• Nicholas McCay

Eclectic Spacewalk - January 2019

Here is a sampling of the best content I consumed this past month. Enjoy scratching your brain’s curiosity itch! Also published on Medium: https://medium.com/eclectic-spacewalk/eclectic-spacewalk-january-2019-9a0500ff39d3

  • Books

  • Audio books

  • Top 15 Articles/Essays

  • Podcasts

  • TED Talks

  • Videos

  • Lectures/Debates

  • Documentaries

  • “Best of the Rest” Articles/Essays

Book(s) -

The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in age of Trump - Michiko Kakutani


In Cold Blood - Truman Capote


Object-Oriented Ontology: A New theory of Everything - Graham Harman


- https://www.artspace.com/magazine/interviews_features/the_big_idea/a-guide-to-object-oriented-ontology-art-53690

Audio book(s) -

The Secret of Our Success - Joseph Henrich


Top 15 Articles/Essays -

The blind spot - (Aeon)


“We can now appreciate the deeper significance of our three scientific conundrums — the nature of matter, consciousness and time. They all point back to the Blind Spot and the need to reframe how we think about science. When we try to understand reality by focusing only on physical things outside of us, we lose sight of the experiences they point back to. The deepest puzzles can’t be solved in purely physical terms, because they all involve the unavoidable presence of experience in the equation. There’s no way to render ‘reality’ apart from experience, because the two are always intertwined.
To finally ‘see’ the Blind Spot is to wake up from a delusion of absolute knowledge. It’s also to embrace the hope that we can create a new scientific culture, in which we see ourselves both as an expression of nature and as a source of nature’s self-understanding. We need nothing less than a science nourished by this sensibility for humanity to flourish in the new millennium.’”

Getting it Right - (Aeon)


Let there be no doubt: scientific knowledge is the product of our getting it right across our perspectival multicultural scientific history. Scientific knowledge is not a prerogative of our Western cultural perspective (and its discipline-specific scientific perspectives) but the outcome of a plurality of historically and culturally situated scientific perspectives that, over millennia, have reliably produced knowledge with the tools, resources and concepts respectively available to each and every one of them.
Communities of epistemic agents learn how to get things right across time, across historically and culturally situated scientific perspectives. Not because there are atomic facts as truth-makers of atomic propositions, but because the perspectival nature of our scientific knowledge resembles what Wittgenstein called the thread that ‘we twist fibre on fibre. And the strength of the thread resides not in the fact that some one fibre runs through its whole length, but in the overlapping of many fibres.’ Scientific truths are the resilient and robust outcome of a plurality of scientific perspectives that, over time, have meshed with one another in their (tacit, implicit and often survival-adaptive) normative commitment to reliably produce scientific knowledge for us as humankind. That is why, far from being an insufferable hindrance to scientific pluralism, truth is in fact its best safeguard in tolerant, open and democratic societies that are genuinely committed to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the very many faces it comes with.

How Fair Is American Society? - (Yale School of Management)


“The gap between estimate and reality was largest for a question about household wealth. Participants guessed that the difference between white and black households would be about $100 to $85, when in reality it’s $100 to $5. In other words, study participants were off by almost 80 points. Participants were also overly optimistic about differences in wages and health coverage.
Compounding the problem, when quizzed on whether the country has gotten more equal over recent decades, participants overestimated the degree of progress by more than 20 points.
Michael Kraus argues that these misperceptions fit conveniently with the idea of the American dream — that every individual, regardless of background, can succeed with talent and hard work. “Those beliefs can lead us astray, can lead us to not see the world for what it is. There’s a lot of work that still needs doing if our economic reality is going to match up with our narratives of opportunity.”
The study points to two likely mechanisms behind the excessive optimism. One is a belief that society is generally fair. People who held such a belief tended to overestimate the level of economic equality in America more than others. High-income white participants were most likely to both hold the view that society is fair and to overestimate economic equality relative to low-income white participants and black participants across the income distribution.
A second relevant factor was a person’s diversity of social networks. In particular, black participants with higher self-reported social network diversity were more accurate in their estimates of racial equality.”

Wrestling with the Demo(n)s - (The Baffler)


“For the rest of their lives, when these now-students reflect on that elusive question — What Is Democracy? — what lessons from their formative years do we think will stick? How and where will they have learned to live democratically? And what about us? Can we honestly say that we live much differently?
In the same queasy mood of uncertainty evoked by the civics-class-video aesthetic of the opening credits, we are left stewing in some gross, unnerving sense that democracy, whatever it is, is something we are conditioned, always, to look for elsewhere. In ancient Athens, in the events and times and places listed in our history textbooks, behind the closed doors of some government office far, far away. We are always looking away, looking back.
If Taylor’s documentary communicates one thing, it’s that there is no “back.” There is no democracy and never was. There is only struggle — here, now, always. Only from afar, only in the rearview mirror, only when time has torn the bones of history from the living tissue of what was once a messy, conflictual, not-democratic-enough present — only then does the fiction emerge of a democracy that can exist somehow, sometime, somewhere outside of the never-ending fight for a more democratic life. Such a notion of democracy was as fictional then as it is now. And now — as with every now captured in Taylor’s documentary, as with every now that ever is, was, and will be — is a time of struggle. Now is a fleeting possibility. Now is a momentary site of democracy’s potential emergence, an urgent chance to bring it forth, to fight for it, to midwife its eternally dying light from the jaws of unbeing. And time is running out — it always is.

How a Decade of Crisis Changed Economics - (Evonomics)


“The broad array of interventions central banks have had to carry out over the past decade have also provoked some second thoughts about the functioning of financial markets even in normal times. If financial markets can get things wrong so catastrophically during crises, shouldn’t that affect our confidence in their ability to allocate credit the rest of the time? And if we are not confident, that opens the door for a much broader range of interventions — not only to stabilize markets and maintain demand, but to affirmatively direct society’s resources in better ways than private finance would do on its own
One thing we can say for sure: any future crisis will bring the contradictions of central banks’ role as capitalism’s central planners into even sharper relief.
Many critics were disappointed the 2008 crisis did not lead to an intellectual revolution on the scale of the 1930s. But the image of stasis you’d get from looking at the top journals and textbooks isn’t the whole picture — the most interesting conversations are happening somewhere else. For a generation, leftists in economics have struggled to change the profession, some by launching attacks (often well aimed, but ignored) from the outside, others by trying to make radical ideas parseable in the orthodox language. One lesson of the past decade is that both groups got it backward. Keynes famously wrote that “Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist.” But in recent years the relationship seems to have been more the other way round. If we want to change the economics profession, we need to start changing the world. Economics will follow.

Consolation Prizes - (The Baffler)

On the seductive myth of information free of human judgment


Yet still, despite the dirt cheap vacuums and flat-screen TVs, something seems wrong. People keep complaining about “income inequality” and writing books about how grindingly difficult it is for an alarmingly large number of Americans to get by.
Conservatives seem to have noticed that their primary argument — why do you feel so poor when you have such a large TV? — has had trouble making inroads among people who actually experience life in the United States and who don’t work within the think tank–lobbying firm–Council of Economic Advisers circuit. They’ve noticed, too, that while TVs, for example, are quite cheap, things essential to live — and things essential to “get ahead” in the United States — are only becoming more expensive.
The American Enterprise Institute even produced a chart illustrating the problem. It shows the prices of things like new cars, clothing, toys, and TVs staying steady or dramatically falling relative to the inflation rate, while food, housing, child care, and — especially — medical care skyrocket in price. If you want an explanation of why non-wealthy Americans feel so stretched thin even in a time of supposed abundance, there it is. They can afford to get their kids toys but not bachelor’s degrees.
The zombified condition of the traditional bulwarks of American achievement and opportunity — home ownership, higher education, secure and pension- supported labor — is another key reason that the Heritage Foundation has been churning out the same basic report over the past thirteen years. It’s much harder to make that standby conservative argument about poverty, that those stuck in the ghettos remain poor only because they blow all their money on televisions and Cadillacs, when the costs of televisions and Cadillacs are declining while the costs of the things they’re “supposed” to be spending money on instead, like textbooks and tutors, are soaring further out of reach. AEI, for its part, suggests that the problem might be that the government is making the expensive things expensive while free markets keep the cheap things cheap. And for once, a right-wing think tank may have stumbled onto something resembling the truth — at least in part…
While the profit motive is the singular factor making health care so much more expensive in the United States than in any other wealthy nation, it’s not totally incorrect to say that higher education and housing are more expensive because of government intervention. The rising costs are one effect of a misguided effort to expand access to the good life by expanding lender access to government-backed debt instead of simply giving people homes and degrees.

Thieves of Experience: How Google and Facebook Corrupted Capitalism - (LA Review of Books)


The Age of Surveillance Capitalism is a long, sprawling book, but there’s a piece missing. While Zuboff’s assessment of the costs that people incur under surveillance capitalism is exhaustive, she largely ignores the benefits people receive in return — convenience, customization, savings, entertainment, social connection, and so on. The benefits can’t be dismissed as illusory, and the public can no longer claim ignorance about what’s sacrificed in exchange for them. Over the last two years, the press has uncovered one scandal after another involving malfeasance by big internet firms, Facebook in particular. We know who we’re dealing with.
This is not to suggest that our lives are best evaluated with spreadsheets. Nor is it to downplay the abuses inherent in a system that places control over knowledge and discourse in the hands of a few companies that have both incentive and means to manipulate what we see and do. It is to point out that a full examination of surveillance capitalism requires as rigorous and honest an accounting of its boons as of its banes.
In the choices we make as consumers and private citizens, we have always traded some of our autonomy to gain other rewards. Many people, it seems clear, experience surveillance capitalism less as a prison, where their agency is restricted in a noxious way, than as an all-inclusive resort, where their agency is restricted in a pleasing way. Zuboff makes a convincing case that this is a short-sighted and dangerous view — that the bargain we’ve struck with the internet giants is a Faustian one — but her case would have been stronger still had she more fully addressed the benefits side of the ledger.

Return of the Neocons! - (Rolling Stone)


“Both groups get starry-eyed around generals and spooks and mourned the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis like music-lovers after the death of Prince (“I am shaken,” said Nancy Pelosi). There were even shared fantasies about a presidential run by the Nosferatoid ex-Defense Secretary, whose greatest achievements to date had been grimacing with military severity while standing next to Trump, and clamoring for an increased role in the bombing of Yemen.
If you’re not concerned about undead neocons making a comeback while Trump is in office, that’s understandable. Many people will take allies against Trump from wherever they can.
Just don’t be surprised if “liberal interventionists” are sitting in the White House once Trump leaves the scene. These are determined revolutionaries who’ve been scheming for years to throw a saddle on the Democratic Party after decades in bed with Republicans. Sadly, they have willing partners over there.

Communism Might Last a Million Years - (Commune)


“In capitalism, structures of technological advancement are the precondition of development, but in the Hainish universe, those civilizations that have the most powerful technologies use them sparingly, and organize everyday life in a manner that looks, from our perspective, to be highly traditional, based on handicraft, ritual, and religion. In such societies, scientists might spend their mornings building gates with hand tools and their afternoons working on machines for teleportation. The most highly technologically mediated societies, conversely, tend to encounter problems of resource depletion and pollution. Free development for each and all implies voluntary change, but this need not mean a constant technical transformation of the built environment and everyday life. In the Hainish universe, human society has moved in directions that can only be understood, from the standpoint of technological growth, as movement backwards or sideways, branching out in innumerable directions.
Few today believe in progress as an inevitable law of human history. Whereas capitalism could once convince many that the future looked bright, such assurances are now hollow. The future as most imagine it is rising seas and wildfire, refugees at the borders and unemployed in the streets, killer drones and total surveillance. We lack any ability to imagine utopia, ambiguous or otherwise. That’s why we need thinkers like Postone and Le Guin, who show us a future that is not the outgrowth of history but its overcoming, a future that is progress without progress, a future no longer dependent upon the progressivism, productivism, and statism which so many of their contemporaries took for granted. Progress brought with it, for the left, a notion that communism was inevitable. We can no longer rely on such certainties. The most we can say is that it’s possible. This is what Postone and LeGuin show us. Not only what it could be but how.

Why We’re All Better Off Working For The Collective Good - (Current Affairs)


Cooperation and trust make rational sense: With them, we succeed, without them we destroy one another. When it becomes acceptable to betray others, or take more than your fair share, everyone ends up losing. As Joseph Schumpeter noted, “no social system can work” in which everyone is “guided by nothing except his own utilitarian ends.” It shouldn’t take much thinking to realize that selfishness is destructive: When children fight over a balloon instead of sharing it, they end up popping it, when nations look after their own interest alone, they can end up in mutually destructive warfare, and when companies try to maximize their individual profits, they end up destroying the planet. Competition can stimulate innovation, or it can cause collective ruin.
The good news is that human beings on the whole tend to be a cooperative species. Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis report the results of social experiments showing that people “care about the well-being of others and value fairness and other norms of decent behavior” and these preferences are “ubiquitous” around the world. In simulated “games” where people have the chance to decide how much money to give another person, they generally don’t try to take as much for themselves as possible, but obey standards of fairness. They look askance at those who harm others. This, Bowles and Gintis write, is “essential to sustaining society and enhancing the quality of life” — in our day-to-day existences, a world in which everybody acted like “homo economicus” (a sociopath who simply wants to maximize their own gain) could not last long.
What, though, of the butcher in Smith’s example? Surely our interactions with this humble petit bourgeois merchant show the wonders of mutual self-interest in action? But here I’d like to return to the dead pig. What is in two parties’ mutual self-interest may very much not be the interest of a third, who has no say in the matter. That may seem a silly example, but we have a very real one today: As economist Rob Larson has written in these pages, climate change is what you get when you don’t look at the well-being of the whole. Individually satisfactory transactions (I give McDonalds a buck, they give me a hamburger) can contribute to collectively catastrophic outcomes. We may maximize our pleasures today by ruining the possibility of future generations sharing these same pleasures. Because we measured success only by looking at a small sliver of the sum total of human interests, we ended up with an outcome that serves some at the expense of many.
Cliches have a tendency to be true. We get more done together than we do alone. To the extent we are capable of altruism and solidarity, we produce a better world, and to the extent we are capitalists who think “there is no such thing as society” and pursue our individual interests, we mess things up for everyone. When workers of the world unite, there is no limit to what they can achieve. Solidarity forever!”

See through words - (Aeon)


One thing you learn very quickly as a metaphor designer is that your language and your culture’s resources aren’t infinite. Nor are they as versatile as you might hope. The richness of the semantic resources that a designer can muster always encounter friction from the human brain’s built-in biases and preferences, as well as cultural defaults that block certain kinds of understandings.
So, how much power does a metaphor designer really have? That’s a question I’m not sure I can answer. In my own work, I strive only to create images that seem likely to benefit society. I’ve mainly developed metaphors for social organisations, trying to communicate the expert view of an issue, and I’m happy about the work I’ve done. But more than that, I see my job as being able to assist understanding. My metaphors close the gap in people’s ability to grasp something, or speed up what they’re already on track to see. I’m not creating fantastical scenes of my own invention or distracting people from what they should be looking at. The windows and doors of the metaphor room are supposed to provide another way of looking at reality.
And yet, it’s not hard to think of metaphors that over-simplify an aspect of the world, or that obscure reality. Is a bank really a container that we put our money in? Is a child a flower? These are conventional metaphors, but if you soup them up, you can make them into something dangerous. They take something that’s already strongly expressed in the culture, something that reinforces the existing framing of an issue, and makes it even more cognitively usable. Is running a national economy really like balancing a household budget? In the US, people believe that the family is the most salient social unit, which makes the ‘national budget is a household budget’ exceedingly sticky and powerful. That’s why politicians of a reactionary stripe find it useful to keep these misunderstandings around.
Designing metaphors makes you look around and realise how much of the language we use has been engineered to create its effects, in the same way that the resistance of an Oreo cookie’s cream against the tongue is no accident. To the metaphor designer, a really good, wild metaphor is a special find. I noticed one the other day. Someone was likening the deleterious health effects of sugar to the browning of a banana. When you eat a lot of sugar, they said, your body is browning from the inside.
I’m not certain that this idea will get any traction in the culture, but I haven’t forgotten about it.

The U.S. Needs a Federal Wealth Tax - (Institute of Taxation and Economic Policy)


“A federal wealth tax on the richest 0.1 percent of Americans is a viable approach for Congress to raise revenue and is one of the few approaches that could truly address rising inequality. As this report explains, an annual federal tax of only 1 percent on the portion of any taxpayer’s net worth exceeding the threshold for belonging to the wealthiest 0.1 percent (likely to be about $32.2 million in 2020) could raise $1.3 trillion over a decade.
Many working families know that a large part of their wealth is their home, which is subject to an annual property tax at rates that, in some states, approach or even exceed one percent. The homes of the very rich typically make up a much smaller share of their overall wealth, meaning state and local property taxes have little effect on them.[1] A federal wealth tax could ensure that the net worth of the very rich is treated more like the wealth held by the middle-class.
This report also addresses the two most commonly raised objections to proposals for a federal wealth tax, which are related to administrability and constitutionality. The challenges in administrating such a tax are real but can be overcome. The objection that the tax would violate the Constitution is based on vague constitutional provisions that were part of the compromise allowing slavery in the United States and that should be interpreted narrowly given how much the nation has changed since its founding.”

The Next Industrial Revolution Is Coming. Here’s How We Can Ensure Equality - (Time)


A new emphasis on the role of the nation-state; a new partnership between the state and the private sector and the individual; new action on lifelong learning and training; higher and fairer taxes; less security for big corporations: these things shouldn’t be unthinkable. It is strange and sad that the least likely thing on my wish list is the idea that elites will change their behavior.
But elites may have to change if they don’t want change to be imposed on them. This coming wave of technological transformation has the potential to be the most serious challenge modern capitalism has faced. For people who don’t have the chance to change and adapt and reskill, a pitiless world ruled by algorithms and machine learning, in which they have no utility, no relevant skills and no security, could look completely unlivable. Facing that prospect, the populations of the developed world may do things that make the current populist moment look polite, low-key and lawful.

The Mistrials of Algorithmic Sentencing - (Logic)


“Why? The mechanism is simple. Since predictive algorithms draw on historical data to train their models, and since historically the US criminal justice system has arrested, convicted, and incarcerated African Americans at higher rates compared to whites, risk-assessment tools reproduce discriminatory patterns. There is no easy fix for these structural issues. Even if one changes the variables included in the models, risk-assessment tools will continue to have different rates of false positives across racial lines, so long as we want scores to mean the same thing in terms of risk for blacks and whites, simply because of the distribution of each group’s data.
Predictive algorithms are also secretive, which makes them particularly ominous in the criminal justice context. The companies that build them often refuse to share the training data and code used in their products. This is the case for the COMPAS tool analyzed by ProPublica, which was built by Northpointe, a for-profit company. Although Northpointe challenged ProPublica’s analysis, they did not share their code or data, arguing that it was proprietary. Through public records requests, the ProPublica team was able to collect risk scores for thousands of criminal defendants. Yet this process was expensive and time-consuming. Most people simply do not have the resources for it.
Similarly, within jurisdictions that use risk-assessment tools, defendants and defense attorneys often do not know their risk score — or even, for that matter, whether they have one. They have no option to appeal or contest their score. In other words, defendants are sentenced based on factors they do not know and cannot dispute — a situation not unlike K.’s in Kafka’s The Trial.”

Foundations Built for a General Theory of Neural Networks - (Quanta)


“Within the sprawling community of neural network development, there is a small group of mathematically minded researchers who are trying to build a theory of neural networks — one that would explain how they work and guarantee that if you construct a neural network in a prescribed manner, it will be able to perform certain tasks.
This work is still in its very early stages, but in the last year researchers have produced several papers which elaborate the relationship between form and function in neural networks. The work takes neural networks all the way down to their foundations. It shows that long before you can certify that neural networks can drive cars, you need to prove that they can multiply…
Papers like Johnson’s are beginning to build the rudiments of a theory of neural networks. At the moment, researchers can make only very basic claims about the relationship between architecture and function — and those claims are in small proportion to the number of tasks neural networks are taking on.
So while the theory of neural networks isn’t going to change the way systems are built anytime soon, the blueprints are being drafted for a new theory of how computers learn — one that’s poised to take humanity on a ride with even greater repercussions than a trip to the moon.

RIP Martin Luther King

- http://inthesetimes.com/article/20839/martin-luther-king-jr-day-socialism-capitalism

- https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/01/21/all-hail-the-revolutionary-king-martin-luther-king-and-the-black-revolutionary-tradition/

Best of the Rest Articles/Essays - Bottom of Medium post


A.I. Amazon, America, Blockchain, Books, Cannabis, Climate Change, Corporations, Courts, Davos, DRUGS THROUGH LEGAL POINTS OF ENTRY, Ecology/Environment, Economics, Education, Elections, Facebook, Government (Most of which was shutdown for lots of January)Health, Healthcare, Humans are incredible, Humans are incredibly shitty, Immigration, the Internetz, Journalism, Law Enforcement, Lobbying is legalized bribery, Media, best of Medium, Military Industrial Complex, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Politics, Prisons, Psychology, Racism, Russiagate, Science, Sociology, Space, Sports, Surveillance State, Tech Dystopia, Tech Utopia, Work, World, Writing

Podcast(s) -

Show 63 - Supernova in the East II - Dan Carlin's Hardcore History


Silencing Science - Reveal


What was the Tunguska event? - Stuff You Should Know


Everything Is Fake - On the Media


Fighting, Philosophy, and the Primal Mind, with Joe Rogan - StarTalk Radio


Ep 339 - The Round House, by Louise Erdrich - Overdue


Founding Documents: Magna Carta - Civics 101


More Perfect: Sex Appeal - Radio Lab


Emmy Noether - In Our Time


The Giant Referendum On Everything - On The Media


Founding Documents: Declaration of Independence - Civics 101


Episode 63: Gambling and Neoliberal Rot - How Our Most Regressive Tax Flies Under the Radar - Citations Needed


Leonard Susskind on Richard Feynman, the Holographic Principle, and Unanswered Questions in Physics - Y Combinator


Joe Rogan Experience #1221 - Jonathan Haidt


Joe Rogan Experience #1223 - Greg Fitzsimmons


Joe Rogan Experience #1227 - Mike Tyson


Joe Rogan Experience #1230 - Killer Mike


Joe Rogan Experience #1233 - Brian Cox


Joe Rogan Experience #1234 - David Sinclair


Joe Rogan Experience #1235 - Ben Greenfield


TED Talks -

The Infinite Hotel Paradox - Jeff Dekofsky


Videos -

Real-life impact of the government shutdown - MSNBC


Republicans ignore looming climate catastrophe - MSNBC


The Mystery at the Bottom of Physics - exurb1a


Alan Watts ~ The Story of the Chinese Farmer


Graham Harman - Object Oriented Ontology


Geopolitical analysis for 2019: Asia Pacific - CaspianReport


Timelapse of Every Battle in History - Cottereau


What was D-Day like for the Germans? | Animated History - The Armchair Historian


John Bogle: Present and Future 1929 - 2019 - Institute of New Economic Thinking


A Growth Slowdown is Coming - Institute of New Economic Thinking


A Nation Brought to You by Billionaires - Anand Giridharadas


The New Feudalism - Institute of New Economic Thinking


This Chart Has Predicted The Last Three Recessions - Cheddar


The Best Way to Measure Inequality - Institute of New Economic Thinking


Big Brother: China Edition! - ColdFusion


TIME IS SPEEDING UP - Terence McKenna - After Skool


What is the arrow of time problem? | Sean Carroll in under 60 seconds - The Institute of Art and Ideas


Brutal Knockout! BKFC 1: Sam Shewmaker vs Eric Prindle - Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship


The Shaolin Qigong Workout For Longevity


STAIRCASE TREADMILL The ultimate exercise machine


Wim Hof breathing tutorial by Wim Hof


How Much Exercise It Takes To Slow The Effects Of Aging - Science Insider


MMA fighter on a mission to expose 'fake' kung fu - South China Morning Post


Terence McKenna - Discipline Yourself


A Day In The Life Of A Sushi Master - Tasty


Why You Should Strive for a Meaningful Life, Not a Happy One - Academy of Ideas


Revolutionary Orange Goo Used to Protect Football Players From Head Traumas


DJI | Epson – Augmenting Reality and Racing


IBM Unveils Groundbreaking Quantum Computing System - Fortune


Egypt now owns largest Solar Power Plant in the World!


The Insane Plan to Build a Sea in the Sahara With Nukes


The battery that could make mass solar and wind power viable - CBC News


The Fermi Paradox: Dark Forest Theory - Isaac Arthur


How far can Voyager 1 go before we lose contact?


Inside the Race to See the Edge of the Universe - Seeker


Spinning Black Holes - Veritasium


NASA’s $3.5 Billion Idea To Save Earth From A Supervolcano Apocalypse - Tech Insider


CLOSER - Snowboarding Short Film - Antti Autti


Messi, Xavi, Iniesta - The Greatest Trio | End of an Era


Passionate Soldier Reveals What He Saw In Vietnam



Graham Harman and Slavoj Zizek: talk and debate: On Object Oriented Ontology


Anand Giridharadas: The Charade Around Changing the World


Anand Giridharadas: Are Elites Really Making the World a Better Place?


Ideas We Should Steal Festival 2018: The Problem is Us: Income Inequality and the Elite


Varoufakis - Why the Universal Basic Income is a Necessity - by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute


Yanis Varoufakis | The Euro Has Never Been More Problematic | Oxford Union


The Future of Education - Yuval Noah Harari & Russell Brand - Penguin Talks


Slavoj Žižek: Down with ideology! | SRF Sternstunde Philosophie


Richard Wolff Schools Jordan Peterson on Marx, at #JPCON


Testing the Limits of Cosmology


The Origin of the Universe and the Arrow of Time (Sean Carroll)


Full Debate | Big Bang and Creation Myths | Roger Penrose, Sean Carroll, Laura Mersini-Hougton


Documentaries -

Artificial Gravity - Cool Worlds


Architecture, art and design - 100 years of the Bauhaus (3/3) | DW Documentary


The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man


Digital Food: The Food Industry Of Tomorrow - VPRO documentary


How The Travel Industry affects our lives - VPRO documentary


Space race, space law and future life in space - VPRO documentary


For the Road:

Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six pulsing minutes of timelapse


"Dear friends, we are heavily exploring space in the mind of a machine. In this study we used ~500k photographs from NASA JPL’s HiRISE of Mars exploration program datasets and trained a GAN algorithm to create machine hallucination data sculpture. #datasculpture #machinelearning #ai #nasa #gan" - Refik Anadol


This beautiful piece of art


"Are clever males preferred as mates? http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6423/120 … http://science.sciencemag.org/content/363/6423/166 … Clever study" - @SteveStuWill


".@Aeromexico wins Troll of the Month award. Hands down." - @ianbremmer


Theo Von's Magic Moment - JRE Toons


Disney Princes In Their Native Language


M.I.A.'s 'Paper Planes' Sung by 210 Movies!


Unbelievable! Build The Underground Stone Cave In The Cliff To Avoid Wildlife


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