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How to downgrade your brain

How to downgrade your brain

In Doctor Who, the cybermen want to “upgrade” humans into emotionless machines free from pain, sadness, fear and hatred. I take the opposite approach. The classic Doctor Who villains – the cybermen – are obsessed with upgrading themselves and everyone else. They are human brains in robot bodies, complete with emotional inhibitors and no sense

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The simplest ways to become smarter each day

The simplest ways to become smarter each day

There’s often a lag between what science knows and what society knows. A famous (and tragic) example is when people started toying with germ theory. Early experiments proved that the simple act of washing your hands after autopsies helped doctors keep their patients alive. Even after rock-solid data proving that, it took a generation or

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Reconciling Australia Day and Invasion Day

Australia Day is complicated. It’s a day to celebrate everything from warm weather to freedom and prosperity. Or you see the chance to have a race riot on the beach. Then again, Invasion Day might mark the day when strangers displaced your people… and worse. It’s a celebration mixed with shame. It’s multiculturalism and xenophobia.

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