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In the News 07.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

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In the News 07.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets
In the News 07.03.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets

 

 

1. Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes

“’The link between time and emotion is a complex one,’ says James Moore, a neuroscientist at Goldsmiths, University of London. ‘A lot is dependent on expectation—if we expect something to take time then we can accept it. Frustration is often a consequence of expectations being violated.’”

 
Read the rest of this article at the Nautilus

 

 


 

 

2. How Luck Works

“To investigate luck is to take on one of the grandest of all questions: how can we explain what happens to us, and whether we will be winners, losers or somewhere in the middle at love, work, sports, gambling and life overall? As it turns out, new findings suggest that luck is not a phenomenon that appears exclusively in hindsight, like a hail storm on your wedding day. Nor is it an expression of our desire to see patterns where none exist, like a conviction that your yellow sweater is lucky. The concept of luck is not a myth.”

 
Read the rest of this article at aeon

 

 


 

 

3. Death Is Optional

“Once you really solve a problem like direct brain-computer interface … when brains and computers can interact directly, that’s it, that’s the end of history, that’s the end of biology as we know it. Nobody has a clue what will happen once you solve this. If life can break out of the organic realm into the vastness of the inorganic realm, you cannot even begin to imagine what the consequences will be, because your imagination at present is organic. So if there is a point of Singularity, by definition, we have no way of even starting to imagine what’s happening beyond that. ”

 
Read the rest of this article at Edge

 

 


 

 

4. The Plot to Free North Korea with Smuggled Episodes of ‘Friends’

“Kang likens the USB sticks to the red pill from The Matrix: a mind-altering treatment that has the power to shatter a world of illusions. ‘When North Koreans watch Desperate Housewives, they see that Americans aren’t all war-loving imperialists,’ Kang says. ‘They’re just people having affairs or whatever. They see the leisure, the freedom. They realize that this isn’t the enemy; it’s what they want for themselves. It cancels out everything they’ve been told. And when that happens, it starts a revolution in their mind.’”

 
Read the rest of this article at Wired

 

 


 

 

5. The Fall of the Hipster Brand: Inside the Decline of American Apparel and Urban Outfitters

“By 2006, American Apparel’s hipster-centric aesthetic became so popular that the company was snapped up for $382.5 million by an investment firm, who promptly took it public. That year Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, once described as the “nectar of the hipster gods,” overtook Coors in volume sales. Meanwhile, Urban Outfitters saw a 44% increase in profits every year between 2003 and 2006.”

 
Read the rest of this article at Racked

 

 


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