After 200,000 years or so of human existence, climate change threatens to make swathes of our planet unlivable by the end of the century. If we do manage to adapt, on a long enough timeline the Earth will become uninhabitable for other reasons: chance events like a comet strike or supervolcano eruption, or ultimately — if we make it that long — the expansion of the sun into a red giant in around five billion years, engulfing the planet completely or at a minimum scorching away all forms of life. …
(Note: This article was originally written for publication in the sadly now defunct BREAKERMAG.)
After decades of gender imbalance, many fields of technology are starting to reckon with the fact that they skew disproportionately male.
Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google now publish yearly diversity reports, which are largely underwhelming. Emerging industries like artificial intelligence are in full blown diversity crisis according to insider reports, resulting in biases built into the products they ship. Yet although these statistics can be discouraging, highlighting such systemic problems is a crucial starting point for making change.
Is “reality” what we can see in front of us? What we can touch, taste, or smell? Is it individual, or collective? Universal, or culturally specific? Is there just one reality, or many? If any of these questions resonate with you, you’re not alone. Philosophers, theologians, and intoxicated college students have pondered the nature of reality since time immemorial, but in daily life, most of us don’t stop to really consider how we define the nature of the real.
Once we do, it becomes clear that there is a deep, coiling rabbit hole to fall down, often with more questions…
Here’s a question: if I asked you to draw the causal relationship between belief and action, what would it look like? Take a minute to think.
The simplest answer — the one we’re usually taught in school, whether implicitly or explicitly — would be something like this:
Hi. My name’s Corin. I’m a journalist, researcher, and holder of a postgraduate degree. And with those credentials on the table, I’d like to talk to you about magic.
When I say “magic,” I don’t mean the stage craft of disappearances, card tricks, and other illusions — impressive as they are. …
Last summer, when I took acid with a close friend, she told me she could suddenly see the world in 3D.
“Don’t we always see in 3D?” I asked her.
“Of course,” she said, “but you know what I mean.”
And I absolutely did.
From the balcony of my third-floor apartment, we peered out into the branches of a nearby tree like sailors on the prow of a ship. …
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Welcome to /r/LateStageCapitalism, a Reddit page where even the content rating system is a satire of the constant monetization of our daily lives. It’s one of many online forums where a leftist brand of humor can flourish, composed of anticapitalist memes, caustic jokes about current affairs, and a sprinkling of underreported news stories and research papers.
When content on LateStageCapitalism achieves a certain level of popularity, it…
It’s always good to keep life lessons inside your wallet.
Here’s one that I carry with me. It’s a small red sticker, about half a centimetre across, showing a smiley face. I keep it stuck to the front of my credit card, where it grins wildly each time I buy something with money I don’t own.
To the casual glance it’s nothing much: a tacky decoration perhaps, or an ironic comment on money and happiness. But in fact it’s a souvenir, reminding me of a lesson I learned unexpectedly. And the story behind it is this:
It was May of…