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How winning the cold war lost the cold war

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How winning the cold war lost the cold war

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Wendy Davis and the ‘Good Abortion’ Myth
Emily Shire, thedailybeast.com
In her memoir, the Texas politico reveals she had two abortions for medical reasons. A brave thing to talk about—and one that also fits into a problematic ‘good v. bad’ abortion narrative.It’s unsurprising that a politician with the sheer menta…

Wendy Davis and the ‘Good Abortion’ Myth
Emily Shire, thedailybeast.com

In her memoir, the Texas politico reveals she had two abortions for medical reasons. A brave thing to talk about—and one that also fits into a problematic ‘good v. bad’ abortion narrative.

It’s unsurprising that a politician with the sheer menta…

Senate advances constitutional amendment
By BURGESS EVERETT, politico.com
Several Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Monday to advance a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states greater power to regulate campaign finance.But the bipartisanship ends there.Many of the Republicans only vot…

Umm, why isn’t this bigger news? A proposed constitutional amendment and this isn’t front page news?

Senate advances constitutional amendment
By BURGESS EVERETT, politico.com

Several Senate Republicans joined Democrats on Monday to advance a constitutional amendment that would give Congress and the states greater power to regulate campaign finance.

But the bipartisanship ends there.

Many of the Republicans only vot…

Umm, why isn’t this bigger news? A proposed constitutional amendment and this isn’t front page news?

Must-see morning clip: John Oliver urges viewers to take a stand against student debt
Prachi Gupta, salon.com
The comedian goes after for-profit universitiesA 16-minute clip on John Oliver’s essential program “Last Week Tonight” serves as an incredible PSA for aspiring college graduates who are looking into for-profit college programs. The message from…

Must-see morning clip: John Oliver urges viewers to take a stand against student debt
Prachi Gupta, salon.com

The comedian goes after for-profit universities

A 16-minute clip on John Oliver’s essential program “Last Week Tonight” serves as an incredible PSA for aspiring college graduates who are looking into for-profit college programs. The message from…

We still lie about slavery: Here’s the truth about how the American economy and power were built on forced migration and torture
Edward E. Baptist, salon.com
All these decades later, our history books are filled with myths and mistruths. It is time for a true reckoning1937A beautiful late April day, seventy-two years after slavery ended in the United States. Claude Anderson parks his car o…

We still lie about slavery: Here’s the truth about how the American economy and power were built on forced migration and torture
Edward E. Baptist, salon.com

All these decades later, our history books are filled with myths and mistruths. It is time for a true reckoning

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A beautiful late April day, seventy-two years after slavery ended in the United States. Claude Anderson parks his car o…

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Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies

In short, understandable words: Scientists have successfully transported words from one brain to another over the internet.

Abstract:

Human sensory and motor systems provide the natural means for the exchange of information between individuals, and, hence, the basis for human civilization. The recent development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) has provided an important element for the creation of brain-to-brain communication systems, and precise brain stimulation techniques are now available for the realization of non-invasive computer-brain interfaces (CBI). These technologies, BCI and CBI, can be combined to realize the vision of non-invasive, computer-mediated brain-to-brain (B2B) communication between subjects (hyperinteraction). Here we demonstrate the conscious transmission of information between human brains through the intact scalp and without intervention of motor or peripheral sensory systems. Pseudo-random binary streams encoding words were transmitted between the minds of emitter and receiver subjects separated by great distances, representing the realization of the first human brain-to-brain interface. In a series of experiments, we established internet-mediated B2B communication by combining a BCI based on voluntary motor imagery-controlled electroencephalographic (EEG) changes with a CBI inducing the conscious perception of phosphenes (light flashes) through neuronavigated, robotized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with special care taken to block sensory (tactile, visual or auditory) cues. Our results provide a critical proof-of-principle demonstration for the development of conscious B2B communication technologies. More fully developed, related implementations will open new research venues in cognitive, social and clinical neuroscience and the scientific study of consciousness. We envision that hyperinteraction technologies will eventually have a profound impact on the social structure of our civilization and raise important ethical issues.

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