In Praise of Idleness By Bertrand Russell Good nature is, of all moral qualities, the one that the world needs most, and good nature is the result of ease and security, not of a life of arduous struggle. Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have [...]
For all the supposed benefits, settlements still strike many people as creepy. They invert the traditional incentives of life insurance. Insurance companies have always had an interest in you, the policyholder, living as long as possible so that they can collect more premiums. Generally, you also want to live a long time, for obvious reasons. [...]
Their first study, conducted with adult employees of the University of Liège in Belgium showed that the wealthier the workers were, the less likely they were to display a strong capacity to savor positive experiences in their lives. via Can Money Buy Happiness?: Scientific American.
But the original poster’s point is a frequent refrain: “Why should I care about surveillance if I have nothing to hide?” As a privacy advocate I have heard this question for many years, and over time developed my own list of answers, aided by the sharp thinking of others who have grappled with this question, [...]
A Millennial’s Dystopia: Want us to dream? Give us a sci-fi of social technology. | Radical Social Entrepreneurs
Broad teenage disillusionment, and the popular image of today’s youth as wasting away in front of video games, are symptoms of how Millennials look to the future. This world is not delivering, so we are making an exodus to the virtual one instead. via A Millennial’s Dystopia: Want us to dream? Give us a sci-fi [...]
“The Catholic Church controlled all universities, such as the famous Sorbonne, and also controlled all publications. The Church decreed in 1543 that no book could be printed or sold without permission of the church. Then in 1563, Charles IX of France decreed that nothing could be printed without the special permission of the king. Soon [...]
In their quest for engagment, what these companies don’t realize is that there is a fine line between useful information and information overload. Google+ comments to appear in Gmail | Internet & Media – CNET News.
Scientists who scanned the brains of men convicted of murder, rape and violent assaults have found the strongest evidence yet that psychopaths have structural abnormalities in their brains. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/05/07/us-brains-psychopaths-idUSBRE8460ZQ20120507keep looking »