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The Outer Limits of Reason
‘Many books explain what is known about the universe. This book investigates what cannot be known. Rather than exploring the amazing facts that science, mathematics, and reason have revealed to us, this work studies what science, mathematics, and reason tell us cannot be revealed. In The Outer Limits of Reason, Noson Yanofsky considers what cannot be predicted, described, or known, and what will never be understood. He discusses the limitations of computers, physics, logic, and our own thought processes…’
The Viral Swedish Academy Voicemail
The Voicemail Noble Prize Winner Alice Munro Will Save Forever
‘Alice Munro, either through the worst timing or the best, now has a fantastic story to tell. The newest winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature doesn’t have to recall the moment of her win. She can replay it for herself, over and over, as many times as she wants.
‘Because she wasn’t around, apparently, when the Swedish Academy tried to call her to inform her of the news. So the Swedish Academy did what any would-be message-deliverer finally will when the phone goes un-picked-up: It left her a voicemail…’
Teletherapy Startup Works to Remove Barriers to Mental Health Care
‘Is the digital age sending the old therapist’s couch the way of the reference librarian, the CD, and the travel agent? Could be: several recent studies have found that therapy via the Internet is just as effective as face-to-face treatment. In 2012, a Veterans Affairs study found that teletherapy reduced patients’ psychiatric hospital admissions by about 25 percent, which means it could produce cost savings as well.
‘But to get online therapy startup Breakthrough off the ground, CEO and co-founder Mark Goldenson had to overcome two major obstacles…’
How a Tweet Triggered a Spike in Oil Price
‘Traders misunderstood a tweet from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on Thursday, panicked and purchased more oil, thus driving prices up by $1 per barrel.
‘The confusing IDF tweet was about an Israeli air strike on Syria – one that happened 40 years ago. The tweet was in remembrance of the anniversary of the 1973 October War, also known as Yom Kippur War.
‘The tweet was marked with the hashtag #YomKippur73 and referred to “Soviet weapons,” but somehow, traders around the world missed those two signs and thought it was referring to a current attack on Syria, as first reported by Reuters…’