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Scientists Gave MDMA to Octopuses—and What Happened Was Profound
When humans take the drug MDMA, versions of which are known as molly or ecstasy, they commonly feel very happy, extraverted, and particularly interested in physical touch. A group of scientists recently wondered whether this drug might have a similar effect on other species—specifically, octopuses, which are seemingly as different from humans as an animal can be. The results of their experiment, in which seven octopuses took MDMA, were “unbelievable.”
science  psychology  2018 
3 days ago by philjr
Mary Meeker, the legendary internet analyst, is leaving Kleiner Perkins - Recode
from Daring Fireball

Theodore Schleifer, reporting for Recode:

Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, one of the premier Silicon Valley investors at one of its premier venture capital firms, is leaving her position in an abrupt, high-profile splitting of the firm she helped lead.

Meeker is leading an exodus of late-stage investors from Kleiner Perkins in its most dramatic shake-up since legendary investor John Doerr stepped back from his role more than two years ago. Meeker’s exit — she, along with three of her partners, will form a new firm — will undoubtedly deal a hard blow to Kleiner Perkins, given her high profile in the business community and her stature as by far the most senior woman in venture capital.

Here’s how you know this is a huge deal:

“I don’t think it’s a huge deal,” Ted Schlein, who succeeded Doerr as the de facto head of the firm, said in an interview.

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via:josephschmitt  daringfireball  via:popular  2018 
6 days ago by philjr
Steve Bannon, in His $1,400 Hotel Suite, Rails Against the ‘Elite’
Simultaneously pathetic and infuriating.

I can’t even tell if he’s dossembling or just a sycophantic husk. “Brown nosing” doesn’t begin to describe the submissive hypocrisy.
culture  psychology  politics  2018 
16 days ago by philjr
Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | Maryanne Wolf
‘We need to cultivate a new kind of brain: a “bi-literate’ reading brain’Illustration: Sebastien Thibault L ook around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the…
via:carlosmiceli  via:popular  2018  science  psychology  health  society 
26 days ago by philjr
Opinion | The Full-Spectrum Corruption of Donald Trump
There’s never been any confusion about the character defects of Donald Trump. The question has always been just how far he would go and whether other…
via:wahoo5  via:popular  2018  corruption  politics  culture 
26 days ago by philjr
Glenn Greenwald, the Bane of Their Resistance | The New Yorker
via The New Yorker https://ift.tt/2i2hEWb

Self righteous Bernie Bro is self righteous, holds impossible and ill defined ideals, and is very much do as I say, not as I do.
via:farley13  via:popular  politics  culture  media  psychology  2018 
26 days ago by philjr
My Affair With the Intellectual Dark Web – Great Escape – Medium
The sky was heavy with waiting snow that night. I left the meeting and walked up lower Fifth Avenue in the darkness. There were few people on the street save a handful of last-minute shoppers gathering rations before the storm. School had already been canceled for the next day, street cleaning suspended, offices closed. It had been, I realized, more than three years since I’d hunkered down for the snowpocalypse in that Brooklyn apartment, watching Bloggingheads and grieving over my imminent divorce. Amid this thought came a devastating epiphany: Over these years, I’d weaned myself off the long conversation of my marriage by switching over to the conversations of Free Speech YouTube. It wasn’t just political loneliness I’d felt—it was the loneliness of a partnership ended, a dialogue converted to an interior monologue. Having lost my human intellectual ally, I’d tried to rig up a new ally — or a whole group of allies — via internet videos.
via:max_read  via:popular  2018  culture  psychology  politics 
26 days ago by philjr
Are Baths Too Hot for Testicles?
Do Men Enter Bathtubs on Hands and Knees, So Their Balls Hit the Water Last?
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4 weeks ago by philjr
Bullshit jobs and the yoke of managerial feudalism - Open Future
Populism, pointless work and panicked youth: an interview with David Graeber of LSE
via:robward  economist  society  via:popular  2018  politics 
4 weeks ago by philjr
Election-Hacking Lessons from the 2018 Def Con Hackers Conference | The New Yorker
Sue Halpern on the 2018 Def Con hackers conference, where hackers were invited to try to infiltrate several types of widely used vote-counting machines.

(tag really should read “Advice”)
politics  2018  technology  espionage  advice  security 
4 weeks ago by philjr
Opinion | America is slouching toward autocracy
President Trump at the White House on Aug. 17. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) Columnist In their book, “ How Democracies Die ,” political scientists…
via:johnrclark  via:popular  2018  politics  culture 
4 weeks ago by philjr
How Much Sleep Is Too Much Sleep?
An entire industry—with its own spokespeople, podcasts, best-sellers, retreats, truisms, etc.—has sprung up around sleep. Give or take a contrarian or two, the message of most of this stuff seems to be that sleep is good, and that if you’re not sleeping seven or eight hours a night, you should be. And since you’re probably not sleeping seven or eight hours a night—since, in all likelihood, you can barely focus on this sentence, having sacrificed one or two or all of your needed eight hours to soothing your newborn, or streaming bad TV, or snorting cocaine—what all this stuff is really saying is: sleep more.
sleep  health  advice  2018 
4 weeks ago by philjr
How three conspiracy theorists took 'Q' and sparked Qanon
In November 2017, a small-time YouTube video creator and two moderators of the 4chan website, one of the most extreme message boards on the internet, banded…
via:zota  via:popular  2018  culture  politics 
5 weeks ago by philjr
Oscillating brain goes regular before migraine pain hits | Ars Technica
Brain goes from chaotic-happy to regular-ugh to chaotic-painful as migraine hits.
2018  health 
5 weeks ago by philjr
Small nudges add up to big electric savings | Ars Technica
Utility does a randomized trial with 42,000 customers to cut peak energy use.
energy  2018  psychology 
5 weeks ago by philjr
What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused? - The New York Times
Avital Ronell, a superstar professor, was found by N.Y.U. to have sexually harassed a male grad student. But his charges have met disbelief from some feminist scholars.
via:popular  politics  culture  2018 
5 weeks ago by philjr
'People You May Know:' A Controversial Facebook Feature's 10-Year History
In May 2008, Facebook announced what initially seemed like a fun, whimsical addition to its platform: People You May Know.
culture  2018  technology  web  facebook  espionage 
6 weeks ago by philjr
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American life. She’s blonde. Her husband is a veteran Marine. Her two children, a boy and a girl, joined the military as adults. She sells houses—she’s a real estate agent at Re/Max—helping others realize their own American dream.
2018  culture  internet  law  privacy  security 
8 weeks ago by philjr
Stormy Daniels Arrest in Columbus Was Seemingly a Planned Hit Job
Earlier this month, adult film star Stormy Daniels was arrested while performing at a strip club in Columbus, Ohio. She was accused of touching patrons while performing, which is illegal under Ohio law. The next day, the charges were dropped.
politics  2018  espionage  culture  law 
8 weeks ago by philjr
God, Trump and the meaning of morality - The Washington Post
- “Paul had murdered Christians and he went on to minister to many, many people,” Sheila said. “I think he’s being molded by God for the role. I think he’s the right man for the right time. It’s about the survival of the Christian nation.” “We are in mortal danger,” Linda said. “We are in a religious war,” Sheila said. Linda nodded. “We may have to fight and die for our faith,” Sheila said. “I hope it doesn’t come to that, but if it does, we will.”
via:shaunkoh  via:popular  politics  2018  occult  espionage  culture 
8 weeks ago by philjr
A Theory of Trump Kompromat | The New Yorker
Darden said that this is evidence that Trump isn’t uniformly reckless in his words: “He is capable of being strategic. He knows there are limits, there are bounds on what he can say and do with respect to Russia.”

via The New Yorker https://ift.tt/2i2hEWb
via:farley13  via:popular  politics  2018  espionage 
8 weeks ago by philjr
Ten guidelines for nurturing a thriving democracy by Bertrand Russell
“we’re under a constant denial-of-service attack on our ability to think and reason"
via:1jh  politics  society  democracy  via:popular  2018  culture  media  psychology 
june 2018 by philjr
Body Positivity Is a Scam - Racked
How a movement intended to lift up women really just limits their acceptable emotions. Again.
via:popular  2018  culture  media  feminism 
june 2018 by philjr
China has turned Xinjiang into a police state like no other
“THE prophet Sulayman approached his son and said to him, ‘I have received a message from God. I want you to circle the Earth and see if there are more people…
via:beingtobe  via:popular  politics  2018  culture  surveillance 
june 2018 by philjr
Explaining the ‘Mystery’ of Numbers Stations
There are two kinds of dedicated radio listeners. Most are those who listen regularly to their FM or AM station of choice, or to a station that only broadcasts…
via:wacko42  via:popular  espionage  2018  culture 
june 2018 by philjr
Why Do Americans Stay When Their Town Has No Future? - Bloomberg
After high school, Arnett joined the U.S. Marine Corps, in 1999. His unit, the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines—the storied Suicide Charley—took him to the other side of the world: South Korea, Japan, Thailand.
via:cronco  2018  economy  culture  politics  via:popular 
may 2018 by philjr
BYOD in SMEs linked to security incidents
Bring your own device practices have been identified as a cyber security risk for six in 10 SMEs.
via:SecurityFeed  security  business  2018 
may 2018 by philjr
Tech Platforms and the Knowledge Problem - American Affairs Journal
My take on the Jeffersonian/Hamiltonian divide in US political economy:
#longread
via:audrey  longread  politics  via:popular  2018  bestof  economics  money 
may 2018 by philjr
Rebecca Solnit: The Coup Has Already Happened | Literary Hub
Hits the nail on its head. Trump is corrupt and morally bankrupt - he presides not over American interests and prosperity , but his self-started fire-sale of America’s security, health, and future.

Rebecca Solnit: The Coup Has Already Happened via @lithub
via:docdre  via:popular  politics  espionage  2018  bestof 
may 2018 by philjr
Predators of New York – Talking Points Memo

The heir of another of these families appears to be a serial killer. The head of another of these families – sort of a cadet branch from New Jersey – got in a dispute with his brother-in-law and hired a prostitute to have sex with the brother-in-law, film the sex and blackmail him. That guy is Jared Kushner’s father. All three went to prison. That’s just a subsection of the stories which police uncovered, certainly just scratching the surface.
politics  2018  culture  money 
may 2018 by philjr
Trump vs. the “Deep State” | The New Yorker
Evan Osnos on how the Administration’s loyalists are quietly reshaping American governance.
via:popular  politics  2018 
may 2018 by philjr
Why the Luddites Matter | LibrarianShipwreck
Chant no more your old rhymes about bold Robin Hood, His feats I but little admire I will sing the achievements of General Ludd Now the Hero of Nottinghamshire - General Ludd’s Triumph, [1] Colloquialisms have a remarkable way of convincing their users that they have done their homework. All that is needed is a…
technology  culture  history  2018  via:popular 
may 2018 by philjr
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