Dalai Lama über Flüchtlingskrise: „Deutschland kann kein arabisches Land werden“: „'Wenn wir in das Gesicht jedes einzelnen Flüchtlings schauen, besonders bei den Kindern und Frauen, spüren wir ihr Leid', sagte das spirituelle Oberhaupt der Tibeter. Jeder, dem es etwas besser gehe, habe die Verantwortung, den Flüchtlingen zu helfen. Dann ergänzte der Dalai Lama: 'Andererseits sind es mittlerweile zu viele.' Deutschland sei Deutschland. 'Europa, zum Beispiel Deutschland, kann kein arabisches Land werden.'“
Trump spielt ein Cover des Nazipunk-Songs „Lügenpresse“: Politiker versus Medien: Trumps neuer Feind Nummer eins: „Auf kritische Journalistenfragen antwortete er erst pampig, dann wütend. Statt ihm für seine großartige Arbeit zu danken, würden ihn die Reporter nur kritisieren, schimpfte er. Journalisten seien generell schlechte Menschen. Und die politischen Reporter sowieso. 'Sie gehören zu den unehrlichsten Leuten, die ich je getroffen habe.'“
Rechtsnationale in Europa: Die Angstmacher: „Sie sind in Europa auf dem Vormarsch: Rechtsnationalistische Parteien schüren irrationale Ängste, gaukeln simple Lösungen vor. In welchen Ländern geht ihre Taktik auf?“
EU hate speech deal shows mounting pressures over internet content blocking: „people familiar with the complicated world of internet content filtering say the EU agreement is part of a broad and worrisome trend toward more government restrictions. 'Other countries will look at this and say, 'This looks like a good idea, let's see what leverage I have to get similar agreements,' said Daphne Keller, former associate general counsel at Google and director of intermediary liability at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. 'Anybody with an interest in getting certain types of content removed is going to find this interesting.'“
RIP DarthPutinKGB: „Thanks Twitter. My mornings will never be the same. You allow despotic regimes to spread lies and propaganda. You allow trolls to disrupt our discourse. You allow bigots to spread hate and division. But you have suspended one of the funniest, most original, and most creative parody accounts ever to grace Twitter -- one with more than 50,000 followers, one that has been making me laugh out loud several times a day for years, one that is spot on in its humor.
DarthPutinKGB pulled off an impossible task -- parodying and lampooning Vladimir Putin on a daily basis without being trite and without being abusive. His tweets were timely, relevant, insightful, and very very funny. Suspicions are rampant that DarthPutinKGB was probably blocked due to a complaints campaign by Russian trolls.“
Killer whales, like people, are widely dispersed from the tropics to the poles. But many populations seem to remain in a single area where they have carved out a specialised niche, hunting a particular target through a sophisticated hunting strategy. Some eat fish by herding them into bait balls, for instance, whereas others target mammals such as seals by deliberately stranding themselves on beaches where the seals live. Individuals live in stable groups for several decades, so juveniles have plenty of opportunity to learn these specialisms from the adults – biologists use the term “culture” to describe the learning of such striking behaviours. But are these cultural groups of killer whales genetically distinct from one another?
To find out, Foote and his colleagues looked at the genomes of 50 killer whales from five niches – two in the Pacific Ocean and three in the Antarctic Ocean. The genomes fell into five distinct groups that exactly mirrored the five cultural niches. Some genes that may have specific functions in diet, for example, seemed to have diverged between the different cultural groups. In other words, even though killer whales shared a common ancestor as recently as 200,000 years ago, individual cultural groups have become genetically distinct – so killer whale genomes and culture have co-evolved.
Paper: Simulated thought insertion: Influencing the sense of agency using deception and magic: „In order to study the feeling of control over decisions, we told 60 participants that a neuroimaging machine could read and influence their thoughts. While inside a mock brain scanner, participants chose arbitrary numbers in two similar tasks. In the Mind-Reading Task, the scanner appeared to guess the participants’ numbers; in the Mind-Influencing Task, it appeared to influence their choice of numbers. We predicted that participants would feel less voluntary control over their decisions when they believed that the scanner was influencing their choices. As predicted, participants felt less control and made slower decisions in the Mind-Influencing Task compared to the Mind-Reading Task. A second study replicated these findings.“