Science vs Art: Robert Pirsig’s Two Philosophies of Life

Science vs Art: Robert Pirsig’s Two Philosophies of Life

What is the difference between science vs art? What does Robert Pirsig say about these differences in his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, author Robert Pirsig explains the two life philosophies in science vs art. He conveys these through his ideas, and through the differing ideas of fellow travelers. Read more about the difference between science vs art in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

Technology & Inequality: Transcending Biology

Technology & Inequality: Transcending Biology

How does technology affect inequality? What can future technology give to the wealthy and take away from the poor? With the rise of technology, the inequality gap is becoming wider. There’s even speculation that advances in tech will eventually create a useless class, just like mass industrialization created the working class. Making matters worse, developments in biotech could enable wealthy elites to become biologically superior and turn into a separate species. Keep reading to learn how advances in technology contribute to inequality going forward.

Understanding Complex vs Complicated Systems

Understanding Complex vs Complicated Systems

What is the difference between complex vs complicated systems? How does the complexity of a system’s structure affect predictions about its future behavior? Systems and the environments in which they operate can be either complicated or complex. The main difference between complex vs complicated systems is that with the former, it is possible to extrapolate the outcomes if the starting conditions are known, whereas, with the latter, the outcomes are impossible to predict. Keep reading to understand the difference between complex vs complicated systems.

Resilient Thinking: Managing Interconnected Systems

Resilient Thinking: Managing Interconnected Systems

What is resilient thinking? How do you make a system resilient? The resilient thinking approach examines how complex interconnected systems can be managed in the face of shocks and unexpected disruptions. Making a system resilient comes from linking its parts in a way that makes it possible for them to reconfigure and adapt. Read about resilient thinking and how it has been applied to real-world problems.

The True Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

The True Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

What are the dangers of artificial intelligence? Could AI develop a will of its own, as seen in science fiction movies? The true dangers of artificial intelligence are quite different from what we see in movies, where robots come to develop free will and start running amok killing people. Robots themselves are as benign or as dangerous as the people who program them—and, in the hands of violent or power-hungry people, AI could bring devastation to humans.  Keep reading to learn about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

The Fine Line Between the Mind vs the Brain

The Fine Line Between the Mind vs the Brain

What is the difference between the mind vs the brain? How do we know that the contents of the mind are generated by the brain? There is a fine line between the mind vs the brain. The brain is a physical organ, and therefore it can be studied externally, while the mind is the source of subjective experiences, and therefore it can only be observed internally. Experts assume that the mind is a product of the brain, but there’s no proof since you can’t peer into the mind using a brain scanner. Keep reading to learn about the mind vs

Emergent Intelligence: The Source of Creative Solutions

Emergent Intelligence: The Source of Creative Solutions

What is emergent intelligence? What are some real-world examples of the emergent intelligence phenomenon? Emergent intelligence is the way intelligent properties come to be as a result of the interactivity of many low-level processes. Some examples of emergence include the ant colony structure, the free market economy, and the human consciousness. Keep reading to understand emergent intelligence.

AI & Decision-Making: From Free Will to Algorithms

AI & Decision-Making: From Free Will to Algorithms

How is AI changing decision-making? What decisions are already made with the help of AI technology? Can reliance on AI for decision-making cause us to lose our freedom and abilities to make our own choices? Although in its infancy, AI is already changing the way we make decisions. For example, institutions already use algorithms to decide which loan applicants to approve or deny. Going forward, AI decision-making capabilities can easily allow us to make personal decisions, such as where to go to college, which career to pursue, and who to marry. Keep reading for more about AI and decision-making.

Starting Young Gives You Time to Become an Expert

Starting Young Gives You Time to Become an Expert

How do the world’s top performers tap into their full potential? What are the benefits of starting young? What sets apart the experts from the rest of us? Studies show that top achievers, whether it be in sports, music, or neurology, all have one thing in common: they started young. When children are introduced to their field of interest in a fun and playful way and are properly encouraged, they’re more likely to become an expert in their field later in life. Keep reading to learn why starting young is the first step to becoming an expert.

The 10,000 Hour Rule and “Natural-Born” Talent Myths

The 10,000 Hour Rule and “Natural-Born” Talent Myths

Why does Ericsson, the author of Peak, claim that Gladwell’s 10,000 hour rule is a myth? Is there such thing as natural-born talent? Peak author, Anders Ericsson, claims that the 10,000 hour rule and natural-born talent are myths. He says that the only way to become an expert at something is to apply deliberate practice. With this method, anybody could potentially become a master of anything. Keep reading to discover why Ericsson rejects the 10,000 hour rule and the idea of natural-born talent and how you can use deliberate practice in your life.