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In the News 23.01.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 23.01.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

 

1. Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

“One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. Though he didn’t realise it at the time, the young Australian academic was about to ignite a war between philosophers and scientists, by drawing attention to a central mystery of human life – perhaps the central mystery of human life – and revealing how embarrassingly far they were from solving it.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Guardian

 


 

2. The New Space Race: One Man’s Mission to Build a Galactic Internet

“In tech-conference speak, what Wyler’s been doing for the past dozen years is connecting “the other 3 billion.” This is the half of the world’s population that for various reasons is not online. Companies such as Google and Facebook have received a lot of attention for their philanthropic plans to bring the Internet to the developing world. Mark Zuckerberg, for example, invited Time to follow him around rural India for a story about his evolution as a philanthropist and business leader, though he provided few specifics on what Facebook intends to do for India’s poor. And Elon Musk—he of Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and the Hyperloop—has received a wave of press, and $1 billion in capital from Google and Fidelity—after unveiling his own space Internet plan.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Business Week

 


 

3. The Upshot: Where The New York Times Is Redesigning News

“That’s the power of The Upshot, an online news and data visualization portal on the New York Times’ website. The Times launched The Upshot in April 2014, entrusting it to the paper’s former Washington bureau chief and economics columnist David Leonhardt. At the time, the The Guardian described The Upshot as “combin[ing] analysis of the news with data visualisations,” or something like the infographics arm of the New York Times. But to Leonhardt, The Upshot is more of a laboratory where he can lead a team of 17 cross-disciplinary journalists to rethink news as something approachable and even conversational. The goal: to enable readers to understand the news and by extension, the world, better.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Fast Company

 


 

4. The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch

“On Sunday morning, Dec. 7, Michael Jeffries called some of the senior executives at Abercrombie & Fitch to discuss the holiday season. That was typical Jeffries. He was the creator and chief executive officer of the modern-day Abercrombie and had controlled virtually every aspect of the company for the past 22 years. He approved every piece of clothing and for a while every employee, too, including the clone army of beautiful young men who stood shirtless at store entrances. He instructed staff on how to present themselves, down to the length of their fingernails. He obsessed over the publication of catalogs filled with cavorting boys and girls that many called pornographic. For years it was sold sealed in plastic, and one had to be 18 years old to buy it. He had built an empire of cool based on preppy, well-made, expensive clothes, worn low and tight.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Business Week

 


 

5. The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

“It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned — and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It seems manifestly true. Until I set off three and a half years ago on a 30,000-mile journey for my new book, Chasing The Scream: The First And Last Days of the War on Drugs, to figure out what is really driving the drug war, I believed it too. But what I learned on the road is that almost everything we have been told about addiction is wrong — and there is a very different story waiting for us, if only we are ready to hear it.”

 
Read the rest of this article at The Huffington Post

 


P.S. previous articles & more by P.F.M.

 

 

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