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The Bicameral Mind and Our Constant Inner Monologue

If you’re not already familiar with the HBO series Westworld, I highly recommend checking it out. The new series is created by Johnathan Nolan and Lisa Joy but is based on a 1973 film by Michael Crichton. It stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood, and is set in a Western-themed amusement park called…

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Keep Your Eyes Peeled and Wallets Open

By now you’re probably aware that much of what you do online is being recorded. The main point behind this recording is prediction. People want to know who you are and how you think, so they can predict what you’ll buy and how you’ll consume. For regular internet abusers, there’s a lot of information out…

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The Digital Haze

The line between remembering and forgetting is hazy. We struggle with things on the tips of our tongues, know we have seen someone before but can’t remember where, sometimes we even claim to remember something our brain has totally made up. There are many things stored within our memory that we are unaware of. We only…

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My Digital Brain

Do you remember the password to your Facebook account? How about your email, Twitter, Spotify, Amazon, online banking, Instagram, WordPress, and LinkedIn accounts? Can you recall the names of all your Facebook “friends” and many other acquaintances, along with all the important birthdays throughout the year? Your post code, cell phone number, home number, tax number, ID number,…

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If Humans Were Tools, Which Would We Be?

Do you know someone that displays the shovel-like tendency to dig themselves into a hole? Some people have easy-to-find similarities, but what tool would we use to represent the whole human race? The question was asked of behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational, Irrationally Yours, and The Upside of Irrationality. He answered to the tune of a Swiss Army Knife. And what a noble…

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10 Rules for Teachers and Students

John Cage, who passed away in 1992, was an artist, philosopher, and composer of avant guard music. He was a disciple of Arnold Schoenberg, and later delved into Eastern philosophy and the idea of aleatoric music—music that incorporates elements of chance. One of his most notable pieces of music was 4’33”, a composition which instructs the…

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