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    How Black Holes Nearly Ruined Time

    Quantum mechanics rescued our understanding of past and future from the black hole.

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    The Strangeness of Black Holes

    From quantum information to the Schwarzschild radius.

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    Why the Brain Is So Noisy

    The surprising importance of spontaneous order and noise to how we think.

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    When People Are as Predictable as Water

    Can we apply a physics-like reductionism to people? That’s a question we asked Simon DeDeo, a professor of social and decision sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, who also heads the Laboratory for Social Minds at the Santa Fe Institute. DeDeo was well suited to the question. With a background in astrophysics, studying galaxy formation, he’s […]

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    Jellyfish Genome Hints That Complexity Isn’t Genetically Complex

    Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine’s Abstractions blog.An overarching theme in the story of evolution, at least over the past half billion years or so, is rising complexity. There are other themes, of course, but life has undoubtedly become more complicated since its origin. Early cells globbed together to form multicellular coalitions. Those developed more complex bodies and lifestyles as the […]

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    How We’ll Forget John Lennon

    Our culture has two types of forgetting.