Scientists Analyzed 24,000 Chess Matches to Understand Cognition
Chess offers a unique opportunity. It could perhaps be the ultimate window through which we might see how our mental powers shift during our lives.Screengrab via YouTube / Netflix In the Netflix show The Queen’s Gambit, based on a novel by Walter Tevis, a burly custodian in an orphanage basement, hunched over a chess board, intrigues […]
Does Social Media Poison Everything?
The argument that we have the power to deal with the dangers of social media on our own can come across as cruelly individualistic tech-apologia.Photo Illustration by Victor Moussa / Shutterstock The power of platforms like Facebook and Google has escaped the control of the optimistic technocrats at their helm. And it is wreaking havoc in […]
Bo Burnham and the Illusion of Meritocracy
Burnham confronts his own luck and the feeling of having unearned respect in his work directly, as if he’s intuited what the authors of a recent paper on randomness and success found.Image by boburnham / YouTube / Can’t Handle This (Kanye Rant) – MAKE HAPPY Netflix [HD] In a WTF with Marc Maron podcast episode […]
Daredevil’s Powers Are More Realistic Than You Think
In an early episode of Daredevil, Netflix’s series about Marvel Comic’s blind superhero, there’s a telling scene in which the crime-fighting protagonist tends to an injured friend. Although he lost his eyesight in a traffic accident as a boy, Daredevil can nevertheless perceive her wounds. From across his apartment, he senses that a cut […]