Artificial Memories Created in Laboratory Mice

The growing science of memory manipulation raises social and ethical questions by Robert Martone edited by O Society September 3, 2019 We learn from our personal interaction with the world, and our memories of those experiences help guide our behaviors. Experience and memory are inexorably linked, or at least they seemed to be before a recent … Continue reading Artificial Memories Created in Laboratory Mice

In the Era of Neurocapitalism, our Brains Need New Rights

Brain-reading tech is coming. The law is not ready to protect us from neurocapitalism. by Sigal Samuel edited by O Society August 31, 2019   “Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimeters inside your skull.” That’s from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, published in 1949. The comment is meant to highlight what a … Continue reading In the Era of Neurocapitalism, our Brains Need New Rights

The Arrogance of the Anthropocene

https://youtu.be/4ZyIG_jZzBs Humans now live in a new geological epoch of our own making: the Anthropocene. Or so we’re told. by Peter Brannen edited by O Society August 21, 2019 Whereas some epochs in Earth history stretch more than 40 million years, this new chapter started maybe 400 years ago, when carbon dioxide dipped by a few … Continue reading The Arrogance of the Anthropocene

White Lion Cub Spotted in Kruger National Park

https://youtu.be/qKaIq7qA_ls Daily Mirror edited by O Society July 30, 2019 In-the-wild footage captures one of only 15 white lion cubs left in the wild at Kruger National Park in South Africa. The rare sighting was captured by Ramsay Horton in December 2018. Footage shows a family of lions including two lionesses leading a litter of … Continue reading White Lion Cub Spotted in Kruger National Park

It Is Not the Strongest of the Species that Survives But the Most Adaptable

edited by O Society July 28, 2019 “Yes, change is the basic law of nature. But the changes wrought by the passage of time affects individuals and institutions in different ways. According to Darwin’s Origin of Species, it is not the most intellectual of the species that survives; it is not the strongest that survives; … Continue reading It Is Not the Strongest of the Species that Survives But the Most Adaptable

Reflections on Water and Oil

The meaning of water might be approached best in comparison with the other liquid to which we are all beholden: oil. by David Orr edited by O Society July 22, 2019 Water as rain, ice, lakes, rivers, and seas shapes our landscape. But oil has shaped the modern mindscape, with its fascination and addiction to speed and accumulation. … Continue reading Reflections on Water and Oil