Critical thinking

The Cellular Origins of Intelligence

The Cellular Origins of Intelligence

Are You Smarter Than a Reptile? Are you smarter than a reptile?  In many respects, you certainly are. After all, no reptile is going to read this article. However, our clearly superior intellectual abilities for certain skills has seduced us towards a dismissive attitude towards the surprisingly deep and broad range of analytical gifts of our companion creatures. A growing body of research now ind...

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Unequal Access to Technology: What Can We Learn From Smartphones?

Unequal Access to Technology: What Can We Learn From Smartphones?

The smartphone industry has made a remarkable impact on numerous aspects of human life, and can be seen as a foretaste of what might be achieved by emerging new technologies of human enhancement. Core smartphone technology frequently dropped in price, making benefits available to people in all social classes worldwide. But other examples of high tech products suggest disturbing ‘winner takes...

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Free Will and Psychological Determinism

Free Will and Psychological Determinism

I am not actually sure if “psychological determinism” is the best phrase for what I see as the mental counterpoint to libertarian free will, or “something like free will,” as I call what I believe. That said, it’s the best term available, I think.

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