Apparently video games can have serious real life consequences. Check out this Time article about how a woman divorced her husband in real life because he cheated on her in the game Second Life.
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Why are people so resistant to the idea of intelligent animals? Animals are smarter than we thought, and it’s not just ‘higher’ mammals either. Birds can problem solving, learn vocabulary, and might even have a sense of time – all things we associate with higher mental function.
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I detest dogma; it always gets in the way of progress. But then again, that is its purpose: to preserve existing knowledge and to be skeptical of anything new or foreign. Dogma is useful when used to further a higher goal like the integrity of science. Science would lose all credibility if it routinely accepted […]
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Arthur C. Clarke once said that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Sci-fi and fantasy are lumped together as SF nowadays, but they are distinctly different in ways that give each its unique appeal and its strength to express different themes and stories.
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Many people ask the two questions ‘what are your favorite movies?’ and ‘what movies are great?’ interchangeably, but they are two entirely different questions for me.
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There are 3 major reasons why sci-fi is the ideal medium to discuss philosophical ideas: sci-fi engages the reader’s intellect, is about big ideas, and is the literature of change.
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