Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Opinion | Can We Stop Suicides?

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Opinion | Can We Stop Suicides?

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In May of 2017, Louise decided that her life was just too difficult, so she’d end it. In the previous four years, three siblings and a half-sibling had died, two from disease, one from fire and one from choking. Close friends had moved away. She felt painfully, unbearably alone. It would be the fourth time…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Opinion | Stumbling Toward Armageddon

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Opinion | Stumbling Toward Armageddon

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Newly declassified documents show why the Americans and the Soviets came so close to war in 1973.By Sergey RadchenkoMr. Radchenko is a professor of international relations at Cardiff University. Oct. 9, 2018ImagePresident Richard Nixon speaking with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger about the Middle East crisis during a meeting at the White House in October…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Opinion | Why Is Behavioral Economics So Popular?

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Opinion | Why Is Behavioral Economics So Popular?

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The recent vogue for this academic field is in part a triumph of marketing.By David GalDr. Gal is a professor of marketing.Oct. 6, 2018ImageCreditCreditMichael DeForgeBehavioral economics seems to have captured the popular imagination. Authors like Michael Lewis write about it in best sellers like “The Undoing Project,” while pioneers of the field like Daniel Kahneman…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Opinion | Let Teenagers Sleep In

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Opinion | Let Teenagers Sleep In

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Starting schools before 8:30 a.m. shows a tragic disregard for both the mental health of children and for science.By Henry NichollsMr. Nicholls is a journalist and a high school science teacher.Sept. 20, 2018ImageCreditCreditLeo EspinosaThis article has been updated to reflect news developments.A fresh-faced batch of teenagers just began a new school year, but will they…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Opinion | How to Make a Big Decision

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Opinion | How to Make a Big Decision

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Have no fear. An emerging science can now help you choose.By Steven JohnsonMr. Johnson writes about science and the history of innovation.Sept. 1, 2018ImageCreditCreditLea HeinrichIn July 1838, Charles Darwin, then 29, sat down to make a decision that would alter the course of his life. The decision he was wrestling with was not related to…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Opinion | How Lies Spread Online

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Opinion | How Lies Spread Online

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The spread of misinformation on social media is an alarming phenomenon that scientists have yet to fully understand. While the data show that false claims are increasing online, most studies have analyzed only small samples or the spread of individual fake stories. My colleagues Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy and I set out to change that.…

Hexbyte  Hacker News  Computers Opinion | What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook

Hexbyte Hacker News Computers Opinion | What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook

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Opinion What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook By Sahil Chinoy Illustrations by André Wee Facebook has filed thousands of patent applications since it went public in 2012. One of them describes using forward-facing cameras to analyze your expressions and detect whether you’re bored or surprised by what you see on your feed. Another contemplates…