The “Man in the Middle” Is Media Messing With Your Messages

Jan 05, 2020

The global tsunami of mental misery is ever-more-closely tied to rising human interaction with digital technology. Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff explains why in his recently-published manifesto, “Team Human.” In short, our natural collaborative instincts have been undermined and toxified...

While AI Is All the Rage, What Is Neuroscience Up To?
Jan 05, 2020

While AI Is All the Rage, What Is Neuroscience Up To?

When Data Science and Neuroscience Collide
Dec 15, 2019

When Data Science and Neuroscience Collide

White Hat Neurohacking for Paleo Superpowers
Dec 06, 2019

White Hat Neurohacking for Paleo Superpowers

Is “Wokeness” Killing Yoga?

Is “Wokeness” Killing Yoga?

Dec 06, 2019

Recently, I came upon a blog written by a well known yoga teacher by the name of Gregor Maehle. In it, Maehle berates Sharath Rangaswamy, a young Indian teacher who, as it turns out, is the grandson of the late Pattabhi Jois, founder of Mysore Ashtanga yoga. Several women had come out with...

How to Reboot an Infected Nervous System

How to Reboot an Infected Nervous System

Nov 09, 2019

Yes, the world seems less trustworthy every day. Politics is corrupted, science is corrupted, the law is corrupted, etc. Worst of all, education and the news are corrupted, so we can’t even know what’s true. It’s like John Wanamaker said a hundred years ago, “I know 30% of my ad budget is...

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Data Scientist

The Triumph and Tragedy of the Data Scientist

Oct 25, 2019

As data scientists, we’re lucky. Data scientists, in the broadest sense, are the very first human beings whose conceptual language — in particular dimensionality-reduction, compression and statistical validation — can explain human bodies and minds, and hence “consciousness,”...

Can a New Generation of Nuclear Reactors Help Us Transition to Renewables?

Can a New Generation of Nuclear Reactors Help Us Transition to Renewables?

Oct 24, 2019

You may be a skeptic and deny that the Earth is not warming up because, depending on where you live, the effect may not be noticeable to you. But, hopefully, what you can't deny is the increasing number of weather-related disasters occurring around the world, which happens to be a really expensive...

How Science Got Sound Wrong

How Science Got Sound Wrong

Oct 12, 2019

Neil Young was a famous rock musician in the 1970s, specializing in live performance and weird acoustic spaces, like the echo-filled iron sawdust burner I once camped in as a kid. In a recent interview for The New York Times Magazine, he claimed that digital compression technology — CD, MP3,...

The Growing Case for Banning E-Cigarettes

The Growing Case for Banning E-Cigarettes

Oct 01, 2019

Despite being marketed as cooler and healthier alternatives to smoking, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that e-cigarettes should come with similar health warnings as regular tobacco products. Yet, while further research is needed to determine once and for all whether...

Our Personal Styles of Information Gathering

Our Personal Styles of Information Gathering

Sep 20, 2019

There are two kinds of people — and not just people. Rather, I should say, there are two kinds of sensory styles. This applies to animals, even to Roombas. Knowing those styles helps fix some common arguments. Think of sensory processing in general — the making sense of the world we...

Is Technology Neutral?

Is Technology Neutral?

Sep 06, 2019

At the climax of a “60 Minutes” segment on ethical technology design, host Anderson Cooper demanded suspiciously of Tristan Harris, “Is technology neutral?” While Cooper made the word “neutral” seem like a loaded challenge, the truth is that “neutral” is as neutral a word as can...

Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve US Health Care

Why Addressing Social Factors Could Improve US Health Care

Aug 31, 2019

Health in the US is a tale of two starkly different realities. The better-off and well-connected are not only in a stronger position to receive care when they need it, but they also start off with advantages that have a tremendous effect on health — in housing, employment, stress levels, food...

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

10 Physics Tricks to Recover From Digital Decalibration

Aug 23, 2019

This is a list of straightforward ways to feel better in the age of smartphones. This list can serve as a companion to an earlier edition of Tech Turncoat Truths listing how screens damage the human nervous system, and also to a peer-reviewed article making the same case. Here's the gist of...

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