems the U.S. has had in dealing with the Islamic extremist organization, ISIS.

How To Criticize Your Kids Without Ruining Their Self-Esteem

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 10.03.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

The best praise is focused on a child's effort, not the child's traits, as I wrote in "Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Give Up." The same is true of criticism.

The Stupidity of the 'Smart Gene'

Jessica Cussins | Posted 09.25.2014 | Science
Jessica Cussins

All "genes of the week" have something in common: they never actually live up to their billing. For starters, it is never true that a single gene just does something.

The One Habit That Can Make You Richer, Thinner, Smarter And Happier

Alex Goldstein | Posted 09.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Alex Goldstein

The one habit that can greatly impact all these areas of your life is sleep. Deep, restful sleep can spur fast improvements, and poor quality sleep can cause damage quickly. It's important to understand the effects of sleep, and what we can do to improve it.

Four Key Ingredients in the Recipe for Creativity

Nigel Barber | Posted 09.20.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

Everyone has untapped potential in some creative field. Yet some individuals -- Shakespeare, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs -- have far more of it than others. Apart from genes, there are at least three key environmental factors that affect creative accomplishments.

Dare to Be 100: Get Smart, Live Long

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I am a geriatrician, a physician who studies those things that get in the way of any of us living all of our fully allotted 100 years. Numerous risk f...

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

Tracy Cutchlow | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Tracy Cutchlow

Kids with a fixed mindset believe that you are stuck with however much intelligence you're born with. When they fail, these kids feel trapped. They start thinking they must not be as talented or smart as everyone's been telling them. They avoid challenges, fearful that they won't look smart.

Dealing With the Stasi

John Feffer | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
John Feffer

Today David Crawford reports for The Wall Street Journal from Berlin. When I met him 23 years ago, he was one of the most knowledgeable researchers into the Stasi. Through careful investigation, he put together a series of lists that exposed the inner workings of the organization.

Will Your Children Be Able To Get A Good Job In The Age Of The Smart Machine?

Edward D. Hess | Posted 10.22.2014 | Education
Edward D. Hess

According to research teams at MIT, IBM and Oxford, the skills that today's young people need to develop in order to compete for the jobs of the future are higher-order critical and innovative thinking and high social and emotional intelligence -- skills that technology can't easily replicate now.

Is Racism Just a Form of Stupidity?

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

A small cadre of psychological scientists have continued over the years to explore the controversial connection between low intelligence and prejudice, and at this point they have overcome most of the methodological barricades, allowing them to rigorously analyze and answer this important societal question.

Kids' Drawings May Predict Intelligence Later In Life

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.19.2014 | Science

They may look like random doodles and smiley faces, but a new study suggests that children's drawings are an indicator of their intelligence -- and no...

Does Killing and Domination Make Us Smarter?

Mark Chasan | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Mark Chasan

The domination, killing, destruction, increased work and effort of modern society are not the hallmarks of intelligence, but rather stupidity. How can we use the 10% of our mental capacity more intelligently and effectively? Here are a few ideas:

Conundrums of Our Complex Minds and World

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 10.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Our human minds often complicate simple matters and simplify complex ones. Take the example of the stock market. It goes up until it goes down. Bu...

Music to Your Students' Ears

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 10.01.2014 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

Of the most underutilized educational techniques are music and song. We know that musical intelligence is one of the eight identified intelligences of Harvard researcher Howard Gardener but we may not appreciate the role that music and song can play in deepening student learning and promoting memory.

Pop A Pill To Learn A Language?

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 07.10.2014 | Science

What if learning Mandarin or Arabic were as simple as popping a pill? The idea may sound like a sci-fi movie plot point, but one well-known tech vi...

#sorrynotsorry: How the CIA Could Think More Strategically About Their Twitter Content

Mark Drapeau | Posted 09.09.2014 | Technology
Mark Drapeau

This isn't a challenge confined to spy organizations or governments, but rather one for any high-profile organization wading taking social media seriously for the first time.

Bring Your Brain to Work

Edward Muzio | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

My wife, my infant son, and I arrived at the boarding door, baby in arm and bags in hand. That's when we found ourselves caught in an example of one of the biggest workplace problems of our time.

Like Don Quixote Tilting at Windmills, Foreign Governments Fight the Wrong Enemy Post-Snowden

Stacy Baird | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
Stacy Baird

As a result of Snowden's disclosures, U.S. companies have been wrongly suffering commercial reprisals by some governments. Conflating the acts of the NSA with other agencies has also potentially harmed legitimate government activities.

Will the Real Introverts Please Stand Up?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Scott Barry Kaufman

Introversion is one of the most misunderstood dimensions of personality. What is the essence of introversion? Let's explore the core of the extraversion-introversion dimension of personality.

I'm Not as Smart as You Think I Think I Am, Part 1

Frank H. Wu | Posted 07.20.2014 | College
Frank H. Wu

I have tried to explain all of this to students, without success. The further you proceed in any competition, not that life is a tournament, the more formidable your rivals. That's both a sign and a means of progress. You have to face the challenge.

What's Wrong With Being a Smart Girl?

Lauren Galley | Posted 07.12.2014 | Impact
Lauren Galley

Don't wear a short skirt, you might get raped. Don't be a smart girl, you might get kidnapped. As crazy as these statements sound, there is more truth...

Benghazi ad Nauseam.

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Sidonie Sawyer

As an American citizen, I feel lucky to be able to voice my concern and write about the issues haunting me as a human being. One thing in the news of late is the continuing debate over the events that took place in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, in Libya.

The Metaphysics of Mothers Day

Dennis Merritt Jones | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Dennis Merritt Jones

"God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers." -- Jewish Proverb While we know that in truth the Infinite One IS indeed everywhere because It i...

Intuition and Big Data Collide

Scott MacFarland | Posted 07.02.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

When I started my career back in the late 80s, 'intuition' was a skill that was greatly valued. It was used in marketing, sales meetings, to help acqu...